Comfort Zone: Wilson Deep At WPT Legends Again

Kyle Wilson
'I guess everybody has some place that they are comfortable.'

They are down to the final 15 at the 2010 WPT Legends of Poker and for one player in the middle of the pack, it’s a bit of déjà vu.

Canadian Kyle Wilson, a high school and college basketball star who found millions in online poker at the start of the boom, found himself in all too familiar territory today.

Wilson made sixth at Legends two years ago, and with a legitimate shot at a second final table at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, he says he's really feeling the California vibe.

"It's weird," he said. "I guess everybody has some place that they are comfortable.

"I actually didn't even play (Legends) last year, so I feel like every time I come here I'm going to go deep. I feel that way about Bay 101 too. Certain spots you're just comfortable."

For some players in Wilson's position, that might not be the case.

The 2008 Legends of Poker final ended for him in sixth place when he got it in very good, holding kings against ace-jack.

However, an ace on the flop crushed his hopes.

Two years later, Wilson has put the bad beat well behind him.

"It hurt really bad," he said. "But you get over it eventually. The truth is I still had a good payday there."

Now, his sights are firmly set on this year being even bigger than 2008.

"I want to beat my result from two years ago," he said. "That's my goal right now. Just make the final table, beat my sixth place result and try to win a title."

While relatively unknown outside of two-time WPT title holder Jonathan Little, Wilson says the remaining 15 players at Legends are tough.

As a result, one of online poker's first millionaires will try to add to his $627,400 in career live tournament earnings the old fashion way.

"I'm just going to play my game and try to get through to the final table," he said.

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