Lisandro plays Hold'em stud at EPT London

Jeffrey Lisandro

After an incredible run at the 2009 WSOP, winning three bracelets and Player of the Year honors, Jeffrey Lisandro needed a break from poker.

Unfortunately for tournament players the world over, it wasn't a very long one.

"I needed a few weeks to not play any at all and I did that," The Australian born Sicilian told PokerListings during a break on Day 2 at PokerStars EPT London, where he sits among the overnight chip leaders.

"After a few weeks I was ready to get into again."

The three bracelets Lisandro won at the 2009 WSOP, and a fourth he managed to grab at the 2007 WSOP, all came in Stud events.

With a final-table appearance at EPT Barcelona in 2007 and what's shaping up to be a deep run here in London, Lisandro has proved his proficiency in No-Limit Hold'em as well.

But that doesn't necessarily mean he likes the game.

"I find [No-Limit Hold'em] the hardest to get the most consistent results in," he said. "The other games, the structure is such that if you are chip leader, it takes a lot of work to lose those chips, so you can maintain your momentum.

"That's why I get a little bit disgruntled with No-Limit Hold'em, because sometimes I come to a tournament and I play a perfect game. I play every hand well, I build up chips without making a hand, make all the right moves, bet the right flops, make the right raises and then I'll finally pick up a big hand, kings or aces, and they'll knock me off. Or I'll have ace-king against some goofy hand and then I'm done."

According to Lisandro, skill shines in Limit games, but No-Limit Hold'em allows luck to creep into the equation. 

Jeffrey Lisandro
'Luck plays a big role in it.'

"In No-Limit Hold'em it's like you are being tested all the time," he said. "It can be very heartbreaking when you go through three days, you've played a perfect game, you finally pick up the aces, a guy pushes you all in and they don't hold up.

"Even though you've got confidence in your game and you are going to keep going out there and doing what you always do, luck plays a big role in it."

The competition in No-Limit Hold'em is also getting stronger every day and Lisandro has taken note.

"These days a lot of people play No-Limit Hold'em well," he said. "It's the only game they know and as good as I used to play it, they've got the edge on me because it's the only game they play and they play a lot of it."

Despite his star rising to the top of the poker sky at this summer's World Series, Lisandro plays without sponsorship from a major poker site, a fact he wonders about often.

"To tell you the truth, I had so much press from magazines, so many interviews on the Internet and no one has come up to me with a deal," he said.

"I don't know why. I guess that's life. It's just such a waste that I had so much TV time and I could have been endorsing someone's product. I'll probably end up getting my own site and sponsor myself or I guess I'm going to keep trying to win tournaments until I get somebody that wants to sponsor me."

A high-stakes cash game legend long before he took the World Series by storm this summer, Lisandro says he'll likely head to Macau, China this month to play in what he hears are some of the juiciest high-stakes games going these days.

But for now, he's focused on EPT London and how he can top his amazing 2009 WSOP.

"It's really hard to be consistent in poker and I think I've been the model of consistency the last seven years," he said. "Every year I've done a lot better than average and it's really hard to keep bettering yourself.

"I don't know what will happen next year. How could I ever dream of having a better year? What can I say? It was phenomenal, and it just gets harder and harder to get better - Harder and harder to top."

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fretfrit 2009-10-05 18:25:00

Tournaments are always a bit of a crapshoot, but it is true that the variance in NLHE is insane.

However, pro's should realize that it is this variance that keeps their ATMs going a lot of the time....

Santa 2009-10-05 16:29:00

I like holdem and stud, but stud is more fun and more difficult (my opinion of course). Would enjoy picking Jeff's brain on stud topics - including hi/lo and razz.

Thanks for talking about the luck factor in holdem.

Sharky 2009-10-05 05:48:00

He look too predictable: raise raise and raiseeeessss, so easy to trap, thats why

John 2009-10-05 05:02:00

Probably doesnt' get sponsored b/c of the silly hats he wears.


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