With over $4 million in tournament winnings including a final table just a few days ago, it might appear to be just another day at the office for Joe Tehan. Make no mistake about it though, he is on a quest to win his first bracelet and today might just be that day. We caught up with Tehan while the players were on break during Event #30: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low.
PokerNews: Congratulations on your final table. You just came off another final table — how are you feeling?
Joe Tehan: You can never feel at ease in these limit tournaments because you can go from out to chip leader in two or three hands. It’s a little nerve wracking but what are you going to do? I hope I do better than my fifth place a few days ago.
What’s the table like?
To get this point in a tournament you have to know what you are doing. The hard part is a lot of hands just play themselves out. You are just crossing your fingers and hoping you are on the right side of that.
How has the journey to the final table been?
In this tournament I have had huge stacks and been down to nothing. I have been up and down a lot. Sometimes you just go a while and are just chopping and you just never know when you are going to get scooped or when you will do the scooping. I was down to like 1,700 when we were down to 40 players, so I feel like I am free-rolling right now.
How do you feel about your play this summer so far? How is your confidence level?
I always feel like I play good. I am not sure the cards always cooperate though. You don’t really have to have any confidence at all. It just doesn’t really matter. As long as you know what beats what and know how to play the game, you have just as good a chance to win as anyone.
How is your schedule this summer?
I have played six events so far. I am a little more selective in the events I play. I put myself in all these tournaments, so I have to be more selective. I used to play everything. Now I just want to play the ones with the best value, smaller buy-ins and bigger fields.
Who is your toughest opponent at the table?
Everyone knows what they are doing. Cal (Calvin Anderson), I just met him for the first time and he said he was drafted in the fantasy draft. So he must know what he’s doing. I have been observing and he is really sharp. And I don’t say that about a lot of people.