WCOOP profile: DSchec's secret hobby

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgDavid Schechter is a litigator. That's his job. He works for a big law firm in New York City. If he is Batman, his Monday-Friday life at the law office is his time to be Bruce Wayne. His co-workers don't know much about his secret life. His family doesn't either.

"My family can't really understand me when I try to tell them about poker," he said.

Indeed, on the weekends, David Schechter becomes DSchec. We didn't ask if he has a cool utility belt or bat light. We only know that it's the time when he makes a lot of money under an assumed name.

dschec_wcoop.jpgThe 26-year-old attorney remembers the salad days when he was still in law school and had some time for the game he loves. As a first year, he was a loser. As a second year, he was break-even. From the third year until now, it's been smooth as glass.

"I haven't looked back since," he said.

In that time, Schechter has chopped the PokerStars Sunday $109 rebuy for more than $50,000 and had several other scores ranging from $5,000-$20,000.

"People at work don't really know that I play seriously. Only a few of them have any idea," Schechter confessed. "It is kind of a secret hobby and when I show up for work after a big win I don't act like anything has changed."

Schechter got a really good chance to test out his secret identity abilities when he finished up Event #19, the ten-minute-level $109 No-Limit Hold'em WCOOP event. See, he won the thing...for $175,000. That's the type of thing you just don't keep secret.

"The experience was obviously surreal. You play poker every week for the chance to be making difficult decisions with lots of money on the line," Schechter said."I tried my best to ignore the money and make the decisions that I felt would be most profitable."

There was a point in the tournament in which he opened with T♦7♦ with 40 big blinds in late position. A player in the small blind re-raised--a guy who Schechter recognized as both good and aggressive.

"I was raising a lot so I knew that he had to be re-raising me in order to not let me steal too many blinds," Schechter said. "I felt like he could be raising enough hands that four-bet shoving my T♦7♦ would be profitable. So, I did that. He called me with AJ and I sucked out on him to win a huge pot."

See? DSchec is Batman.

"After that I felt invincible," he said.

Then, take this story. With 18 players left and the blinds at 175,000/350,000, the player under-the-gun shoved for a million and another good player smooth-called. DSchec sat there with jacks and had to decide what to do.

"I knew that if the good player had a hand like AK or AQ or TT or 99, he would have re-shoved his whole stack to isolate the guy under the gun," DSchec said. "But, because he just called, I knew he had a monster. So, I folded the JJ, and he ended up having AA."

Batman, I say

For now, though, it's Thursday, and Schechter is back at work, He says, as of right now he's thinking about putting a down payment on a New York City apartment (what we've already come to think of as his Bat Cave).

"Real estate is expensive here!" he said.

We suggest he just tell the real estate agent he's Batman.

You never know. It may work.

For more: DSchec dodges bullets en route to Event #19 victory ($109 NLHE, 10-minute levels)

Brad Willis
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