EPT10 Grand Final: Terence Reardon on a so far memorable EPT debut

There was a table in play yesterday that was different to everyone else's. As the day drew on and things began to quieten down ahead of the last stretch before bagging up, table two was full of laughs and merriment. Poker is typically a game for the individual, looking after themselves, but on this table nobody seemed to care about that, and had fun anyway.

At the centre of that table, literally and figuratively, was Terrence Reardon. Built broadly, of Boston muscle, the 27-year-old played with all the confidence and swagger of a tour veteran player, being polite and complimentary along the way.


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Swapping fish for a completely different kind of fish: Terence Reardon

This was odd given that the Grand Final is his first EPT and that his live tournament record boasts only one cash -- a modest fourth place scored earlier this week in a turbo side event. Meanwhile he's been facing off against the likes of Sam Trickett and Rono Lo at his table this afternoon, without flinching.

"I've been playing poker my whole life," Reardon told us at the break. "My dad taught me when I was a kid. I'm not really afraid to play against big names, or anything like that. You've just got to be fearless, go for it."

Reardon certainly seems fearless, and indeed seems to be going for it. His stack of more than 200,000 should survive the bubble. But you get the impression on meeting Reardon that had his stack been only a fraction of the size he would have found a way, commanding it through as he might one of the charter boats he runs taking eager businessmen out to sea to reel in some monster from the deep.

It's this work, and studying for a degree in Ocean Science and Business Management at the University of Massachusetts, that occupies him for the most part, and perhaps explains the makings of a fisherman's beard. The business, running first out of Puerto Rico and now South Carolina, satisfies his need to travel. But it's perhaps poker that might do that now, while at the same time earning him enough money, as he says, to play more events like this.

If things carry on the way they have that much is certain. Not bad considering he picked the Grand Final based on a dream some months ago.

"To tell you the truth I had a dream one night a few months ago I was playing a high stakes tournament in Europe," said Reardon. "I woke up and looked to see where the EPT events were ending and saw that it was Monaco in a couple of weeks, so decided to go for it.

Regardless of how things pan out in the next few hours Reardon, like many who play a first EPT, now has the bug. "I'll definitely be back," he said before re-taking his seat. The Main Event is approaching the money. Barring disaster Reardon should be doubling his live tournament cash record any minute.

All the hand-by-hand action, including chip counts, will be in the panel at the top of the main event page. We will have feature pieces below that.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.