EPT11 London: Mickey Petersen on stray chips, leaving London and battling Isai Scheinberg
Yesterday was a good day for Mickey Petersen who whilst packing belongings into boxes, for his upcoming move from London to Edinburgh, found much more then spare change down the back of the sofa.
For most of us the thought of having that kind of shrapnel go unnoticed is enough to make us go green at the gills but for Petersen it wasn't even the first time this had happened. "I'd like to think that I'm responsible but the same thing happened four years ago. I came back from the WSOP emptied my backpack and I found some gummy bears and a $5K chip. I was 21 and I was like. 'I'm an idiot, this is pretty nice.'
This new found chip was hidden for at least two years according to the member of Team PokerStars Online. "It's in a hoodie that I haven't worn for at least two years, so it's from a couple of years ago and it was just lying there," but why would he leave it in a hoodie I hear you cry! "I would guess that 22-year-old Mickey was like 'oh shit I've found this and now I've got to hide it for a year," explains the Dane. "I don't like having money or anything lying around in the house. You can never be too careful as a poker player. I have nothing of value, so I figure I've hid it in the least likely place to find it and I've hidden it so well I've also forgotten about it myself."
And it's given Petersen a pep in his step when it comes to the laborious task of packing. "I haven't found anything else yet, but I'm not done packing yet. I usually don't look forward to packing at all, but now it's pretty exciting."
Whilst Petersen might be heading to Edinburgh at the conclusion of the EPT London Festival, the chip is heading back to Vegas. "I have some friends going to the November Nine so I'm going to see if someone can cash it in. I'm not going to hold it any longer, so there's no point in raiding my place," grins Petersen.
There's a growing group of poker players living in the Scottish capital but that's only one reason for Petersen upping sticks "It's a combination of things, I've been in London for three years or something now, whilst I actually really like London, it's very expensive with rent and what not. Edinburgh is more reasonable and I spend a lot of time travelling to these tournaments. Also I've always felt that if your job is to sit in front of a computer, you might as well go somewhere else than where you normally stay. I visited for the UKIPT in January and I fell in love with the city. So I figured I'd go and check it out and see if I like it. I have a few friends who live there too like Rupert Elder, Andrew Teng and Dominik Nitsche. There's a bunch of people so I'm pretty excited about it."
And as for things that he's unsure about, there's one thing at the top of the list. "The thing I'm most afraid of is that I'm not going to be able to understand what people say, that's my number one fear. I have not yet tried a deep fried mars bar, but I've spoke to a lot of people about it and opinion is very divided. Some people think it's like an absolute must and others think it's an urban myth and have never seen one. I'm going to pass on haggis, I don't have the courage for that."
To help ease Petersen's number one fear here are three popular Scottish phrases for you Mickey, see if you can decipher them. The answers can be found at the bottom of this post.
a) Och aye
b) Hoots mon
c) Ah dinnae ken.
But apart from moving from England to Scotland, Petersen doesn't see much else changing. "I think my routine is going to be pretty much the same, one of the things I love doing is just walking around the city and Edinburgh is going to much more walkable city than London as you need to take the tube to go pretty much anywhere. I'm looking forward to the fresh air."
Fresh air hasn't been high on Petersen's agenda for the past few weeks as WCOOP was swiftly followed by the UKIPT Isle of Man festival and then London. "WCOOP was alright, I ended up making a little bit of money without having any really big scores, but just doing well in satellites and the smaller tournaments," he notes. "Usually the way those series go is that you either win a ton of money or lose a ton of money and that's how it is for me too, but this time I just decided to win a little but so I'm pretty content with that."
He got an early taste of Scotland as he was part of the commentary team for the live webcast of the WCOOP Main Event final table. "I went to Edinburgh with Ike Haxton to do commentary on the final table. It was really interesting to watch and rail as there were a lot of name players still in it. The commentary itself was a challenge because we couldn't talk strategy because it was being broadcast live. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I think I speak for both Ike and I when I say our strong suit is we play a lot of poker and have something we can add to the hands, we're not funny or interesting in the same way that James (Hartigan) and Joe (Stapleton) are."
In the Isle of Man Petersen didn't have much luck in the Main Event, but he got an Isle of Man flag with a fourth place finish in the High Roller, an event won by Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars. "It's the first time I'd met Isai and he's not with the company so I'm not sucking up when I say he's an absolute boss," says Petersen as he breaks into a grin. "It was a lot of fun to play with him, he's a really nice guy. For a lot of the tournament I didn't even know it was him."
And what of the founders style? "He just really just likes playing poker," says Petersen. "He played, a little bit unorthodox but it worked for him. He made a lot of surprising moves. It was funny because he was up against three online pros and he beat all of us. One of them won two WCOOP's and the other won the WCOOP High Roller" states Petersen who's taking about Scott Margereson and Team Online's Vicente Delgdo. It was actually Scheinberg though who eliminated Petersen. It would've been fun to win it, but it was great to see Isai win it. I'm glad I didn't get heads-up against him and beat him. I feel like I would've been the most unpopular person in the Isle of Man!"
Earlier today PokerStars TV's Laura Cornelius grabbed Mickey Petersen for the full scoop on the $5K chip incident.
Follow our coverage of the EPT London festival via the main EPT London page, where there are hand-by-hand updates and chip counts in the panel at the top and feature pieces below. You can also watch live coverage on the EPT Live webcast between October 14-18 on PokerStars.tv.
b) hey man!
c) I don't know.