PCA 2013: Scott Seiver talks Super High Roller
Yesterday Scott Seiver was crowned champion of the PCA10 $100,000 Super High Roller, a victory worth more than $2 million to the American who wrapped things up against Doc Sands just before 11pm before celebrating with friends in the bars and night spots of Atlantis.
Seiver had started the final like everyone else, in the shadow of Sands, who had secured nearly half the chips in play as the cards were dealt. But Seiver, a winner of multiple titles, was never going to let a little thing like numbers prevent him from winning.
"Going into the final table, before we even started to play, I wanted to win," said Seiver. "That sounds like a silly thing to say but I wasn't trying to move up any pay ladders or anything. I felt I was short-stacked enough and that David had all the chips that it wouldn't really hurt me to try and go as hard as I can to get as many chips as I can quickly.
Seiver put some of this down to getting lucky early on (jacks and aces in the first two hands), but he was not alone in being hit by the deck, with aces and kings flying around everywhere.
"Everyone got aces early on," agreed Seiver. "Everyone had a quick spot of luck, which was great for me obviously. The entire dynamic of the table changed after three hands. It was palpable. I really felt like once I got a lot of chips I gained a lot of momentum and started winning more and more pots. Instead of being an afterthought I became a person to be thought of at the table. From that point on I just tried as hard as I could and kept pressing."
Another tricky dynamic to the final was Cary Katz, whose short stack seemed bullet proof for long periods of play, with no one wanting to risk departing prematurely.
"It was tough with Cary there four-handed," said Seiver. "Everyone played really well, that was a very tough four-handed match. I obviously again got very lucky with ace-seven against nines. It's what you need to keep going through. Sometimes you just get lucky. I take it any way I can."
"There was definitely more feeling out period because of that. But everyone was still trying to win a lot of pots. The idea was to win as many pots as you can without going out."
That was yesterday. Today it's back the office for Seiver, a seat in the main event and a shot at what would be a perhaps improbably but historic double. So far Seiver is set on putting the events of yesterday out of his mind.
"I thought it would be very difficult to be honest but so far it's been going well," said Seiver. "I've been relaxed and playing my game. I'm actually trying to play as if I didn't win yesterday and just do what I think is best and go from there."
As we've seen, his best is normally pretty good.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter