WSOP 2014: De Meulder takes on role of Last Team Pro Standing
Matthias de Meulder is the last member of Team PokerStars pro or Team Online left in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
"Oh, is that so?" he said after arriving to his table today.
He has every right to be surprised. WSOP players haven't even hit the money yet, and against every bit of history, it's almost impossible to find a member of the Red Spade Brigade.
"We're 50 off the money," he said. "It's going to be exciting, but the bubble is notoriously long."
De Meulder--one of two twin brothers on the team--comes from Belgium. It's a long way to come and go home with nothing. He hasn't even bothered calling his family to mention he's on the cusp of making it into the money.
"Once we get deeper, I'll start calling," he said.
De Meulder isn't new to this game. He knows how to handle a bubble. He has fewer than 40 big blinds. He knows he's going to have to pick his spots.
"Everything very much depends on the players. If you have eight other players looking to cash, open up your game and try to steal as many blinds as possible," he said.
But just looking at his opponents, it may be more of a matter of waiting for a hand. He's got Owen Crowe, Paul Tedeschi, and Nick Yunis at his table.
Nevertheless, De Meulder has been in this spot before. He has one WSOP Main Event cash to his name.
"Let's hope to make it a second time," he said, "and then go for the $10 million, of course,"
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging