Chino Rheem Talks About Skipping $15,000 Freeroll In World Poker Tour Championship
Poker Pro Decided To Pass On Free Buy-In Back In April
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Chino Rheem is a controversial figure in the poker world and so naturally he raised some eyebrows—accompanied by the inevitable speculation—back in April when he decided to pass on his free buy-in to the $15,000 World Poker Tour Championship.
Rheem won the event in 2013, which guaranteed him a free seat in the 2014 running.
Card Player had the chance to speak to the poker pro on day 1 of the $3,000 buy-in six-max at the 2014 World Series of Poker to see how he is doing and to find out why he skipped the WPT event.
Brian Pempus: How are you feeling so far in this tournament?
Chino Rheem: I’m feeling good, playing good. You know, it’s early, but I’m just hoping to make day 2. Day 1s are always the little hump day.
BP: For you personally, is it tougher to be knocked out on a day 1 or when you are deeper into the tournament?
CR: I guess the deeper you get the more frustrated you’ll be when you get knocked out, but also if you are playing a lot of events like I am, and you don’t make day 2s, that can really be frustrating. I don’t know, it just depends on what mindset you are in.
BP: How many tournamnts are you planning on playing this year?
CR: Hopefully I don’t play them all, because that would mean I am not making day 2s. That’s the best answer I can give you. I haven’t done any multi-tabling yet, and I am hoping I don’t do that either. I will if I have to, though.
BP: I want to know about that issue with the WPT Championship. A lot of people were saying you just forgot that you had a freeroll.
CR: I certainly didn’t forget about it. I had my own things going on in my life that I decided to skip that tournament for. That’s basically it. Obviously, if I am going to skip a freeroll in the WPT Championship people need to know that I am working on myself and trying to make my life better. If anyone can’t understand it, they can go f—k themselves…If people must know, I skipped it to do the Choice Center.
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