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From the EPT Grand Final: Tim Vance

Former EPT Champion Talks About Reading Opponents and Not Being Hung Over

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Tim Vance Tim Vance won the European Poker Tour Scandinavian Open in February 2008 when he defeated 459 entrants, and that victory earned him $1.2 million. Vance is one of the few EPT champions remaining in the field in Monte Carlo, and he is looking for his second EPT title. Card Player conducted a tableside interview with Vance while he was playing in the PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final.


Lizzy Harrison: You were spotted pacing the tournament area in frustration a bit earlier. What happened?

Tim Vance: I made a read and then doubted myself. I did not make a call that I should have made.

LH: How did the hand play out?

TV: I had As 9s on a flop of A-X-X with two clubs. I bet out and my opponent shoved. I knew that he had a K-Q, with a king of clubs, but I laid my hand down.

LH: Have you recovered from that?

TV: Oh yeah, I’m fine. I have about 40,000 in chips, which is approximately what I came in with. I am confident that I am playing well.

LH: Tell me a little bit about your recent win in Copenhagen.

TV: I was playing my game well. My game is to not go by the books. I go by what my reads are. When I play that way, I win; reading my opponents is the strongest aspect of my game.

LH: How long do you have to be at a table before you are able to get reads on your opponents?

TV: It really depends on the player. It also depends on how well I am reading on any particular day.

LH: How do you ensure that you are reading well?

TV: By not being hung over [laughing]. That is the biggest thing that can hurt my game.

LH: Are you hung over today?

TV: No, not at all [laughing].