MEET THE LATEST WSOP CHAMPION – GABE SCOTT
Name: Austin “Gabe” Scott
Childhood: Norman, Oklahoma (USA)
Education: Attended Oklahoma University
Current Residence: Oklahoma City, OK (USA)
Profession: Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 2
Number of WSOP final table appearances: 2
Number of WSOP gold bracelet victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP finish: 8th (2011)
Total Career WSOP Earnings: $402,545
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNER
Question: Totally aside from poker, you grew up in Norman. Did you go to school at Oklahoma University?
Scott: I did, for about a year and a half. Then, I started playing poker online and stopped going to school at that point and just continued playing poker. It was mostly all online back then. But once I was no longer able to play online, I started playing more live poker, and that’s how I got here.
Question: Oklahoma has become a hot bed of poker, with several places in Tulsa and the Texas border. Talk about the Oklahoma poker scene.
Scott: Well, there are a few different games to choose from. We get a PLO game once in a while and in Norman, OK they usually have a game at River Wind, the Indian casinos, they get PLO games quite often, actually.
Question: Did you watch the game (Oklahoma City Thunder) at all tonight?
Scott: No, I missed all of that.
Question: That’s probably a good thing right
Scott: I guess it is. They lost.
Question: I know you’re a really big fan. You won $361,000 tonight. How much of that would you give for the Thunder to win the NBA championship?
Scott: Uhh, probably not that much of it (laughter all around)
Question: Would you consider PLO your game of choice or do you prefer a little variety?
Scott: Yes, I prefer PLO – cash games and tournaments.
Question: It is unusual to see so many people come out at once to cheer on one person. Are these all your friends and did you consciously make a plan to come together. Tell us about how you have so many people from Oklahoma here?
Scott: Well, we didn’t necessarily all come out together. There are a lot of players from Oklahoma that come out here and we all play together all the time. They’re not all from Oklahoma, but a lot of them are. We’re all good friends and I would come out to support them if they were at a final table, too.
Question: What’s your next goal?
Scott: I’ll probably play some cash games then I will probably play the $10K PLO.
Question: Do you think making the final table last year helped you in your experience this year? Scott: Yeah I think it did. Last year, I was pretty comfortable at the final table. Except I was probably playing a little too high variance and it caused me to bust out early. I still played aggressively this year, but toned down the variance a little bit.