MEET THE LATEST WSOP CHAMPION – LARRY WRIGHT
Name: Larry Wright
Current Residence: McQueeney, Texas
Profession: Retired Businessman
Poker Status: Highly-Experienced Part-Time Player
Number of Years Attending WSOP: 37 (playing the last 11)
Number of WSOP Cashes: 8 (plus 5 WSOP Circuit cashes)
Number of WSOP final table appearances: 1
Number of WSOP gold bracelet victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP finish: 8th (2008)
Total Career WSOP Earnings: $241,268
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNER
Question: Larry, we’re going to ask you not about poker now, we’re going to talk about Larry Wright. Talk about your life, where you grew up, what you’re into, where you live, your family, give us your bio please.
Wright: I have a granddaughter that is about 16 months old. I have two beautiful daughters that are in their early thirties. The oldest daughter, I can’t beat her in poker. She’s awesome. My other daughter and my wife do not play at all. They say there’s plenty of gamble in us. We own a ranch in south Texas. We have a large ranch. We raise cattle, we have deer. My granddad and my dad, we’ve played poker forever. I did hear someone say that I have never played this game. But I started playing Razz in 1975. I did play Triple Draw in 1975. I played for about 5 to 8 years and then No-Limit started becoming popular. And then met Tom McEvoy, and he basically changed my life. Got me into No-Limit. He introduced me to Kathy Liebert who I sponsored in a big tournament and she ended up winning a million dollars, and I was her backer in that. I had a financial arrangement and it was very nice for me. I haven’t looked back as far as poker goes. My wife has been a counselor for 17 years. She just retired, and they all came out for Father’s Day and what a beautiful Father’s Day. I have a large group from home here with me, and it’s been fun having them here too today.
Question: A lot of these people on the rail, they came up to several of us here and mentioned that you had helped them, not just backed them, but helped them through the years, and they wanted to be here for you.
Wright: That’s a toughie. I don’t know how to say no to friends. That’s tough.
Question: Speaking of the money, we heard that some of this money is going to go to a charity. Could you tell us about that?
Wright: The majority of this is going to the Sudan in Africa. We have a missionary friend and we’re going to sponsor a couple houses and a waterwell being built there. I said if I win an event, that’s where the money is going.
Question: How did you get involved with poker in the first place?
Wright: In Texas, poker is not legal, so we play a lot of friendly games. I don’t mind telling you that one of the guys that plays on late night poker, Teller, he’s the Deuce-to-Seven specialist and I bet I have twenty Texans trying to tell me his strategy, and his strategy has helped me a lot. ‘In fact, he’s a good friend of the Grinder’s and Erick Lindgren and they made me very comfortable today. I have been playing since I was 22-years-old. My whole life, I was a risk taker.
Question: Your friends were chanting “Do it the right way.” What was that all about?
Wright: Well, my last name is Wright and my trucking company was called Wright Way. So it’s kind of a play on words
Question: Talk about what it was like coming into this final table with all of the big names. Wright: It kind of embarrassed me because they said that I have never made a final table before at the WSOP. In fact, Erik Seidel and I talked a lot yesterday. I think it was three years ago and I made the final table of the Pot-Limit Omaha and I think I got eighth place or something like that and Eric just dominated me at that final table. So, we talked about that….so this actually was my second final table in the World Series of Poker.
Question: You have fair amount of experience in the WSOP.
Wright: Right, this is my third cash this year. I bubbled two big events. In fact, I think I was in third or fourth place when I got knocked out in the five thousand. I flopped a top set of jacks, and got a guy to bluff off his chips. I have a way of talking people into giving their chips to me. My South Texas good ol’ boy talk. Anyway, got him to bluff off his whole stack with ten-nine on a ten-jack-ace board. That was probably my saddest moment this year. I couldn’t beat him when he runs a straight. So, I was out of the five thousand with a big stack. This event here wasn’t that big but it was a who’s who field. I was pretty intimidated at every table. So I just stayed patient and it was almost like it was meant to be that I would win this on Father’s Day. It was meant to be.