We had a great show last night on The Final Table. I was in St. Louis while Dennis Phillips was in Monte Carlo, playing in the EPT Grand Final.

We talked about a couple of hands he played yesterday on Day 1A on his way to a stack of about 70,000 chips (from 30,000 to start), which puts Dennis in the middle of the pack right now. Then we were joined by Jamie Gold for an extended and very frank conversation about:

  • how he changed his style after winning the 2006 WSOP Main Event, and what he didn’t change;
  • what it was like playing earlier this month at the Irish Open, where he made the final table;
  • the difference in playing Europeans vs. Americans (and Dennis chimed in on his recent experiences at the table with Latin Americans);
  • why he loved playing heads-up with Mike Sexton on “Poker After Dark”;
  • why Doyle Brunson laid down a higher flush to Jamie on a classic episode of “High Stakes Poker”;
  • tournaments imposing the “Jamie Gold Rule,” prohibiting players from talking about their hands and trying to psych out their opponents (one of his specialties).

We also had Joe “The Poker Coach” McGowan explaining how he made the final table at the Main Event of the Venetian Deep Stack Tournament this weekend and managed to move up the payout ladder, even when he was short-stacked.

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