WINNIPEG is quickly becoming a hotbed of talented poker players.
Whenever or wherever tournaments are being held it seems as if someone from this town is winning or going deep. In future columns I will do some player profiles to introduce the extremely talented poker players Winnipeg has to offer.
Last week I was in Calgary for the Canadian Open Poker Championship and several players from Winnipeg did well out there. One player in particular saved the best for last, Zennawi Petros, a.k.a. Zenni. He showed everyone up by going out and winning the final event of the series, the $2,200 buy-in tourney.
Clearly, I thought, no time more appropriate to introduce Zenni to everyone than fresh off his huge win.
NAME: Zennawi Petros, a.k.a. Zenni
STARTED PLAYING POKER: 2004
FAVOURITE GAME: no limit tournaments, pot limit Omaha cash games
HOBBIES: basketball, gambling
FAVOURITE PLAYING LOCATION: Bahamas during the PCA
I was able to ask Zenni a few questions after his big win last weekend.
MC: What was your mindset going into the tournament?
ZW: When I started, I looked around and saw a lot of familiar faces I know from online and other live events, so I knew there were going to be some talented players in the tournament.
MC: How was your starting table?
ZW: My starting table was relatively decent, it had a mix of good and bad players, making it a good starting table over all.
MC: Did you get in any really tough spots during the first day?
ZW: I managed to make it through the day just playing solid, strong tournament poker that allowed me to pick up some chips and make it through.
MC: Tell us a little bit about your table draw on the second day.
ZW: My starting table the next day was the exact opposite. It was full of solid players, all of which knew what they were doing. This made it really hard to pick up chips without a fight, but lucky for me my table quickly broke and I was moved to another table. This table was great. I actually took control of the table and after doubling up and picking up several other pots I was almost the chip leader. This felt good as I started the day as one of the short stacks.
MC: What chip position were you in going into the final table and what was your mindset while there?
ZW: I entered the final table fifth in chips, but because of the size of the blinds and the relatively short-stack play we had in front of us, I decided to play aggressive and try and build a chip stack.
I managed to double up with AJ vs. KQ and really never looked back. I kept chipping up and before long I was the chip leader.
MC: So you guys made a deal four-handed...
everyone would get $50,000 and you would play for $13,000 more, the COPC ring ($4,000 value) and the title. Did you ever think about turning down the deal?
ZW: I actually declined the deal at first as I had a big chip lead, but unfortunately the blinds got to a point where we were no longer playing poker, we were just gambling. A little while later we all had about the same amount of chips, so it was the right move at the time. So I went ahead and agreed to the deal.
MC: Well, Zenni, $63,000 and bragging rights is not too shabby.
Good luck to you in the future.
ZW: You’re welcome.