Robbins Looking To Improve On 2009 11th Place Finish
by Julio Rodriguez
Jamie Robbins has been here before and he knows what it will take to make the World Series of Poker main event final table. Now he just has to actually do it.
The 38-year-old former online pro from San Diego finished 11th in 2009, securing $896,730, the biggest payday of his career. But the day was bittersweet, knowing he came so close to becoming a member of the November Nine.
“I was card dead that entire last day and then when I finally picked up a hand with 14 players left, I had my aces cracked all in preflop against James Aikenhead,” said Robbins. “I remember Antonio Esfandiari was telling the table that getting that deep was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In the back of my mind, I knew that wasn’t true. I knew I’d be back.”
Robbins has already secured $62,021, but with a near average stack, he’s looking for much, much more.
“I’m final table or bust,” he admitted. “I said that on the first day of play and I’m sticking to it. Anything short of that goal will be a major disappointment for me. The money is great, but I need to be in that final nine to considering this tournament a success.”
Other than Sam Holden and Eric Buchman, Robbins is quite possibly the most mentally prepared player still remaining in the tournament and says that his deep run in 2009 gave him invaluable experience.
“I really learned about the fatigue factor that goes along with playing a tournament of this stature,” he said. “This is the time of the event when people start to fade or make bad decisions that they never would have made on day 1. I’m just playing my game, but I’m making sure that I’m well prepared for the grind, because right now, it’s the players who make the fewest mistakes that survive the longest.”
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