Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.
In a poker tournament, these three abilities are paramount. In order to succeed, you must outwit your opponents, forcing them to fold when they have the best hand or call when they have the worst of it. You must outplay your opponents, avoiding the mistakes that amateurs make and know when to strike if opportunity rises. And finally, you must outlast your opponents - this one's obvious.
Among the grinders in the field today, there is one player in particular who knows a lot about outwitting, outlasting, and outplaying his competition, and that's "Boston" Rob Mariano.
Mariano, is a Survivor legend, competing on four seasons of the reality television show, including Redemption Island, where he was crowned the Sole Survivor by a jury of his peers. He has received coaching lessons from professional poker player, friend, and aspiring Survivor cast member Daniel Negreanu, and is also good friends with Josh Arieh, who is in the field today.
The 37-year old Boston native has over $60,000 in career tournament earnings, including an 82nd-place finish in a $1,500 bracelet event in 2007 and a 12th-place finish in a $500 circuit event here in New Orleans in the same year.
Mariano recently released a book titled The Boston Rob Rulebook, where he gives his rules to life and not just the game of Survivor.
Mariano is off to a bit of a slow start today, and fortunately doubled before the last break. He was all in for his last 5,000 or so holding against an opponent's . The board ran out , giving Boston Rob a straight, and he doubled to around 11,000 chips.