To insiders, Seth Davies is far from an unknown face, but on the scale of the Poker Masters, the Bend, Oregon native is among the lesser-known players. However, don’t get thrown off by that, as the Season XV WPT Montreal champion is one of the top contenders as the Poker Masters Championship event draws closer and closer to a final table, keeping the $1.5 million first prize and the Purple Jacket™ within reach.
Davies didn’t participate in the $50k events leading up to the big one, but he didn’t want to miss the $100,000 buy-in tournament.
“When I heard this was going to be a little better than expected I got the green light from the people around me,” Davies said, about his thoughts on the field of this event.
Looking back on the play during Day 1, Davies said, “It’s been awesome. Yesterday was probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing poker, playing a deep tournament with the best in the world. It’s extremely stimulating. It runs great, and the structure and the staff are great as well.”
Jason Koon referred to Davies as “a killer” on Day 1, and politely but with confidence, the fresh face during the Poker Masters gives more context to his poker career.
“I’m getting to be a tenured MTT pro at this point, I’ve been playing for six years, but this is kind of what you could call my rookie year in the high rollers. I only have a handful under my belt. In the last year or so I progressed enough to be turning an edge in some of these bigger ones. When someone like Jason [Koon] says, “Hey man like I think this is a good tournament for you to be in,” and, “You should have been here,” You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll be there. Hopefully, I’ll be here to stay for more high rollers to come.”
There aren’t many players that successfully break into the high roller scene, but Davies believes he’s got what it takes.
“I think a lot of that comes from the confidence of doing enough work away from the table, being prepared to the point where you feel good in almost every spot. Obviously, tournament poker is an extremely complex game – so you’re never going to be 100 percent getting it right every time – but when you get to the point where you feel pretty sure what to do, the self-confidence grows from that.”
As for now, Davies is taking things day by day, working on his game and keeping conversations going with his peers to evolve and grow his game.
“I think you can expect to see me a lot in the future,” Davies said, with a look of determination in his eyes as the clock on break wound down just a few eliminations away from what could be the biggest final table of his poker career.
When it comes to the opportunity at hand, Davies knows full well that the potential Purple Jacket is more than just something to put next to his WPT trophy. Humbly Davies speaks of the event, its players and the chance to etch his name in poker history.
“It’s an unreal opportunity,” Davies continued, gazing over at the jacket with a smile, “I might have to size that thing up. I don’t know if I can fit in.”
“Everything they got going here is incredible. I think it’s a really cool and classy trophy to have. It’s awesome, and I’m lucky to be playing for it.”