Scott O’Reilly shoved in his remaining stack after a raise from an early position player. The initial raiser sneered behind designer sunglasses.
“You must be straight from the internet,” he said. “All in, all in, all in.”
The antagonist stood up and showboated for the Sihoki Slot cameras now trained at him. “Here, you want my all in button?” he asked as he walked over to O’Reilly. “You need it more than I do.”
After a few minutes, the player folded and play resumed.
O’Reilly came over to me after the hand and told me had kings. He figured he’d get action after being so aggressive before, but that’s poker.
The 22-year-old O’Reilly, from Torquay, England, won his seat through a $215 Party Poker super satellite and is jazzed about making it deep in his first WSOP main event. He was humming along with 250K in chips as dinner break approached.
“It’s cool,” he said. “It’s a massive, massive event and to still be rolling up the prize pool makes it even more [cool].”
Day 4 Update: Patrick Datillo
“Did you take anybody out today?”
It’s the first question Pat Datillo hears from his boys when he calls home. A hairdresser from Ottowa, Canada, Pat said he attributes his WSOP success to his supportive family.
“I think that’s the main reason I am still in here is the full support from home,” he said.
Pat’s wife Liz has been by his side from day one. Leaving the Rio with him around 2 a.m. and waking up each day around 8 a.m.
“I think she’s just as tired as me,” he said.
Pat began Day 4 with $355,000 and now has around $200,000. He was able to double up early on in the day.
“The river gods were in my favor,” he said.
Routine plays a big role in Pat’s WSOP strategy. He starts each day with a Nathan’s hot dog for breakfast at the MGM, goes back to the room to get ready for the tournament, and then goes to a particular place each day to catch a cab.
“I’m a Libra. Things have to be in place,” Pat said. “I have to have structure.”
Despite facing a tough table with tournament winners Than Dat Tran and Arturo Morales, Pat said at this stage of the tournament, it is all about having fun.
“Unless you’re here you don’t appreciate it,” he said. “You can’t help but be excited and test your skills and your luck. After that all you can hope for is to have the best hand.”