Every year we find ourselves in awe in some of our countries top WSOP poker talent that we may have been overlooking; with so many big names in the poker media it can be a daunting task to keep track…that is until players like Ontario’s Timothy Adams crush so hard that we’d have to be really blind to not take a deeper look.
By now, most will be familiar with his impressive victory in Event #28, a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em 4 max win that was good for the third Canadian WSOP bracelet of 2012 and $392,476; as well as his equally impressive 7th place finish for $100,696 in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max shortly after. What some may have overlooked is that Mr. Adams wasn’t simply on a heater this year; according to the QuadJacks.com WSOP database he has had a better than 1 in 3 in the money rate of the WSOP events he has played in the past 2 years, running over 700% ROI.
Timothy topped it all off by ending his summer in Vegas with a 100th place finish out of 6598 runners in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, an impressive feat in itself and good for his 10th World Series of Poker career cash. Across the globe, Timothy now has over $737,000 in HendonMob.com tracked live tournament winnings, including some great results right here at home in Great Blue Heron Charity Casino events.
Playing online as “Tim0thee” and according to his Pocketfives.com profile, we can tack on another over $1,120,000 in tournament winnings, with his largest score an $91,014 score for being the runner up in a 750k guaranteed; quite an impressive combined tournament poker track record and we thought it about time we got to know Timothy…
CP: “We may as well start this off somewhat standard; how did you get into the game and how long have you been playing to develop this “boss” skills”?
Timothy Adams: “I won’t be treating myself to anything special I don’t think. I am travelling to Europe for 1-2 months to play some EPTs, WSOPE, etc which I haven’t done in the past. That is mainly because I am trying to carry-forward the momentum I had at WSOP this summer.”
CP: “Short Handed play in particular is clearly one of your strong suits. Can we assume you must have developed this particular skill online, as there just aren’t a ton of live events to hone this type of play? Were there any “poker mentors” of sorts in your early career you would like to give a shout out to in regards to practicing with and competing against to get here?”
Timothy Adams: “I specialize in short-handed play because I primarily play 6-max NL cash games online. Most of the time I am trying to get tables going at my specific stake, so I am playing a lot of heads up, 2, 3, and 4-handed poker against very good players. While this isn’t exactly the most profitable thing to do, it definitely helps improve your game at a very fast rate. I would suggest people stop worrying so much about the results and profit, and focus more on improving as a player which will lead to greater gains in the future.”
“I never really had any mentors throughout my poker career but I did respect a lot of opponents’ games. Greg ‘gregy20723’ Merson is someone I played a lot against from 2007, when we were playing $1/$2 against one another; all the way up to high stakes in 2011-2012 where we would battle for hours. Him and I play a very a similar style, so it was nice going deep with him in multiple tournaments this summer, where we were able to talk strategy on breaks, etc. He will be playing in the final 9 in October for the WSOP Main Event; he is also #1 in Player of the Year standings for WSOP! What an animal.”
CP: “Some, (but not many) WSOP bracelet winners like to stay in the shadows, while others don’t mind a little spotlight. Your posts seem both elated yet humble with your accomplishments this summer, are you finding the extra attention fulfilling or will you happier when life settles down a bit more? Will you ride the wave of fame or look for a peaceful cove put another way?”
Timothy Adams: “I am not interested in becoming ‘famous’ or anything like that, just interested in being successful at something I love to do. I plan on playing many more big live tournaments in the foreseeable future. Who knows what’ll happen, that is out of my control, all I can do is try my best and see what happens. I’m happy with whatever the result is; the experience itself is worth everything to me.
CP: “Obviously a poker player can never have enough bracelets or cash, but after “getting theirs” we find some are satisfied and feeling validated, while others are hungry for more…which are you? Full speed ahead on the hunt or ’have that t-shirt already’ now? Can you describe what the win meant to you as a player?”
Timothy Adams: “I was primarily known for my online cash-game success, but over the years I’ve really wanted a big live tournament win. I wouldn’t expect much from tournaments since I was a cash player, but I would come to Vegas every summer and try my luck. It is very fulfilling to finally accomplish something I’ve always dreamed of.”
CP: “You are clearly attacking the higher buy-ins now, but also noticing some of your past Canadian results, do you still play here much live and are you planning on playing the WPT Montreal, WSOPC Vancouver, COPC or Stardust/PokerStars.net event on our fall schedule? Can we expect you hunting for bracelet #2 at WSOP Europe or will you be enjoying some down time with your recent bankroll boost? What is next for Timothy Adams?”
Timothy Adams: “I plan on playing many more big live tournaments in the foreseeable future. Who knows what’ll happen, that is out of my control, all I can do is try my best and see what happens. I’m happy with whatever the result is; the experience itself is worth everything to me.”
CP: “Mr. Adams, we want to thank you for taking the time out to talk to us and congratulate you on being quite simply one of Canada’s top performers, if not the most consistent of this year’s WSOP. We very much look forward to following your future progress and reporting it to our readers and any of your fans.