CardsChat Podcast: Rolling with David Bach, the World Poker Champion

David Bach, a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and lifelong student of the game, was recently a guest on the CardsChat podcast.

Recent episodes of “the nicest poker podcast in town,” presented by Robbie Strazynski, included David Bach as a guest. (Photo: WSOP)

Bach is a master of mixed games, as he demonstrated by winning the $50,000 HORSE World Championship at the 2009 WSOP.

Being the runner-up twice previously at the WSOP was a major incentive for Bach, allowing him to remain focused for the more than twenty hours it needed to acquire all the chips, he said.

But Bach was prepared for this race, which offered $1,200,000 to the winner. Bach was not only born for it, but he also trained for it. He added that his weekend home games in Georgia often began on Friday and lasted until some of the players had to attend church or return to their families.

“My longest one was sixty-four hours,” Bach informed Strazynski. Several of the men were drugged.

Bach, by the way, was one of those men using medication to treat his ADD. This, thus, helps individuals maintain concentration.

Bach can no longer participate in such lengthy sessions, despite the fact that he claims to have a different circadian cycle than the rest of us. Regularly, he can remain up for more than a day before falling asleep naturally. It’s great at poker, but not so great for parenting, he argues.

Planting the seed

Since the 1990s, Bach has played poker at a high level of competition. He told Strazynski about playing alongside and seeing the elusive poker great Huck Seed dominate No-Limit Hold’em games at Foxwoods, as well as the qualities that made him so outstanding.

“He had people totally off balance. I think that is the strength of his game, keep people off balance, but he doesn’t give up EV doing so,” Bach said, noting he believes Seed is the best Razz player in the world. 

Since 1997, Bach has won more than $4.3 million in tournaments. At the table, he is a note-taking machine, constantly jotting down important hands he may have played well or badly. He utilizes these comments to send an email to his supporters so they can track his progress and to enhance the game.

“It holds me accountable for my actions,” Bach said. “In my recaps, I strive to be truthful. If I make a mistake, I record it and attempt to learn from it.”

In the back of his mind, though, he knows that these notes will aid him in the future when he writes a book about his poker life. He stated it would have to wait till he is in his sixties.

“I don’t want to give the game away while I’m still in it.”

As is customary on “the nicest poker podcast in town,” Bach addressed forum users’ queries. Attend to participate in the debate.


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