The general consensus is that he is one of the tightest poker players on the poker circuit, but ten-year tour veteran Tony Cousineau does not seem to mind.
Cousineau said that he is very comfortable in how he is playing the game. He said that he tries to learn from every mistake that he makes in a poker game.
Half way through Day 3 in Las Vegas on April 20th, 2010 in the 2010 WPT Championship, Cousineau turned the flush with four diamonds on the board in the heads-up showdown against Cliff Josephy.
On the river, he pushed out a minimum value wager, grinned across the table at Cliff Josephy and said, "It's me." The way that Cousineau sees it, a player needs to take their line of thinking in order to do well in a game.
But while his style of poker play has helped him earned numerous cash-ins on the way to more than $2 million in career earnings over the past ten years, in the biggest moments in his poker career, Cousineau has developed a habit of initially playing good but finding a way to lose.
Cousineau holds the distinction as the poker player with the most cash-ins at the WSOP (World Series of Poker) without a win and is the only poker player in the top fifty list of most poker tournaments played on the WPT (World Poker Tour) without a WPT final table on his poker resume.
Cousineau's forty-one cash-ins at the World Series of Poker include six final table appearances and two final table bubbles without any win.
Add in the World Poker TV final table bubble in Tunica last year when he lost a coin flip for an overall chip lead cash pot, his 13th place finish at the World Series of Poker Europe main event when poker pro James Akenhead went runner-runner against Cousineau, and a 4th place finish at the Caesars $10,000 in 2007 where he got it in with kings vs. the queens of Kido Pham for the chip lead and lost.
But Cousineau does not let the bad luck affect his game. He said that he does not dwell on the bad things that happened in his career because he has been very lucky in other parts of his life.
Cousineau said that he is going to keep using his style because he believes that it will still help him win in future tournaments. He added that the different playing styles of poker players are what make poker tournaments entertaining.
Although short stacked and barely staying in the game, Cousineau is still has a chance at the 2010 WPT Championship and said that he will continue playing his game. The championship continues through April 25th, 2010 at the Bellagio Casino.
05/05/2010 13:08 PM