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Waterman is a tournament poker player that I know fairly well. He was a regular at the Commerce Casino during the time I worked there, and he
was also one of the players kind of enough to invest in me when I placed second in the $1000 Omaha HiLo event. It was my first $1,000 buy in
event and I was nervous about putting up the whole amount. I will always appreciate the fact that he respected my play enough to back me. I also
appreciate that he has offered me pointers on my game. When I first started playing, I had a problem with exposing my hole cards when I was looking
at them before I acted on my hand. He was kind enough to point that problem out to me.
Dennis is a successful tournament player, but the way he plays
super-satellites is what impresses me.
When I asked him about his success in supers, he said that there were many things that contribute to his success. He stated that someday he might
"write a book about how to play in these events, but nothing can surpass experience." He also said that the particular player he has
learned by far the most from about supers is Brent Carter.
I asked him what other players he respects and learns from, he gave me a list of names and games: Omaha High-Low:
Steve Badger and Mark Gregorich
Seven Card Stud: Phil Ivey, Ray Sitra,
Barry Greenstein and David Nayano
Seven Card Stud Eight-or-Better:
Chip Jett, Asher Derei,
Mel Judah and Joe Wynn
Mixed games: Chip Jett, Bill Gazes and Mel Judah
Pot Limit Omaha:
Erik Seidel and
Limit Hold'em: Joe Brandenburg,
David Chiu and Howard Lederer
Pot Limit Holdem: Erik Seidel,
Jim Meehan and Marcel Luske
No Limit Hold'em: Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, David Grey,
Layne Flack, Huck Seed, Thor Hansen and Alan Cunningham
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He mentioned others that he tries to learn from (especially in No Limit):
Dan Harrington, Mel Judah,
Mark Seif, and David Chiu. "Each one of
them bring different intangibles to the table and are a challenge to unravel".
We discussed the World Poker Tour and how there are so many new players and prospective new players. I asked him what kind of advice would he give to these
new players. His answer was great. He said, "The World Poker Tour edits hands and everything that is shown is short handed. It is great theatre, but
unreal poker. Read a book or two and be sure to play. There are many tournaments in most places as well as on the Internet. Make sure that is fun".
Dennis considers poker to be a big part of his life right now, but he does many other things. He does not expect to have as much time for poker
in the future. He is a semi-retired logger, meditation teacher, and writer. Check out samples
here. He also writes for Pokernews.com.
Waterman's poker accomplishments include finishing second in Fox Sports Net's, Poker Dome Challenge. He won the No Limit event at the 2005 Legends of Poker
and at the Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic in 2002. He also has first place finishes in Pot Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Seven Card Stud and Omaha Hi/Lo.