An exhausted but jubilant world champ
throws some light on his route to glory.
What was your strategy coming in with
Basically, just to play the way I'd been
playing. I sat down at every table with the
same strategy every time: figure out what
the others were doing and catch them making
a mistake in some way or another. I did it
You went toe-to-toe several times with
Allen Cunningham. You got the best of him
and must have been happy when he finally
I was happy but I was lucky at the end.
We were 50-50, but I felt that that was the
way I had to take him out.. He's a much more
accomplished, much more experienced player
than I am. I was getting 2/1, and it was the
right call. I was very confident that I at
least had live cards.
It seems that sometimes you would tell
people you were bluffing and sometimes you
would tell people you had the best hand, and
they would call you. How did this work?
I don't know. I was in a zone where I
thought I could manipulate people. Who knows
if it will ever happen again? I was on a
good run and had people confused.
You've done well in minor tournaments
- your friends used to call you the
'King of the minor leagues'. Now they've got
to call you World Champion. How does that
I just have to thank each and every one
of them. There's no doubt this would not
have happened without these amazing people
with me, who love and care for me. They got
me massages and water and food, including my
blueberries. They kept me sane, happy and
What's the deal with the blueberries?
They're brain food. They're the best.
I've loved them since I could eat. My mother
will tell you that all I've ever wanted are
blueberries. They're probably the reason I
Does it feel like you've just beaten
I can't even remember the rest of the
tournament. We played 14 hours today. I'm
What do you say to $12 million?
It will help my Dad a lot, which is great
( Gold's father suffers from Motor Neurone
Disease). He's at home and couldn't be there
with us. There have been a lot of people
around me who have believed in me for a long
time - who put up the money when I was
learning how to play. They deserve this
money too, so I am going to share it.
People kept expecting you to flame out
as the main event went on but you never did.
There was no way I was going to flame
out. I'd built up this stack that people
would have to get really lucky on me to take
me out. And lucky enough they didn't.
How did Johnny Chan help you out
during this whole thing?
He kept telling me, 'Everything you're
doing is perfect.' We would meet after each
night and I would tell him what my strategy
was, and he'd say, 'Well. there's nothing
else I can tell you.' He doesn't realise how
much he helped me. He'll sat it was me, but
it wasn't. He's been behind me, he inspires
me. He's the greatest there's ever been in
my mind, that I've seen. that I've ever
played with. If I could aspire to be half as
great as he is I'd be really lucky.