BONUS MATERIAL (We gave Jesse Sylvia a little more space, since he's the chip leader):
One what "relaxing" actually means in his life:
Well, in Las Vegas durng the initial week right after it was over (in July) -- I partied a lot. Going to clubs and stuff like that. We did more partying than normal, that's for sure. I would like to say I've been going to the gym and working out, but I can't really say that. When I finally went back home, which is on Martha's Vineyard, it was still summertime there. And it's just like heaven in the summer. Whatever freind wasn't working that particular day, we'd go to the beach. Then, if there were lots of freinds, we'd organize a beach soccer game. I rented a house for a week, And, I also did some surfing. So, I guess you could say I got enough exercise outside of the gym.
More on instinct and feel:
Gladwell also talked about a term he called "thin-splicing." After you become a master at something, it's like the post ten-thousand hour rule. In "Blink," he writes about a museum curator. Someone brought in some old statues. And the museum was going to pay millions of dollars for them. So, they took the statues to the man to make sure they were not fake. All the experts tested the stone and said they were real. But then they brought in the old museum curators who had been doing this like 50 years. And, he looked at it. In a second, he identified them as fakes. After some more tests, they realized the old man was correct. The idea behind this is that once you master something, your subconscious leaps in ways your logical thought process has not achieved yet. So, relying on your subconscious, or first instinct in many instances is the best decision.
What was supposed to be a ten-minute interview with Jesse Sylvia turned into an hour-long conversation. Here are some highlights from what didn't make the final cut:
On applying the ten-thousand hour rule to his experience as a professional poker player:
Sure, I've done it. But you can't just put in ten-thousand hours at the table or click a mouse for ten-thousand hours and expect to be great, or even good. It's a lot more than that. You have to be paying attention and learn. I put in the time....but I don't think I'm a natural at it. Very few are, and those that are naturals -- most of them are named 'Phil.' (laughing).
More on his preparation:
You can prepare all you want. But there are going to be things when you get up there that you have not seen before, and especially with all that's going on, people react differently. You have to take all that into account. I think you have to be able to play on the fly to win at this stage. You have to rely on your past experience.
On the joy of sharing the moment with family and freinds:
Nothing got to me until I got back home and I read an article in the local newspaper. They had a quote from my mom. She said something like, 'you always tell your kids to keep dreaming and if you work hard enough, then some day your dreams really will come true." And then so see it actually happen for me was really amazing. She's always been a little resistent to the poker thing, which I understand. I mean, she's always been supportive. But she would like me to be a doctor, or something. And, when I read that quote from her, I almost cried That was a really fun moment.
On how his friends reacted:
It's not like anyone says 'hello,' to me anymore. They see me and say, 'yes!' We are a very tight-knit community. I am so close to so many people that it makes sense that they would want to share this all with me and I am thrilled they are so into this moment.