All-in to win
Playing in the big tournaments and making the final table doesn’t intimidate Tapscott. However, he said some of the players tried to intimidate him.
“I just blank them out, consider the source,” Tapscott said. “Although you mainly have butterflies before a big event, you get over it pretty quick when reality sets in. Plus, it’s fun to compete.
“I have played against numerous pros. They make a living playing poker. I don’t and it’s like playing against any other opponent, although you are aware that that is their livelihood,” Tapscott said. “They are excellent players, and for the most very nice people, but they put their pants on just like I do.”
Tapscott said his family has supported him in his hobby.
“My entire family follows my tournament play, gives me encouragement and are as happy as I am when I make a final table,” Tapscott said. “Making a cash (winning money) in a poker tournament is like scoring a touchdown in a football game.”
Tapscott said he doesn’t have any plans to retire from tournament poker any time soon.
“I will keep competing as long as my mental state and body will let me and as long as it continues to be enjoyable,” Tapscott said.