It’s hard to be considered a journeyman when you’ve put together $1.9 million career earnings but Blake Bohn has been grinding the domestic circuit since the start of the poker boom across the Midwest.
Bohn has two deep runs in the past year: he finished in 7th place in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in August and the Borgata Poker Open Championship in September. “I’ve made lots of deep runs in the past three years and been playing with great players,” he said. “I consider myself a really good player, but I’m still learning. I picked the brains of a couple close friends already and I’m not naive enough to think I don’t have to keep learning.”
“My deep runs in the past have set me up, besides Daniel (Negreanu) I have the most experience while deep in tournaments,” Bohn continued. “I’m calm, I’m not afraid to bust, I’m not afraid to win and I’m willing to do what it takes to get to the top.”
Bohn headed into the final level of the night in the bottom third of the counts, but he felt he was right where he needed to be. “It’s pretty exciting – the energy is exciting, but I’m not gonna lie, the poker has been boring,” he said. “I’ve been grinding an 18-25 big blind stack. So my poker has been pretty standard. It’s a lot more fun if I have a bigger stack where I can play more hands. But I’m getting a little more chips now and I can step out of the box a little bit.”
“I actually wouldn’t even call it grinding, I’m enjoying the process. Something that every poker player dreams of is running this deep in the Main Event and I’m fortunate enough to be living it right now,” Bohn said.
Bohn’s two largest cashes are $288,000 and $280,000 – not a far cry from where the payouts are with 31 players left in the tournament. “Well, nobody is going to shake a stick at $211,000, but when I put up $10,000 that’s not what I came to play for,” he said. “If before the tournament started they offered me $200,000 I would have shook their hand and took it and ran.”
“I had a pretty awful summer quite honestly. I went home twice, I played like 15 events and cashed three times,” he continued. “I feel like I’m better than that, I wasn’t playing my best and got a little sick. I’m just trying to play my best in this one and I got off to a pretty good start. I’ve never been at risk, I’ve never been extremely short stacked and when the money has gone in I’ve had it.”
Bohn’s conservative play on Day 6 earned him the image he wanted. “These players here think I’m the tightest player in the world and that’s not who I am, but they don’t know that,” he said. “That’s my image right now after playing with them all day. When I raise they’re folding the top of their range because they think I have it. It’s fun, that’s why we play the game.”
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