David Tuthill Aims to Keep WPT World Championship ‘In the Family’

David Tuthill is gunning for the WPT World Championship title. (Photo by Paul Oresteen)

David Tuthill is gunning for the WPT World Championship title. (Photo by Paul Oresteen)

David Tuthill went on a deep run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and has been on a tear ever since. He’s cashed in four straight World Poker Tour events and had one of the top stacks heading into Day 3 of the WPT World Championship.

He’s earned over $400,000 in past ten months; which pushed his career earnings to nearly $1.3 million. Tuthill credits his heater as mostly a boost in confidence. “I’m just playing a lot better. I’m a lot more focused and trying to make as few mistakes as possible. I’ve definitely adjusted my game a bit, but I’m just really comfortable out there.”

“I feel like stringing all these cashes together in a row since the (WSOP) Main has been such a good a run and I’ve learned so much,” Tuthill added. “That really changes you as a player. It kind of puts you in a comfort zone and I’ve been trying to maintain that.”

Tuthill’s four cashes in WPT Main Events since January came in the Borgata Winter Poker Open, the L.A. Poker Classic, the Rolling Thunder Main Event and the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. He also took down the Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater in January for $165,000.

While most players look to the WSOP Main Event as the ultimate tournament win, Tuthill sees the WPT World Championship as his white whale. “This is the the World Championship man, I want to win this one more than the (WSOP) Main, I mean I want the money from the Main, but I consider the WPT as the preeminent brand in poker and I’ve always wanted to win a WPT.”

“Most of my really good friends in poker have won WPT titles, Stam (Keven Stammen) won this last year and I want to keep it in the family,” Tuthill continued. “This is a very important tournament to me. Of course the money is important – but in terms of prestige I want this one real bad.”

Tuthill’s focus on winning the Season XIII-ending event clouded his plans for after the event. “I don’t really make plans – I might go play an LAPT or SCOOP before the World Series. I guess we’ll see – I’m gonna win this tournament and play it by ear.”

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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