Scott Clements, 28, is one of the best live tournament players in the world that many casual players haven't heard of yet. He has twice won bracelets at the WSOP, winning the $3k Omaha Hi-Lo in 2006 and the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2007. He won the 2006 Canadian Open championship and in November 2007 he won the World Poker Tour's North American Poker Classic. Including his 15 cashes from the WSOP, he has total live tournament winnings that approach nearly $4 million. When not traveling for poker, he resides with his wife in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Looking over your impressive resume of live tournament success, what is it about your game that when you go deep in tournaments you really close them out well?
I think it is a combination of not letting any thoughts of money get in the way, and my background in competitive sports. I have always felt like I played my best when it matters most.
A million different things run through my head at the table, and they all have to do with winning the tournament, and how I can do that one hand at a time.
Friends of mine needed a place to hold a weekly game, my house was best option. I liked the competition, and it grew from there. The transition was unexpected. I had opened a mortgage company with a business partner, and they (parent company) closed it down approximately the same time I started my success in poker.
I started live, but a friend introduced me to online. I feel like I have always been a live player who plays online.
Branching out into other games has always interested me. I heard the rules of Omaha Hi-Lo, and tried it in 3 Sit-n-Gos. I won all 3, and have never looked back. I learned Omaha hi, and Limit Omaha 8 from my experience in PLO8. They both were easy transitions to make.
I don't think it will. It is a very slow game played live, and usually only played in the limit variation for the highest stakes.
Play hands that scoop pots, and recognize when to fold a one way draw.
It has grown a bit for the past few years. in 2006, I played like 33 live events. Last year, I played maybe 75-80, including a few satellites. This will be my biggest year, and I plan to play over 100 tournaments. I am really shooting to win one of the Player of the Year awards (Cardplayer, Bluff).
It does for sure. my wife and I purchased a place in Las Vegas to cut down on that, and when we play in LA, we rent a place on Hermosa Beach. Comfort is definitely in our thoughts when we decide where to stay.
There are many players that I look up to, and for many different reasons. Tournament strategy wise, I talk to Jason Mercier a lot, because I respect his game, and feel like he can help my game. But I still plan on beating him in both Player of the Year races.
My wife is amazing, and when we travel together, we are a team that prepares for each and every tournament. She makes sure we get healthy food, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This helps me constantly perform to the best of my abilities.
Relaxing is not relaxing for me. I thrive on competition, so I enjoy basketball, golf, and any other competition I can do during time off.
It has helped me see some of the mistakes I have made by being lazy. I enjoy being a part of such a respected site, and I am excited to help others grow, while I also grow myself.
All of my wins have been great, but I like to remember my mistakes, and the times I have not played my best. It is a horrible feeling and if I remember them, I am less likely to make that mistake again.
I strive to win bracelets in many different variations. Specifically I want to win the PLO8 title, I felt like it fell through my hands last year.
Real Estate investments. I plan on doing this in the near future, while still playing poker.
The salmon and steak dinner my wife and I cook at least once a week. Definitely one of my favorite things to do.
As a good poker player, but a better person.