Joseph Cheong joins us hours after making the 2010 November Nine from the Rio in Las Vegas. Many feel that Cheong might be the most dangerous player left in the field, even more so than Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. Cheong, who goes by the online name “subiime” is part of the World Series of Poker Main Event’s final nine players who will resume play in November to crown the world champion. He originally hails from La Mirada, California but went to the University of California at San Diego and got his start in live poker at the local Oceans 11 poker room.
The 24-year-old pro comes into the 2010 WSOP November Nine with the third highest stack with many picking him to win it all. To his credit, he already has a Mini FTOPS crown on his resume, earned in May of 2009 which made him $55,000. In July of 2009 he won the $75,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker and the $22,500 Guarantee for a combined amount just over $50,000. He also has won a $340 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego county for a first prize of $17,000 in March 2010.
In this interview, Cheong talks about his very impressive education and how he got his start into poker. He reveals his roots in live poker at the Oceans 11 room in Oceanside, CA and how he started in the $1-$2 and $5-$5 cash games. He also explains how he now lives on the road chasing the tournament trail and talks about what is in store for him now that he’s part of poker’s elite. Finally, he answers some questions about key moments in the final days of the WSOP Main Event including take a sick bad beat at the hands of fellow November Nine member Filippo Candio which would have given him the chip lead.