15 Great – Josh Arieh
Every tournament poker player knows that feeling. Down to 15 big blinds, they will have to work their way back into the race in order to aim for the top prize. Josh Arieh, 2021 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, is a man who knows all about it.
Having already cashed in over $1.2 million at the 2022 WSOP, Arieh took time out of the World Series to answer our diabolical “15 Bigs” questions in an effort to spin his stack.
Is ‘Golfer Josh’ doubling down or collapsing? Does he hit the traps or find the fairway? He is thoroughly and at risk…
You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV show or movie to watch on repeat, what’s your choice?
Office – the American version. It’s what I saw first, so naturally I like it better.
If you were stranded on a desert island with just one book for company, what would it be?
I do not read.
What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever?
The Smiths – How long is it now?
Where is your favorite place to play poker and why?
The World Series of Poker. I want to compete against the best in the world – that’s where it’s at.
If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meals and drink?
Nobu and an ice cold bottle of Diet Coke.
What’s your favorite non-poker vacation destination?
The Bahamas. I love crystal clear water.
You can play poker every day for a year or not play poker for 12 whole months – what do you choose?
No poker for a year.
Who is the person you no longer have around you and who do you miss the most?
Who would you most like to meet but have never met?
When was the last time life put you on tilt?
Two mornings ago, trying to pick up my car from the ARIA valet and it took so long, I decided to walk to the World Series instead.
If you couldn’t play in the WSOP Main Event next year, which member of your family would you put in the action in your place?
Oh my God. Can I buy for $9,800? Each family member draws dead!
What is your best poker skill?
I am honest with myself. I know when I’m at my best and I know when I’m completely dusting the money.
And your biggest leak?
I get into a funk that I don’t give a fuck about sometimes.
If you could change one rule in poker, what would it be?
I don’t want a rule change. I just want the rules to be applied evenly and fairly! Phil Hellmuth (below) continues to be a little bitch and treats people the way he wants and still gets away with it.
Ironically, Phil Hellmuth has encountered Tiger Woods quite often. Do we sense a change of heart if Big Phil can connect “Golfer Josh” with his golfing hero?
You only have ten seconds with the person of your dreams… how about that?
If I only have 10 seconds with the person of my dreams – my girlfriend – there won’t be much discussion!
A man of few words, but Arieh has proven himself to be the doer of the World Series of Poker. Winning the WSOP Player of the Year award last year and cashing in over $1.2 million at the 2022 WSOP, all eyes will be on him in the remaining events as he fights to retain his POY crown.