“Being a champion means that you prepare in everything you do, relentlessly. It’s that quality in life that separates the good from the great and my time will come, I’m sure.”

Those were the words three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour spoke after his departing from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event in 131st place for $59,295.

Seymour was visibly disappointed but there was also a sense of pride in his voice as he had overcome more than 8,000 players to get to this point and give himself an opportunity to make a push to the final table.

“As a competitor, you always want to still be in it. You just have to try and go out and make the best decisions possible and today I had a day where I had to fold a lot of hands. I was in some pretty sick spots, I’m happy with my decisions and that’s all you can do in this game. You let the cards fall where they may and it just didn’t go my way.”

“Bittersweet” is how Seymour summarized his emotions, as the 7-time Pro Bowler is never satisfied unless he’s bringing home a victory.

“I’m very grateful for the support but as a competitor, you always want to win. In tournament poker, only a handful of guys will be happy at the end of the day but that’s what we signed up for and I knew that when I was coming in to play.”

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