PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from, age, job etc
davejack96: My names Dave, I am 23 years old, an economics graduate from Edinburgh about to start a job as a collateral analyst in a bank.
PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
davejack96: I had played a couple times for fun with my friends at 17-18 but never for money. Then when I was 19 I suffered a broken femur playing football. As you can imagine this resulted in a lot of time unable to do much, and I was already a keen sports bettor. I started playing online and trying out all the games for small stakes and got hooked! I came across youtube, twitch streams and of course PokerStars School and began to get more interested in the strategy side of the game.
PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
davejack96: My poker hero has to be Viktor 'isildur1' Blom. Although I wasn't around when he was in his prime coming up I have since learned of his stories from the glory days, the sick sessions battling anyone who wanted action with a new fearless playstyle and he continues to be an idol to this day to many. My only 'isildur' interaction is that he actually knocked me out of the old TCOOP Main Event when I sattied in two years ago… if my chips were going to anyone I was happy with them going to him.
PokerStars School: You are doing well in the Turbo Series so far, tell us about this. Have you played many tournaments? what was your biggest cash in the series so far?
davejack96: I haven't played too many, but I took 39th in event 09 - $109 6 Max Progressive KO Win The Button which is easily my favourite way to play NL Holdem. It has every ingredient for aggressive play which suits my play style. I eventually busted AK v QQ for a 50BB stack but my run was good for $1410.
PokerStars School: What do you like most about the Turbo Series?
davejack96: I like the variety of formats and buy-ins so that there's a lot to choose from and something for everyone. But mostly it gives people who wouldn't have 10+ hours to potentially commit to a tournament a chance to play in a big event and have a shot at a big score.
PokerStars School: What has been your biggest lifetime cash to date?
davejack96: I'm not primarily a tournament player so I think my biggest cash is around $5000. I've had several 4 figure scores but I am yet to hit anything big.
PokerStars School: What is your favourite format? Is it Turbos only, or do you play any sit & go's, cash games, spin & go's etc?
davejack96: My main game is 6 max hyper sit & gos but I also play tournaments, cash and live cash.
PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
davejack96: I just try to think about the hands that I can have, the hands my opponent can have and where my current hand fits into that picture. As stated above I do like to play on the aggressive side.
PokerStars School: In what way has the School helped you improve your poker game?
davejack96: The school was slightly different when I first went through the courses but I believe it can build a strong fundamental foundation for any player starting out and also has some advanced concepts for more experienced players to learn, brush up on and revisit.
PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off.
davejack96: Fold more! When starting out it's true that they say tight is right. If you aren't playing the marginal hands preflop it won't lead to as many tough spots post flop. You can gradually open up as you get more comfortable with your game.
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