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In this Winners Wall article we interview long-time PokerStars School member Shaun '73REX73' Emmerson to find out about the great month he had in February, how he got into poker in the first place and his biggest tournament win to date. Shaun is from thre UK and has been a member of the school since 2010. Let's find out a little more about him...

PokerStars School: How did you first get into poker?
I first got into online poker around the year 2004 after seeing poker being played on television, as a family we always played cards but never poker. Luckily around that time we had bought a computer and had access to the internet, so I started playing play money games and became hooked, after a while playing I searched the internet on how to improve my game and found PokerStars School.

PokerStars School: How many hours a week would you play poker? And how much time do you spend reviewing hands and studying the game?
I have never kept a record how many hours I play poker because it depends on how long I last in a tournament. I am trying to get better at reviewing hands and studying the game and taking advantage of the school, but playing is more fun.

PokerStars School: Why do you think poker is so popular?
I think poker is so popular because the game is so easy to learn to be able to play, but there are always more things to learn and become a better player, which keeps the game interesting and with poker anyone can beat anyone on a good day where else in a competitive environment can that happen .

PokerStars School: Tell us about your league experience during February, how was it for you?
My 'The League' experience during February was a good one, I had some good results early in the month and was vying for first place , but could never clinch the first place in a tournament, so eventually was overtaken by other players for the top positions.

PokerStars School: Do you think the new The League format is better, have you more chances to win now?
I think the new league format is better because more players have a chance of a prize and fewer games need to be played each month to compete.

PokerStars School: Tell us about your deep run in the Community Tournament, what were the highs & lows?
One high I had in the Community Tournament was a hand I had in the big blind, the small blind raised and I had a suited hearts hand and the flop gave me a pair and a flush draw, I managed to double my stack in the hand as my opponent also had a flush draw, but my pair won me the hand . A low point for me was a mistake I made on the last two tables where tiredness came into play and a hand I would have folded after an opponent went all in as a three-bet I called and I was dominated by their hand.

PokerStars School: What's your best tournament result so far, what's your biggest win?
My best tournament result so far happened in 2009 when I placed fourth out of 661 players in a $2.20 buy-in tournament for $ 249, I always remember the hand I exited on because it was a bad beat for a big pay jump.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
Every table you encounter as a poker player is different, so I believe you have to be willing to adjust your strategy to exploit your opponents not just have a strategy set in stone.

PokerStars School: Has PokerStars School helped you in any way to improve your game?
PokerStars School has really helped me improve my game and I would never have the positive results without the resources the school has to offer.

PokerStars School: What advice would you give to new players thinking of taking up the game of poker?
The advice I would give to new players thinking of taking up the game of poker is to be patient and view poker as a long term journey which may take lots of study and hard work, but success will come if you put in the hard work.
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Player '73REX73' has been credited with T$25 as a token of thanks for sharing his story. Would you like to share your story? See here for more details.

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