PokerStars School: How did you first get into poker?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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?
73REX73: 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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