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Finding the Time to Master Poker
In this Winners Wall interview we catch up with Canadian player Adam 'hooble1' Schmelzle who says that the hardest thing about winning The League Masters in March was not the tournaments themselves but actually finding the time to play in them. Read on to find out more...

PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from, age, job, etc...
I'm a 40-year-old stay at home Dad from London, Ontario. I used to make mobile phone games for flip phones ("Attack Chopper 3D", was my first game), then iPhone's, then Android's ("Origami Daisy", was the most popular). When that dried up I drove Uber for a while as well.

PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
My very first introduction to poker was from playing some home games with my friends, that's where I got my first taste of poker.

PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
I don't really have one. Never been much into the celebrity/historical aspect of the players.

PokerStars School: You won the Master League in March, tell us about this, was it easy or hard?
The hardest part about The League was making sure to set the time aside in the evenings to play every tournament. I don't tend to think of any poker tournament as hard or easy when I'm playing. They all have a challenge in their own way since you have to adjust your strategy based on the way the field is playing back at you. I find that much of the field in league tournaments are playing scared, instead of playing to win.

PokerStars School: What do you like most about the new league?
I really enjoy playing with other players from Canada. Our field is fairly small, and the games are usually pretty friendly.

A total of 5 final tables helped Adam on his way to League success during the month.

PokerStars School: What was your best tournament result of the month?
In The League I managed to get a first-place finish and a couple of other final tables. Outside the league, I won a $3.30 7-Card Stud 8 tournament for $97.

PokerStars School: Do you think that you have more chances to win T$ with the new system?
Absolutely! I attempted the old league system a handful of times over the last few years and was never impressed. The old scoring system required us to play every single game, and they ran 3 or 4 every day! Some players really did log a result in every single ranked game, which doesn't seem possible for a normal human to do if they plan to sleep or buy groceries, or change diapers.

PokerStars School: What is your favorite format? Is it tournaments, sit & go's, cash games, or spin & go's?
I'm an MTT tournament junkie for the most part. The odd Spin & Go Max if I'm super short on time, or a turbo Sit & Go if I only have an hour to spare.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
I try to attack weaker players relentlessly, and without fear. At least until they catch that river, and wreck me.

PokerStars School: In what way has the School helped you improve your poker game?
When I first started playing in home games, I had no idea what I was doing. I saw that the school was giving out some free tickets for doing lessons and gave it a try. Going through the full trail of school lessons really improved my game a ton. It's hard to say how it helped me specifically since I was terrible at everything before going through the lessons. After finishing that the old "trout stream" Twitch sessions with Lee Jones was my favorite resource for improving my game.

PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off?
I always point new people to the school because of how much it helped me, for all the reasons mentioned above. PokerStars School has been a very helpful resource for me on my poker journey.
Congratulate Adam on his The League win!
Leave him a comment below.

Player 'hooble1' 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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