PokerStars School: Tell us a little more about yourself?
Taurus221: Thanks for asking me to do this interview. I'm 28-years-old and I live in Miskolc, which is the fourth largest city in Hungary. I love poker and I joined the poker school back in 2013 to help me improve my game.
PokerStars School: Tell us about how you first got into poker? What attracted you to the game?
Taurus221: I guess it was back around 2005 when I first saw poker on TV, there was a sort of 'poker boom' in my country at that time. Unfortunately, though I wasn't 18 at the time so I had to wait. I was also very focussed on studies for high school and I guess I didn't really start playing poker in earnest until 2013.
PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
Taurus221: That's a tough question, as I have many. If I had to pick only one it would be Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot, he is a high stake MTT and SNG regular. His knowledge about this game is really phenomenal, and he is very detailed because in his streams he can really explain why he did that move on that street, why he raised that size, etc, so I get an insight into how he thinks about specific situations. I learn a lot from him, plus he is fun to watch.
PokerStars School: You did really well in this year's SCOOP series. Tell us a little bit about your experience?
Taurus221: Yes, I did OK I guess. I managed to finish in the money in two events on the same day, both 60-L and 62-L events, but it was the 62-L 109$ SCOOP Main Event where I had my best finish cashing for $364. For both these events, I managed to win my entry playing special $2 Spin & Go's which makes it even sweeter. It was a long Sunday for me, playing over 12 hours straight, but I got great support from other players in my blog posts.
We love to see our members running so deep in big events.
PokerStars School: What are the best tournament results of your poker career to date?
Taurus221: MTT's are not my regular grind, so I haven't had too many wins. I do remember winning over $600 once playing a $3.50 180-Man tournament, that was fun!
PokerStars School: What would be your favorite format then?
Taurus221: Mostly anything that's shorthanded and hyper. I used to play lots of hyper tournaments when I started out first. Then the Spin & Go's got better and better so I switched to those where you'll find me usually playing the $3 games.
PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
Taurus221: I just try to put into practice what I've learned from the articles and videos here or from the Twitch streams. When I'm playing I just try to adjust to the different player types at my table and to the different situations that arise.
PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off?
Taurus221: I guess I have two main pieces of advice. Firstly, use the Poker Forum actively. It might sound strange but this has really helped me improve. It's a great place to interact and learn from more experienced players about hands and strategy tips. Secondly, always use solid Bankroll Management to ensure that you don't go broke. I've busted my roll in the past a few times, so I'm speaking from experience on this one. Always have the optimal buy-in whatever format you play, don't be result oriented, and if you feel you can't play your best then leave the tables. If you follow this advice your more likely to become a winning and successful player.
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