PokerStars School: Tell us when, and why, you first started taking poker seriously?
OP-Poker James: After my first home game I was hooked. I immediately wanted to study and get good at the game after I had been fairly beaten both by bluffs and good calls. In a weird sense not being naturally good at Poker gave me an extra drive to get good. I went out and researched all the best poker books to buy and the journey really started from there.
PokerStars School: You play a lot of Spin & Go's, is this your main grind or do you play other formats?
OP-Poker James: Spin & Go's have more recently in my career become my mainstay, but if you join my stream you'll see that generally, I'm willing to try every game type out there. I always enjoy the freshness you get from trying out a new game or a game you haven't played in a while. Heads-up Poker is really my best format. If you haven't already make sure you take a look at the course here at the school.
PokerStars School: Tell us about your Bankroll challenge, how much you started with, what your goal is etc?
OP-Poker James: I started with a bankroll of $30 with the idea of getting to $1,000 with the game power Up on PokerStars. When I hit that goal I decided to go for another (this time much bigger goal) of $30,000. I'm currently at just over $5,000 dollars and things seem to be moving on nicely.
PokerStars School: We saw you bink a 240x Spin on the OP-Poker Twitch channel. Tell us about that moment?
OP-Poker James: The funny thing about Spin and Go's is that you can be happily grinding away and then out of nowhere be playing for thousands of dollars. I was actually playing a little bit off-stream trying to improve my 3-handed play when I saw the Jackpot. I knew people would want to watch so stuck the stream on and managed to take the whole thing down in front of all these people felt even more special.
James wins $3.6K!
PokerStars School: Do you think a beginner should delve into short-handed games straightaway or learn the basics at the full-ring tables first?
OP-Poker James: I think it really depends on your personality. If you are the kind of player that likes to figure things out by themselves I would suggest playing heads-up to start with. (Only small stakes mind!) It puts you in lots of tough spots and basically the pressure forces you to think critically and gain a lot of knowledge that way. I think that was the best way for me to learn. Others though much prefer being taught a more rigid structure and slowly learning concepts to add to your game and the best place to do that would be in full ring games. Try a bit of both and see which works for you!
PokerStars School: Tell us about OP-Poker and how it all got started?
OP-Poker James: Nick and I started OP-Poker as a strategic site for Power Up and we quickly grew a community around that. Eva played a big part in growing the community specifically around our Discord server, so we asked her to join us. We now focus on all new formats of poker and finding strategies to help win in these new games.
PokerStars School: And finally where can players find you playing online?
OP-Poker James: If there is a new game on PokerStars you will find me there. Currently, I've been playing the newly released 6+ tournaments as well as the Spin & Go's.