PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from, age, job etc...
Shamarec: My name is Mar Eclarino and I'm a full-time pastry chef from New Zealand.
PokerStars School: How did you first get into poker?
Shamarec: My friends introduced to me the game and I got curious. I started playing poker for play money and watched some YouTube videos to learn the basic rules. In the beginning, I just played freerolls.
PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
Shamarec: My poker hero is Daniel Negreanu. I admire how he reads his opponents and can put them on an exact range of hands, it's a great skill.
PokerStars School: You finished 75th in a $215 Turbo Series event for $582.09. Tell us a little about this tournament.
Shamarec: I actually won my way into that tournament via a satellite. I love turbos and when the Turbo Series on PokerStars began I decided to deposit $20 and try my luck. I played an $11 satty and won my entry into the $215 event where I finished in the money. I was lucky.
PokerStars School: What is your favourite format? Is it tournaments, sit & go's, cash games, or spin & go's?
Shamarec: I like playing tournaments because I find it easier to grow my bankroll with them. With tournaments you can turn a few cents into hundreds of dollars with the right combination of skill and luck.
PokerStars School: Any live poker experience?
Shamarec: Yes, I've played in live casinos for both cash games and tournaments however I prefer the online experience and its more convenient for me. I can sit in my favourite chair with lots of food and drink while chatting with friends and family. I can play online anytime and anywhere I want. I do plan to play a live tournament this coming May. It's a big event and I hope it will be a good result.
PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
Shamarec: My number one strategy on playing tournaments is to be patient. You have to wait for the good hands before you enter the pot. Every time I enter pot I always keep in my mind that I should take this pot because every single chip in a tournament is important. You have to avoid leaking chips early. I also try to read my opponents in every single hand. When I do bluff occasionally I choose the right time to do it by studying my opponents' weakness before deciding if a bluff will work against them or not.
PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off?
Shamarec: My advice to poker players especially who are just starting off like me is to study a lot by reading some poker strategy, watching some videos, join this poker community because it will help you a lot. Use solid bankroll management and learn how to deal with variance. Before you invest some real money you must have full confidence that you can win at the tables.
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