PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, name, age, etc...
merseymike5: My name is Mike Heaps and I've just turned 60-years-old this year. I live in Knowsley Village, Merseyside, in the United Kingdom.
PokerStars School: How did you first get into poker?
merseymike5: I started poker 5 years ago after giving up my job as a supermarket manager to become a full-time carer for Michael, my 11-year-old son, who is autistic.
PokerStars School: How many hours a week would you play poker? And how much time do you spend reviewing hands and studying the game?
merseymike5: Well, Micheal is at school during the day, and this gives me some time to play, about 5-10 hours per week. I also spend a couple of hours reviewing my poker hands to see where I'm making mistakes.
PokerStars School: When did you first join PokerStars School and what do you like most about the site?
merseymike5: Very soon after joining PokerStars I discovered the poker school here. Although I enjoyed playing I quickly realised that I knew very little about poker and that's how PokerStars School became invaluable to me.
PokerStars School: Has PokerStars School helped you in any way to improve your game?
merseymike5: Absolutely, especially the courses and quizzes which really helped me a lot. I learned a lot from the live training sessions also and very soon I became quite confident at the tables, able to hold my own at micro stakes and even make a small profit at cash games.
PokerStars School: You watch a lot of Pete's streams on the school Twitch channel, do you find these streams useful?
merseymike5: I saw Pete stream for the first time last year and ever since I always try not to miss one of his streams. To get that level of teaching for free is amazing. I would sometimes watch his stream and then watch it again the very next day to really try and soak up all the information from it. I've also read Pete's book '100 Hands' which my wife bought for me at Christmas.
PokerStars School: If you could pick a topic for a Twitch poker stream what would it be and why?
merseymike5: I love Pete's concept videos and articles, things like mindset, tilt, and being prepared. I love that kind of poker material and would love to see more of it.
PokerStars School: What advice would you give to new players thinking of taking up the game of poker?
merseymike5: I would advise them to watch all of Pete's sessions. As a result of PokerStars School and Pete's training, I can proudly say that I've won 20+ MTT's this year at micro stakes and increased my bankroll by 400%!!! It's all about applying what you learn to the tables when you play.
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