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While reading through the poker forum we came across a good news story from player 'braxtonkiwara' who said they had won a Spin & Go Max tournament over the holidays for $830! Of course, we wanted to hear more so we caught up with him to find out more about it...

PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background?
braxtonkiwara: My name is Braxton Kiwara, I'm 29years old and I hail from Hastings, New Zealand but currently reside in Hamilton. Presently I'm a stay at home dad.

PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
braxtonkiwara: It's a funny story that one... My mum taught me and my siblings how to play poker at a very young age and she would give us pocket money every week then ask us if we wanted to play poker for it. Funny thing is she won every single time and I always use to wonder how she won till I got older and caught her stacking the cards. It taught me a valuable lesson that you shouldn't take your eyes off the dealer, and that's how I was introduced to poker.

PokerStars School: You won the Spin & Go Max for $830. Tell us about the tournament, was it an easy game, what were the highs and lows?
braxtonkiwara: Well it was about 10 am my time (NZT) when I spun that $830 top-prize. I had a low stack for about 6 hands into the tournament then started chipping at low stacks for about 7 to 8 hands. From then on I started adopting a reckless attitude because I was top stacking and that's what got me over the line for the win I was contemplating the cashout option of 520 but my little inner voice said go for the middle so without a second thought I pushed it and what do you know, $830 was there and it was a very exciting and memorable moment for me.

PokerStars School: Are Spin & Go's your main game, or do you play other formats?
braxtonkiwara: I play Spin & Go's every time I jump on PokerStars but the MAX games are where I play most. I've won a lot of MAX games about 120 out of 200 games I've played ranging from the low buy-ins to medium and high buy-ins. So far I have hit about 5 golden tables. But I do play the other formats such as tournaments and bounty KO's.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
braxtonkiwara: Yes and no depending on how I'm feeling at the time with a Spin and Go I usually wait till the last 10 hands before I make my move as the blinds a much higher and people are less inclined to risk it before the all-in phase.

PokerStars School: In what way did the School help you improve?
braxtonkiwara: PokerStars School taught me a whole lot. It's kinda hard to pinpoint the exact thing that changed my game but if I was to take a guess it would probably be the course on Bankroll Management, it changed my view on poker forever and its a must have piece of knowledge.

PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to beginners?
braxtonkiwara: Do your homework because there is nothing worse than going into a situation blind, in other words, its best to know everything you can before approaching the task at hand and that's with everything in life.

Player 'braxtonkiwara' 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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