PokerStars homepage
Making Money While Testing Your Poker Skills
In our latest Winners Wall interview, we chat with the winner of the June Initiation League at PokerStars School to find out a little more about what his win means to him.

PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi. My name is Erwin, I am 38-years-old and I've been living in Cornwall in the United Kingdom for 5 years now, but am originally from the Netherlands. I'm currently working as a painter/decorator, and I've also had an IT background.

PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
My first poker experience was about 20 years ago in a dodgy casino in Amsterdam. I was pretty much new to the game so I observed mostly. Years later I met a friend who was into online poker, and I gradually picked it up from there. That was back in 2008.

The competition was feirce but DappereDodo6 topped the table in the end.

PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
I wouldn't say my poker heroes, but I find it's always fascinating to watch the big stars like Durr, Phil Ivey, Negreanu, etc. Oh, and I love to see Phil Hellmuth tilting!

PokerStars School: You won the Initiation League in June, tell us about this, was it easy or hard?
I started the month very strong. I won the first match and came 3rd the second, so I was miles ahead of the rest of the field. The games after that I didn't play very well, I was so busy with not dying that I played too cautiously. I managed to hold on to the top spot on the leaderboard, however. During the last 2 matches, my rivals got close, but I was lucky that they didn't score enough points to kick me off the first position. This month I've hardly scored any points, yet.

PokerStars School: What do you like most about the new league?
Well, I haven't played the old league so I wouldn't know, but I must say I find this Initiation League a great initiative, and I can recommend it to all. New (or at least learning) players can contest for free and make some T$'s while testing your skills against others.

PokerStars School: What is your favorite format? Is it tournaments, sit & go's, cash games, or spin & go's?
By far the format I play most is Spin & Go MAX. I love the fast pace and if you play them a lot, you develop certain format-specific strategies that can boost profits. But of course, if you lose, you lose a lot quickly! Also, I like to play progressive KO's. And I sometimes play the big MTT's with low buy-in.

DappereDodo6 got off to a really good start at the beginning of the month.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker?
The strategies I use are dependent on the format I play, for instance, a Spin & Go MAX with 18 hands until all-in shoot-out I would play quite differently than a normal tournament with 5 minutes per blind level.

PokerStars School: In what way has the School helped you improve your poker game?
I have played quite a bit over the years but since I joined the School I have realized that there is so much more to learn. Many things I used to think were obvious, but to have them explained in detail just helps to keep my thought-processes in order. Also, formulas to calculate equity and pro-hand-reviews I find very useful.

PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting?
Play micro buy-ins until you are confident enough to step up. Also, KO tournaments are a great way to earn back your buy-in quickly, without having to play for hours straight for the bubble to burst, etc. Take a break when you think you MIGHT be a bit tilted, and of course, never gamble with money you can't afford to lose!
Congratulate Erwin by leaving him a comment below.
Player 'DappereDodo6' 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.

X Cookies Information

We have placed cookies on your computer to improve your experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.