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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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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?
DappereDodo6:
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!
 
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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.

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