Here's such a story from player 'ISVJO' who only recently won his first ever tournament on PokerStars. As we all know winning any tournament is not an easy feat, and the first tournament win is always special. Let's find out more about this player and what this win means to him.
PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from, age, job etc...
ISVJO: My name is Isaac van Londen and I come from a town called Zeist (near the big city of Utrecht) in the Netherlands. I'm 38-years-old, married to my beautiful wife Sabrina and together we have 3 kids. For my day job I work for a company that ensures that all the Community sports facilities that we have in Zeist are in good condition.
PokerStars School: How did you first get into poker?
ISVJO: So I am playing poker off and on for a few years now and I like it a lot but it was difficult to find the time to play. With work & family life is busy you can imagine that I could not play that much. Things changed, however, two months ago when I got a neck hernia and I suddenly have plenty of time to play poker, so that's what I started to do since December last year.
What made it even more exciting was the live streams and freerolls that were on for the PSPC in the Bahamas, I really enjoyed that. I followed along and played every day, what an adventure that was for Ramon Colillas who for me is the best example/reason I think anybody and especially myself can make it in poker all the way up, even via satellites... that was really exciting and triggered me more and more to want to play in tournaments also.
PokerStars School: You won your first tournament on PokerStars, tell us about this tournament, what the highs & lows?
ISVJO: I only play small buy-in tournaments and sit & go's. I was having some good results finishing both 6th (a final table which encouraged me) and 16th ( a deep run) before it finally happened, I won my first tournament! I was overjoyed! It was a 360 Turbo tournament which can be very hard to win and this was a big breakthrough for me. Now I can see clearly that I am getting better and I can win tournaments as well.
PokerStars School: What is your favourite format now? Is it tournaments, sit & go's, cash games, or spin & go's?
ISVJO: So my favourite game now is Sit & Go's with a low buy-in so I can manage my bankroll and, fingers-crossed, grow it so I can eventually play bigger buy-ins. I like to play satellites to so I have a shot at playing bigger tournaments from time to time.
PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
ISVJO: I have something like a checklist for things I do when I enter a table. At first, I check which Country my opponents are from. I feel its very important so I can already get a little bit an idea of what kind of player they are.. example: Russians (mostly) play serious, Canadians (mostly) bluff a lot from my experience.
Then the second thing that I do when I play the early stages is to try and find out what style of players are at my table so I can exploit that later. I'm also aware of my own weaknesses too and I think this is a must. The moment that you are aware of your weaknesses you immediately become a better player if that makes sense. My biggest weakness is concentration as soon as I realised that I worked on being better prepared mentally before starting to play tournaments.
PokerStars School: In what way did the School help you improve?
ISVJO: That's an easy one, it's all the free poker strategy articles and videos here, there's so much to learn and this is a valuable resource. While reading the articles I pick out all the tips that I can use and apply to my game. As a new player, I particularly liked the article about 10 Tips For Beginners which I found very useful, and I'd say a lot of other players did as well.
PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off?
ISVJO: Join PokerStars School, watch poker on Twitch, read the tips in the forum and articles and take in all the advice given. Play freerolls to start off with and avail of the free promotions here at the school, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!
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