One such player that did that was 'meowPS' who went on to win the first ever European Community Tournament. We caught up with him to find out 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...
meowPS: I'm a 28-year-old student from Bavaria, Germany. I am playing online poker for about one year now. I have played a few hundred hours this year and I have also spent a lot of time reading poker books and analyzing my game.
PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
meowPS: My big sister is playing poker for some time and she introduced me to the game and showed me the basic rules. Besides, I was eager to learn more about myself. I mean poker is not only a game against your opponents but also a game against yourself.
PokerStars School: You won the Community Tournament for $355.00. Tell us about the tournament, was it an easy game, what were the highs and lows?
meowPS: To be honest it was more luck than skill. If I will be lucky enough to win more tournaments time will tell. At the beginning of the tournament, I faced a lot of unpredictable and unreasonable players, but I was lucky enough to make my way through that mess to the final table.
PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
meowPS: I am a beginner and I am lacking experience but this is what I take into account...
- position awareness
- counting outs
- awareness of my own table image and of the table image of others
- adjust range
- type of players and type of game/table
meowPS: The school gave me the opportunity to participate in several tournaments for free which was very helpful to gain experience.
PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to beginners?
meowPS: First of all become familiar with the basics. By saying basics I mean to play the first two cards, to read the flop, counting outs and calculating odds. Furthermore, consider reading some books about poker. Learn about your tilt and the tilt of others. You need much experience especially when it comes to reading your opponent, so do not get frustrated. Do not play high stakes. On your way to the top do not skip a limit, ever! Bankroll Management is very very important! Keep track of your statistics by using poker software. In the beginning, I have spent around half of the time by analyzing my own games and reading books.