PokerStars School: First of all, congratulations on an impressive result! Tell us a little about yourself?
TELex878: My name is Nikita, I'm 29-years-old and from St. Petersburg. In my day job I work as an Economist and poker is a hobby for me.
PokerStars School: How long have you been playing poker in general and at PokerStars in particular?
TELex878: I've been playing poker for about nine years since I first discovered PokerStars. Like most players, I started by playing lots of freerolls. It was important at that time to win money without a deposit. I played everything: cash, mtt, omaha, badugi - it didn't matter. Then I realised that this is not the most competent approach. Instead, I began to focus on Sit & Go's, study articles, videos and popular books at that time, so I could learn more about the game and improve.
TELex878: I've been visiting the school since I first started playing all those years ago but it's only in recent times that I really started to systematically work through all the content here. The videos, articles, courses, and quizzes have really helped my game improve.
PokerStars School: How long have you been playing in the league? Have you been successful before?
TELex878: Not that long, I've only started playing The League since the summer of 2017 and then only occasionally as a past-time, not taking it too seriously. So this result of winning in September of 2018 was my first taste of success playing The League.
PokerStars School: Did you have a game plan for The League this month, or did it 'just happen'?
TELex878: At the very start of the month there was no strategic plan or anything like that. Then I won my 3rd tournament of the month and I thought what the hell, let's give it a go this month. I set aside time to play the 32 tournaments and I had an extra desire and motivation to do well. There was plenty of drama and suspense, right up until the last tournament and I only won by a few points in the end, it was a close cut thing.
TELex878: More tournaments, of course, I might play some bigger buy-in events but won't go too crazy. If I get any big results in these tournaments I will definitely cash out some and spend some of my winnings on family and friends.
PokerStars School: And finally do you have any tips or advice for other members of the poker school?
TELex878: Yes, even if it seems that it's all bad beats don't get dis-heartened, the wins can come at the most unexpected of times. Just keep trying your best.
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