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The Balance of Poker and Life
It's not an easy thing to do you know. You've got a busy job, a hectic family life, and somehow you still find the time to win The League Master Leader-board at PokerStars School. Any player that can do that has surely found the balance between poker and life. In this Winners Wall interview we chat with Steinar 'Steinardo79' Lindberg who did exactly that, taking the top spot in March for T$500.

PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from, age, job, etc?
My name is Steinar and I'm 40-years-old. I was born and raised in a place called Buvik, the Viking capital of Norway, and moved to Oslo in 2006. I'm happily married and the proud father of four beautiful boys. In my day job I work as a Senior Relationship Manager in one of the major Nordic banks.

PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
I was first introduced to the game when a friend and work colleague of mine started organizing some home games in the early 2000s. He was an internet grinder at that time in the world-famous poker community of Trondheim, but I managed to get my fair share of the prize pool regularly. Don't know if I have some talent or just pure luck.

PokerStars School: Who is your poker hero, the player you admire the most and why?
No one special, perhaps maybe Preben Stokkan and Johnny Lodden.

PokerStars School: You won the Master League in April, tell us about this, was it easy or hard?
I played fairly well in the first week, playing tight-aggressive poker and bagging a 1st-placed finish early on. The following weeks I played "scared poker" and didn't have much success. I started playing too wide an opening range and cold-calling too much out of position. I feel that the field, in general, is nitty enough so tightening up in the early phase is probably the right style to win.

PokerStars School: What do you like most about the new league?
I think the minimal entry fee removes a lot of the worst 'freeroller' players. The new league is easier to combine with an active work/family lifestyle. I played the league back in 2017 and at that time the format was not anything close to a "happy wife - happy life" as I had to constantly play in order to win anything.

PokerStars School: What was your best tournament result of the month?
I had an amazing first week, with a 1st, 5th, and 10th place finish in the early tournaments. The win early on set me up well for the rest of the month.

PokerStars School: Do you think that you have more chances to win tournament dollars (T$) with the new system?
I think I'm an above average poker player, and will probably be able to bag some T$ again. I would say yes to this question.

PokerStars School: What is your favorite format? Is it tournaments, sit & go's, cash games, or spin & go's?
I enjoy tourneys the most, but I can't play a lot of them as I have household obligations. I play some ZOOM, but don't currently have the patience to be a winning player at it. I try to attend the Norwegian Poker Championships (live events in Dublin and one locally in Norway) every year, but as the Norwegian players are fairly competent I often play scared poker in those big field events and haven't had much success yet, but I believe I'll get there someday.

Balancing poker and family life is something Steinar has seemed to perfected.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
Steinardo79: I try to soak up all the information I can from watching YouTube videos and studying the game. I've watched a lot of the Assassinato-webinars lately and have realized that cold-calling 3bets and marginal hands out of position is -EV. I try playing fairly tight in the early phase and changing gears to being almost overly aggressive when close to the final table.

PokerStars School: In what way has the School helped you improve your poker game?
It has helped me a lot realizing what's +EV plays and what are not.

PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to other players just starting off.
Play tight aggressive, and don't call too often out of position at the table. You can even consider mucking pairs (even AA) most of the time vs raise from passive players OTT/R. Don't always C-bet junk hands OOP. These tips would be for The League tournaments only.
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