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The Long Days Are Worth It
Back in February of this year we chatted with, a 23-year-old economics graduate from Edinburgh about his huge success in the PokerStars Turbo series. This month we're back chatting with Dave again this time about his huge win in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) series. Let's find out more...

PokerStars School: Tell us about your SCOOP series, how many tournaments did you cash for and for how much?
Overall in this years SCOOP I had buy-ins totaling $12,000 and cashed for $77,000 for a profit of the best part of $55,000.

PokerStars School: Did you mix it up a little with formats, or pick out a selection of tournaments that suited your style best?
I don't play a lot of tournaments so I definitely choose the ones that I most like the look of in terms of format and structure, but to be honest most of the SCOOP events are so enticing that you do want to play most of them if you can.

PokerStars School: Of all the SCOOP tourneys you played this year which one was the most memorable, and for what reason?
Without a doubt, it would be event 52-M $215NL $500k GTD. I ended up making a deep run and taking second place for $55,000. It was my first final table in a prestigious online series so it was of course memorable. I was happy with how I had played all through the tournament and final table too.

One tournament can make a huge difference as you can see in this chart.

PokerStars School: When there are highs, there are also lows... Did you experience any rough patches during the series?
The toughest moment for me was when I'd won a seat in a $2,100 Sunday Warm-up special edition. Of course, now playing with a lot of the real top players, I had played well and managed to run up a very good stack before losing a massive pot with AK < QQ which left me short and ultimately I busted close to the money. This is just how tournaments go sometimes but it was a painful way to end my biggest buy-in of the series.

PokerStars School: Describe the grind, are SCOOP days long? How did you balance long hours at the tables with rest and work/personal life?
For sure the days can be long with the slow structures but to be honest I am happy when the sessions are long as that means you are running deep in something! The sleep, work, and social schedule do suffer a bit however these are the sacrifices we make.

PokerStars School: What's next for Dave, any big live or online games in your sights?
I actually have a holiday to Vegas coming up at the end of June, it is not planned as a poker trip but with the world series on I will be looking to dip my toe in the water and see what is on offer. Other than that, I will just continue the grind.
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