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Winning Big for a Small Buy-in
Here's a short interview with PokerStars School player Steve '20Mo_MoneY01' Dumais who finished 4th in a Bounty Builder tournament for $578.54. What's even better he managed to satellite into this $44 tournament for just a mere $3.30. Let's hear more...

PokerStars School: Tell us a little about yourself, what's your background, where do you come from?
I live in Hemmingford, Quebec, Canda. I'm a 31-year-old French speaker and I work as part of the maintenance team at a golf club.

PokerStars School: How did you get into poker?
It all started off in 2013 when I began playing some home games with my mates, ever since then I've been hooked and I love the game.

PokerStars School: You finished 4th in a Bounty Builder tournament for $578.54, tell us a little about this tournament, what the highs & lows?
The early stages of the tournament were very tough, as I was not getting any good hands and those that might have been playable weren't connecting well with the flop. I was playing very tight initially. The changing point was when I pushed all-in, pretty short-stacked, with Pocket Queens. I won that hand and things went well for me after that. I made a few knockouts, steadily grew my stack. I couldn't believe it when I made the final table and was delighted to have finished 4th, although a win would have been nice too.

PokerStars School: How did you get in into that tournament? Direct buy-in? Satellite? Promo winner?
It was a $3.30 satty, which made the result even sweeter.

PokerStars School: Are bounty builders your usual game, or do you play other formats?
I do play a lot of bounty tournaments. I find it gives you a decent chance to at least regain your buy-in but it's the thrill of knocking out other players for bounties that I like the most, and I do play a lot of satellites to try to qualify for higher buy-in tournaments.

PokerStars School: What is your best result so far? This one?
I often get into the top 100 in larger field tournaments but this 4th place finish is by far my best result to date.

PokerStars School: Do you follow a strategy when you play poker? Sort of like a checklist while you play?
As for strategy I usually player tighter during the early phases of the tournament and then loosen up a lot once the bubble has been burst. For me, I think it's the most logical way to play.

PokerStars School: In what way did the School help you improve?
In a way PokerStars School has given me more confidence to play, by reading and watching all the articles and videos here at the school I feel I can hold my own against all the other players at the table.

PokerStars School: What tips or advice would you recommend to beginners?
To spend more time learning and studying the game. It's good to go through the courses here and also to spend a lot of time reviewing your poker hands and posting them in the poker forum.
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