- What goals would you suggest to a beginning player?
Many beginner players want to play at a level they feel they can beat. I think it is very important to start very low. Most of the time I suggest this to someone, “but people here do not know how to play World Of Poker . I want to play real poker.” My answer to that is “then it should not take you too long to get past that level and climb to higher levels.” I started playing 1c / 2c with $ 10. I think one of the reasons I became a good player was that my bases were very solid. I went over each level along the way and I have seen every style.
Another very important thing is not to focus on volume. You can start playing many tables when you have a good base. Spending more time climbing and being better will earn you more money than playing 24 $ 10 buy-in tables. Play 2-3 tables and constantly ask yourself why you are doing things.
- What goals would you make when participating in a big tournament or a session?
It is important to train your attention span. You can not start playing 10 hours suddenly. Play small tournaments or short cash sessions. Build from bottom to top. If you feel that you are only pressing buttons, get up and take a breath. A mistake could mean losing three hours of your work. You have to be focused all the time. Make sure you eat well and exercise.
- Thinking about when you started playing poker What goals do you think led you to become a pro?
What I liked when I started playing was the fact that I could start from the bottom and train myself. There were many levels to overcome and it was like a competition. In addition, the higher levels could be followed so I always looked at the people who played there and thought to me that I wanted to reach that level someday. It is also very important to love the game itself. It’s not a quick way to make money, it’s hard work.
- By comparison, how much time do you think a beginner should play poker and how much time should he devote to studying?
I think the study is very important. I would say 50-50 is a good ratio. You can play and then study or examine the situations you have experienced. If you are in a difficult situation, point it out in detail and then think about it. How do you, in general, want to play in that particular situation? When other players do something strange do not say they are stupid and they have done it wrong. Think about whether there is any merit in what your rival is doing. You may have learned something that you do not know. Studying is critical to being a better player.
- What should we avoid in setting our goals to have a real opportunity to achieve them?
You have to set achievable goals. If you say you want to get $ 1,200 this month you’re getting ready for failure. There is variance in poker and some months you will ask. You could say that at the end of the year you want to have two levels up. Set goals you can achieve. When you have never studied before do not put “study 5 hours on Tuesdays”. You can not start playing ten hours a day overnight, requires training. You have to build it little by little and if you reach the goals you have established you will be more motivated.