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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2008, 05:37:50 PM »

1/ If you could hand pick a table of the superstars with you in seat 5 who would be at either side of you and why?

2/ Who has been the biggest influence on your game?

3/ If you could give Flushy anything what would it be?

4/ Do you fear going bust?

5/ In your opinion who is tyhe best UK tournament player online and live?


1, ill have to think about that one, ill come back to it

2, Id probably say dave (geeforce), we met working at William hill before we even thought of playing poker for a living but were both very passionate about the game. We became friends and started talking on msn about poker on a regular basis. We bounced hands off each other, discussed strategy as well as supporting each other deep in tournaments etc.. He took the plunge before me as I was traveling at the time, but was very helpful to have a close friend when i was deciding to pursue poker as my livelihood. We are still great friends now, and are currently sharing a flat in Sydney with some other non poker playing friends. It does help having a good friend who plays poker as well for a living as some of the stresses and emotions that come with it are hard to express to other people.

3. A gag

4. I feel very fortunate to be where I am financially from poker, and id leave the game before going bust completely if it ever came to that. Opting not to use my university degree was a pretty big decision and my parents took some convincing it was the right way to go. To play poker until I lost my last penny would be irresponsible and an insult to my parents who worked so hard to put me through school/university

5. Not really in the loop as far as live tournament players go on the UK circuit, but hard to argue with Julian's results and is a very popular guy amongst his peers. Online its gotta be moomin
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2008, 05:51:45 PM »

although you are a successful online Mtt player, your live performances are relatively unsuccessful( small sample size acknowledged). does your live game differ greatly from your online game,do you get bored playing live or do you just run bad live?

your favourite online tourny is?


do you see yourself still earning your living in 5 years time from poker or have you other plans?

Triggs hair......a mess or fashionable ?

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I actually feel for the amount of live tournaments ive played ive put up decent results, not ground breaking but im happy. The WSOP was obviously my best live moment, but ive had deep runs in the aussie millions and EPT dortmund last year although vegas was a complete wash out. I dont think my live game differs too much from online but I think i get impatient too soon live which is something ive tried to address in the past. I dont get bored, ipod helps.

I still see myself playing poker in 5 years time, unless i go busto.

Triggs hair, mess  but im hardly a fashion icon myself
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2008, 06:38:05 PM »

Pab, how does your family react to you being a full time internet player?  Did they accept it and support you when you first started, or did they tell you 'to get a proper job'?

Do you share all your wins with them, and do you think they'll always have doubts that you'll blow the lot, 'gambling' as none poker players call it?
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2008, 06:48:59 PM »

Ill start answering Q's again either after ive finished playing sunday tournaments, or more likely 2morrow, keep em coming though
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2008, 07:07:21 PM »

Do you consider yourself a cash game player or a mtt player?

You commuted from Australia to Poland for the ETT there, are you mad?
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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2008, 08:25:31 PM »

Is it true you went to Oz coz you couldnt handle telling ur folks about your sexuality?
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2008, 08:35:38 PM »

Is it true you went to Oz coz you couldnt handle telling ur folks about your sexuality?


sigh, rumbled, may as well book a flight back home now
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« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2008, 11:40:17 PM »

Thanks for doing this pab.

How have you found the balance between travelling the world and playing poker.

Do you see this as a holiday and you will play poker as and when you feel, or are you still treating as a "job" as such?

How have you dealt with finding reliable internet connections etc?
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« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2008, 12:47:56 AM »

Hi Pab.

Do you think we will make the play offs?

Did you catch the Walsall game anywhere (it was on Sky)?

What was the last game you went to?
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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2008, 01:09:50 AM »

when did you realise u were good enough to play fulltime?
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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2008, 02:19:07 AM »

Hi Pab,

I recently read that you went to Australia, i am moving out there in April and wondered if you played at Sydneys Star City Casino? What was it like if you did? Any tips?
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« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2008, 04:59:36 AM »

do you know my girlfriend's step sister? she is called jo. she lives in sydney too.
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« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2008, 06:17:37 AM »

Hi Pab.

I like tourneys. I see myself as a decent online multi tourney player, but it seems to be getting harder to make final tables.

Do you think it's still possible for a "decent" tournament player to make a living online, or do you think that cash is the best/easiest option?


Do you use Poker-tracker or any other software packages of that ilk? Whether you do not, what do you think about them?

From a poker point of view, what do you see as your best quality?

Thanks for doing the well.

Good luck,

Tom.

I think tournaments online have become harder and the constantly swelling fields make it harder to 'get there' and has increased variance. I dont really play that many tournaments anymore so im not really in that good a position to judge if its still viable to make living online playing exclusively tournaments. Moorman does it, but he puts in a crazy amount of volume and is constantly on a emotional rollercoaster. Everytime I do sit down for a tournament session though I still see very stupid suicidal plays as well as plenty of players making fundamental errors with no comprehension of their own stacks size or the stack size of their opponents. On that note id say its still possible to make a decent living but be prepared for some lengthy baron spells with the field sizes. 

I use poker tracker mainly to keep accurate records of my cash game play and have PAHUD installed on my computer but don't use it. PAHUD isnt really necessary once you get to 10/20nl+ as the player pool is so much smaller than the lower levels and you get to know others players games. Also since no-one is 12-14 tabling the games have constantly changing dynamics and 3-4 games are very common as well as plenty of HU action. I dont have a problem with people using software packages such as HUD etc... part of online poker imo. The software is easily accessible online, so if you feel your opponents have an edge by using this software there is nothing stopping you getting involved.

Id say my best quality as a poker player is money management. Im not backed, not sponsored and have never been in my 2 years 3 months as a 'pro'. I have never over extended myself playing over my head at cash game levels or travelled the live circuit running up huge costs chasing the big score. I enjoy live tournaments and sometimes its hard missing out on events, the hardest for me was deciding not to play EPT monte carlo last year but Im not looking to go bsuto anytime soon. I have invested a decent chunk of money that will never return to the poker economy whatever happens. If i lost all my $$ apart from what was invested it would be time to start working even though it would kill me. Playing the game until I was completely broke and walking away with nothing to show for it is not an option IMO. I know you are not sponsored as well Tom and enforce strict bankroll management and even though its not glamorous it keeps you in the game you obvioulsy love. I know lots of players that have made more $$ than me that are now bust, or rely on backing/staking to get by and its not how i want my poker career to go.

np for doing the well

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« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2008, 06:23:42 AM »

What leaks do you have if any? have you had any leaks you've plugged successfully?

Such a tough and broad question. If you have read my blog I had my worst month ever in december straight after my bet ever 2 months before that. In january after sobering up after new year I spent a long time reviewing all my sessions from December in poker tracker to see where I was going wrong. I had got complacent and was simply expecting to turn up at 10/20nl and win without thinking. I was plying very sloppy bluffing in terrible spots, trying to constantly outplay everyone every hand I was in as i had a misguided sense of invincibility.

I know it wasnt a specific leak but I had to do some serious self-evaluation and sort it and have had winning months in jan, feb and march. :-)
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« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2008, 06:24:58 AM »

although you are a successful online Mtt player, your live performances are relatively unsuccessful( small sample size acknowledged). does your live game differ greatly from your online game,do you get bored playing live or do you just run bad live?

your favourite online tourny is?


do you see yourself still earning your living in 5 years time from poker or have you other plans?

Triggs hair......a mess or fashionable ?

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he made a wsop final table boo, give the lad some slack lol.

respect for that,that is why i used the word relatively.

No respect is due, he came last !! Cheesy

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