WPT Merit Cyprus Classic'14 (Sep 1st - Sep 11th, 2014)
Our congratulations on your second place in WPT Merit North Cyprus Classic’14 Main Event! Would you, please, share your feelings with our readers?
Well, I am both happy and disappointed on winning the second place in the main event, it is normal reaction, I suppose. It was a tough game, several days of struggle left behind before I reached the final table, where I have lost with AA hand against AJ! This is an incredible misfortune.
How many times have you participated in Merit Poker events?
I started coming here from the beginning of the last year. This is my first visit this year, but ninth or even tenth time in total. My friends told me about this place, and I decided to play here too. As you can see, I really like it here. Merit Poker is run well, the service is perfect and in general, this is a beautiful place to have a holiday. All in one, so to speak.
What other tournaments and events did you participate in?
I travelled all over the world and played nearly in all poker tournaments and events held in different countries. My biggest success was at the WPT € 3,200 + 300 No Limit Hold'em Main Event in Vienna.
I have been playing poker for over 10 years now. My poker career started from live games, in fact, I virtually do not play online at all. I prefer the live poker - it feels absolutely different when a player is dealt the real cards on the real table.
What quality is the most essential for a poker player, what do you think?
Well, I think that this quality is patience and sometimes patience is one of the hardest aspects of the game to learn. Many beginners play far too many hands because they lose patience when the right card does not come, which is inevitably going to happen to every poker player at some point. This is when you have to practice your poker skills by working on your patience and discipline. There is also psychology, which is another important part of becoming a good player. I can judge my opponents by their behavior and particular moves they do during the game.
Did you take any poker lessons?
No, I did not take any lessons; I learned the game in practice.
What is your biggest motivator in poker: money, fame or the game itself?
Well, I like the feeling of competition, the excitement of a sportsman that this game includes. I like the whole process of moving forward step by step to reach the first place. And becoming a winner is the most exciting part of it all.
What would be your advice to novices?
I want to tell them to play a lot, because practice makes perfect. Watch carefully and analyze thoroughly – learn from mistakes, it will spare you losing money.