Oh boy! I know that every time I say “what a score!” but today this score deserves to say WHAT A SCORE more than once :)
Huge congratulations to PanPankracy for an amazing run in SCOOP 1.25M GTD. I asked him for a short interview you can find below! WHAT A SCORE!
When did you realize that this is your tournament and you are heading for the win?
I think that at the semifinal table I realized that this time I could make it. I made a standard push from SB with King-Ten offsuit, which was instantly called by my opponent with KK. Flop went Queen, Jack, Nine. My jaw dropped. I couldn't believe that in this phase of the tournament I was so lucky!
Regarding the winnings, I didn't check for how much I am playing. I only knew that the guaranteed prize pool was $1,25 million.
Regarding the winnings. I knew that I was playing for the guaranteed prize pool of $1,25 million, but I didn't check the exact amount until five-handed when the talks about the deal started. But even then, I focused more on a correlation between player's negotiations and their playstyle than on how much I can win. I started thinking about the money when I finished the tournament.
What do you plan to do with the money you won?
I don't plan any particular expenses. Few hours after the ship, I bought Dodge Charger from LEGO Technics. That's it for now. When I finish constructing it, I will think about what's next. But instead of spending money, I rather want to focus on the next ship so I can buy a real Dodge Charger.
Do you think that games during the pandemic are easier?
During the pandemic, the games become bigger. Even when the peak of lockdown is behind us, the games are still bigger than last year in the same period. For sure easier games are on low and mid-stakes. Higher stakes are also slightly easier, but it's not a revolution. We need to remember that both VIPs and best regs are locked down and put more volume.
People talk about working on small edges. What do you think about working on mindset, how do you work on it and what’s impact does it have on your game?
Mindset is an essential aspect of the game. Although it's easy to say that you need to have a proper mindset for the game, it's tough to have one.
It's common that some understand the game and analyze the situation on the table but do not win. In my opinion, besides variance, the most popular player's enemy is their's approach to the game. In poker, we very often encounter situations that we see as unfair.
Imagine the spot where we have a very good hand, but we know that our opponent who raised us has a better one. If our hand is 7th best, then folding isn't easy, but when for example, it's 3rd best, and we know that our opponent has better then folding comes with some sort of a pain.
To play good poker, we need to be ready for suffering. If in our daily life we are reckless and overall we don't face any austerities, then how can we be the best at the table? The best player is ready for absolutely everything.
That's why I decided to insert into my daily life more of such regulations and decisions. In February, I started running. I remember the 2nd of February when I came back after running one kilometer near my house, and it took me 15 minutes to come back to life. But the resolution stayed and till now I run three times a week. A few days ago, I ran a half marathon for the first time in my life. Although few last kilometers were a torment, I think that such situations shape your character. I don't want to say that the fact that I started running made me a better poker player. What I want to say is that it's a bit easier for me to keep calm and choose the right decision after a few hours of grind.
Furthermore, each of my runs is linked with a trip to the woods. I run away from the crowd of stimuli, information, electronics. It's like a therapeutic session. I think that if I played any sports which require an extended effort, its impact on my mindset would be similar.
Another topic that I recently decided to master is nutrition. I don't want to go too deep in the diet talks, but there are few simple tips. First of all, stop eating sweets and simple sugars. This is a terrible thing that we do to our heads. Primarily if we eat cake or chocolate daily, our organism is used to those small rewards. If we play later a poker tournament, then there is no option not to have a suckout, cooler or tough spot during the few hours session. After some of the situations, our body wants something that will give him a pure satisfaction. Then we start to play our B or C-game because our body needs a reward. In this spot, it will be a reward in the form of laziness, lack of focus. Such laziness is super expensive. That's when we need to keep the most significant attention. If we disaccustom our body from those daily, simple pleasures, it would be easier for us to go for the win.
It's similar to alcohol and weed. The habit of drinking or smoking makes keeping focus difficult and leed to typical situations like: "Fuck this shit, now I need to open a beer/wine/have a drink/smoke a joint. Fuck this game, how many times I will lose like that?". Then we will reward ourselves for nothing, and we will be satisfied. Maybe we are approaching a field of addiction a bit, but hey - we are all humans. All in all, I strongly recommend limit drugs and alcohol. One step at a time. Recently I'm a big fan of a "Better than yesterday" youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpExuV8qJMfCaSQNL1YG6bQ
Besides that, I recommend our irreplaceable WhySoSeri0us with his help we can work on our approach to the game.
So how your session preparation looks like?
My session preparation usually looks like this. First of all, to play a session given day, I can't be traveling. I don't know any success story where someone played an excellent Sunday session after he was driving 3 hours back from the picnic and arrived 20 minutes before the start of his "favorite" tournament and what's more the day before got drunk as fuck. So the preparations start the day before. During the game day, I try to avoid stress, physical fatigue, and not to overwork overall. This doesn't' mean that I don't do anything. I just try to keep half of the volume of my regular daily duties. Around 1.5h before the start of the session, I take a short nap. Around 30 minutes before the commencement I decide what to play today while sipping a coffee. Then I start a 1-2-3 tabling session for 30 minutes, and after that, I go full throttle.
What are your three biggest mistakes you made in your poker career and how would you avoid it now?
I think that the most significant mistakes were starting a few sessions that I shouldn’t start because of a wrong frame of mind from the beginning. How can you play well when you feel that there is something wrong in your life from the beginning? It's not about if you have a headache, we have a hangover, our granny died, or we feel sick. The key is to ask yourself a question if I will give my best today.
The second thing is the errors made during the games. On the other hand, without them, my game understanding would be lower. So it's not binary that I regret all mistakes. I regret only those I kept repeating many times.
The third thing that I regret I realized so late is the impact of diet and sport on the frame of my mind.
But still, I think that everything here was needed to happen. I try to keep thinking about what I can do in the future instead of looking at the past.
So what would you say to someone that wants to start an MTT poker journey?
I think that if someone wants to start a mtt poker journey, he needs to play some multi-table SNG and then try small field MTTs on microstakes where he can experience as many final tables as possible and have a chance to collect some wins. I think that there isn't anything worse for MTT adept than the series of failures in big fields. The same goes for a series of successes. The first is demotivates, and the other demoralize. I know some people that after the series of upswings, they get used to winning so much that they stopped working on the game and started to blame variance for all the bad plays.
Meanwhile, if we start playing in smaller fields, skill impact will be bigger in the short-run, and in effect, the input-output ratio will be more linear.
I wanted to give a big shout out to Ringo. Thank you for your coachings. Your faith in my skills made me a better player, which I wanted to thank you for.