Today, I've got a pleasure to introduce another Diamond member at Smart Spin.
But he's got many other accomplishments! He was there when live MTT just started to get popular, and he was taking part in that boom. Yet, he is still claiming that was not a big deal.
Read more about him and his journey through the stakes of Spin & Go:
Smart Spin: Hello, Zuber85, thank you for agreeing on this interview. You are a pretty unique person in Smart Spin, one of the three players who made their way from $7 to $100 Spin & Go’s with Smart Spin. But before we go into that, I’d like to talk about your poker past, because it’s highly interesting. Your biggest successes came at MTT’s, did you start your poker journey from them?
Zuber85: Hi. My poker past is not as rich as you say, but it is for sure a long one. I have been playing poker for 10 years already. I started with 6-max cash games and for
Och, good old times...
Smart Spin: I guess your biggest success was a final table of the Sunday Million, right?
Zuber85: If you think about the biggest prize in online tournaments, then yes - final table of the Sunday Million was my biggest success. But I’ve also scored WCOOP-like tournaments at partypoker,
Smart Spin: I have also heard a lot of stuff about how great live player you are. Most of our readers probably don’t know it, but you are the first Polish winner of the international tournament - EMOP Malta. When looking back at it, how do you feel about your trips to live tournaments?
Zuber85: I think the term “great live player” is not about me (laugh). I take it with a grain of salt. Playing live was just a huge pleasure for me. It was also a little getaway from
Winning EMOP Malta was a huge success for Polish MTT scene
Smart Spin: A lot of fun, huge winnings, meeting your friends on the road, interesting places to visit - it seems like you were quite good at MTT. Why did you turn your interest at Spin & Go’s instead?
Zuber85: Live MTT’s were just a getaway from
Smart Spin: So, moving on to the topic I mentioned at the beginning - you are one of the three players who got all the way from $7 to $100 Spin &
Zuber85: Actually, when I joined Smart Spin, I was determined to get better. Playing cash games and playing Spin & Go’s are two different things. I had to learn everything over again. However, with the education received from so many great players, I was calm about my growth as a poker player. Moving up from $7 to $100 Spin & Go’s took me six months (frankly, I thought it would go faster ;) ). The most difficult things
Smart Spin: How did you deal with the variance? From your words, I understand you just played more.
Zuber85: Exactly, getting better and making volume is the only recipe to lower the variance. Actually, I still don’t know how many Spin & Go’s you need to play to get a reliable sample.
Smart Spin: You made the decision to join Smart Spin really early. Didn’t you want to check yourself, how far you can go without any help? Why did you join Smart Spin right away, at $7 Spin & Go’s?
Zuber85: I had tried playing Spin & Go’s before joining Smart Spin, but without any experience in heads-up play, it was difficult for me to understand the game. I decided not to wait and wanted to learn from the best. Right now, I think it would be really difficult for me to win at $60 Spin & Go’s without Smart Spin’s help.
Smart Spin: So, we are still not so far into 2016. What did you learn from 2015? I think last year we have seen one of the biggest changes in
Zuber85: I am a bit sceptical about changes in the online poker. Let’s be honest, rakeback is a big part of my profit. But we should look into the future and just take what we can. In fact, 2015 was the worst year in my poker career and I am glad it is already over. It is 2016 now and I need to work even
Smart Spin: And how was the beginning of
Zuber85: It was really positive, really juicy games made me just keep playing. A lot of worse Spin & Go regulars decided to quit and
Smart Spin: So what are your goals for the incoming months, is it only full grind mode?
Zuber85: Of course I have some goals for 2016 and they are about both earned EV$ and number of games. I think they are
Smart Spin: Could you share with our users what goals you, as a grinder of the highest Spin & Go’s stakes, created for himself?
Zuber85: Let’s keep them a secret. I can only tell I’d like to play 30,000 games.
Smart Spin: I wish you good luck in reaching that goal and thank you for your answers!
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