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ProBlackbird: How long did it took for you to reach Super Nova Elite? How much bankroll do you need for reach that? Can you reach that with $150 bankroll?
July 15, 2013 17:08
In my first year I made SNE in December after a long grind as small stakes CAP. This year it was a lot easier thanks to the high stakes sats and I made SNE in June. Yes, you can reach SNE with a $150 bankroll if you work hard enough. I started out with $8 that I won in a freeroll and grinded that up. But I'd recommend focusing on improving ahead of chasing VPP goals at this stage of your career.
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fulixas: Hi Alec! Here at AskThePro there is no fishes , there just sharks! and best players like you :)) I want to ask you , What was the most memorable thing in your poker career ? What first learned you to play poker? And what is poker in your life ? :)) Good luck , Hope to win 20$ :)
July 15, 2013 18:55
I actually learned to play poker in my math class. Our teacher would turn a blind eye to poker games in class so I learned the rules from my friends that were playing. My most memorable hand was one of the very first I played. I won $8 in a freeroll and sat at a 0.05/0.10 table. I was down to about $4 when I picked up QQ. BTN opened, I went all-in in SB and he called with AK. Luckily I held and won otherwise I don't think I'd be playing poker today. I find it a lot easier to balance poker and life now that my main game is sats. I can just grind hard for SCOOP and WCOOP and take it easy for the rest of the year :)
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AceKing9999: Hello Alec Jones :) I'm just Chromestar. ;// Proud of getting in touch with such a player like you :) So my questions . When did you started playing at Pokerstars and what tournament you won ? Are you in the Pokerstars Team Online group? , if yes what is better than being simple poker player and being Pokerstars Team Online Member? If no , would you like to be in there? And why did you chose to come here at TiltBook to share your poker skills with us ? Hope to get answer soon . GL .
July 15, 2013 19:03
I'm not a member of Pokerstars Team Online :( I'd love to become one as they get more rakeback! I'm staking masuronike now so I'm going to try to be more active on TiltBook. It looks like a really cool site!
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Scarmaker: Hey Alec, first of all, thank you very much for doing this, it is something amazing to have someone like you here! The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of $7k SCOOP hypers you played is... how much different in terms of player base/toughness are these in comparison to $500 hypers?
July 15, 2013 19:49
The $7k's were actually the softest games I played in SCOOP as very few regs could afford to play them. So the games always had several weak players in them. Quite often the $74's are tougher than the $3k+ satellites.
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masuronike: How the f*** can you handle that swings at games with buy-ins up to $7k?!?!?!
July 15, 2013 21:59
I sold some action for the $3k+ games so the swings were not quite as crazy as they seemed
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wiZkindE: Do you remember the turning point in your poker carreer when you realized that you were going to make it as a professional poker player? Was there like a single moment or did you set out with this goal in mind from the start? thank you.
July 15, 2013 22:18
Getting SNE was a real milestone for me. I wasn't making much money pre-rb in my first year so to get SNE and the $100k rakeback that came with it gave me the confidence that I could make a living playing poker.
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Roy4lpl4yor: All questions regarding satties. What is the avg ratio fish/sharks at 357+, and what about during the SCOOP and similar events at buy-in 1k+? What volume you have at 74s+ since starting ? Are you running below/over expectation in the long run and how much ? How much do you enjoy that game, dont you miss "any" postflop game ? Have you been coached ? Thx for answers
July 16, 2013 01:36
At the $357s and $714s the games usually have 5 regs but luckily not all of them are as good as Jorj so you can still win money in those imo. When you get higher than that there are only a few regs that can afford to play so the games, although much less frequent, go off way softer usually with at least 2 fish. I do miss playing postflop and I'm going to play a lot more CAP inbetween series. When I switched from CAP to 25bb hypers I was coached by $indabank111. For satellites I've never had coaching but I started playing them at the same time as a couple of my housemates so we spent a lot of time studying them together.
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MACHi: Hi, Do you think that table selection is still available on stakes higher than 60-100, or once option is the exploit all regs and be the best?
July 16, 2013 10:56
It's always going to be best to table select. Winrates are so thin these days so you need to try to play with as many fish as you can :)
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Scarmaker: Hey again. What is the most stupid decision you have done as a poker player in... let's say last two years?
July 16, 2013 12:00
Tough question. I don't think I've made any super dumb decisions (although I'm sure I've made plenty of stupid plays!). My biggest regret is not playing as much cash as I could have when I lived with one of the best shortstackers in the world.
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Monocromo: What was your most fun propbet?
July 16, 2013 14:44
The dance machine bet was fun even though I got owned. I can't remember too well how it came about but I ended up doing a prop bet on the Dance Dance Revolution arcade machine vs 3J55's gf. Turned out she came top 3 in the world champs! Luckily her bankroll was not very big and I wasn't bad enough for the guys to post the video online :D
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rdy2win: Hey, great to have you here!! A few questions: 1) What happened last yr with your attempt to break the all time VPP record? (Was following your thread and I found it kinda sad that it just died) 2) Why did you make the switch from CAP to hypers and do you now just play hypers or some CAP as well from time to time? 2) What format do you enjoy more? CAP or hypers (and here cash or satties)? 4) Is it possbile even for the very best regs to show a profit pre RB in the super high buy ins satties during the COOPs? Thanks for doing this!
July 16, 2013 15:22
1) There were 2 main reasons. The first was my plan was to go home after uni and grind super hard but I ended up living in Australia so I couldn't spend all day grinding. The second was I found it was more +EV and more fun to focus on profit instead of volume. 2) $indabank111 approached me about doing some study together and I done some calcs and found that the $200 hypers were more +EV than my CAP hourly at the time. 3) I enjoy CAP the most as there is more postflop play 4) Yes, the nosebleeds are often softer than the lower stakes games
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masuronike: I heard you have mathematics degree so you can tell us something about redline, what do you think about it? I think a lot of players care much about redline included me (i mean in longrun)
July 17, 2013 08:32
I love the redline as it's a more accurate indicator of performance than your actual results. But obv there is still a lot of variance involved and, especially in SNGs, it has limitations such as ICM not being a perfect model.
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masuronike: How often did you look into cashier/graph in HEM when you played that $7k satties? I think I would look there after every single sng!
July 17, 2013 16:04
I couldn't help but keep checking my PT graph every 5 mins!
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Andre: Hi there Alec, thanks for doing this. Question: What would you say are the key skills you should have to play hypers that big? Or are you guys just flipping coins? lol joke :) Hope to win the $20!!
July 17, 2013 17:54
For sats you just have to be good at ICM and the only way to do that is to keep studying. The 25bb games are cool as they require a bit of everything. Early stages play like 20bb CAP, then you need good ICM knowledge and finally you need to be able to play HU at the end.
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SoFnWhat: What would you suggest for a starting point? Like what to study and how much volume is needed to beat the micros.
July 17, 2013 18:17
I wouldn't worry about volume when you're starting out. My advice would be to play less tables and then review any hands you weren't 100% sure about after your session. Keep doing this and you'll be crushing very quickly :)
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duvan606: which was the best experience you had playing poker and which hand was the more anger you playing poker.
July 17, 2013 19:59
Best experience was this years SCOOP as I ran super hot and won lots of $. My biggest disappointment was also in this years SCOOP. I managed to lose over $50k in less than 1 hour and then the target tourny became full so the sats disappeared and I didn't get a chance to win that back.
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Scarmaker: Do you know any poker jokes?
July 17, 2013 20:03
I can't think of any at the moment, sorry :(
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Meydzer: HI... I would like to ask how you build your bankroll and when did you start with cashouts? Have you ever experienced that after cashout you had a big downswing and had money deposits back again? Thank you for your response and GL in poker life .. :-)
July 17, 2013 20:06
I'm a big br nit and I usually keep too much money in my account so I've never needed to reload. I cashout if my balance gets too big but I always make sure I leave enough to play with so I don't have to be forced to stop playing due to no funds in my account.
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ivancardking: Whats your conditions for staking other players?
July 17, 2013 20:17
We're considering all players for all different game types and stakes. If you're interested please email phoenixstaking@gmail.com and let us know what kind of stake you're after, relevant screen names, graphs etc.
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Scarmaker: Is there anything that would make you switch to regular 100 BB cash games?
July 17, 2013 21:01
If the hourly was higher I'd switch but I think I can make more playing shortstack games.
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B3RTstare: Thanks for the questions guys. If anyone has any more questions feel free to PM me either here or on 2+2 or contact me at phoenixstaking@gmail.com
July 17, 2013 22:31
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Mihnea: Hello Alec. I just want to ask if you do any coaching atm, and if not who would you recommend for 6 max hypers. Cheers.
July 17, 2013 23:36
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Scarmaker: The AskThePRO with B3RTstare is officially over an we are more than happy for having him here :) The winner of $20 "Best question" promo for this week is "rdy2win" ! Congratz!
July 18, 2013 13:59
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scousepokermaster: what would you sugest for new username and what photo to use?
July 21, 2013 06:13

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