Philip joined only 2 months ago and is already showing some nice results at the ZOOM tables!
How did you get in touch with poker and what made you decide to start playing?
I first started playing poker in college, in 2011, on my dinner break with friends, straight away I caught the poker bug and couldn’t get enough!
I just love winning money!
Where do you live and how is it to live there and what do you like a lot about it?
I live in Wigan which is near Manchester in the UK.
I live on a plain old housing estate so sadly nothing special to look at other than a few front doors.
I’m hoping once my poker career is in full swing, let’s say playing NL200 ZOOM, I’ll get my own place, maybe in a busy city.
When did you join our team at BPC? And why did you choose to play ZOOM?
I joined at the end of April 2017 and it just had to be the CFP ZOOM program, I love everything about zoom, fast play, many hands, constant adjustments and having access to a lot of weaker players daily.
How is the ZOOM program? How do you like the material and the coaching sessions?
The Zoom course and material are incredible, there is so much content available for you.
It does take some time to learn, but once you have a good understanding you really see your game improving. I still have a long way to go but I’m sure
I still have a long way to go but I’m sure I’ll reach where I want to be if I keep on the study and grinding!
In which stake did you start, and in what stake you’re playing now?
I started playing at NL5 in line with the bankroll advice and to test out what I’ve learned. I quickly moved up to NL10 and have just started adding 4 tables of NL5 to get more volume in and for decision-making purposes, I want to be able to make snap standard line decisions before moving up to NL25.
Since joining I’ve only actually played around 30 days worth of poker as I took 10-14 days first to really soak in the CFP content so I could start using it effectively from the beginning. The aim is to move up in stakes every 14-21 days
The aim is to put enough volume to move up in stakes every 14-21 days.
ZOOM is not an easy game to beat, yet you’re beating it! What does it take to succeed at this game?
I think the best way is to just follow the game plan to the letter at first, work on making zero mistakes in standard line terms and then, eventually, as you move up, you start making the adjustments.
The game plan works, I’ve let myself down recently making quite a few bad decisions that cost me a few buy-ins, all because I didn’t follow the lines. But yeah, I’ve learned my lesson now! I’m adamant, I won’t be making them again!
What gives you the motivation to get back to the tables every day?
I’ve always loved the idea of being in charge of my own income, especially when it can mean the harder you work the more you earn.
Recently I was diagnosed with quite a severe muscular disease, so now it’s even more important for me to be successful in this career so I can be in charge of my own schedule and focus my spare time on getting better.
If you could give 1 advice to your other players, what would that be?
I would suggest really hammering the standard lines revision when you first sign up, it takes a long time to go through it but it is worth it. Get a notepad and make notes as you move through each section, it’ll be so much easier to look at them on paper when you need to jog your memory rather than having to go back through a full video. I’d also say don’t think you’re too good for the lines, as you can see by both my graphs when you don’t stick to the game plan you lose BIG.
It’s up to you, but personally, I study one specific spot each morning before my session, whether it’s just one of the videos say BB v BU as PFR 3better or something else. Repeat and repeat until you master the spot, then move to the next.
You’ll see the benefits yourself, trust me, or better yet, trust Asimos he’s an incredible coach!
Thank you very much for your time, Philip! Soon you’ll destroy the ZOOM tables!