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Interview With Daniel "Pl@yerABC" Sklar 

Daniel "Pl@yerABC" Sklar


I am 35 years old, studied physics at university, worked as IT specialist, played poker part time and 4 years ago I started to play professionaly.

I am married and have a 5 year old son Peter. He was diagnosed with child autism. So poker is great for me, because I can organize my time in a way that I could earn money for my family and spend a lot of quality time with my son.

I am interested in personal development - here poker is also a great tool to improve myself. If I learn something new (game theory, psychology, ...) I could apply it immediately at the tables and see results.

Charles Hawk: What was your main HUSNGs leak in game theory and psychology at the beginning compared with now?

I had so many leaks in my game when I started playing hypers. A complete list would be very long. I will point out 3 costly game theory mistakes that I was doing over and over again. Many of my less experienced opponents are still doing these mistakes nowadays.

Pbogz: The Information That Is In Front Of Our Eyes 

Pbogz conducts several detailed hand reviews with a focus on teaching how to put our opponent in a range through examining the information available, such as the board texture and the cards in our hand.

Daniel 'mrGR33N13' Insults Phil Hellmuth Calling Him 'Cancer To His World' 

Yesterday Pokernews wrote an article based on Dan Colman's post in twoplustwo where he criticized Phil Hellmuth:

"Its embarrassing that we have to share our profession with whores like this guy. After I win one drop, he immediately comes on stage to shake my hand in front of a camera and congratulate me. As if he's the gatekeeper to the poker world and welcoming me inside.

"It is truly pathetic that a 40 year old would behave the way he does at the table, not to mention how spineless he is, just willing to take any sponsorship regardless of the company's integrity. Hey, anything for a payday! Really makes me sad to think there's a chance some people may look up to this charlatan. People of his attitude and character are a cancer to this world."

I asked several regs if they agree with Dan's position:

Faarcyde's Spin And Go Part II 

Here is the second part of Faarcyde reviewing several matches he played two-tabling on PokerStars' Spin And Gos. This format has been debated very heavily among professional players since its introduction due to the randomized payout structure and the impact on the action in other formats, and the advice provided by Faarcyde in this video series should be of great value to those seeking to explore it for themselves.

Part I can be found here.

Several Regs Talk About Their Strike 

Last week, we reported about PokerStars HUSNG regs "going on strike" by ceasing all reg battles, from the $60 division on up, until 11 November to protest PokerStars's recent rake increases. We now would like to present the thoughts of several regs that we've spoken to on the rake increase, the strike, and the game's future in general.

I was very surprised when I heard about the changes, because I was expecting the opposite. Players on different forums were talking about how spin & goes are killing the action, and were writing petitions to PokerStars to lower the rake and decrease the maximum multiplier (it would have made the variance somewhat tolerable and possibly would have attracted regulars too). Instead, they did the exact opposite while making other formats less profitable too. I think it says clearly that Amaya does not care about skill and hard work, and I'm afraid that their future decisions will further decrease the livelihood of people who don't want mindless gambling. Watch out for the casino formats and battlenet.

Xblackdahlia ($30-$60)

Didn't like the strike idea because I think if some guys can buy something for 5k they can also predict this, so find it somehow pointless - but love the way we are acting as a group.


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