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Interview with Cajerogesell, online player – Part 2

by Vera Capilla, translated from the Spanish.   > read part one here:

He started playing online poker seven years ago. In part 1 he spoke about the 2003 Poker boom, Black Friday in 2007, the argentine’s “pros”, and the Poker chips market. In the 2nd part, he tells us some more and how he wins online.

Do you think anyone can do it, or you need to have a special talent?

You need to study the game. Read up on strategy and psychology, especially on the ranges.
You must understand what kind of “villain” you are dealing with, as it’s not the same to play against a “tight rock”, than against a LAG (loose aggressive). Never stop checking your game, even if you’re on a winning roll, when the session ends, review the tournament, check your hands, always keep looking for errors. If you can get a coach, this is like heaven. That’s what really rises your game up. As the online game is pure mathematical speculation, if you have the desire and determination you can improve yourself.. Support software is also used like “Hold’em manager”. I bought “Poker Tracker 4” two weeks ago. For example, it gives you three lines with percentages of continuing the betting after the flop, or folding pre flop, etc. For me to play without the aid of this program is literally like playing blind, without the basic information I need to play. Even though I may only use it in just 3% to 5% of the possibilities I am offered; there are other pros that use it for virtually their whole game.

What kind of player do you consider yourself to be?

A good player strategy depends on the “villain”, i.e. the opponent you are facing and the stage of the game you are in. It differs for a “heads-up” table and a table of nine. It also varies depending on the type of tournament. I like to play smaller Sit & Go’s for chips, to get them all. It’s based on what is called the “bubble”, players are eliminated without winning anything, until a point in which the bubble breaks up and the players pass to ITM, “In the Money”. Those who remain after this stage get a percentage, In a single table sit and go the first position takes 50%, the second 30% and the third 20%. The Sit & Go tournaments are not so long and there is always someone available to play. There are MTT also, ‘multi-table tournaments’. In WSOP they are all chips tournaments.

Do you always play on-line, or do you also play face to face?

I’ve played a few times, mostly for social reasons. We are a group of five online players who are also friends in real life and we all get together to get off the computer. In the Casino you meet people who want to buy chips. That’s how you can make a difference, instead of selling them at a common Club, where there is an already more or less established market and they are sold at a low rate. But I have to admit that I don’t really like Casino’s atmosphere. The lights, and loud sounds, make you lose track of time, of everything. It’s a horrible world and it affects you indirectly. Maybe you go there to play Poker and all of a sudden you end up gambling on a ball of roulle that has nothing to do with skill.

I recently interviewed a croupier from the Casino Central of Mar del Plata

Well, casino croupiers have seen it all. I have a friend who worked there for many years. He was so good at studying that environment that he left the Casino to play Poker. The casinero is terrible, being part of that world, being in that environment is very bad for you. It is full of sick people. Once I saw a man lose $ 60,000 in one hour. It was a weekday, in winter, in an empty room. He was alone against the cloth, bet after bet, eventually rising up to $ 5000 each. In Poker clubs you can also find this fauna. In an illegal club by Güemes street there is a super expensive table, with a $10,000 minimum buy-in: Only for ‘special players’. It is a full game of sick people. Those characters are called ‘timberos’, those who like to gamblearla .

1  Roullette Spin
3  Casino Player
4  An expensive neighbourhood
5 It’s a word game with the verb “gambling” in spanglish.

Photograph: The Gambler (Jimmy)