Jeremy G. from Thibodaux, LA is no amateur in the poker world. He’s been playing at for about 10 years, and on November 2, he won $90K from annual Golden Spade Poker Open. Here he shares his story and opinions in an exclusive interview.
1.How did you get your seat in the tournament?
I bought in directly.
2.What was your best and worst moment throughout the tournament?
My best moment was AK beating KK with about 15 players left. The flop came – AQQ… Turn King… River Ace. I guess my worst moment was short-lived when the King hit the turn.
3.What advice would you give to novice players for staying in the game?
Practice good bankroll management. Stay patient and disciplined. Being emotionless helps. Too many people let bad beats negatively affect their decision making.
4.How would you describe yourself as a poker player?
I’m a tight-aggressive player. I open up greatly when I pick up chips.
5.What is your strategy for the final table?
My strategy was to stay active and put pressure on the medium stacks by 3-betting a large percentage of their opens. I opened most hands folded to me because several players were playing very tight to move up the pay scale.
6.What bad habits have you eliminated from your game over the years?
I’m not really sure. I’ve been playing professionally for about seven years now. I was probably a bit too tight when I first started.
7.Do you have any superstitions that you believe help you with your game?
8.What will you do with the money?
I don’t have any big purchases planned or anything. I’ll just use it to pay monthly bills and maybe invest a little.
9.What is the best hand that you’ve ever had?
On the final hand of Day 1 of the $5,000 World Poker Open Main Event in 2009, I 3-bet Vanessa Rousso without looking at my cards. I thought she was weak pre-flop and expected her to fold. She ended up calling. She checked to me on a 6 high flop and then called another bet from me. She checked again when a 9 came on the turn. I trusted my read and shoved. She gave me a nice 10 minute sweat and eventually folded. I went on to win the tournament for my biggest live cash.
10.Tell us about the worst bad beat you’ve ever had.
I’ve pretty much seen it all at this point in my poker career in the form of bad beats. I lost a coin flip AK vs JJ to Mike Matusow to bust 58th in the 2008 WSOP Main Event.
11.Where were you when you won this tournament?
At home on my couch.
12.What do you like about playing at anonymous tables?
I like the fact that no one knows who I am. If you’re a known player, people may play differently against you. Other good players may target your opens or not give your 3-bets as much credit. I also like the fact that novice players can play comfortably without worrying about being embarrassed about making mistakes.
13.What’s next for you?
I’ll probably play the Main Event at Harrah’s New Orleans in December and then head to Biloxi, MS for their Million Dollar Heater in January. Johnny Grooms is my favorite tournament director, and I make it a point to play in all of the circuits he hosts in my area. In the meantime, I’ll be playing at night and on Sundays.
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