PokerMaximusPoker Maximus is an online series of tournaments held on the Merge Gaming Network with Carbon Poker being the flagship site.  This series always brings increased prize pools and accolades for anyone who can win an event. 

 

This Poker series is very similar to what you would find in a live casino setting.  There are numerous events, increased guarantees on the prize pools, typically there is a player leaderboard during the series, and if you can manage to win an event you will be awarded with an accolade (the equivalent of winning a Ring on the WSOP circuit).

There’s always a wide array of poker enthusiasts and pros (part-time and full-time) who come out to play these events, and with the end of the series just around the corner we fortunately were able to catch up with some of those players who’ve managed to final table an event thus far.  We asked them a few questions to learn a little about them, but also to see what it takes to go deep in events like these.

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Cory Waaland (@WildWaalandCoryBOD

What is your online screen name?  MJ23STYLEz

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  I’d consider my self a full time player, although I don’t grind all day everyday. Usually start around 7pm or so and grind the night schedule. Been playing online seriously for maybe 2 years or so. Prior to that I would just mess around online here an there whenever it was a shitty day or was just bored. (big mistake)

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish when you final tabled a Maximus Event this series?  How much did you cash for?  I’ve had a few really deep runs (final 2 tables) in some Maximus events as well as FT’ing event #26 and #45. Finishing 3rd for $5400 and 9th for $949, respectively.

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  There are MANY things that contribute to going deep in a series like this but one of the biggest things to have in my opinion is PATIENCE. The structure in these events are very good and the fields have been pretty big so I don’t like to force to many spots in general. Just take what the table gives you, adjust, and let your opponents make mistakes. Obv I mix it up and don’t play the same way at every table but always keep in mind what your image is at any given point. People will play differently against you if you’ve been folding 3 rounds straight compared to opening 60% of the hands so another huge key to going deep is being able to ADJUST.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief info about yourself you’d like to share?  I am the newest Team Pro at Tournament Poker Edge and my first video series will be released September 24th. It’s a great site and I highly recommend everyone getting a membership who doesn’t have one already. Hearing other peoples thought processes and the different ways to approach this game can help you dramatically!  (Cory is currently ranked 4th on the Merge total profit MTT leaderboard, and is ranked #4 in the United States on pocket 5’s)

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Chris Kusha (@TooBusyWINNING)ChrisBOD

What is your online screen name?  LoveForFire

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  I’m currently a part time player finishing up my Masters degree. I had started playing poker around 2007, taking my game seriously and playing semi-professionally since 2010. I have mostly been a cash player and transitioned into MTTs early 2011. Now I play a mix of online MTT series, and live MTTs and live cash (NLHE and mixed games).

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish when you final tabled a Maximus Event this series?  How much did you cash for?  So far, I’ve finished 8th/853 in the $11 FL Horse event for $119.43. I had made a bad read on a tough opponent to lose a decent amount of my chips at the final table. I’ve also had one other small cash out of the 16 events I’ve played.

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  There are two things that I think really attribute to doing well in a series like this. The first is being aware of how the really long late registration period will effect the mid stages on the tournament. People will be flooding in with really short stacks a few hours in and it makes it difficult to navigate the minefield sometimes. Being patient and picking good spots in these situations will help not give up chips needlessly. This also leads into the other theme which is being patient in general. The fields can be big, and the best chance of winning comes from making the least amount of mistakes. This is especially true in mixed games as a decent amount of the field will not be strong in all the games. I’m not going to mix it up with everyone splashing around in the early Omaha 8 round when those same guys will put money in bad in Razz or the Stud games. I guess another thing that comes to mind is paying attention to your opponents and the tables. Online it’s very easy to be watching videos or chatting with friends on the side, but if you pay more attention to the other players you will have that much more of an edge on them.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief info about yourself you’d like to share?  Sure I’d like to thank the Tournament Poker Edge community, I’ve learned a lot from the guys over there and really learned how to fine tune my aggression.

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David Perez (@dapbowler) DavidBOD

What is your online screen name?  MoreEVdotComHustler, however I normally use DAPBowler.

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  Part-time for 10 years. I got introduced to the game from a bowler who was making a living doing this. His online screen name is lordhutty pre black friday and nutsinyerace post BF

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish when you final tabled a Maximus Event this series?  How much did you cash for?  I placed 2nd in Event #31 $22 $30k for $4620

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  Honestly the key was taking a nap during break lol. I fell asleep during break early-mid stage of the tourney, when I wake up I have 6k blinds are 150/300 I have Queens and I double up a player who started with 3.2k. So I wake up lose over half the stack and get lucky. About the 7th hour I call a buddy of mine who just got off of working his 3rd shift job, we skype share screen, and never looked back. Having someone just watch and talk to was good enough for me. Of course when you get so deep in a tourney that is so top heavy you think of ICM until you get to top 5 or 6. Going into HU play I had a 3 to 1 CL over my opponent. HU lasted about 35 min. I was disappointed with my second place after having that CL going into HU. However, I was HU with another MoreEV staked player so it was kind of fun also.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief info about yourself you’d like to share?  I would like to plug MoreEV. I am a administrator on the sight and have been staked with them for over a year now. www.moreev.com I am a FT logistics worker with a tanker company. I am unsure what my dreams on as far as poker. I am married with one son and another on the way due Feb 2014. I wouldn’t trade any of this, even if other people are making a ton of money with poker. I live in North Carolina and it really is amazing the quality of players in this state, plus the drive these players have to train other people that want to learn the game. I am with MoreEV and couldn’t thank them enough for letting me stay with them while they grow. YOu have Derek, the co-founder of TPE in Raleigh. THen you have yourself, Mr. Gonzalez, with you BetonDrew. You have done awesome getting recognition with Pocket 5s and amazingly enough twitter. That is how I first met you, because I guess you see people on the online felt and see if there twitter handler is the same as their online screen name.

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Ramsey Turner (@Rambo_Fitness) RamseyBOD

What is your online screen name?  InigoMontoya

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  Part Time cant devote all the time I would like because of college right now.  Been playing a little over a year got my start at the BetOnDrew BootCamp.

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish at the Final Table in this Maximus Series?  How much did you cash for?  2nd place in the 20k Poker Maximus for 2.5k.  Didnt get to take home the gold :'(

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  Staying positive.  Its the hardest thing to do in poker.  Just keep the pedal down and play to win.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief bio about yourself you’d like to share?  “Hulk in the Gym, Poker Player, Family Guy, and a Lover”

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Troy Stinnett (@TroyStinnett) TROYbod

What is your online screen name? 1Troy1

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  I play full time.  I’ve been playing for about 7 years.  In college I started playing a $20 home game with some success.  A couple months later I saw a guy playing in the computer lab and knew I had to try it out.

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish at the Final Table in this Maximus Series?  How much did you cash for?  I got 2nd in the $500 100k for 15.6k, and have been a min cashing machine since.  I made the ft of the limit holdem event as well.. around 5th or 6th for $650 or so.

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  I approach a maximus tourney like any other.  The only thing that im adjusting too is my total buy ins for the day.  I like to play a high volume so it can get spendy.  So I think not tilting out when things arent going well is going to take you far.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief bio about yourself you’d like to share?  “Professional poker player and proud father.”  (Troy is currently #1 on the Merge total profit MTT leaderboard, and ranked #1 in the US on pocket 5’s)

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Jason (@4to1dog)photo

What is your online screen name?  4to1dog on Carbon

Are you a full time or part time poker player?  How long have you been playing, and when did you get started?  Both I suppose.  I do have another job, and in addition to that I run 4to1dog.com and work with a great group of students there.  The site is also growing much faster than we expected despite only opening recently.  Regarding playing poker, we are fortunate enough to where poker has allowed my wife the opportunity to give up a 15 year career, and stay home with our children.  She is an awesome person (has to be to put up with me), and what I do in poker wouldn’t be possible without her.  As for when I got started, I began playing in the Party Poker days for U.S. players, before the days of the Moneymaker boom.

What tournament/tournaments and place did you finish at the Final Table in this Maximus Series?  How much did you cash for?  Final table-wise…I was fortunate enough to win Event #21 ($109 PLO) for $6850.  I also finished third in Event #64 ($109 NLH) for $5070.  Have also made a few runs in the $215’s but have come up short in the final two tables each time.

What do you think is the key to going deep in a series like this?  Honestly, I don’t really view these tourneys as different from others in terms of strategy, playing style, or those kind of things.  Obviously the prize pools are better, which is awesome.  I guess fatigue/endurance can be a factor, as some of the events run super late.  Other than that though, it’s just business as usual in my opinion.

Any plugs, affiliations, or brief bio about yourself you’d like to share?  Not particularly, except to say that you guys are welcome to check out 4to1dog.com if you want.  The site isn’t just for students that I coach, as we have a bunch of guys on the site that are there just to contribute to the overall community.  The site is going to be revamped in early October, at which time I’m bringing on additional coaches and adding several new features.  Feel free to drop by and say hey in the public forums sometime.  (Jason is currently #10 on the Merge total profit MTT leaderboard, and ranked #2 in the US on pocket 5’s)

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If you’d like to join Poker Maximus feel free to download Carbon Poker HERE.  Hope you enjoyed and maybe you can be the next Poker Maximus Champion!

 

 

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