Thursday, 22 April 2010
Bluff Europe's Adam Goulding chews the fat with EPT Deauville winner and Internet phenom Jake Cody.
You’re only 21, but how did you start out online? I started out on PartyPoker and deposited $10. That’s the only time I’ve ever deposited and not been playing with "profit". I played small stakes SNGs and tournaments and remember coming eleventh in the Party major for around $2,300, which was huge back then. Since then, I haven’t looked back and now play tournaments exclusively.As a ‘young internet kid’, what do you think of the ‘old school’ type players? I’m not like biased towards young pros at all; I think there’s a big misunderstanding between the two sets of players, especially some live players who play strictly live. There are so many spots that are technically bad and horrific to do online, but completely fine and profitable live. Combined with the fact that everyone thinks everyone else is terrible, then yeah, there’s a kind of divide.There’s a lot more to live poker than people think and although some live players may not know 100 per cent of the maths, they are really good at reading players and game flow, which gives them a huge edge that enables them to crush live. Anyone who is willing to put the time and effort in continuing to improve and adjust to the current game will always win, regardless of age.What do you attribute your good results to? I spent a lot of time during the summer playing poker with Tom MacDonald and Matt Perrins, and having played alongside them things really began to click into place and I felt I was taking a huge jump in becoming a better player. Both are great players, and Tom is definitely due to win a big event soon. What is it about your game that you believe gives you an edge over a large portion of the field? Do you have any weaknesses? My strengths are definitely my aggression and fearlessness and my knowledge of stack sizes and raise calling ranges. I’m becoming so much better at reading game flow in the last few months too. My biggest weakness is probably that I have a tendency to be over aggressive and try to force things too much, especially in smaller tournaments.How do you look to improve your game? I’m definitely an advocate of reading forums and also watch a lot of videos on various tutorial sites. The most effective way of progressing with your game, however, is by simply talking to those players whose game you respect about hands and different situations. Nothing works better.I don’t tend to use poker software as I’m predominantly a tournament player, but I do make an effort to takes notes on my opponents and acknowledge certain patterns and trends in their game. Overall, it’s important to be constantly looking to improve your game as it’s really easy to get left behind and you can quickly lose any edge you previously had.
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