Meet the Micro Millions winning Moderator 'VorpalF2F'

We chat to our longest serving community moderator about our poker forums and winning this year's Micro Millions Triple Draw event.


For those that don’t know, what is your history with PokerStrategy and why did you become a moderator?

VorpalF2FLike most members, I joined because I was a complete noob, and wanted to learn. I liked that (in those days) there was $50 starting capital, and 30% rakeback at Full Tilt. I took the NL Beginners course, and worked through all the articles and videos up to Silver. When asked to be a mod, I accepted partly because I was doing a lot of forum help anyway, and I also got access to some other articles and videos. I also liked being part of the mod community -- there is a great bunch of people there. Most of the current ex-mods still participate in a skype channel.

What is life as a mod like, what takes up the most time?

VorpalF2FEach morning I go through all the first-time posters, and new posts looking for things I can contribute to, and look for spammers. I also have a bunch of favourite threads and a blog. I spend about an hour a couple of times a day.

Has being a mod improved your poker being around all those strategy posts?

VorpalF2FWithout doubt! You don't have to be a mod though. Any member can (and should) go through the forums and read the hand histories posted, and post their thoughts.

How soft was the Micro Millions event you won? I cant imagine many of the 3,000 players knew Triple Draw very well.

VorpalF2FIn the early stages there were a lot of crazy bluffs. At one point someone bet on last draw with two pair -- he might have been playing the wrong game. By the money, though, most people seemed to know what they were doing.

"Position is important in most forms of poker"

What are the biggest mistakes you saw in that event (and in Triple Draw noobs in general)?

VorpalF2FWell, apart from not realising that it is lowball, the biggest mistake is trying to draw to weak hands out of position. That happens even in cash games. Like most forms of poker, position is really important.

Is a game like Triple Draw a legitimate route to making money or is it too obscure to be profitable for most people?

VorpalF2FA lot of money changes hands at high-stakes lowball on PokerStars, but there aren't many tables open all that often. Triple draw is also the opening round of 8-Game though, and it is useful to know it for that reason too.

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VorpalF2F's win

"I was excited hours after my win"

"You need a huge bankroll to play Triple Draw live"

What are your other favourite forms of poker?

VorpalF2FMy favourite and perhaps best game is fixed-limit 5-Card Draw. It is quite straight-forward, and it is possible to play profitably for anyone willing to take the time to learn the drawing odds, and what hands to open from what position, what hands to 3- and 4-bet and so on. I also play Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo split, but I don't do well at the fixed-limit version for some reason. I am currently taking a course from Kyyberi in PLO. I took it to help with 8-Game, but it is a decent money-maker in its own right, since people play too many hands.

Have you ever wanted to take your Triple Draw skills to Vegas?

VorpalF2FI went to Vegas in 2015, and played about 50 hands of NLHE 200 live. I did it just for the experience -- and the fun of it. To play Triple Draw in Vegas you would need a huge bankroll, and be willing to be shark bait. I don't qualify on either point.

What's it like winning an event in one of the large online series? Is winning a 'Micro Millions' any different to winning a regular nightly MTT for the same prize?

VorpalF2FThe nightly MTTs have perhaps 100 to 200 entrants -- most of whom play all the time, and a prize pool of $200 or so. I've won a few, and they sure help the bankroll, but there's nothing like winning a big one. I was still excited several hours later. It isn't just the money, either. Knowing that somehow you made enough correct decisions -- and a minimum of errors -- over seven and a half hours feels good. I've said before that I had great cards, and I did make some mistakes, but the balance was in my favour that day In poker, you need to know what a good hand is, you need to get good hands, and you need to play them properly. On that day I got the good hands, and for the most part played them properly.

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