André Coimbra

I got some questions regarding myself and as I said in the previous post, I will try to answer them now.

Before Poker and Magic: The Gathering were part of my life, I was a lot into games and computers. I always enjoyed playing board games with my friends and family, as well as computer games. During high school, I represented my country 3x in the International Olympiad in Informatics and after that I decided to get a degree with a major in Computer Science and a minor on Math.

I started playing Poker in 2005, when I heard that many Magic: The Gathering players were doing well at it. I was a "bonus whore" like everyone else back then and played mostly FL Texas Hold'em. The first Poker book I read was "Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro".

In 2005 I also played my first Magic: The Gathering World Championship and finished 8th, getting $7500, which was a lot of money for a 19 years old student.

On the 16th of February of 2007 I played my first tournament on PokerStars, which was a $6 45man and luckily I won! I played some more $6 and $11 and one $25, ending the month with a profit of $501.

In July I won a $11+r and got a huge bankroll boost.

Then, I decided to invest some money in learning sngs, as I wanted a steady source of income and registered at pokerxfactor to watch sngs videos from the top pros. Until September of 2008 I played mostly $6,5 and $16 9man sngs, as a parttime job and they paid my bills. That's when I finished my degree. As I was doing well at the low stakes for more than a year, I decided to try playing Poker on a professional level.
I started with a $200 Bankroll on PokerStars and played around 10h/day of $6,5 9man sngs, until I got my bankroll big enough to play the $16s, then the $27s, then the $38s and by the end of 2008 I reached Supernova status.
In 2009 I started my quest for SNE and it was a really tough year, where I dedicated most of my time to Poker. I played 9man sngs from $38 to $530, steps from step2 to step6 and 18man/45man/180man from $27 to $114.

PokerStars left a message on all the Supernova+ players lobby, inviting them to apply for their new team. I really liked the idea, so I filled in the form right away. In November, just before MTG Worlds I got a mail from PokerStars saying that I made it intothe team!

In 2009 I still had an invitation to a Magic The Gathering tournament of my choice for 2009, so I chose the World Championship and was lucky enough to win it, becoming the first Portuguese to win MTG Worlds and $45k.
That week was huge: team pro + mtg world champion! Too bad I couldn't tell anyone about my contract with Pokerstars, since they wanted to announce it later on.

In December PokerStars announced their new Online team and I finally reached Supernova Elite status.

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I've replied to most of the questions about me already, here are the ones I left out:

Q: How do you feel about the fact that a lot of players look up to you as a rolemodel?
A: It's still something new for me, it feels good, but it's an extra responsibility. Also, because of this I tend to focus more on my Poker goals and how to achieve them.

Q: Tips for mtg tournaments and differences between mtg and Poker tournaments?
A: Playtest as much as you can against better players and try to stay calm. Poker tournaments have older players overall and I will quote my friend Javier Dominguez here: "Casinos are the magic stores for adults".

Q: For a new player is it more important to play more or study more? Do you study a lot?
A: It is more important to study for sure I recommend something like 75% studying, 25% playing. As for me, I don't study as much as I should, because it's hard to study a lot when you are trying to make/maintain SNE. However, I do study on a weekly basis and more often when I'm learning a new game.

Q: I have $50, do you recommend to play cash games or sngs? What buy-in? I prefer sngs!
A: If you prefer sngs, play sngs, wouldn't play anything higher than $1 though.

Q: How do you see your future in poker? Do you see yourself grinding your life out? Do you ever wish you had a standard professional career? Aren't you afraid that one day you'll find poker fun no more and then it will be too late to start doing something else?
A: I will probably play poker in the next few years. I don't know if I will play Poker for the rest of my life, I just keep checking what is the best option for me and stick to it. If I wanted to have a standard professional career, I would have one. I don't find Poker fun, Poker is really interesting, but I see it as a source of income and not something to do on my free time. Right now I make so much more money playing Poker than I would do in a regular job, that in my opinion, it would be silly to have a regular job.

Team PokerStars Online - André Brito Coimbra


Welcome to my new blog

Instead of doing an introductory post talking about me, I've decided to let people ask what they want to know about me and next week I will write a post that will be a compilation of the answers for the readers questions.

If you want to ask one or more questions, just leave a comment. I will be the only one reading them and I won't mention who asked each question. I might not answer every question, but I will do my best to answer as many as possible.