Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to and is the driving force behind success and happiness that allows us all to live better lives. PPL#53 M.E. Warm Up Winner, Myron Pereira proves just that by holding the same amount of intense passion for poker that he once had when he first started to play.
A brief but informative discussion on Myron’s journey, quickly transforms into what we can only assume, an inspiring and tactful story for all newcomers and beginners in the poker industry who are yet to make this game as a career choice in their lives. Scroll below to read the in-depth interview:
- Let’s talk about your victory at the Main Event Warm Up. How were you feeling during the final table and right after?
It was pretty good. I started the Final Table with an advantage of a chip lead. In fact I was in the chip lead for a while. I got a little double up from one of their top three chip leaders right after. So it was a pretty smooth sail from there which was the best part about it. The heads-up was unexpected,we started odd-even however everyone exchanged chip leads throughout the game.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started playing poker?
I’m from the City of Floating Casinos itself, and I deep dived in poker about 10 years back, when the game used to come on TV. I was always fascinated by what they were doing and I wanted to learn more about it. Soon after I started playing with my friends and on Zynga poker after. So the first time I played a tournament was when IPC 2010 or 2011 took place in Goa.
3. Who are your most difficult opponents today?
There have been pretty good players in the past that I’ve played with. But there hasn’t been a moment where I’ve thought they’re too difficult to beat or play with.
4. What’s your quirk at a poker table?
I think I’m mostly listening to music. I usually don’t talk much while I’m at a table.
“I believe the country should have more live tournaments.”
5. Why the screen name ‘priyankAAchoprAA’?
I don’t have a special reason behind it. Although, I’m a huge fan of hers. Also, using a woman’s name as a screen name probably makes others think that the player might not be a professional yet or even easy to beat or play with. No offense to women players!
6. 2019 was an amazing year for the poker industry in terms of growth! What do you hope for this year and what are your expectations as an Indian poker player?
I believe the country should have more live tournaments. Plus, the tax on poker winnings should be reduced, I mean 30% turns out to be a lot for the players.
7. Did you have any other jobs prior to poker, was there a moment when you were both playing poker and working a regular 9-to-5 job?
I currently own a business as well, along with being a poker player, so I’m not a full-time pro like most players. I’ve never worked a regular job and played poker at the same time.
8. What’s your drink of choice whilst a tournament?
Mostly water, sometimes a chocolate milkshake.
9. Do you focus on live tournaments the same as online?
I initially started with playing live, then moved towards online poker. Back then, there weren’t many Indian sites for online poker so I used to play on PokerStars and 888poker previously. Now i’m only playing on Indian sites. Being in Goa is also pretty helpful because I don’t have to travel all the time for tournaments.
10. You must do a lot of travelling to these tournaments all over the country/world. Do you enjoy the lifestyle?
Actually, I’ve never travelled specifically for tournaments. Since all great tournaments are hosted in Goa, im lucky to be here. I see everyone else travelling to Goa majorly for live tournaments and I’m really glad it’s all right next to me. Ofcourse, travelling to Vegas is THE DREAM for me, and I wish to ship the Main Event one day.
“Study a lot about poker. Also, Manage your bankroll well.”
11. Did money change you? If yes, in what way?
Not really. I mostly use my poker wins to travel and I keep adding that to the bankroll.
12. If you could play heads up against anyone in the world, who would that be. And who would you not want to play against at any costs?
Tom Dwan, for sure! I feel he’s the best heads-up player. And I’d say I wouldn’t want to play against Tom Dwan as well. He’s my biggest idol, it would be such a huge thing to play against him plus he’s the scariest one to play against as well.
13. What’s your biggest dream when it comes to poker?
Winning the WSOP Main Event.
14. It’s kind of a poker cliché that pocket aces either win a small pot or lose a big one. What are your thoughts on that?
It’s better to win a small pot than to lose a big one.
15. What would be the best advice for people transitioning from live to online poker and vice versa?
I feel hands are played out much more faster in online as compared to live. During live, you tend to get bored quite easily, with online it’s slightly better and quicker as well. I think you’d have to be more patient since live poker is slow. Most of the dealers are not so trained and they take very long, quite a few mistakes also happen as well, so i’d say patience is the key.
16. Any message for our readers?
Study a lot about poker. Also, Manage your bankroll well.