Albert Iversen, ireadyoursoul on Party tables, won the last MonthlyMillion of 2009 (click for analysis of the play), claiming $200,000. We got in touch with Albert and had a chat on his poker background, and the tournament win itself.
How did poker become a part of your life and how long have you been playing for?
I started out playing very small sit and go tournaments in high school with my friends, after I watched WPT and Gus Hansen on TV. I have been playing poker for nearly 5 years now, 4 years as a professional.
What and/or whom has helped you learn how to play?
I learned by doing, very simple. I also talked some poker strategy with my friends and read some poker forums, but most came from just playing the game and thinking about it.
What is your style of play? What are your strengths, what are your weaknesses? What area of your game are you trying to improve?
I always play very aggressively, no matter what game I play. I like to think I don’t really have any mayor weaknesses. Maybe I play a little too aggressively sometimes, especially in tournaments.
How did you get started on PartyPoker?
PartyPoker was one of the first sites I started playing at, and I always liked it. I have been coming and going from the site, but now I got a proper bankroll there, so I guess I will start playing there more again. I have always loved playing the Sunday tournaments there.
You won $200,000.00 – what will you do with your winnings?
This money won’t change my life. I will just add it to my bankroll and keep playing. I might start playing more tournaments in the future though, especially online.
Tell me how the tournament went, what were the key moments? What key hands and big decisions did you have to make?
The tournament was pretty smooth sailing for me untill we were about 20 players left. I had a healthy stack all the way up till then. I found some really good spots to steal and it worked out. I was only all in for my tourney life a few times during the tournament, but winning these were obviously all-important. After that my stack went up and down, but I managed to get out ahead. When we got down to short handed I killed the table with superior post-flop skills.
Tell me about the opponents, what did you think of the level of the play? Who were the most dangerous players you came across and why?
In general the level of play was low. So many players really wanted to make to money, and I took advantage of that on the bubble. The most dangerous opponents were the ones that didn’t care about the money and only cared about making the best decision.
What goals do you have as a poker player? Will this experience change the role of poker in your life
I want to win a mayor live tournament! I have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place in my career, but I miss 1st place! This won’t really change the role of poker in my life, since it is already taking up all the space.
What is your advice for players who want to emulate your success in the next Party tournament?
Don’t be afraid to be the bubbleboy! Take advantage of the weaker players.
Congratulations to Albert, and all the best luck at both the online and offline events! Next PartyPoker MonthlyMillion tournament takes place on first Sunday of 2010. Can you take Albert Iversen’s crown?