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Andre Boyer, winner of WSOP Event #33, $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Andre Boyer and his wife moved to Las Vegas when he retired, they both started playing poker, and Andre finished sixth in the first WSOP Main Event he played in 1996. He has been at five WSOP final tables since then, and yesterday he finally won his first bracelet.
How does it feel, the day after you won your bracelet?
It's hard to believe. I've been playing in the Main Event for nine years, and finally I won a bracelet. Yesterday night I couldn't stop looking at it.
How many WSOP tournaments have you played this year?
I've only played two, as I didn't have time to be here during the whole WSOP. I will play the Main Event too.
What's your favourite poker variety?
No-Limit Hold'em is my favourite, but I play some Omaha and Seven-Card Stud too. I would miss an Omaha event for a Hold'em event though.
How come you started playing poker?
When I retired, my wife and I moved to Las Vegas and I started to play poker, mostly cash games at the casinos here. I read a lot of poker books and learned. In the beginning, I could go to a poker room and play $3-$6 limit and lose a rack, and then I went home and read the book again, and the next time maybe it took me four hours instead of two to lose the rack. After that, it took me six, and then I started to break even. After reading the book several times and understanding more and more of what was written and what you should think about, I started winning. If you want to learn something it will cost you, thats for sure.
Do you play online too?
No, I have never played online. Living in Las Vegas with all these poker rooms, I don't feel I have to play online. I usually play poker about three times a week when I am here in Vegas. From the beginning, I was only playing cash games, but after about five years I started to play more and more tournaments and now I only play tournaments.
What do you think is the best way to learn to play poker?
I think to just sit behind someone and watch them play is the best way, because you can never say that you should always raise with, for example, AK. There are so many factors that you have to consider, such as position and the size of the pot. As a beginner, it can be hard to know when you are making a bad play. Sometimes bad plays are rewarded anyways and if you win the pot you won't think that you did anything wrong. After all, you won the pot, right?
It's also hard to teach poker because you have to develop your own style. You have to play the way you are comfortable with.
Why do you think there are so few women playing poker?
I think that women by nature are less aggressive than men. They can, for example, be afraid to check-raise because it's 'not nice,' or fool someone into a trap, and then do the opposite of what you tried to make them believe from the beginning. If I am playing with a woman at a table, I start out thinking that she's a soft and tight player (until she proves otherwise of course) just because women are more like that in real life; Not as aggressive as men in general. Women that are doing good in poker though, they aren't at all too soft and tight, they are aggressive. I think as a woman you can take advantage of that when you're playing.