In the span of a few days earlier this month, England’s Scott Aggro SantosMargereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStarsWCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold’em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series’ Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings and is #6 in the UK. Margereson sat down with PocketFives to talk about his latest accomplishment.
PocketFives: How are you feeling about your WCOOP titles? It must be surreal at this point.
Scott Margereson: It’s quite strange. After the $320 Zoom win, I was over the moon. After the Warm-Up, I don’t really feel that much different. To be honest, it doesn’t really feel like real life. I’ve barely logged any volume this year, as my main game has been cash for a while now. I was expecting to continue the steady grind up. I was still going to play on Sundays and during the big series, so I knew there was a chance I could have a decent score, but I never expected this.
PocketFives: What do you attribute it to?
Scott Margereson: Honestly, I’m just a guy who has gone on a heater at the right time of year. The Warm-Up played kind of deep up until we started getting toward the final table and I’m much more skilled deep now than I was six months ago, so that may have helped slightly, but for the most part, I got extremely lucky.
PocketFives: Do you want to play more cash games or stick to the mix you currently have? What cash games do you play?
Scott Margereson: I’m quite happy with the mix I have right now. Tournaments are nice to play when the games are big, but I don’t have the heart to do it day in, day out anymore. I’m mainly playing $500 Zoom on PokerStars and also some of the Rush games when they run on Full Tilt. I like the flexibility of the hours when playing cash games and as far as an actual hourly rate goes, I’m pretty sure that on a standard weekday I’m making a higher hourly than I would playing an MTT session.
Scott Margereson: My advice would be that if you can hack the variance of MTTs day in, day out, then stick to those since switching to cash games is a lot of hard work. I came from cash games originally before I switched to MTTs.
PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally and why did you gravitate toward cash games at the beginning?
Scott Margereson: I got started in poker in a home game originally, then won a free $50 deposit on Full Tilt, and started out that way. A friend of mine told me about this free $50 that I could get and he was playing cash games, so I started out like that as well.
PocketFives: How often do you get to play live poker?
Scott Margereson: I enjoy playing live every once in a while. It’s kind of refreshing, but eventually it becomes pretty boring with the small number of hands you play. One thing it does, though, is makes you appreciate online poker a lot more. I play most EPTs when I can and went to the WSOP for the first time this year for the Main Event, which unfortunately saw me busting before the dinner break on Day 1.
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