“I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Tournament Poker”


Last month, England’s Scott Aggro SantosMargereson (pictured) won his third PocketFives Triple Crown. He took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each on three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days and made over $25,000 in the process.

“It came at a nice time because I started playing for myself a couple of months ago and was on a bit of a downswing right before I won the Triple Crown,” Margereson told PocketFives. “In winning the Triple Crown, I had a great Sunday that got me out of the hole I was in.”

Margereson took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Rollerand Winamax Magnumon February 9 for the first two legs of his Triple Crown. He then needed all of a day to win the Full Tilt Monday Mayhem to wrap it up.

The Sunday High Roller had a buy-in of €300 and fetched nearly 200 players. “It’s a well-structured tournament that plays particularly deep early on, which I feel suits me,” Margereson said of the PokerStars.fr contest. “It used to be really soft, but a lot of dot-com regs have moved over there in the last year, so it has gotten a bit tougher. I have run pretty well in it recently.”

When will we see Triple Crown number four, which will put him in very exclusive company on the site? “I’m actually surprised I managed to win a third one,” he said. “I have a love-hate relationship with tournament poker. I go through periods of two weeks where I’ll grind a decent amount and then the following two weeks I’ll barely play at all, maybe a couple days a week. So, I was probably fortunate to win this and it was probably only because the stuff I won was on Sunday and Monday. By Wednesday, I was probably sick of MTTs.”

Margereson is up to $1.6 million in tracked online MTTs and said he wants to continue building his bankroll for the rest of the year. Plus, he recently moved, so we’d imagine there are still a few expenses to deal with. “I recently moved out to Playa del Carmen (pictured) due to the UK time zone being so terrible and it’s great out here,” he relayed. “As long as I’m making enough money to not go broke and continue to live here, I’m happy.”

Has the move to Mexico contributed to his recent success? He evaluated, “I’m not really sure to be honest. It is definitely less stressful living out here than at home, so maybe that’s part of it. But, I think the main factor was winning some all-ins when it mattered.”

Margereson has won one Triple Crown per year for the last three years. Here’s a look at his accolades, which you can see have come on a total of seven different sites:

October 19, 2012 on PartyPoker, 888 Poker, and PokerStars for 361 PLB Points
June 3, 2013 on bwin, Full Tilt, and 888 Poker for 360 PLB Points
February 10, 2014 on PokerStars.fr, Winamax, and Full Tilt for 579 PLB Points

See who else has made waves by visiting our Triple Crown Wall of Champions.

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