As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware.
With over $8.3 million in career live earning, Malaysian-born Michael Soyza has rapidly become one of the biggest threats on the high roller scene. With results dating back to 2011, it wasn’t until 2017 that the volume of his results really picked up as he notched a pair of six-figure scores while playing tournaments in Macau and his first-ever result at the World Series of Poker.
In 2018, Soyza really caught fire and was seemingly at every final table. He took down the $1,655 Venetian Deepstack Championship in Las Vegas for over $588,000, an EPT Barcelona side event for $344,000, and nearly captured a WSOP bracelet with his third-place finish in the WSOPE $100K High Roller for over $592,000.
In early 2019, Soyza logged his career-high score by winning the Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeji 6-Handed event for $1,420,581. He grabbed his second career seven-figure score in August of that same year by finishing in fourth in the Triton Poker Super High Roller London Main Event for $1,363,027.
With a resume packed with huge scores and titles from around the world, a WSOP bracelet would make for a nice addition to Soyza’s trophy case…even if not something he’s really into.
What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8?
I am probably going to take it easy and play if I can and when I feel like it. I am currently working on another project right now so my attention is somewhat divided.
Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing?
Of course, the Main Event. It has the largest prize pool and the WSOP Main Event is one of the events that I look forward to the most every year due to the atmosphere and camaraderie.
What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year?
It would be very cool, but I’m not much of a trophy kind of guy. But, it would still be sweet to win one.
How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule?
As mentioned above, I do not know what schedule is going to be like so I will just go with the flow.
What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing?
Not particularly, I just make sure I have enough sleep so that I can play my A-game without feeling tired and get through the long sessions.
What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score?
Normally, we just go to eat some good food.
What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever?
Just take it one hand at a time and treat each decision independently. It is just another tournament after all.
Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year?