Unafraid, a fighter and observant. This is how one of the best online poker players in the world is describing himself. Robert “Gulkines” Flink has totally slaughtered the highstake online poker tables recently. Bonuslovers had the chance to interview the poker pro who has brought attention on poker forums around the world.
Robert Gulkines Flink
G: For how long have you been playing poker? How often do you play online?
F: I did my first deposit when I was 19 years old and it’s my only deposit in the 3.5 years I have played. The amount of game time varies as I travel a lot, and during certain periods I can keep myself away from poker for weeks, while on other occasions I can play 30 hours at a stretch. An average day consists of 3-4 hours of play.
G: What made you start playing poker?
F: Poker was popular on TV, so during my time in secondary school we started to play about smaller sums and then I discovered that I almost always won, so I became interested in playing online. I didn’t have a visa-card because I have never had a job, so to make my first deposit I had to borrow a friend´s visa-card.
G: How big is the biggest pot you have won online?
F: The biggest plus-day is 600K U.S dollars stretched over a 24 hours period and the biggest minus-day is 1,4 million.
G: Have you never been afraid of losing everything when you play with so much money at the tables?
F: I have never really bothered me about the money I play with and I believe that it is essential to success at the higher levels.
G: What makes you a winning poker player?
F: My main characteristics are that I am fearless, a fighter and that I am observant.
G: What has been the hardest thing to learn?
F: What has been the hardest for me is to come back from longer breaks. I often feel that I lost a lot of the “auto pilot” that worked just a few weeks earlier. Before, it was standard for me to lose 300k first week after a longer break, but I have become better to avoid it now.
G: You dominated the tables on Crypto Logic Network earlier. Where do you play today?
F: I have had a longer break, but I play every now and then on iPoker and some at Ongame.
G: We've seen you on many live events the recent year, amongst other as chipleader for awhile in the EPT Prague event. Do you have a great passion for live games as well? Are there any more big events to come?
F: I have played 10-15 major events and it always go well at first. However, after a while I get bored, and then I tend to bluff me out, but I have become better at keeping focus. The next live tournament is the Team Poker European Championship in November held in Baden, where Stefan Mattsson, Dennis Bejedal, Joel Lundqvist and I make up Team Matzon and represent Sweden.
G: Finally, what is your advice to new poker players who aspire to become winners in poker?
F: If you want success in online pokern today, I think it is important to have high goals and not to give up. To dare to meet the best and be able to take a step down in level if you get beaten. When I only had played for one year, I sat on the highest tables. Had no real chance in the beginning but I learned a lot and after having worked myself back at lower stakes I was back. and after repeating the process a couple of times I finally emerged victorious.
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Jul 29 2009