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Eric Froehlich – Young Poker Superstar

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Eric is one of those amazing young players, at only 23 years old he is already the owner of two WSOP bracelets, his first won just a few months after turning 21 and legally being allowed to play in a casino. Eric not only plays live, but cleans up online as well.

KL: Do you play a lot online?

Eric: Yes I do. When I'm not playing live I find myself playing a lot online.

KL: Where do you play?

Eric: I play mostly on Full Tilt, but I'll splash around in some of the higher buy in tournaments on other sites as well, especially when sites have their online poker championship series.

KL: What games?

Eric: I play most of the online higher buy-in tournaments, and I play all my cash games as Eric Froehlich on Full Tilt, mostly mid to high limit pot-limit Omaha.

KL: What is the most you have ever won/lost?

Eric: Most won in an online tournament is about $65.000, biggest loss is just the buy-in, which is $2500. As for cash games, I've never really played super high limits, it was just something that never appealed to me to risk so much money, so the biggest win/loss were both $20,000

KL: Which do you like better online, cash or tournament?

Eric: I prefer the online tournaments because I tend to play a slower style, and the ability to play several at once keeps me occupied without the same risk as playing several tables of cash games where you can take huge swings.

KL: How do you adapt your strategy while playing online?

Eric: The online tournament blind structure is obviously much faster, as a tournament that would take about 7 days to complete live is condensed down to a matter of hours. Obviously you play far more hands every hour, but it gets to the point late where you really need to know how to pick your best spots to shove all your chips in to have any chance at winning.

KL: How do you handle not being able to see your opponents?

Eric: Online poker has a lot less actual "reading" of opponents, but you have to pick up on how people have played previous hands, how much time it takes them to act and their betting patterns. Online poker allows you to also take unlimited amounts of notes, so you don't actually have to remember how people play, but can note it for future reference. In the end, online basically requires you to play a completely different style where the actual reading of opponents is less prevalent.

KL: Do you multi-table? If so, what are the most tables you have played at one time?

Eric: I'm terrible at not multi-tasking. If I'm only doing one thing, I get incredibly bored, so I always try to play at least 3 tables. I generally try to stick to 4, especially since I tend to play on my laptop while traveling, and overlapping tables can cause problems. The most I've ever played is ten tables, and I've spent a decent amount of time playing anywhere from 2-8.

KL: What are your thoughts on the UIGEA?

Eric: Well, I think it's ridiculous for them to try to place restrictions on what people do inside their own home, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else. Poker is a game of skill that has elements of luck in it, but in the end the best players win out and for them to pass legislation to infringe on our rights to gamble, especially inside our own homes, is completely absurd. If they wanted to try to regulate it or tax it or do something to somehow better the country in some way that might be another issue, but to start arresting people associated with funding online gaming and to try to make what many people use as their way of life and as their means for taking care of themselves and their families illegal, it's just not something that should be done in a free country. There are obviously many other things that would be far better off to be regulated, especially when dealing with the internet and to target a game of skill like poker is wrong.

KL: How you feel it may impact your poker career?

Eric: That one's so hard to answer because I don't know how it will impact poker. Right now it's annoying, and the fact that it exists might warp the general population's perspective on what poker really is, which is obviously bad. But without seeing the results to the turnouts at events like the WSOP it's hard to tell what the lasting impacts will be. I'm still pretty confident that it will be reversed in time, and things can go back to normal since not having useful options such as Neteller is a real nuisance, but I really have no idea.

KL: What do you think will be the effect on big tournaments like the WSOP? Do you think it will decrease the # of contestants?

Eric: When the law first came out, sites seemed to be saying that there could be no entries won online but right now that doesn't appear to be the case. It will almost definitely be a much smaller field than last year's WSOP, which will likely be the biggest tournament ever, but how much so is completely dependant on just how restricted the online sites are to actually buying people into the event. Hopefully it won't be impacted too much!

KL: Congressman Barney Frank is considering a bill to repeal the UIGEA, what do you think about that?

Eric: I think the bill should have never existed and has just been a giant nuisance, so repealing it has to be a good thing. Especially if it will allow sites like Neteller to operate freely in this country, since there are so many people with money tied up in their system right now and it made everything so much easier for all poker players.

KL: Do you think it will work?

Eric: Right now sites like Neteller can't operate in this country since they are arresting anyone associated with them so hopefully they will be able to reopen their doors in the US if the bill is repealed, I don't know for sure.

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