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Matt Perrins Interview

Poker Shark Magazine catches up with the World Series of Poker 2011 bracelet winner from Rochdale

Published on August 8th 2011.

Matt Perrins Interview

POKER Pro Matt Perrins has gone from pub player to multi-million dollar cashes in Las Vegas. Confidential finds out how it all started in a with a few mates in a pub in Rochdale, and how he plans to spend his winnings.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into playing poker in the first place?

I started playing poker when I was 16 in a pub with Jake Cody. We were introduced to the game when a few guys from the pool team invited us both to their weekly game and we went from there. Playing pool, poker, sports betting and going out was pretty much our lives at the time.

How have you worked to improve your game and can you give any advice to our readers on how to improve theirs?

I always discuss hands with friends pretty much daily. It’s certainly the best way to brush up on your game and gain different bits of knowledge from other players. The best piece of advice I would say is to put in the volume and sign up to poker forums and discuss as many hands as possible.

You have quite an impressive CV of live result cashes. What do you prefer, live or internet play and why?

I like both equally. Online is great because you can play at home or at mates' houses and discuss hands all the time, and play ridiculous amounts of tables all at once. Live is great because the fields are usually a lot softer and the structures are obviously way better.

Before your victory at the WSOP what would you say was the highlight of your career to date?

It’s close between winning IPT Venice and coming tenth in the EPT grand final last year. I would probably have to go with coming tenth in the EPT grand though just because I played the best I’ve probably ever played and got really unlucky in one of the biggest events of the year.

It has been widely reported that you had never played 2-7 Lowball before the WSOP. What made you enter this event?

Yeah a few friends decided to give it a go as it didn't look too hard, so they ended up persuading me to play and told me the rules and I was off to the Rio ten minutes later.

Did you have any idea what you were doing for the first few levels or were you just winging it?

To be honest the first few levels didn't go too well. It took probably the whole day one and a lot of questions with friends to really know what I was doing. Day two and three were much better as I felt way better and actually felt in control most of the time.

Who has travelled over to Vegas with you and how much has their support meant to you?

I travelled over on my own as I missed the flight the day before, but I have around 50/60 friends over here which is really good as there's always someone to talk to or rail. The support has been massive as it’s really good for confidence. I’m pretty sure the Brits have the loudest rail in poker.

How have you celebrated your bracelet win?

I’ve gone out drinking with mates a lot of nights since but I’ve managed to fit a few events in too.

Is there one thing that you will definitely be buying with your winnings, and what is it?

Erm, I’m not sure to be honest. I'll probably just go on holiday for a few weeks with my mates to relax after the World Series is done.

Jake Cody has obviously also won a bracelet this year and being as you are both from Rochdale, did you both rail each other to victory?

Yeah we were both there for the victories. It’s a pretty amazing feeling seeing your best mate for a long time win a bracelet and then for him to see me win one.

What other events will you be playing at this year’s WSOP?

There's not too many events left now, but I’m looking forward to playing the 10k 6 max and the main event.

After the WSOP has finished, what tourneys will you be playing for the rest of the year?

I'll be playing most EPTs when it starts up again and I’m going to Cannes for the WSOPE which I’m really looking forward to.

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