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Going loco

PKR welcomes Sascha ‘locodice’ Walter to their PKR Pro stable, and as Maria Pierides writes, he puts his success down to one book in particular

PKR.com, the innovative 3D poker room, have recently welcomed their sixth addition to the PKR Pro team, signing 25-year-old German player Sascha ‘locodice’ Walter.

The Stuttgart native started his poker career at PKR three years ago, initially playing sit-n-gos, where he quickly worked his way up the buy-in levels, and then moved onto the cash tables where he sits comfortably and now plays $2/$4 and $3/$6 No-Limit Hold’em and $1/$2, £2/$4 Pot-Limit Omaha.

Walter said of his sponsorship: “It’s a great honour to be selected as the newest member of Team PKR Pro; I look forward to showcasing my skills in live events such as the EPT Berlin and the WSOP, representing PKR and the growing German community.”

PKR are aiming to branch out further into the German-speaking market, and hope that their newest recruit will help them achieve their goal, as Walter aims to do his country proud and represent Germany well. PKR’s spokesman Simon Prodger said: “It’s fantastic to welcome another member to PKR Team Pro. We have a large German community and we look forward to Sascha representing them at the tables.”

While this career move will inevitably open doors for Walter, he insists that his main focus is to continue improving his game as opposed to anything else the position may offer. His game has improved rapidly since April 2007 when he took his first steps into the poker world, and he gives The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success, by Ian Taylor and Matthew Hilger, great credit for helping him do so.

He believes the book played a huge part in his development, helping him minimise tilt and enabling him to play longer and more consistently, ultimately turning him into the pro he has become. He also believes in the core message of the book, which is to stick to your A-game and not be disheartened, no matter how many buy-ins you lose. This has been some of the best advice he has received. “Learning strategy and playing good poker isn’t all that hard to a certain level, but keeping my emotions under control every day is one of the toughest challenges for me poker-wise,” he said.
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