Full-Ring Friends Series: MizouClipper

Welcome to the third edition of the series, this time our guest is MizouClipper on PokerStars and Stonewalled on 2+2. I didn’t know all that much about him before other than him being a very good poker player, so I got a lot out of this one! Thanks for the interview Mizou!

What is the origin of both your 2+2 username and Stars SN?
My 2+2 user-name is Stonewalled. It just comes from a nickname some of my poker-playing friends gave me, referring to me shutting them out of pots.

My Stars screen-name is MizouClipper. At the time I signed up on stars, I lived in Missouri (still do) and owned a franchised haircutting store (as an investment, not my real job), so Mizzou was supposed to be for Missouri and Clipper was referring to the store. Mizzou has only one “z” in my screen-name because Pokerstars then had a limit of 12 characters for screen-names. I wish I had thought of a better name.

For those of us who don’t know much about you, where are from, how old and do you study/work?
I live in St. Louis, Missouri, am 39 years old, and am a trial lawyer.

Tell me a bit about your poker story, how you came to be involved in online poker and what made you choose full-ring no limit games.
I am very much a product of ESPN’s coverage of the Main Event. I watched Raymer’s run, which interested me, so I bought SuperSystem. I was immediately hooked, and began reading everything I could get my hands on. I began playing at the local casinos and online.

I played limit for probably a year or so, bonus-whoring online as I went. I then tried no-limit and of course loved it. I went from full-ring to 6-max fairly quickly, and played 6-max for a year and a half, starting with a bankroll of $200 and bringing it up to $10k, using good but aggressive BR management (I can be aggressive since I have another source of income) as I eventually moved up to 2/4 … and was smacked back down to 1/2 several times.

I eventually moved to full ring for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to become a better full ring player in my live games at the casino, so it made sense to also play it online. Second, I like the lower variance of full ring play.

For the most part you play a lot of $200nl full-ring, but you are sometimes spotted higher. Is there a reason you don’t play higher on a more permanent basis?
Yes, because I haven’t maintained a large enough bankroll to be at a higher limit. This is partly because I have taken unsuccessful shots, and partly because I tend to cash out a lot to finance vacations, home improvement, etc. I am a small winner at 2/4+, but I haven’t done well enough to stay there, particularly in light of my cash out habits.

What are some of the major breakthroughs and leaks that you have plugged in order to get the point of playing solid winning poker?
The major breakthrough I had was when I began watching Cardrunners videos. It significantly changed the way I approach the game. Specifically, coming in with raises and playing position, position, position. I try hard to play very aggressively in position and not get caught fighting for pots oop with marginal hands, which used to be a pretty big leak.

Another breakthrough had to do with balancing ranges, which is too big a topic to get into here.

How many hours a week do you generally put in at the tables?
25. I wish I could play more, but I have a very demanding full-time job, as well as a family, so 25 hours is already a lot for me.

What are the best and worst aspects of being a poker player?
Since I’m part-time, my answer may be in a different context. But, the best thing for me is simply that it’s fun. There are a lot of reasons for that, but it’s plain and simple a very fun game, which is a great break from my real job. And I never lose sight of that, and maintain a good attitude and demeanor.

The worst aspect is that it’s time away from my family.

What are some of the hobbies and interests you have away from poker that keep you level?
Mostly family stuff. I have young children, and they always have something going on. I coach my son’s basketball team. I play golf, and am going to lessons with my kids.

What do your family (both immediate and extended) think of your poker playing?
My wife is very supportive. While she sometimes gets fed up with the number of hours I play, she’s still very good about it. And she loves the “payday” — twice a month I give her 75% of my profits (this is in addition to the larger cashouts I sometimes do). I say “give her”, but it’s really for family use.

My extended family is fine with it, and thinks playing in the major tournaments (i.e., the Main Event) is really cool.

As a PokerStars Supernova VIP what changes do you think could be made to the VIP program to improve it?
I think the program is excellent. I saw JackFrost’s suggestion of levels in between SN and SN Elite, which seemed like a good idea to me, since I’d be right in the wheelhouse for such a program.

What would another site, like Full Tilt Poker, have to offer you in order to switch your play?
I would have to be convinced that they have better major tournament selections (I try to play into major events) and a superior frequent player program.

Quick Quiz – Of All 2+2 SS Full Ring and PokerStars $200nl regulars
Best avatar?

Best strategy poster?
I like anyone who states the reasons for their conclusion. AlltheCheese, bottomset, pattay, jackfrost, and wanttolearn all come to mind.

Best trash talker?

Clearly srkbigdaddy.

Best 24-tabler?
Not sure who 24-tables, but imo the toughest regs at 1/2 are WeakTite (I guess he’s a 1/2 reg; anyhow, he’s there more than I’d like), jlost, and TheLife.

Speedle cracks me up. So does srkbigdaddy.



Most under-rated?
ChipRick. Well, maybe he’s not under-rated, but I think he plays a very good, solid game and doesn’t get as much fanfare as some of the higher vpip/pfr/AF guys, but I’m guessing his winrate is similar.

Most over-rated?
Not gonna go there.

Who, if anyone, have you met in real life?

Most Tilty?
Not going there either.

Least Tilty?
There are a bunch of guys I’ve never seen tilt. Most of the guys mentioned above. Also, JackFrost, Ackbleh, and ajven, to name a few.

Best table selection?
I don’t really know. I would hope that mine is decent, so I wouldn’t know who is at the bad tables.

Best short stacker(lol)?
Melea gives me fits.

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  • Eureka, nice interview…keep these coming if possible, especially if they’re 200nl’ers. It’s definitely cool to find out a bit of interesting information about the people we play so much against.

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