Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen: Past, Present and Future

Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen
Skjervøy - A calm and relaxing place for an online grinder

For those of you who did not know: Andreas is a 27-year-old, Norwegian High Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha Specialist. In 2010, Andreas was awarded both the European and the Scandinavian Internet “Player of the Year”. He is also an instructor for Cardrunners, where he contributes with his Pot-Limit Omaha expertise.

Andreas was brought up on Skjervøy, a beautiful island located in the northern parts of Norway, 2000 kilometers north of Oslo. Skjervøy has two months of midnight sun during summer, (when the sun never sets) and two months of darkness during winter (when the sun never rises above the horizon).

Hello Andreas!

How is life in Brighton, were there any riots in your area?

- No riots. It's very good. The weather is nice, tons of fellow pros around and awesome nightlife. There are a lot of things to do around here.

What do you miss the most about living in Norway?

- My friends and family of course, the midnight sun and having less paperwork to fill out.

Looks like this summer on Pokerstars has been quite busy for you, a lot of sessions with some great results, would you like to comment on that

- I’ve been on the right side of variance and had some fun and crazy heads up matches going versus some very talented players. When you have short term results like those I had there during the best days, It's obvious that you have to run good, but I'm satisfied with my play as well.

When did you start playing poker online?

- I registered my Skjervøy account on PokerStars a few days after I turned eighteen.

In Sweden, more or less everyone wanted to play No-Limit Hold 'em back then, mostly because of the televised World Poker Tour, why did you choose Pot Limit Omaha?

- PLO is obviously the better game. It's more fun, fish friendly, and you get to see more flops. I must admit that I started out as a No Limit Hold 'em player - I played full ring and 6-max tables. I converted to PLO in late 2006, after being introduced to PLO by friends during a stay in Vegas. I did well playing NLHE, but it's much more enjoyable for me to play PLO than Hold 'em.

Did you figure out how to play the game by trail and error or did someone teach you?

- Off the tables Terken taught me a lot. He was a professional high stakes player years before I was. Terken has a great poker mind. He is the best when it comes to asking tough questions. We have had tons of good discussions during the years. On the tables I've tried to pick up stuff from the toughest players, but don't think I want to name drop on this one.

From what I can tell from looking at your graphs, you seem to manage to keep your downswings smaller than most PLO-professionals out there, even though you play really aggressively and shorthanded. How do you manage to do this in PLO, the form of poker with perhaps the biggest swings?

- I have big swings, but they might look like smaller bumps because I have more volume than most. This is partly because I'm willing to play at lower stakes too. This helps me to even out the swings.

What has been the single best moment in your career so far?

- Most fun was probably winning my first WSOP package back when my bankroll was only a few K, and the package was worth something like 14K. This trip indirectly led me to try PLO in Vegas.

When you decided to start making instructional videos for Cardrunners, even though they are at lower stakes than you usually play, did you ever worry about giving away too much information to your opponents?

- A bit, but I welcome the action and want to promote PLO as a game.

How many tables do you play simultaneously at the most?
- These days I very rarely do over 9, but I played a 13 table session recently. I can do 20ish tables 6-max, but it is not fun long term, too hectic. I would rather browse the internet, listen to music, and focus a bit more on each table. I'll guess that I average 5 to 6 tables, but I even have periods of single-tabling when the action is slow.

I have problems with playing long enough when winning, and too long when losing. How do you approach this common problem?

I still like playing this game, and I get motivated by any results besides breaking even. I also get motivated by trying to play good / though players, so I can challenge myself.

You have played in some live NLHE tournaments but did not participate in the WSOP this year, are you planning to go to WSOPE in Cannes later this year?

Doubt it, I prefer online poker. It's much more effective use of my time, in a game I enjoy more.

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