7 questions to Norbert Koh

Norbert Koh is a regular on the APT tour and has racked up a number of final tables and a few wins along the way. He is quickly rising up the Singapore all time money list, and is currently ranked 4th on the APT Player of the year 2015 leaderboard. 

1. When and why did you start playing poker?

I stumbled onto the world of online poker in 2008, and before I knew it, I was immersed in the fascinating and intricate details of the game.

2. Why did you choose to focus your energy on live tournaments? Are you also playing online?

I lack the patience for online poker, and I decided to put time into live tournaments mainly because my live skills outweigh my online ones.

3. What is your biggest accomplishment as poker player?

My biggest accomplishment so far would be gaining the confidence to sit at most MTT tables and know that I am able to match the skills of the other players at my table.

4. What are your goals as a player for the upcoming years?

Currently, I hope to have a good finish for APT's 2015 APOY, and beyond that, I'm looking forward to my first US$10,000 event in either the WSOP ME or Aussie Millions.

Norbet Koh

Norbert Koh won 3 APT side events in 2015

5. What is your biggest tilt? Your nicest bluff and / or hero call?

I guess my biggest tilts happen when I'm bricking most events in a single series due to bad beats. That kind of has an adverse snowball effect on my game. Nicest bluffs, I guess, would be those that consist of complex lines and multi-leveling between my opponent and me. It's like a dance of death with the one blinking first losing. I have made a hero call with 10 high before, and I was spot on as I have soul read his hand on the turn. I'm not keen on discussing specific hands.

6. What do you think about the local poker scene in Singapore?

I would divide this into two parts: live and online. For live cash games, I would say with confidence that the good players are generally on par with the rest of the world, having used to play deep stack home games, which is the norm here. As for the live tournament scene, SG players have to travel out of the country to play, and not many have the bankroll or opportunity to gain enough live tournament experience. SG tournament veterans will easily earn the respect of others with our knowledge of the game. As for online, we had a blanket ban in Singapore for online play. That weeded out all casual players, and the serious ones have moved overseas to continue their grind.

7. Money talk: What is your biggest win in a tournament? What is your biggest pot in a cash game?

 I took down the 2015 APT Manila Head Hunter Side Event for US$12,880, along with 7 bounties. That is my biggest live win. Cash games I can't recall, but I must have shipped almost SGD$20,000 in a single $5 / $10 session in RWS that got bumped up to $10 / $20.


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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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