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In Pokerstars support chat I ask for a max bet limit on their casino games. Pokerstars Michigan then bans me for life!

I have been a poker pro for over 4 years, and I have about 150,000$ in profits before taxes, expenses , cars, and student loan payments.

I was applying for a Benefits program that does not allow people to apply for the 15,000$ per year in benefits if you have over 2,500$ in the bank.

During my application time (3-5 months) I go on a nice 4000$ poker and blackjack winning streak at Pokerstars Michigan but I gamble heavily after because of the above 2500$ rule.

I had 5000$ in the bank only after I won the 4000$.

I then ask in Pokerstars support if there’s a max bet limit involved...
So I’m trying to be responsible by asking for a max bet limit because if I was to keep my money anywhere , I could be lying to the government.

This is bullshit!

May 27, 2021 | 5:11 p.m.

And yes. If I post and enough pros think it’s bullshit, then maybe I can have some well known pros reach out to Pokerstars for me

But yes I understand your tone . It’s bullshit and there’s not much I can do besides complain to them and or go pay a lawyer 100$ an hour to resolve it for me.

May 27, 2021 | 5:03 p.m.

No , I did exactly the opposite.
I gambled heavily once I had the 4000$ because I knew if I kept the money, then I would be lying to the government while I applied.
I think you got confused. Sorry.
I will post an easier to read version on high stakes.

May 27, 2021 | 5 p.m.

Currently, obviously my email is a needle in a hay stack compared to how many emails they get, and currently, Pokerstars Michigan thinks they can ban me for life over this!
This is absurd and very unfair.

May 26, 2021 | 6:19 p.m.

Cliffs or shortened form:
Benefits program does not allow people to apply for the 15,000$ per year in benefits if you have over 2,500$ in the bank.

During my application time (3-5 months) I go on a nice 4000$ poker and blackjack winning streak at Pokerstars Michigan but I gamble heavily after because of 2500$ rule.

In Pokerstars support chat I ask for a max bet limit on their casino games. Pokerstars Michigan then bans me for life!

Ok. So I am applying for extra benefits from the government because of covid 19.

I have bi polar 1, but I’m not retarded here.

I have over 150,000$ in profit from poker and I told the poker website I can verify this.

Well after paying taxes and expenses and student loans, I could easily be poor. Whatever.

So last month I went on a nice 4000$ blackjack and poker winning streak.

I am at this time in April applying for bi polar benefits.
One of the government rules of the program was, I cannot have over 2,500$ in the bank while I applied to get benefits.

The bi polar benefits program would get me 12,000$ per year plus food benefits.

During my good luck streak in April, I was trying to be responsible , and in live chat at Pokerstars Michigan, I told an employee hey, can I have a max bet limit added to my account while I apply to this benefits program?

I didn’t know what to do and I was gambling heavily because it’s like , if I would have cashed out, I could have cost myself thousands and possibly even 50,000$ in benefits over 3-4 years.

I do not deserve to be banned for life at Pokerstars Michigan and Pokerstars because of this.

I need help from the poker community.

Where can me and a lawyer file an appeal over this decision?

I have Been a poker pro since 2016.
They are clearly treating me rudely

I really don’t think this lifetime ban will hold up ina courtroom.

May 26, 2021 | 6:15 p.m.

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Ok. So I go on a nice poker and blackjack run.

In the live chat box , I said hey , can I have a max bet limit on blackjack while I apply for this relief program?

They then proceeded to ban me for life on Pokerstars Michigan and Pokerstars!

I have been a poker pro for over 4 years.

I need help from the poker community.

The details of the story are below.

This is outrageous. I should never be banned for life over this.


I feel I am being discriminated against. I have done well with poker and I have been a professional at it for 4 years.

In April of this year, I went on a nice 3500 to 4000$ blackjack and poker winning streak.

On April 5 I had applied for extra bi polar benefits because of covid 19

from the state of Michigan.

One rule of the benefits program was I was not allowed to have over 2500$

This was the only reason why I over gamboled.

If I was to be accepted for the benefits program, I would get 8 to 12,000$ Every year for awhile
I have proof of all of this.

This lifetime ban is never going to hold up.
I over gamboled 1 time because I was applying for a covid 19 relief program.
If I would have left the money in my account there, I would have been lying to the government.

If I would have cashed it out, I would have hurt my chances of getting the extra 8-12,000$ in yearly benefits.

I or my lawyer can show you my application.
I was not allowed to have over 2500$ in the bank while I was applying for the relief program!
This is a government rule!

( My application process was from January 8 through April)

My accounts need to be reinstated soon.

I have over 130,000$ in profits from poker before paying taxes.
I can verify this.
This is not right.

Please unban me soon.
Me and my lawyer need to know where we can file an appeal if you don’t want to unban me for life.

This is very unfair. No courtroom would allow you to ban me for life over this!
This will not be upheld in the courtroom.

May 26, 2021 | 6:03 p.m.

Thanks. Nice, I’m glad we agree because you are a coach.

I want to try to save up 20,000 to 25,000 from online poker and then do 2-5 live at the casino.

If you or anyone else does not think 20,000$ To 25,000$ is a big enough bankroll to play 2-5 live let me know.

I am assuming after a year of study and playing a lot, I will be able to beat 2-5 live for 30-40,000$ in profit.

May 5, 2021 | 8:12 p.m.

Hi ,

I need to get this correct:
Jonathan little says a pretty solid/ good 10$ an hour 1-2$ live poker player needs 7500$ in their bankroll to play.

I am assuming he is not adding in 6 months worth of living expenses right?

Because he only says big blinds in the article.
He doesn’t mention living expenses.

Hopefully I am correct. I don’t want to waste months away since casinos let you play on your phone and IPad at the casino now.

Cliffs : Do we need 7500$ to be a live 1-2 pro

Or do we need 7500$ plus 6 months worth of expenses to be a live 1-2 poker “pro.”

May 4, 2021 | 2:08 a.m.

That was a gutsy turn barrell with middle set lol on the scare card 7 multi ways at 16 minute mark. 2 points about that as this video was great for my current poker environment.

One of those stacks is also a double stack once the 7 hits the turn.
Can this be an automatic check with a hand like QQ if one of the stacks is a double stack also?
This would be easier to double barrell the 10-10 on a more pro day right/ a non weekend?

  1. I have heard that if you are new to a stake, that playing with a double stack is bad. Lets say I move up to 50 NL, soon, and I get a double stack.....can it be fine to leave yourself with a double stack on the weekend to generate more action, especially at your normal stake?

    Nice comment on database vs pio importance also. Thanks. It gave me a lazy day Monday study idea. At 19:57 i think we could turn our hand into a check raise bluff but we probably want J-x to bluff more so we can unblock Q-x;. If this sounds horrible let me know. I know youre future ev is massive here so its obviously ok to pass it up.

Thanks if u get time 2 answer, nice video.

March 6, 2021 | 5:54 p.m.

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Ok yeh I edited the above for xyz amount reasons. Sent you a PM , thanks man. Yeh that would be great. These long hours are tough when you are depressed.

March 6, 2021 | 2:27 p.m.

solid video with good insights. Would you say opponents still slowplay sets on 6-3-2 at like .25 and ..50 ignition zoom when you squeezed the 89ss?
What program do you use that allows us to see the opponents whole cards after the hands are played of course??? Message me if you feel like sharing and you dont want to post on forum. You can reply here too ha.
I know OPM used to work but it stopped running. Really liked the check after 3betting qk on q-j-9.
Cant always do it, but it also lets us realize our domination equity range vs range interAction wise in these no HUD and no screen name games.
i LIKE THE 2-4-5 check too because villian will float us light alot.

March 5, 2021 | 8:43 p.m.

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March 5, 2021 | 5:40 p.m.

Ok thanks for the quick response man. Good advice. I play in weird games though ha.
Ignition poker 25 and 50 NL. Kind of soft games, but there are no usernames so players do deviate from normal and they can over call quite a bit.

March 4, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.

Hi Henry. Nice video; I am wondering...sure it says to range bet AQo on 8-5-3 rainbow, but at a lower stake than .25 and .50...and especially right now during the we lose more EV by range betting at lower stakes?

Its fine if you cannot answer....the games are very good right now, so my study time is lower and my grind time is high.

March 3, 2021 | 4:10 p.m.

Good Video...How did you get the hole cards shown for Ignition? There used to be a program called holdem manager or something that allowed us to see them when watching replay.
Send me a message if you do not want people to know it.

Oct. 9, 2019 | 3:39 p.m.

If our equities are so good on ace high boards here, then why do you guys think Pio solver is telling us to only cbet aj2ss, a97 rainbow and a54 rainbow 52, 32 and 59% ? The ranges in the doc and in pio are very similar.

June 1, 2019 | 9:57 p.m.

Oh I see. So it is a matter of ok I think they'll have 3x up and force them to adjust a bit ok.

May 23, 2019 | 9:31 p.m.

Dumb question here but this is kind of far above my average stake for cash. Why do you not just make it 15$? Doesn't that make it seem like we have more than a few tables going?

May 23, 2019 | 12:17 a.m.

Nice video. If you care to elaborate: On 9-4-2ss do you agree more with your assumption that our check raise should be higher, or would you tend to side with the solvers check raise range in a harder game like 2-5 zoom?
Also, in this spot, it would be more important to throw in check raises with cards under a 9

May 22, 2019 | 10:45 p.m.

If you feel like elaborating, can you explain a little more about in hand one on why your KJ, which blocks villians blufffs of course, is a better hand to bluff the river with than a busted flush draw?

May 16, 2019 | 6:55 p.m.

NH. As played i think this is more of a river sizing question, I think 14.5 bb river bet is better with more history and maybe 9k-11k is better with less history depending on interaction intervals but its a nice question to ponder.
On the turn, we are supposed to barrel here 60%. I think you made the right play and bought the showdown correctly. Vs the sb, thats where it can be more of a check as their range is alot more linear.

Oct. 12, 2018 | 5:14 p.m.

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