It somewhat reminds me of the “gonzo” type journalism author Hunter S. Thompson used in order to document experiences. He put himself right in the mix of whatever he was documenting, hands on. If you’ve ever seen, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, it’s explained in that movie or book. I think it’s a very unique tactic in order to write something you’re trying to learn about.
May 5, 2018 | 12:15 a.m.
“I play a game for a living by choice in order to avoid the typical 9 to 5 work day most people tend to do. What I do is one of the hardest ways to make an easy living even though it’s just a game, but because I love playing it I make it work.”
May 1, 2018 | 12:22 a.m.
Hey Kevin, thank you for sharing your story and giving us your honesty. I too have battled depression and anxiety for the last 12 years of my life, 29 years old now, paired with suicidal thinking more times than just one. I sometimes tend to think that once you “make it” financially those feelings of depression go away, since I am in a financial downswing currently in my life, but the more I read about others who have indeed made it financially, still deal with problems of their own. Money doesn’t make all difficulties go away and I’m starting to learn that. If you’d like to transition from poker to business if poker isn’t doing it for you anymore, maybe you can dive into the industry aspect of it all if you’d still like to be within the poker realm of some sort. I know I tried. I had an interview with RIO for a remote marketing position for the new poker program that is about to come out. You seem like you would be a good fit to apply for some type of industry title and if you’d like to give back to the poker community, that’s a way of being involved. You seem knowledgeable and experienced, so I think you would do well with something like that. I would be totally interested in content that is directed towards transitioning from poker to business. I think that would be excellent for players to indulge in that. Perhaps create a website constructing those lessons. All the best - Adam
April 24, 2018 | 3:11 p.m.
April 22, 2018 | 8:04 p.m.
As with everything in life, your thoughts determine your outcome. It’s easier said than done to just sporadically change your thoughts for the better, but being self-aware of your thoughts and actions can lead to a more successful existence. Thanks for the post, Nick
April 18, 2018 | 12:39 p.m.
April 17, 2018 | 9:23 p.m.
I recently watched a short interview with poker pro Faraz Jaka being interviewed by Pokernews. Nearing the end of the interview, he shared advice his school counselor once told him when Faraz hit bottom from losing his 6 figure bankroll playing poker at a young age - “Think of your problems like a rug. You can’t lift a rug all at once. You have to lift one corner at a time, then it becomes a lot easier.”
Makes sense to me. I tend to compile all of my problems into one lump sum that in return completely weighs me down. Taking one problem at a time instead of all problems at once and conquering each problem fully seems like the way to go in order to be successful.
April 17, 2018 | 8:41 p.m.
That will be an interesting one to watch unfold. I believe they can do it because they had the discipline for the first bet, but lowering body fat % is certainly a task in itself.
April 16, 2018 | 11:34 a.m.
This morning was an interesting morning for me. I had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with two RIO marketing managers via Skype for the Content and Community Engagement position Run It Once Poker is currently offering.
I’ll admit, I was nervous, but I tried my best. The two were extremely friendly, encouraging and professional throughout our 30 minute talk. I tried to add some good points throughout and they both got to know me a little better and understand who I am.
If I were to get the position, I would strive to work to the very best of my abilities to benefit the company in any way possible. It would be a life-changing role for me. To work in a field that I’m passionate about would be a dream come true. It wouldn’t even feel like work to me. Most importantly, I’d be representing Phil’s brand. Since I got interested in poker years ago, two Phil’s caught my attention right off the bat: Ivey and Galfond. I would view High Stakes Poker with full attention watching their moves at the table and be amazed on how strategic they are. They were born with a gift. To work for a mind like Galfond would be totally inspiring. It would make me wanna take my game to the next level.
Honestly, it was great just to be given the opportunity to interview. The assignment I was given by them to complete for the interview I completed within hours of them sending it to me because I was so excited to be partaking in an industry aspect. I threw my name in the hat not really thinking they’d get back to me since I reside far away from their headquarters, but they did and I am so appreciative of that. I could sense from the two who interviewed me that there’s a great vibe working in their environment.
I understand there are others interviewing for the same position I went after and I wish them the best of luck. Whoever gets this position will be working for a truly great team who are about to rock the poker world with a truly great product delivered by a one of a kind player.
April 10, 2018 | 9:20 p.m.
I tend to play NL cash games, live 1/2 NL and 2/5 NL, online 0.10/0.25 NL to 0.50/1 or slightly higher depending on the size of my roll. This year I’ve been placing my name in hats for certain jobs, trying to find something worth while. Once that takes place, I’ll build up and save a roll for poker through working a real life job. I used to work for my father full-time at the family business. It’s an ornamental ironwork business. They make custom hand made iron railings, fencing, gates, etc. for commercial and residential properties. I did that on and off for quite sometime but I’m now branching off to carve out my own path. The money was good there, but sometimes it’s difficult working with family. I had to learn the hard way playing poker on the side while working for my father too. I blew through my bankroll playing stakes well beyond my means and blew through a pretty decent sized roll I ran up from a small 4 figure one to a small 5 figure one. It hurt, but I learned from it. Now I’m back to square one, finding a job and planning my next move with poker. It’s a process within itself.
April 10, 2018 | 8:51 p.m.
Bill Perkins is the most generous prop bettor out there. He loses major ones each time, lol, but obviously he can afford it and makes things interesting.
April 8, 2018 | 2:15 p.m.
My question is, does this happen to slow down tournament play by only 1 person posting an ante? I believe I understand that it gives the rest of the players a better chance of increasing their stack while not having to post an ante, but does it slow down the tournament in general?
April 8, 2018 | 2:11 p.m.
I too tend to notice better players talk down to others with a sense of entitlement, also arrogance. It doesn’t help the game one bit. First and foremost, in poker, all of us are trying to improve our game and somewhat have the same outlook; to earn a profit while playing solid. It doesn’t happen and really can’t happen session by session but we try to make it happen because we are trying to succeed. When someone is trying to succeed at something, anything, why bring that person down? Let them carve their path and go at their pace. Unfortunately, poker isn’t the most gentleman type of game out there because sums of money are involved and when sums of money are exchanged on a daily basis, that can bring egos into the mix. Money can change people, sometimes for the worst. It can bring a tone of elitism towards others from their particular net worth. From pros to recreational players, we should all work on respecting one another and come to an understanding that everyone is at a different pace in this game. Some adapt and learn much quicker than others, yet some don’t and the ones who don’t, don’t need to be criticized, they should be even more welcomed because those are the players who keep the game thriving. Why disrespect weaker players to let them leave the game? Keep the pond stocked by respecting one another.
April 6, 2018 | 9:18 p.m.
Very nice, man. Best of luck to you. I like that you have a musical background as well, as do I. I’ve been playing guitar now for the last 12 years, self-taught, as a singer/songwriter. Poker and music are my 2 main passions in life. Being creative minded is a plus when transferring over to poker I believe. It helps you think outside of the box and while playing poker, thinking is a huge aspect within the game. Keep us posted on your progress :)
April 6, 2018 | 1:49 p.m.
I like this. Definitely believe a fair level of skill exists due to the multi boards and the similarity to No Limit. Plus 1 deck being used would increase the level of skill taken place due to limited combinations or the same number. I enjoy seeing new games taking place. I’d be down to try it.