As some of you may know, I decided to resume making videos on CardRunners.com for the first time since 2013. My first video ($2/4 HU NLHE on Ignition) didn’t get much response, so I wanted to pop on here to clarify a few points.
- No, I did not entirely retire from poker. My post (since removed) was titled “Why I’m Quitting Poker as a Full-Time Job”. Even the title implies that I still intend to play the game. It’s just no longer my primary focus as it has been since graduating from college in 2010. I’ve been playing probably 20 hours a week or so – similar to what I did in college, when I made millions of dollars and had my famous $4m win. I’m not some crusty old teaman (yet).
- I still love the game of poker, but it’s just not what it used to be for me. I used to love waking up and logging online and being able to pick between a multitude of games (didn’t we all). Today, I woke up and all I could find to play was one table of 3/6 PLO on Ignition. The game was good, but I just don’t have as much fun playing poker as I used to. I enjoy live poker more than online these days, so long as the players I’m playing with are pleasant and fun to play with (not a given by any stretch). I’d say half my play is online (Ignition and ACR) and half live (mainly mixed games, a 10/10 PLO Tuesday and Thursday game, and occasional tournaments) nowadays.
- One reason I stopped making videos was because at the time I preferred playing to coaching. That has since flipped a bit. Playing poker is no longer as stimulating as it once was to me, while coaching is more stimulating since my social skills and knowledge of the game have both come a long way. I plan to do a little bit of private coaching going forward also (message me if interested), but plan to focus more on CardRunners videos since (a) I’m an equity partner in the business, (b) I enjoy the format of training videos – they’ve helped me learn a lot personally, (c) reaching a wide audience and helping to grow the game and educate the masses appeals to me), and (d) I have much weaker incentives than I used to have to withhold secrets.
- Reasons (c) and (d) above are why I’ve made the decision to produce mixed game videos. I intend to make one this weekend for release next Friday. Mixed options are a bit limited online, so it will likely be O8 to start (a game I used to suck at and worked hard on and now think I’m quite good), but I’ll try to get some Stud in too.
- I am still moving forward with UniTea, but the company is months from going to market. I intend to split my work time between poker stuff and UniTea relatively evenly for at least the next few months.
I hope that clears some things up. If you want to subscribe to CardRunners and check out my videos (as well as plenty of great videos by others) and interact on discussion forums, you can sign up here.