My last post was almost a year ago and you might be wondering what have I’ve been doing ever since.
The two biggest events were my marriage with Katerina and the closing of the Portuguese market.
The closing of the market was a big surprise for everyone! For years there has been an intention of the government to regulate the market and make the game safer for everyone by protecting players from bad operators. In 2015 they finally passed the legislation to make it work, but it was a big surprise for us players when we found out that we couldn’t play online Poker until the government infrastructures were created and licenses were attributed to operators.
It has been like this since the July…
At that point since no one knew when things would be solved, I took some time off to think about what I wanted to do next.
I haven’t told this to many people, but my plan for some years has been to play Poker until I was 30, save enough money and hopefully be able to retire after. This might sound a bit odd since I actually enjoy playing Poker, but the truth is that playing high stakes can be very painful, I’ve lost $100k in a week some years ago and I can assure you that it was a soul-crushing experience. Sure I could make a living playing mid-stakes, but…, that feels like a downgrade after having experienced the adrenaline of the higher stakes. It’s a bit like eating biological food, it looks similar, but bio just tastes better!
This year I will be 30 years old in April, so it was a good time to do some soul searching and figure out what to do next.
I used to be very shy. Spending time in front of a computer playing games by myself used to be something I loved doing. I was lucky enough to make money doing that both in Magic: The Gathering and Poker! (A lot of hard-work and time spent also helped a lot)
However, now that I’m a married man and growing older (almost 30 for God’s sake! :P) I still enjoy games, but I started enjoying more and more the time spent with other people, specially people that share interests with me and have a positive mindset.
I was not the only one changing in the last few years, the poker industry also changed a lot and now there are different opportunities.
Some years ago winning a big prize in tournaments took hours and hours to achieve. Today Spin-n-gos allow us to have the thrill of winning a big prize in just a few minutes. Zoom keeps us constantly busy when we play cash-games. Finally, twitch and the evolution of e-gaming makes it possible to share the gaming experience with other players, in a more direct way than ever before.
This is a very exciting new world for us gamers!
I was divided between focusing more on businesses or trying out something new related to poker.
The next step was to discuss this with my wife. I think that overall it’s optimal to have a partner for every business (life included) to talk about stuff. We couldn’t play Poker from Portugal and we have our businesses in Portugal, so it’s not like one of us could keep playing Poker from abroad while the other one stayed back (that would suck!!!). Kat was looking forward to learn how to play tournaments (she is specialized in hypers). She sounded like she was really really craving to play poker, so that was the tie breaker for me. We decided to temporarily move to Greece (which is where we are now), until the licensing issue is resolved back in Portugal.
After deciding things at home, I talked with the Team Online manager about what I was planning to do in 2016. She told me that they would like to keep working with me and renew my contract for another year. I think that PokerStars is still the best place to play online poker, has the best support and the safest place to have our money in the industry. So I got really excited about renewing with them for another year!
We already have some people on Team Pro Online making great content on Twitch and they seem to have a good time doing it. This year I will be taking it more seriously, trying to provide some educational and hopefully entertaining content. I will probably suck at first, but I will keep working hard to get better and provide better content for you!
I thought about starting by doing a challenge in which I begin with a tiny bankroll and turn it into a big bankroll. That’s something I have fun doing and I think that it’s fun to follow.
In the past I’ve turned $100 into $70K in a year playing only mtt sngs and tournaments. Now I want to start by doing something a bit smaller, but also different…
My next challenge will consist of:
- Turn $10 into $1K.
- Stream every hand!
- Play up to 4 tables at the same time.
- Play an average of at least 20 hours per week.
I know that the $10 into $1k sounds a lot smaller than $100-$100K that I tried before. But my followers were more excited about the initial parts of the challenge, since that is the level most of them were playing. So, that’s the part that I will try to focus on here.
By streaming every hand, people will have the chance to see how I do it and replicate, which I think can be very valuable. Seriously, how much is it worth to learn how to make money?
The 4 tables at the same time are the maximum I think I can show on twitch for everyone to see and I don’t want anyone to miss a single hand. It would go a lot faster for me if I played 12 tables, but the goal is not to do it quickly, just have fun doing it. The 20 hours means that I will be most likely streaming 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. It’s also the amount of hours that I think most people can get per week to play poker, so you can try it at home at your own speed
The streaming will be 100% free to watch live!
I will start on the 11th of January at 8am GMT/3am ET and I will post a full schedule on my twitch page this week.
I’m very excited about this new challenge and I hope that you are too! See you next week with my first streaming of the challenge on Twitch!