Today I have a pleasure to talk with one of our members who moved all the way up from $7 to $100 Spin &
Anyone else would quit poker after failing three shots at $60 Spin & Go’s. But not fi_sh_ark_84!
He used to be a professional trader, working 12-13 hours a day, but then he discovered poker. What happened next? Find out yourself:
Smart Spin: Hello, fi_sh_ark_84, thank you for agreeing on this interview. You are our Diamond member and you belong to the elite group of players who were with us from $7 Spin & Go’s. But before we go into that, it would be best to introduce you to our readers. You are mainly an online player, but your history with probability, mindset and grind started with trading. Could you please tell us more about that?
fi_sh_ark_84: Hello to all Smart Spin members! Thank you for having me, it is a pleasure :) Since I remember I loved cards, chess, mathematic and stock exchange :) When I was young, I was playing 5 Card Draw, but I got bored of it and next few years I took on chess. Nice game, but without prospect to win money - I mean, you can’t have it as a hobby and also earn some money.
When I got older, I started to get interested in
Fast profit in the first month got me convinced I discovered Holy Grail and I will be a millionaire (laugh). From that time I was only losing and I was not even following ground rules of trading (
That day, I dropped trading. I needed to sort it out in my head, but one thing was obvious to me: my future will be connected with winning big amounts of money from other people :D
After I finished university (and few months after this memorable loss) I got a job in a company where I could come back to trading with someone else’s money, which was similar to staking poker players. I thought “BINGO!”. Just from the
It was at the end of 2009. I spent five years as a futures trader and I’ve been constantly winning
Not so long ago...
Smart Spin: Five years is a lot of time. So, what have you learned which is useful now in poker?
fi_sh_ark_84: Trading taught me one thing: you can’t take a shortcut. If you are not paying attention, a loss will be inevitable. There is no room for mistakes. You need to develop as a poker player, standing still is going backwards. You need to devote a lot of time to
Smart Spin: Seems like you were good at trading. Why did you drop it for poker?
fi_sh_ark_84: I was playing poker alongside with trading. My job forced me to trade about 12 to 13 hours a day and don’t forget 2 more hours for commuting. You can’t do it
I steadily started to put more time into poker and then the time came when I could smoothly replace trading with poker. It happened at the end of 2014.
And now he is battling regs at $100's. As he says: "He was a good reg at $100's, he knows I am 3-barreling here almost always so why should he donk his value hands? If he is donking, he is turning some hands into
Smart Spin: You played many different formats - 9-max Turbo’s, 6-max Turbo’s and Heads-Up HyperTurbo’s - but you have never accomplished anything bigger. Looking back, what do you think was the reason you did not go past $30 buy-in?
fi_sh_ark_84: You are right, I started with 9-max Turbo Sit & Go’s and then got into 6-max
I was still developing my game and at the end of
Smart Spin: Did you decide to apply right away?
fi_sh_ark_84: My mind has been always set on development :) And Smart Spin’s founders are known and professional players, there is a lot to learn from them. I did not have any reasons to hesitate.
Smart Spin: How did your journey through the stakes look like? I’ve heard you took four shots at $
fi_sh_ark_84: I started at $15 Spin & Go’s on 11th of March. I’ve seen so many weak players… and I did 15 cEV per game. I was wondering, “What the hell is going on???”. Easy opponents at the tables and I am losing money. I compared myself to them, I was thinking where I am in this system.
Analysing, analysing, playing. Still 15 cEV. I moved down to $7’s and got 90 cEV. I got back at $15’s and there was still 15 cEV. Again, going down to $7’s and again 90 cEV. I was going to drop it because how was it possible I could not beat $15’s?!
But there was even more analyzing, working on mindset and I had another shot at $15’s. And I succeeded. After 1000 games I moved up to $
There was a moment when I moved down to $
Smart Spin: How was your mindset? A lot of people would quit after
fi_sh_ark_84: Mindset? Terrible, I am still having problems with it However it’s a lot easier when you are more aware of the game, you know when you are playing bad and when you are just running bad. If you do not realize that, you will blame everything around you. But I learnt my lesson
If you love something and it gives you a chance for
"I knew him and I thought "what is he
Smart Spin: But everything ended well and you started playing at $100 Spin & Go’s. How is it going now?
fi_sh_ark_84: The story repeats itself - again. I played some $100’s, it was OK, but then it was not. I moved down to $
Smart Spin: And what are your plans now, for 2016?
fi_sh_ark_84: The plan is simple - to stay at $100’s, to make a profit playing at least 4 tables and learning to coach our members from lowers stakes, so they could attack higher stakes easily, without stress and with good attitude :) Coaching, the other side of poker, is now really important to me, I have a lot of things to work on right now. I hope our members will be understanding and will approach my coachings with curiosity because with every session I will learn more from you and you will learn more from me!
Smart Spin: Thank you for your time and good luck at $100's!
fi_sh_ark_84: Shoutouts to everyone! GL!