Not that long ago, I heard a question about the skill level at $100 Spin & Go's and its
And frankly, that shocked me a little. Not because it was another proof of how soft these games really are. No, until today, I've never used this answer as an argument to play Spin & Go's. When I got the
I had the pleasure of watching Coach Dat Coach and the amount of knowledge being shared was truly unbelievable. When you see the top Spin & Go players paying close attention to everything that is being said, you know that this is pure gold. And at that moment the one thing I wished most was that I had the opportunity to share the story of our founders.
Now I can do it.
Former $300 HU HT and $25/$50 HU Cap player. Always three steps ahead of his opponents.
Welcome to the newest series of interviews which will be done exclusively with our founders.
And the first one to be introduced is FCDplayer, actually quite "new" to the game of poker. In 2013 he was one of the low stakes players, but two years later he's been battling people at $300 HU HT and $25/$50 HU Cap games. That year he also got placed amongst the highest Sit & Go earners.
In Smart Spin, he is one of the fathers of the LeakFinder project and soon he will introduce a new groundbreaking form of coaching... Are you interested? Learn more from my interview with him:
Smart Spin: Hello, FCD! You are one of our founders and I've got so many questions to ask you! Well, let's start with something simple. Why are you the
FCD: Hah! Good start. I’d like to be able to call myself that. But the truth is that I’m a regular guy who does what he loves. It’s the people I interact with that are wonderful. They are all outstanding personalities, great poker players and friends.
Smart Spin: Yes, I was joking... but only a little. The truth is, you are quite "new" to poker, in 2013 you played only at $30 stakes and in 2015 you were one of the top Sit & Go
FCD: Sure… Expensive rides, bling and golden teeth have always been my thing ;)
Smart Spin: You are a former chess player, when and how did you pick up poker?
FCD: I played chess just for pleasure, but it was chess that led me to poker. A mental challenge and still you can get good money? Why not! I took my first steps into the game in high school where I played Full Rings. Games were so easy back then that I got to NL200 with an astonishing bankroll total of 25 BI's, which seemed OK at the time. Then came the first bad day, when I lost half of my bankroll and I decided to hang up my poker hat. I got involved in poker again at university, about 6 years ago. For about 3 years I studied finance full time, which still left me free to play poker
Smart Spin: Ha, so you were once a regular human being, with bad habits and only dreams to get there. But you left... Why did you come back? As I heard, you were about to become an IT engineer. To be honest, it's not a bad market, why did you risk it and went back to poker?
FCD: I was interested in math and physics as a kid. After our final high school
Smart Spin: And what stakes did you play at that time?
FCD: As far as I remember I played
Smart Spin: Playing $300's is like a whole other world. What memories do you have from such high stakes?
FCD: It was a great fun. I treated them rather as a temporary
Smart Spin: How big of the swings are we talking about
FCD: At $300's they weren't that big. I was playing pretty much over-rolled and I wasn't checking real profit regularly (I tried to do that once in a quarter, but once in a month was my optimum). It turned out to be $15,000 over in the best month and $10,000 below in the worst. Bigger swings were on HU CAP where the worst session at 25/50 cost me $15,000 in an hour and a half. Fortunately, there were
Smart Spin: I can only imagine how much work you put to get there. But what about after work? How much of a
FCD: Let's say I was trying to relax as much as possible after a grinding day. I would lie if I say we didn't party with iJustGamble. We did, a lot to be honest, but it was never put before grinding. I would say these were mostly days after sick grind marathons in an
Smart Spin: Well, talking about hard work, this is what people are waiting for. How did you manage to get there in such a short time?
FCD: I enjoyed what I did and I raised the bar up high. First of all, I knew what to do in order to become as good as the best in the business. Second, I knew how to convince myself that professional attitude toward playing is the best path for me. And I kept
Smart Spin: No, no, no... you don't get off that easy! Details, details
FCD: Every time I failed I would quickly forget about it and move on to a fresh start the following day. I kept my eyes on the prize and what’s matter the most. I didn’t think much about the past, regardless of whether everything was going fine or not. Also if I thought about the future I made it a bright one. Despite appearances to the contrary, it is not that easy to focus on the here and now. Numerous books have been written about this, including “The Power of Now”. Great book, provided that you know exactly what you are aiming for.
Smart Spin: You had pockets filled with money, life was good... So why did you turn to Spin & Go's?
FCD: A few factors played a part in it. First, recreational players felt in love with Spins and my favourite games, HU Hypers suffered as a result. I would say that Spin and Go tournaments entered the world of poker with such momentum that all other formats had trouble keeping up. As it turned out later, this was fortunate, as these games let you get the results in online poker if you commit to them (unless your name is Fedor and your last name is Holz; then you better stick with MTT). Moreover, the format is very similar to 1 on 1 hyper turbo games, so I got acclimated quickly.
Smart Spin: How did you become the Smart Spin founder?
FCD: It’s quite a long story. The seed, of creating something bigger, was sown a long time ago. When PokerStars launched spins, iJustGamble and I would grind HU Hypers all day long. And during
Smart Spin: How did you get others on board?
FCD: It was easy.
Smart Spin: What have you been working on lately?
FCD: The last few months passed really quickly for me and I had to divide my time up among several bigger projects. Of