Get ready to meet one of the most promising Smart Spin members!
kill1509 is a former low
Recently he discovered Spin & Go's and decided to join Smart Spin. Now he is just inches away from the $100's. Read his story here:
Top: $30's results, bottom: $60's results
Smart Spin: Hello, kill1509, thank you for agreeing on this interview. Well, I'd like to start with simple statement: you are such a beast! In December you were b/e reg at $15, now you are just after achieving SmartNova Elite at $60's and soon you may be playing at $100's. You are a really smart guy and I am interested in what you did before poker. Could you tell us about it?
kill1509: Well, I've been playing poker for almost 7 years. When I started I was at high school. After that I went to the university, I studied International Business.
Smart Spin: How did you start playing poker?
kill1509: I clearly remember one day a long time ago. I met some people hanging out at the parties with more money than others because they had won it playing poker, I think that was the moment when I asked myself "Could poker give me an extra money to spend in my life? It does not seem to be that hard, these people look like they won it very easy." At that moment I decided to join the poker world. I started playing at Pokerstars, of course at the beginning I had to learn the basic rules, what a pair was etc. At that time I was living in Mexico City and I used to play some cash games but nothing special.
I started playing Sit & Go's, 18-, 27-, 45- and 180-man, but one day I came across Heads-Up games. I liked them and it looked like they liked me.
Here in Mexico, there are a lot of places to play poker, but the majority are cash games. Like five years ago, I started playing HU SnG regularly because I was winning money and it looked easy to me.
Smart Spin: Why did you choose poker and did not follow the work after your studies? Was it difficult to find a job in Mexico?
kill1509: Hahaha, finding a job in Mexico isn't hard, well at least I think so. The hard thing in Mexico is to find a profitable job, or a job that can complete my needs (a lot of people have the same problem). After winning at HUSnG's, there was no job in Mexico that could pay me the same money as I was winning at poker. Of course, I finished my studies anyway.
Besides, I really love poker, some people decide to become a seller, a doctor, an athlete etc. I just decided that I want to become a poker player =) And well, I enjoy playing with people and the best thing is that I am like my own boss.
Smart Spin: At first you were $15 Turbo HUSnG regular. You played over 100,000 games and I am really wondering why you did not move up in stakes.
kill1509: I played for almost three or four years at $15 Turbo
But, the real and most important reason I didn't move up is because I think I was afraid, I got into a bad degree of comfort playing $15's, poker was/is my only source of income and well, playing $15's was easy for me, I was thinking that I had no need to improve or move up when I was winning easy money...what a dumb, haha!
Smart Spin: So how did your transition from HU Turbo to Spin & Go's look like? Why did you choose Smart Spin?
Drink with shrimps? Welcome to Mexico
Smart Spin: Was moving up the stakes so easy for you as you are showing us?
kill1509: I started in November, but I had a bad start, it was a little hard to me to adapt to Smart Spin strategy, so in the first month my numbers were red, it took me like 17 days in December to get the money back. I came back from vacations on January 16th, it took me one week to get the promotion to $30's.
Smart Spin: It's nice to hear you successfully left your comfort zone and started crushing higher buy-ins. Was it only a mental thing or did you also start working on your game outside the tables?
kill1509: I will always think that the mind is something awesome, our best tool, the matter is how we use it. For me,
And something delicious to eat after a long session
Smart Spin: You are doing so good at the tables. What is your final goal? Do you have some financial goals?
kill1509: My final goal is to become a winner at $100's, I know that a good player at $100's could win at least $15k-$20k a month and that would be awesome. But right now I am planning to
About financial goals... I don't know, I think that's my biggest leak, I don't have a good control about my finances, but I am really working on it! Of
Smart Spin: That would be
kill1509: Of course I would like to play poker the rest of my life, but having just one source of income won't get me rich, that's what I read in a book. Probably the book doesn't know about the money someone can win at Spin & Go's, haha. Besides, I think having another income could help a lot to my lifestyle. I am planning to have a family in the future (not soon but in the future) and I will spend some time with them, that means a little less time to play. Having other incomes helps our mindset. A few years ago I read "The Poker Mindset", it's a famous book, that book talked a lot about the fact to be desensitized to the money.
Playing with Smart Spin Team, I have had a lot of successes on that side =)
Smart Spin: Some time ago I talked to
kill1509: I'm in Mexico because here is my whole life, family and friends.