How was 2014 for you? I don’t know about you but I had an incredible year.  People always ask why I play poker for a living.  My answer can be summed up in one word – freedom.  Poker has provided me with financial freedom.  It allowed me to payoff my students loans, buy a nice car,  move to Florida, and have a ton of incredible experiences along the way.  Those experiences were a byproduct of the social freedom that poker provides me.  Since I get to choose when and where I work, I’m able to maximize the value of my time and enjoy everything life has to offer.  For instance, this year I:


  • Finished my degree.
  • Travelled to multiple states I’ve never been to before:
    • Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas,
    • Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia,
    • Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
  • Played in a bunch of new casinos:
    • Chowtaw, Harrah’s (Tunica), Horshoe (Tunica), Palm Beach Kennel Club,
    • Isle in Pompano Beach, Hard Rock (Fort Lauderdale), Gulf Stream,
    • Hialeah, Magic City, Hard Rock (Tampa), Bellagio, Aria,
    • Wynn, Rio, Planet Hollywood, Caesars, Borgata, and Parx.
  • Rented a house in Florida.
  • Got addicted to Cuban espresso and Cuban women (there is no rehab for this).
  • Went:
    • Zip-lining in Tampa, waterskiing in Sarasota, rock climbing in Fort Lauderdale, paddleboarding on South Beach, kayaking in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and go-karting in Vegas.
  • Ran a 5k mud run on Cinco de Mayo (margaritas and bacon at halfway point).
  • Learned a ton of Spanish (check out the Duolingo app for iPhone).
  • Went to several awesome clubs, bars, and restaurants.  My favorites:
    • Passion Nightclub at Seminole Hard Rock.
    • Mansion Nightclub on South Beach.
    • Kilwin’s Ice Cream & Fudge at Seminole Hard Rock (get the cinnamon waffle cone).
    • Rustic Inn Crabhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
    • Oasis in Sunny Isles (get the chicken wrap).
    • Oasis Hookah Bar at the Grove (mango Budweisers for days).
    • Social in Brickell (just do it).
    • Blackbird in Brickell (pulled up in a limo (#standard)).
    • Rocco’s Tacos, Fort Lauderdale (Taco Tuesdays: best tacos, music, drinks, and women).
    • Ramen Sora, Vegas (nobody speaks English, they’ll hand you a photo menu, just point).
    • Pink Box Donuts, Vegas (best $12 dozen in the world).
    • Ping Pang Pong, Vegas (best Chinese food ever; hidden gem in back of Gold Coast).
    • White House Subs, Atlantic City (can’t go wrong).
  • Learned how to play Big O in Mississippi (highest hourly over last 200 hours by far).
  • Got better at PLO (I think I need to achieve a higher level of degeneracy to be successful).
  • Was finally eligible to play WSOP bracelet events and consequently cashed in four.
  • Placed 13th in the $1,500 Mixed-Max Bracelet event.
  • Placed 89th in the $10,000 Main Event.
  • Took a shot at a juicy 25/50NL game and won 14K.
  • Busted Phil Hellmuth in the $1,500 Shootout bracelet event.
  • Chatted with Greg Mercen for a couple hours in the $10M GTD at Seminole Hard Rock.
  • Played with Joseph Cheong, Josh Arieh, Daniel Coleman, and Joe Hachem.
  • Coached a bunch of students and learned a lot in the process.
  • Started
  • Launched my Team Pros.
  • Gear, software, books, and podcasts coming soon.
  • Slept in way too late everyday.
  • Won a ton of money.
  • Enjoyed life in the process.

So when people ask me about my New Year’s Resolutions, all I can really say is that I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing.  If I had to be more specific and would separate my goals into life goals and poker goals and go from there.

Life Goals

  • I want to better manage my time between fun activities and money earning activities.
  • I need to delegate more tasks since my hourly at the table usually exceeds the cost of hiring someone to do something.
  • I want to eliminate things and people in my life that don’t make me happy.
  • Miscellaneous items include: going to a Drake and Lil Wayne concert, going to EDC Vegas, riding the High Roller in Vegas, driving a Lambo, skydiving, spending a weekend in the Florida Keys, snorkeling, parasailing, flyboarding, bungee jumping, surfing, riding in a helicopter over Miami, hang-gliding, snowboarding in the Rockies, and going on a cruise.


Poker Goals

  • I’m going to focus more on cash games.  I played 79 tournaments this year and I yielded a 1.2 ROI. Although I was profitable, the time and the money spent traveling definitely depreciated the value of my time to the extent that my cash game hourly far exceeded my MTT hourly.  I am by no means giving up on tournaments.  I’m just going to be more selective with the ones that I play.
  • I’m going to start playing longer sessions on fewer days of the week.  Ultimately, the set-up and take down involved in playing live cash is such that it necessitates longer sessions in order to maximize the value of my time.  I used to be able to rollover, grab my laptop, and start crushing.  Now I need to wake up, take a shower, brush my teeth, put some clothes on, eat breakfast, check Bravo, call the poker board, drive 20-30 minutes, get my chips, play, cash out, and drive home.  I don’t have a problem with any of this but I’d like it to make up a smaller percentage of my day.  The best way to do this is by increasing the average length of my sessions and consolidating my playing time into 3-4 days a week.
  •  I’m going to spend more time studying and coaching poker each week.  There are facets of NL that I want to delve into a little deeper.  There are also plenty of things in other games that I haven’t studied nearly enough.  I want to be a well-rounded player, and I’m willing to invest more of my time to do it.

So to recap, I had a great year.  I love the freedom that poker provides me.  Most of the things that I want to accomplish in 2015 are just extensions of things that I accomplished in 2014.  They mostly pertain to time management and my overall happiness.  I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted in the following months here as well as on  I wish you all a Happy New Year!