Where is your original hometown, and where do you call home now?
Northamptonshire in England. That will always be home to me, but I’m currently on a long holiday in Nairobi, Kenya.
Where specifically are we most likely to see you playing cards these days?
Online only, but all over the place. FTP, 888, Winamax, Yachting, the list goes on. Only place you won’t see me that much is Stars since they were kind enough to ban certain East African countries. It’s all to do with politics and the UK government, but I won’t get into it.
When and how did you start playing poker?
Started playing when I was 18 or so. I played a play money game which was implemented as part of a texted based RPG. Adventurers played cards for gold which could be used to buy equipment. I realized by myself that poker was a game that could be beaten. I made a $20 deposit at party and made small amounts of money at the lowest limit games online. I employed an open limping strategy and tried to see lots of flops. I’m sure I was terrible, but I was patient, and had the discipline to wait for strong hands before stacking off postflop.
When and how did you decide to play poker professionally/seriously?
I studied music and got my degree. Upon leaving university I looked for teaching job without much success. After a couple of months making no money and being in debt I realized how stupid it was since I already had a means for making money online. Starting at the lowest limits online with a no-deposit 5euro bonus I began to work my way up the limits. I paid off my debts and turned that 5-euros into thousands.
What do you consider your proudest poker achievements?
Beating some of the toughest games online and becoming one of the most popular coaches across a variety of sites.
When and how did you start coaching others?
After about 1.5 years of playing professionally I began making strategy content for various sites. Shortly afterwards I began offering private coaching which I have been doing for several years now. I don’t remember the exact date, I guess some time in 2011 I started making vid content.
What is your coaching specialty? Do you consider yourself a ‘specialist’ in any games?
6max nlhe and 5max nlhe. Those are the games I mostly play. I have a decent background in both exploitative and GTO principles. There are a lot of “street” coaches out there who don’t understand the maths behind what they teach – if I ever tell my students to do something, I can back it up with theoretical knowledge.
What is your goal in providing coaching through Red Chip Poker?
I’m not about videos with flashy graphics and animations. I’ve always been about providing the latest and strongest theoretical content. However, since Red Chip Poker team is big on animations and graphics I guess one goal should be to make my videos a little more visually interesting for you guys.
Please share a coaching success story with us:
Lost count at this stage. I’m not going to lie and say that everyone who comes to me makes a huge success of themselves or even improves their winrate. Much of the credit has to go to hard work on the part of the student.
Anyway, I work with guys from nano-stakes right up until mid-stakes games. I’ve helped break-even mid-stakes guys become 6bb/100 winners and helped losing micro-stakes players move up several limits.
Do you have a professional career/background outside of poker?
By trade I’m a classical musician as mentioned earlier. I have a degree in music and play the classical guitar to a professional level. Before I moved to Kenya I did some teaching on the side and have been teaching music on and off for around 14 years.
What are your favorite hobbies and pursuits outside of poker?
Can you link us to all of the books you’ve written?
At this stage I have written over 100 strategy articles which can be found in various places online. Haven’t written an ebook, at least not yet.
Do you have any results on Hendon Mob, etc.?
I don’t share results from high-limit games. I officially offer coaching up until 100nl only so I generally share a graph from that specific limit.
Rapid Fire Fun Questions
Favorite color: Kept secret for balancing reasons
Favorite starting hand: Aces
Favorite poker room: Any room that allows Notecaddy
Last song you listened to: Felicidade by Dyens
Waffles or pancakes: Pancakes
Favorite drink: Tea
Favorite thing to cook: Pizza
Do you have a lucky object?: I don’t believe in luck
Favorite board game: Chess