Want to learn more about Ed Miller, the popular poker coach and author? We asked him some questions about his background, playing history, and more to help you get to know the man:
Where is your original hometown, and where do you call home now?
Originally from New Orleans, now in Las Vegas.
Where specifically are we most likely to see you playing cards these days?
Aria and Venetian
When and how did you start playing poker?
Started playing in 2001 when a flashing banner ad for Ultimate Bet coaxed me to deposit $100.
When and how did you decide to play poker professionally/seriously?
I got serious about the game in 2002 as conditions at my job were deteriorating. I wasn’t thinking about replacing my job with poker at that time, but the game was an escape from a frustrating situation. By the time I left my job in 2003, however, I was planning to support myself with poker.
What do you consider your proudest poker achievements?
Not having a boss for the last 12 years.
When and how did you start coaching others?
I started writing my first book in 2004. Full-time grinding already wasn’t as fun as it had been at the beginning. And Moneymaker had just won the WSOP, and poker was exploding, so I figured I’d write a book and start to teach in order to supplement my playing income.
What is your coaching specialty? Do you consider yourself a ‘specialist’ in any games?
I teach live no-limit hold’em cash game players who play at a recreational or semi-pro level to play at a professional level. At this point, I’m a no-limit cash game specialist.
What is your goal in providing coaching through Red Chip Poker?
Mostly I write, but I wanted to use a different medium (video) to help reach my audience. It can be helpful to get information in different formats, and I think videos make a great complement to articles and books.
Please share a coaching success story with us:
I don’t want to use names, but over the years I’ve had at least half a dozen players who have become high-stakes pros that have won over a million dollars each approach me to thank me for writing the books and articles that kickstarted their careers. That’s pretty cool.
Do you have a professional career/background outside of poker?
I studied physics and computer science, and my last (and only real) job was as a software developer at Microsoft. I see myself at some point in the future going back to use these skills more in some capacity.
What are your favorite hobbies and pursuits outside of poker?
I like to write in general, and I’m hoping to publish a novel one of these days. I also spend a lot of time with my wife and son. One of the great things about poker is that it allows me the flexibility to devote time to family that many people lack.
Can you link us to all of the books you’ve written?
They’re all on my Amazon author page.
Do you have any results on Hendon Mob, etc.?
I don’t have a Hendon Mob page—the page with my picture on it is actually for another dude named Ed Miller.
What’s your favorite thing about poker?
My favorite thing about poker is you never stop learning.
Rapid Fire Fun Questions
Favorite color: blue
Favorite starting hand: aces
Favorite poker room: Aria
Last song you listened to: something by Alkaline Trio
Waffles or pancakes: waffles
Favorite drink: coffee
Favorite thing to cook: red beans & rice
Do you have a lucky object?: my laptop
Favorite board game: Candy Land
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