What is your origin story in poker?
Dr1fter808: I started playing online poker in 2004? I play the micro and small stakes off and on. I used to play at Full Tilt Poker in the USA and then moved to Japan later in 2009 and now I play at PokerStars and GG Poker. I play for fun and it’s not for income. I’m a part owner of family real estate business.
You post a lot of hands in your blog – do you find that helps you learn?
Dr1fter808: Yes, it helps me understand various spots better and I get advice from other forum members.
You recently started playing more on GG after playing a lot on Stars – how would you compare the two for cash games?
Dr1fter808: I think GG is more fun than Stars because of the emojis, rabbit hunt, more cash out options, and insurance options. It seems to have more traffic than PokerStars also, and the game seems a little softer. I still play at PokerStars because it has lower rake.
Tell us about the Bad Beat Jackpot you won at GGPoker.
Dr1fter808: Yes, I started out my GG account with $100 but because of the jackpot now I have $1,150 in my account. I was new at GG so I didn’t even know what the BBJP was and I was just testing out the client playing NL10 Rush to familiarize myself with the new software. So I have only played around 200 hands total at the time when I won the jackpot. It was QQ vs KK at the end of the table spot, a very standard get it in preflop situation.
How did you react when you won the jackpot?
Dr1fter808: It was amazing because I didn’t know why I had all this extra money in my account but I found out later.
The jackpot provided a big boost to your bankroll – do you use that to take shots at a bigger stake or because it arrived because of luck do you keep grinding the same stakes?
Dr1fter808: I usually play at NL25/NL50 so I was planning on making more deposit to increase my bankroll from $100 to $1,000 but thanks to the jackpot now I don’t have to.
What are your goals for poker in the future?
Dr1fter808: I just want to improve my game and keep increasing my bankroll and keep having more fun. My next Bankroll Challenge is to get to $2,000 (it is $1,230 now).
What is the Bankroll Challenge?
In the Bankroll Challenge we encourage our members to get better by blogging about their poker journey and setting some ambitious goals.
Our members found that having a blog kept them accountable to their goals and it’s a great way to help them get to know their fellow PokerStrategists. As the saying goes ‘what gets measured, gets managed’ and simply having a blog keeps you on your A-Game.
To help you on your journey and with a little bit of luck you can win $100 that we will raffle once a month among our active bloggers, regardless of where they play, accompanied by a special badge for their forum avatar for anyone succeeding in their first Bankroll Challenge.
How to join the Bankroll Challenge
The challenge is open to all PokerStrategists and you do not need to be tracked to us to participate. All you need to do is:
- Start a blog in our forum.
- State your starting bankroll, your regular stakes/games and your poker room in the first post.
- Set a long term bankroll goal of at least $500 and/or a minimum of five times your starting bankroll.
- Sign-up to the Bankroll Challenge in our registration thread, with a link to your personal blog, your initial bankroll and your goal.
- Post at least once a week in your blog.
Once a month we will raffle $100 among all eligble PokerStrategists participating in the Bankroll Challenge regardless of where you play.