- Let’s start with a brief introduction? Tell us something about yourself, especially about education and career.
JL: I am a 36-year-old professional poker player living in NYC. I went to university for a few years, studying psychology and engineering, but quit before graduating because I was making way more money playing poker than I would if I got a degree and got a job. Over the last 16 years, I have cashed for over $7,000,000 in live poker tournaments, wrote 15 educational poker books, started PokerCoaching.com, and won the 2019 Poker Personality of the Year award.
- When did you start playing Poker? And how did you realize that you have got what it takes to succeed at the top level?
JL: I started playing poker in 2003 when a few of my friends wanted to play a $1 buy-in tournament. I lost for a while before I decided to study every poker book I could find. I started winning in the $1 games and then deposited $50 onto PartyPoker. Within three years, I turned that $50 into $350,000 by playing 9-person tournaments.
- What are your most memorable wins in Poker?
JL: My most memorable win was my first World Poker Tour title at Mirage. I was 22-years-old and winning $1,000,000 gave me the proper bankroll to continue playing the highest stakes games without risking going broke.
- How do you think the world of online Poker has changed over the years?
JL: All games get tougher over time, and poker is no different. If you fail to keep up with the new tools available to help you improve your skills, you are certain to fall behind those who completely dedicate themselves to the game. In the past, most players were far too weak and passive, but now they understand that they have to get in there and battle if they want to have any chance of winning.
- What made you turn to coaching Poker? We would love to know any particular incidents or thought processes that led you to the path of Poker coaching.
JL: I would not be where I am today without the help of many players who came before me who were willing to help me out when I first started playing. Today, there are numerous players just like a young version of me who want nothing more than to learn how to play poker well, which will allow them to win financial freedom, allowing them to pursue their dreams. I am more than happy to help those who are willing to do the work to improve their skills.
- Tell us about your website pokercoaching.com? What exactly does it offer?
JL: PokerCoaching.com is my interactive training site that gives you all the tools you need to succeed at no-limit hold’em cash games and tournaments. The hand-selected group of world-class poker coaches have cashed for over $50,000,000 in live poker tournaments have crushed the cash games. The site offers interactive quizzes, hand history reviews, live webinars, office hours, private streams, and numerous in-depth courses to ensure all your questions are answered. You can try it for free at PokerCoaching.com/free.
- How have people’s responses been so far to the website? Could you provide some stats?
JL: The students love the site. They frequently send me testimonials letting me know of their successes. Players of all skill levels are continuing to better themselves, allowing them to win more money from the game. You can see testimonials from many of my students (one who has won over $2,000,000 over the last two years) at PokerCoaching.com.
- What does a person need to make it big in Poker? Is there something called inborn talent or is it sheer hard work and aptitude?
JL: All you really have to do to succeed at poker is find a game you can beat, play it a lot, and keep a proper bankroll. Most people do not do all three of these things though. If you are not better than your opponents, either find worse opponents or work to improve your skills. If you do not play a decent amount, you will not make much money (just like if you did not show up for your job, you would not get paid). If you play too large for your bankroll, the inevitable swings of the game will eventually bust you. If you do all three things though, you will thrive.
- Suppose a novice person wants to enter the world of Poker. What are the questions he or she needs to ask himself or herself before making the leap?
JL: I recommend all novice players check out my free Mastering the Fundamentals course at PokerCoaching.com/fundamentals. It gives you all the info you need to start your journey into poker and teach you how to think like a pro.
- What would be your advice to people starting a business in connection with Poker?
JL: Whenever you are starting a business, you should figure out a way to add value. If you help people make more money or enjoy the game more, you will probably do well. Take PokerGo for instance. There was a lack of high quality poker shows on TV, so PokerGo started, which televises numerous poker shows ranging from high stakes games to low stakes games, and also non-playing shows that highlight poker personalities, like Pokerography. You can watch the Pokerography episode about me at JLPoker.com/pokerography.
- Finally, how do you think the future will unfold after the Covid-19 pandemic for Poker?
JL: I am not a virologist or event planner, so it is tough to say. I have to imagine that once there is a vaccine widely circulated that the world will pretty much return to normal. While we are waiting on that, the more cautious players will probably stay out of the casinos and will spend more of their time playing online.