Why I built a site for poker training videos
Given this is the first blog entry on pokerinabox.com, I want to share with you my motivation for building this site and my reason for blogging.
Life’s been dealing me a “heater” lately. Pokerinabox.com has finally launched, and my poker training videos are live. I’ve dedicated the last year of my life to putting together a high-quality, comprehensive, cash game strategy guide that will help a beginner or struggling micro-stakes player learn the poker fundamentals necessary to succeed.
The initial feedback has been great! I can’t tell you how much it warms my soul to put so much time and effort into something, release it with apprehension, and then hear that people are thankful and believe in the value of what I’m offering. Obviously I have a financial interest, but it is also a chance for me to contribute something valuable and unique to the poker community.
Yes, there are lots of other video sites out there, but they usually have hundreds of videos on topics that are all over the place. My clients were always asking me what videos to watch, and it was very difficult to put together a cohesive, comprehensive suggested course, so I decided to make my own!
To ensure that my poker video series was of the highest possible quality, I reviewed my poker coaching notes from 100s of sessions coaching micro-stakes players to see what yielded the best results. Then I scripted every word, editing the content until I felt it was perfect. I did my best to create engaging slides with illustrative graphics. Finally I recorded the audio on professional sound gear using many takes to ensure there were minimal “ums” or “uhs”.
Given a project of this scope, there’s bound to be a mistake or two, and I welcome your feedback. You can leave comments after each video or respond to the blog or use the contact me link at the top of the page. I promise to respond quickly, and I commit to continuing to improve the poker videos over time. Two specific topics required dynamic pages to ensure the content remains fresh. They are publicly accessible, and you can view them here:
Play vs. Study vs. Coaching
Now that the site has launched, I have more time for playing, study, and coaching. I’m using a mix of 1/3rd play, 1/3rd study, and 1/3rd coaching, and it’s yielding great results in each area. It is so important good coach is playing himself. This ensures he has a solid grasp of the current state of the game and plenty of relevant practical knowledge versus purely theoretical, so I practice what I preach.
Also, given such a heavy investment in study time, I’m experiencing greater strides in my game than ever before. Everything is accelerating. In fact, the deluge of new ideas flowing in is almost overwhelming, but I’m still managing to process, review, and internalize everything. And I’m eager to share this stuff with you!
So much to give
This leads me to my reason for blogging. As a poker professional, I feel so fortunate, blessed, and grateful to have found a calling I am passionate about and to have achieved success on top of that. At the same time, while incredibly stimulating, the poker profession is not typically characterized by altruism and spreading goodwill. 🙂
Therefore, similar to my intentions with coaching poker, I hope to use this blog to give back to the community in a positive way. I have so many topics already in mind that I’m excited to share. There will be plenty of strategy posts but also more general posts that you can apply to all aspects of life plus some updates on my personal journey to the top. My hope is that this will be more of a conversation than simply a monologue. Please do not hesitate to participate and share your thoughts.
I’m relatively new to blogging, so I welcome any words of advice or encouragement. Also, do you have any specific poker strategy topics you would like to see discussed? Or simply feel free to introduce yourself and share where you are on the path to achieving your goals.
I sincerely wish us all the best of luck with poker and with life!