The poker community is fully aware of the basic backgrounds of their favorite poker players, and some of them were actually players of a different but also very exciting card game, known as Magic The Gathering.
Today's poker players who transitioned from Magic include Adam Levy, David Williams, and the player with the most live poker tournament winnings of all time, Bryn Kenney.
Let's get to know an up-and-coming poker player this time who also started out playing Magic The Gathering. Klemen from Slovenia, known at partypoker as "Slurp9966", recently won a $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em Cash Game Leaderboard, before partypoker switched to daily payouts, for $200. Check out his story below.
Klemen, age 31, lives in the capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia. By day he works for a publishing company where he organizes events, publishes books and ebooks, and manages webpages. By night, he's a budding poker player.
Klemen said, "I started playing poker in high school with a friend. One of my classmates introduced me to the game and we quickly discovered its beauty. "I come from a card game background. We were playing Magic The Gathering with friends from the latter years of middle school. We soon realized the similarities of both games, especially the complexity and the luck / skill factor, so we started playing more and more poker."
After getting a taste of playing live poker for a few pennies and cents, Klemen and his friends started taking poker more seriously and put in lots of effort to study away from the tables in a bid to improve their skills.
"Our love for the game started to grow and some of us started to read poker book and watch YouTube videos, which led to trying some higher stakes cash games around town and in the casino. Later, I deposited and busted many $20 bills over the years until I managed to find my level and makes some small amounts of profit."
Onward to the Online Cash Games
Klemen now plays online cash games, mostly at the $0.01/$0.02 and $0.05/$0.10 level. He sometimes throws low-stakes tournaments into the mix. Playing tournaments went out of the window during the week Klemen won the $200 top prize of the $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em Cash Game Leaderboard because his focus was solely on partypoker's fastforward.
"My typical day was playing for around eight hours per day on nine tables of fastforward. I did this for the entire week. I had a couple of days off work and managed to play at that rate throughout the week."
Significant Bankroll Boost
$200 is quite a significant boost for the stakes Klemen prefers to play and he plans to keep his winnings in his poker bankroll so he can continue improving at cash games and hopefully go deep in a tournament or two during the remainder of 2020.
"I will most definitely play some online and live cash games and maybe a tournament here and there. Maybe I will even try myself at the leaderboard again, if I find time."
He'll have more chances to win a Cash Game Leaderboard again now that partypoker is running them daily instead of weekly. More players can dedicate 24-hours to the cash game grind rather than a full week.
Klemen gave some tips for his fellow novice players who want to improve at cash games.
"If you love the game enough you will know what to do. Study the game, read a book, learn from your mistakes and play, play, play! I'm probably not the best person to be giving out poker advice since I am clearly not anywhere near a really good poker player!"