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Heads Up Poker Player JackTheShipper Makes $50,000 in 50 Days
JackTheShipper Discusses Making $50,000 in 50 Days
June 13th, 2011 - Belgian heads up sng player Jan "JackTheShipper" has made $50,000 in the last 50 days. HUSNG.com sat down with Jan for a quick Q and A about his recent success.
Q: $50,000 in 50 days is quite impressive, how are you handling this type of success and the emotions that presumably go with the success?
A: I'm very excited about the success, and the future can go either way, I hope I'm not just on a long heater but I've had some good success over a significant amount of games, so I feel pretty confident right now.
Q: What do you attribute this success to? How did you climb the ladder?
A: Poker has taught me so much. I used to be worse with saving money for example. My money management, including bankroll management, has improved a lot. When I couldn't beat the $10 level, I was recommended to RyPac's coaching and started thinking better and feeling more confident. I started beating $11s, I worked with some guys like borg and aggsyb and rbj, but really talked a ton of strategy with Barewire, who I have a lot of respect for. He played some $50 deep stacks with me and he really opened my eyes to a lot of deeper stacked concepts. But the deep stack action was really bad for the higher levels, so I stopped playing them after getting to the $200-300 level.
Q: It's surprising that you found any deeps stack action at all that high. What happens next?
A: The volume was a lot worse than it sounds, I only got the action that I did because I was literally at the computer 14 hours a day registered for action.
At about that time I started talking to serkules, and I had been talking with wowkaa, he got me into poker in the first place, and both of these heads up professionals were moving into super turbos. I saw the success they and others were having and decided that if I wanted to make big money in husngs, I would need to learn super turbos.
So at this point (January 2011), inspired by wowkaa, serkules and primordialAA, I took up super turbos. I had a $10,000 bankroll and had just paid a year of rent in advance so that I wouldn't have to worry about where my living expenses came from, I could just focus on playing. I started a little lower, at the $30 level, just to build a basic foundation. I had quick success, moving up to the $50 level.
Then Mersenneary launched his FastTrack program, and I was really excited about this. Mersenneary is a great teacher, compared to other poker coaches he ranks very high. I learn really well by being actively quizzed during coach sessions and that is something that Mersenneary does. So I instantly joined the program, it's such a great value, I moved into the $100s and started taking shots at the $200 level. Then black friday came and I kind of went into a panic and cashed out my entire bankroll. I requested a stake because I didn't really feel comfortable having a lot of money online. I took a few private coaching sessions with Mersenneary at this point and mjw006 was a tremendous help, giving me really valuable (and free!) advice.
The graph (above) is pretty much from that point until today.
Q: Why did you react so strongly to black friday? Many would consider that a United States issue and you're in Belgium.
A: Well at the time I didn't really understand what was happening and I'm not really good at guessing with this stuff. I was also surrounded by a lot of anti-poker people, people that just didn't really understand what was happening either. And while I had my rent paid for 9 more months, money aside for bills and normal everyday money, I just felt that I would be hurt pretty badly if I couldn't access my online money, I would have no spare money and no bankroll.
Q: How did you adapt to playing on a stake?
A: About two weeks after black friday, I realized the situation wouldn't really impact EU players too much, so I ended the staking deal. I'd made about $15,000 in those two weeks, so about $10,000 of that was mine and that was plenty to play a mixture of $100-200 level super turbos. I have about $30,000 online now and I honestly don't feel too happy about it, it's probably too much to keep online and a bit of overkill for my games.
Q: You did a "Well" on twoplustwo's heads up sng forum last month. The reaction wasn't too positive and it turned into a group questions type thread. What's the story behind that?
A: I'm a bit embarrassed about that! I've always loved twoplustwo, the community and players I've met there. And I was talking to a few poker guys that post regularly there and one of them told me I should do a well. I was so excited about my success so I just instantly said "sure, great idea." I didn't really think too much about it and probably should've, but I had no bad intentions about it.
Q: You didn't know about the Well Rule: You have to have $300,000 in total profit before you start one.
A: Oh, wow, really?
Q: No, but the community probably just wanted more sustained success and/or regular participation on the forums to not riot when you post a Well. It can be tense in these dark times.
Q: And finally, what's in store for JackTheShipper in the future? Where do you see yourself in 2012?
A: Glad you asked that. My most recent plan, inspired by everybody doing boot camps, is to just get together with some other $200 level super turbo regulars this summer. We're looking for a house to rent for a month and just really learn from each other. Archiethegreed, betterways, pagergo and guysg are some of the guys I've been talking to about it with possibly serkules, wowkaa, niceiq25 and even mersenneary visiting.
Long term, I've contemplated dropping university, though I've done well there. I'm just so busy between uni and poker, and I think that doing both will hurt me in the long term. So I might "shot take" at being a professional for a year or so. I've also thought about moving to Newcastle (UK) with my friend jambeyang, who is a long time friend and high stakes mtt regular.
But I'm really just going to play some more games and re evaluate my long term decisions after the summer. There's no rush, and given how poker is in America right now, I'm not entirely sure about the future. I do really feel like my attention will be focused on either poker or university though, I hope I make the right choice. I do feel inspired to become better at poker, every time I play people like h2olga or i just lol'd, who just completely crush my soul, I'm reminded of this. That also kind of demotivates me to move up as well, so who knows.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us, and we wish you well on your future success.
A: Thank you for everything!