This week we had an interview with Martin aka “Marffi97”. He is now much better off with playing poker than working as a waiter for a low salary. So BPC has saved his life. Please find out more about him here:
How did you get in touch with poker and what made you decide to start playing?
I started playing poker three years ago after a friend introduced me to the game. I have only been taking poker seriously for four months, though – since I finished high school. Up until two months ago, I played only 6-max but my success has come from my decision to switch to heads-up.
How did BPC help you to improve your game?
BPC has helped my game a hell of a lot. I am very impressed with the quality of the heads-up knowledge and especially with the exclusivity of the information because of how difficult it is to get info about this format.
However, BPC hasn’t just improved my game. Honestly, BPC has saved my life. In school I was miserable and I’m not even prepared to talk about how I felt as a waiter when I worked for 3$ per hour. Now I feel great because I know that I’m doing what I love and what have a purpose.
You live in Prague, right? It must be a beautiful place. How is it to live there for you? What do you like most about it?
Yeah, I love it here. I come from a small city originally but I’ve lived in Prague for about 5 years now. Prague is mainly famous due to its historical center but I like how many more possibilities there are here in comparison to in a small city.
What gives you the motivation to get back to the tables every day?
Definitely my life plan (by the way – thank you M1ndCrtl). In my plan I have the reasons behind why I want to be good at poker, what I want to achieve each month, each year and in 5 years etc… BPC members can find more information about this in the starter course.
Can you recall a special moment or hand in poker that was interesting/ meaningful/ memorable for you?
Yes. Two years ago I lost almost all my bankroll and after that happened I couldn’t make myself play for six months. One day I remembered that I had $7 left on one account so I opened the site to see a late registration to a $5 freeze-out. I snap-registered and finished the tournament in second place. I won $300. I know for sure that if I hadn’t achieved the second place in that tournament I would never have played poker again.
Any tips for motivation for your fellow grinders?
You have to know exactly why you are playing poker. If you don’t, you will fail when the hard times come. It is always easy to work hard when you run good. It is during the hard times that it is the most important to work as hard as possible; this is what determines who the champions are.
If you could suggest only 1 thing for poker players to improve their game, what would it be?
If you want to be good at poker – play as much as possible. I know that most guys have a job or a family but you have to understand how poker works. Your career development is exponential. If you spend 100 hours per month on poker you will make $100 but if you spend 200 hours you will make $1000. I think that everybody gets the idea.
I have read most of BPC’s best students’ blogs and I haven’t found anyone that completed the €60k program in one year that was satisfied with only 200 hours of work a month. 200 hours must be nothing to you.
Thank you for your answers, Martin! Keep crushing!