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AskThePRO with Jeremy “endlessj” Menard!

This Wednesday we welcome a pro MTT player with $5,000,000 in earnings and 9 WSOP cashes!

We would like to invite all our users to watch and participate in yet another AskThePRO episode on TiltBook.com that will take place on Wednesday, 18.12.2013 at 20:00 CET!

You can start posting your questions right now and when the session begins, our hero will choose and answer your best and most interesting ones in a course of exactly one hour (during which you can still post more questions)!

This week's special guest: endlessj

Jeremy “endlessj” Menard has been playing poker professionally for 7 years now focusing primarily on online multi-table tournaments. During that time he has accumulated over $5,000,000 in career winnings and has had numerous wins in flagship tournaments including the Full Tilt $500 Million guaranteed, Sunday Mulligan, and numerous $100 rebuys.

Endlessj is a former no. 15 in PocketFives’ rankings and has managed to accomplish five online triple crowns (wins on three different tournament sites within the span of one week), showcasing the consistency has become well known for. He has been able to transition his skills into the live scene as well accumulating $150,000 in cashes for 9 his WSOP in-the-money finishes.Jeremy also works as a coach producing training videos for the site Drag The Bar.

To get some of Jeremy’s mojo we highly recommend checking out his videos series “Advanced No-Limit Hold'em MTT Poker Play with Jeremy Menard” available at yourdoompoker.com. Jeremy will be live on TiltBook to answer all your cool questions on Wednesday, 18.12.2013 at 20:00 CET at www.tiltbook.com/AskThePRO. And as always, remember the best question posted wins $20!



 

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Scarmaker: Hey Jeremy, thanks a lot for doing the AskThePRO! Can you please tell us how was the Black Friday for you back then and how do you view it in the retrospect? Thanks a lot!
December 16, 2013 14:13
Black Friday was quite rough for me. I had just started playing on my own that year after being backed for several years and was doing quite well, then everything came to an abrupt stop. I suddenly had most of my net worth locked up online with no sign of seeing it in the near future. This put me in a pretty bad place, and I lost a lot of faith in the fact that money was secure online. It took me a little while to get back into the MTT game, and I began traveling around a lot more for live tournaments. This created a lot of stress on my relationship with my wife as well. It was quite difficult for me to just leave the country and set up shop, seeing as I had responsibilities at home. I was forced to adapt to the changing online landscape, and I played a fair amount on the USA facing sites. I had some solid results, but it was nothing like it had been. Black Friday changed the whole way I looked at poker, as it forced me to realize just how good we as MTT grinders had it before. In a way it has taught me not to take things for granted, but I'm still recovering from the aftermath and hopefully we will all be seeing our locked up Full Tilt funds in the near future.
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PokerFacts: Hello :) Why tourneys exclusively? Have you always been just a tournament player? Have flipping for hundreds of buy-ins and superlong sessions never made you think about swtiching to a little more... consisent format?
December 16, 2013 14:18
I got started playing SNGs, and it was just a natural progression into MTTs. I really enjoy the changing dynamics that are created from increasing blinds, and when you couple this with the thrill of chasing after 6 figure scores on the regular there really wasn't much of a decision for me. I do dabble in cash from time to time, but for me tournaments are my true love. The times that you take bad beats or lose massive flips for thousands in equity can be incredibly brutal, but when you do pull off a big win it makes it all worth it. I just never got that same feeling from playing cash.
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MillerSTGT: What was your first mtt that changed your whole life? Do you think that you would be somewhere totally different without that first win?
December 16, 2013 14:40
The first MTT that changed my life was when I won a $100 freezeout for $6,500 on Ultimate Bet. This win meant everything to me, as I had been putting in a lot of work into develop my game and to me this win was just proof that I had finally achieved something big. I remember being so close over and over, but when I finally got what felt like a life changing score at the time I was hooked. I have had many much larger wins since this one, but I will never forget the feeling I got after this first "big" win. If I didn't get this score I'm sure I would have kept at it until I did, once I get into something I put everything I have into it and I don't often give up until I get what I'm after.
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Trippinn: HeyHey, many of us have this issue where our family and friends just think we sit at a computer 'gambling' and we need to go find a real job, so im interested in what does your family think about you playing online poker as a career? Was it difficult for them to understand? do they even now fully understand? :)
December 16, 2013 14:55
My parents were a bit apprehensive at first, seeing as this career path is quite unorthodox, but once they started to realize that I was making money regularly and I was very passionate about poker they became incredibly supportive. They keep up with my scores, and always cheer me on. I don't think they will every truly understand what I do, as it is quite difficult to do so unless you are fully involved in the game, but they know enough and they have been there to see the upswings and downswings so they know both sides of poker. Its great to know I have their support, though I try not to bombard them with bad beat stories :)
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Trippinn: I cant edit my question but would like to add, how do you approach a new relationship with a girl when the topic of what do you do for a living pops up? Very rarely they would understand right away and you have to think if you just came out and said I play poker it can be a put off for them...
December 16, 2013 14:59
I find that most girls see it as an intriguing career, but at the same time they are weary of the inconsistency in income along with the amount of traveling that accompanies the life of a poker player. I was actually married for several years, but I found that poker created a wedge between no matter how much I tried to adjust my schedule to make time for her. The fact of the matter is its hard to have a relationship and play poker professionally, but I think the key is to find balance in your life and also find a girl that truly will be there for you no matter what kind of curve balls the lifestyle of a poker player brings.
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Trki: First of all welcome at TB is a honor to have you here! I would like to ask lets say i am SNG player... and i would like to switch to MTTs and start career there. Lets say with bankroll $1K How should i proceed? Are there some books/videos/courses/ that i should take? Maybe even something from your site? But something little be cheaper than 150$/hour. Thx
December 16, 2013 16:45
There are lots of videos, training sites, courses etc. out there to help you transition. I would recommend the site that I work with, Drag The Bar, where I have put together lots of videos where I explain my thought process in depth as I display how I am able to consistently win in all formats of MTTs. The subscription fee is quite reasonable, and you will find tons of value in the site. I also have a video series I just released that is available at yourdoompoker.com that explains the progression from beginner strategy to more advanced tactics that will help tremendously in conquering MTTs. I got started watching training videos, and I found that my game was really taken to the next level when I was able to see all the complex ways that you can look at poker. I would have never figured this all out by myself. I guess you could say it was enlightening for me, so I recommend taking this path if you are serious about becoming a tournament player.
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catacata20: let's say you can be anyone for one day! who would you like to be? And why? TY!
December 16, 2013 19:22
The president of the United States, because I feel like the amount of decisions that man has to make in a day has to make what I do for a living look like childs play. It would be incredible to be the man that is in charge of one of the most powerful nations in the world just for one day, don't think I could handle much more than that though
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Scarmaker: I understand that unlike in cash games or sit & gos, in MTTs, especially late in the tourney, you are very often playing crucial pots post-flop (every pot is rather big due to shallower stacks) vs people you have no or very little history/reads on. Can you explain how you do approach these situations in general? Is it important, for this reason, for an MTT player to work a lot on/master any kind of a "general strategy vs unknowns" ?
December 16, 2013 22:38
This is true, however if you use tracking software you will often have at least a little information on each player at your table. I recommend poker tracker 4, as it provides so much information and is fairly user friendly. If I have no information on a player I usually try to avoid getting in tough spots against them until I observe a few hands that they play so I can actually have an idea of what they are capable of. Most players nowadays are quite competent, so I give unknowns the benefit of the doubt until they prove otherwise. Its often quite easy to pick a fish out on your table, and I will adapt my strategy against these opponents. For the most part I just try to pay attention as much as possible when playing so I can use any of the info that I pick up to my advantage when I find myself in a pot against a certain player, and I have found that cutting down the amount of tables I play helps me to do this.
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masuronike: Wha all MTT players use "Total cashes" stat?
December 16, 2013 22:59
I would guess because it showcases consistency, however it is a very incomplete statistic as it really doesn't convey much information at all. I really don't pay much attention to my total cashes, as my eyes are always on the prize of the win and I'm not truly happy until I get it.
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VeraPohlova: Cool to have such a tournament beast as you Jeremy, welcome! :) As a skilled MTT player and coach, I wonder what is your take on players like Phil Hellmuth or Daniel Negreanu (especially Hellmuth) whose many hands shown on TV seem to have some fundamental flaws involved? Are these guys really such geniuses? Are they overrated? Thank you!
December 16, 2013 23:02
I think that a lot of these players have made a name for themselves based on their personalities, but I have to say that even though they do have what appear to be a lot of flaws in their fundamentals they still continue to win so they are doing something right. I think these players do a great job of reading people, so it makes up for some of their shortcomings when it comes to math based decisions. I don't think players like Hellmuth would have as much success in tournament fields where they are playing against a lot of good online regulars, as these players would find ways to exploit his "old school" style of play. Negreanu is clearly just a beast, and he does the work to continue to develop his game such as discussions with the good online cash and tournament regs, but some of these guys are so set in their ways that they will get passed by in the near future with how quickly poker is evolving.
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mrmagurk: what top 5 tips would u give someone to help them with online mtts??
December 16, 2013 23:11
1. Always have a plan when you play a hand, and consider all scenarios 2. Position, Position, Position. But seriously position 3. PAY ATTENTION- this includes player tendencies, stack sizes, table dynamics etc. The more you focus on these things the better you will do 4. Know when to change gears as a tournament progresses 5. Don't play on autopilot, there are tons of ways to play a hand so get creative and it will be a lot more difficult for your opponents to play against you
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SirLordJames: Hi there Jeremy, do you use some special style in stack building. I mean like do you have same manner in which are you organizing your chips? Or do you just simply arrange them into shipping position?
December 16, 2013 23:14
I try to construct my chips into intricate patterns so as to distract my opponents and strike fear into the heart of everyone at the table as they realize just what kind of person they are up against.
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Trippinn: I had to come back for another question as im currently creating my tournament hud (only play sngs atm) How important are huds in tournaments for you, do you pay alot of attention and let it influence your decision? Do you agree it gives players an unfair advantage? Would you rather all huds where banned and everyone played equal?
December 16, 2013 23:20
I used to play without a hud, but the games have gotten a lot tougher and I look to have as much info as possible when making decisions so I don't play without one now. Having this info is incredibly beneficial, as it helps to figure out exactly what players you are dealing with so you can construct a strategy to play against each player. That being said, some hud info can be misleading especially if you don't have a large sample size. I try not to make my decisions only based on hud stats because the stats aren't always completely accurate. If you are tracking how someone is playing over many different tournaments then that means you will have info from turbo tournaments, 6 max tournaments, and all kinds of other formats that will result in a different style of play in each scenario. Also peoples moods change, and this affects their style of play. I find its best to pay as much attention as possible to how each person is playing in that particular tournament and then use the hud info if necessary as backup. I don't think huds give players an unfair advantage because every person has the ability to use one, and if they don't than thats on them. Online poker is a game of very limited information, if you are able to gather info in a legal manner than I don't see an issue with it as it forces the game to evolve quicker and this makes it more interesting to play.
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fulixas: Hey Jeremy! Sick to have players like you! Proud to ask you a question , and cannot realize how other's doesn't ask you :) So How did you started playing poker? What was that moment that changed you? Who first learned you to play poker?Do you agree that we cannot learn all poker in our lives? For you what is the best poker player? And from what are you learning (what is your ideal)? Did you always only played tournaments? What was your career start? How you builded bankroll? Thanks Jer , And Best of luck :)
December 16, 2013 23:32
I got interested when I saw Moneymaker win the WSOP back in 2004 I think, I started playing with friends and before I knew it I was sucked in. I played mostly SNGs then moved on to tournaments on Ultimate Bet, and this is how I built my bankroll. I started playing more and more, and before I knew it I was starting to win consistently once I moved on to the real sites (FTP and Stars, seriously UB die in a fire). I had a few results here and there and then I won the Sunday Mulligan for 27k and that changed everything. After that I had some serious confidence in my game and I went on a tear resulting in me deciding to play poker exclusively as my career. There have been a lot of ups and downs but I have to thank poker for all that it has brought to my life. Poker is a complicated game, and I do truly believe it is impossible to master but there are a few people out there who are certainly on the elite level and know more than most of us could ever hope to. I have to say I admire Phil Ivey's game the most, he really has been able to play every game incredibly well, and he has a skill level not easily matched. Not to mention his table presence can be truly terrifying.
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ProBlackbird: How do you like yourself now as a successive poker player? How does it feel having million of dollars on you?
December 16, 2013 23:42
Well first of all I think most people have the wrong idea regarding how much money tournament players truly make. Most players are backed and don't see anywhere near 100% of their winnings, and this is the same for me. The success is great but I like to live my life based on the experiences I have, not the money I have in the bank. I have to say that poker has brought some incredible experiences into my life and I'm truly blessed to be able to do something I love for a living.
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ozziwar: Greetings, I wonder if super lag is really the way to go in tournaments? A player like Daniel Negreanu has big success NEVER 4b bluff etc, tho he only play live. What is different in playing style live vs online?
December 16, 2013 23:45
I don't think super lag is necessarily the style that is the most optimal in poker. I think that the key is to find a balance between aggression and control, such as picking the right spots to run bluffs, make 3 and 4 bets, and knowing when to be balls to the wall aggressive as well as when to sit back and play a bit more snug. Poker is really about adapting, and if you are able to adapt your style optimally to exploit the weaknesses of the players at your table then you are going to be a winning player. I think that the lag style has been around long enough that good players have developed strategies to combat it. Thats why inducing has become such a common play in tournaments these days. I don't think there is a certain style that works best all the time, I really think its all about finding out what will work best in a certain situation and then evolving as dynamics change. Live poker is a much more controlled game. Tournament life is so much more important because you are only playing that one tournament at a time. Online you can fire up as many as you can handle so if you make a few mistakes here and there its not a huge deal. Also there is much more information to be had when playing live, so making crazy plays isn't always as necessary to accumulate chips when you can just slowly build a stack by making sound decisions based on all the information that is present (live reads).
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ChoboPokeR_r: do you have a man crush on pessagno like i do?
December 17, 2013 00:12
He's so dreamy, its impossible not to
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Scarmaker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfhSi17xDlo is Negreanu valuebetting or bluffing here? :P
December 17, 2013 01:37
I think he's bluffing given the dialogue on the river, but that hand is just absurd.
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OVERTOP69: How do you change up between the beginning of a tourney, the bubble, and the final table. Is ist a drastic change of strategy...or is the strategy fairly similar?
December 17, 2013 05:57
I normally play fairly snug in the early stages as the blinds are small and there aren't any antes so there is less incentive to steal pots. I have found myself mixing it up though recently as most people have this same strategy so going against the grain can be tricky for your opponents. I mix in some light 3 bets from time to time, hoping to play pots in position since there is a lot of straight forward play this early. Obviously when the bubble comes around you are going to want to become the aggressor if you have a stack that allows you to do so, but you also want to be weary of which players at the table to try and pick on and which ones aren't going to let you get away with too much. If I'm short I'm usually looking for good spots to resteal against the players that are getting overly aggressive. Once we reach the final table I usually like to focus in as much as possible to determine which players are just trying to move up the pay ladder, and then I go after them relentlessly if my stack allows it. I also try to put pressure on those players with comfortable stacks, especially if i'm the chip leader, as they will usually shy away from big conflicts. If i'm short stacked I will sit back and wait for good spots for resteals to try and rebuild my stack to a more playable size. As people start busting I will continue to increase my aggression if I'm not facing much opposition, and hope to grind down my opponents and force them to make mistakes against me. I play final tables to win, so I find an aggressive approach to short handed play is the best option.
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Quadvquadme: How drastically would you say poker in the last 7 years difficulty and regular frequency wise the game has changed
December 17, 2013 06:44
Poker has changed so much in the past 7 years, it blows my mind. 7 years ago even the good regs weren't that good, and the idea of 3 betting with a hand worse than QQ was just preposterous. It was so much easier to win because the high variance plays that are so common today were not even considered. People played ABC poker, and their tendencies were just so exploitable. Now it seems that most players have a pretty good idea of the fundamentals, and are aware of how to play pre flop fairly well so if you want to be a winning player you really have to work on your post flop game. It seems that people fold a lot less often these days, and you have to be willing to battle to win pots. There also seems to be a decreasing number of fish in tournaments, due to legislation changes in countries and the fact that the ease of getting money on and off sites is becoming more and more difficult. The game evolves so fast. 7 years ago you could be lazy and not really worry about working on your game and you could still win, but now you have to be an avid student of the game to keep up with it. Playing without a hud nowadays seems crazy. You have to arm yourself with every weapon you can possibly have to be a winning player in the online MTT landscape
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atunazzz: Jeremy, what is your oppinion on deal making? Do you think it is a good thing? What is your whole aproach to deal making?
December 17, 2013 12:00
Deal making is a necessary part of poker. People are uncomfortable playing for large sums of money, and this takes away some of the risk involved. That being said I don't usually take part in deals unless there is a lot of money on the line. I like the idea of playing for it all in most circumstances but sometimes its just too big of a risk. My approach to making a deal would be too look at what kind of payday i can expect based on my chip count, and then I use the subtle art of negotiation to work out a deal in my favor if possible. I try to be respectful toward the other players, but if I feel I have a significant skill advantage I'm not afraid to use that as a bargaining tool to work out a better deal.
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Andre: Hi there Jeremy, nice to have you here. Couple of questions for you. 1. What would you say is the strengths and weaknesses(if any) in your poker game? 2. Can you recall any funny/awkward event at a poker table you've been involved in? Live or online 3. Off topic. Name anything on your "bucket list". Thanks for the answers in advance :)
December 17, 2013 18:33
My strengths would include my adaptiveness to any table i'm playing, my ability to switch gears, the ways i'm able to exploit my image, my hand reading ability post flop, and my end game. Some weaknesses I have are dealing with bad beats, playing incredibly deep stacked poker against tough regs, and running ill timed bluffs. I've had some interesting discussions at poker tables. This year in Florida for some reason we got into a discussion over who would win in a fight a grizzly bear or an elephant. I polled twitter and argued with the dealer about it for a solid hour. It was pretty entertaining. Who do you think would win? This is going to sound cliche, but as far as my bucket list goes I really want to win a WSOP bracelet. I've had so much success online, and I've had some live, but I've never gotten a big live win and I feel like this would really give me that feeling of accomplishment I've been working for for so long now.
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Scarmaker: I ask this mostly cash game players, but I would love to know your take on this as well - what are the one or two biggest leaks other regs have that you feel that you have made the most money off?
December 17, 2013 20:46
I'd say the biggest weakness by far is post-flop play. Most regs think they can just use their preflop abilities to win tournaments, and that simply isn't the case anymore. I'd also say that I've made a lot of money from spewy pre-flop play where i've induced my opponents to shove with far inferior hands, but this can be a double edged sword as it introduces a lot more variance to the game.
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ProBlackbird: How does the Poker world change for you? Did you accomplish anything else than Poker? :D
December 18, 2013 06:26
I like to think i've accomplished a few things in my life outside of the poker arena. I once was a pretty good skateboarder, but now that I'm old and broken from doing it so long its a little difficult to keep up with. I also managed to get a degree in psychology before I even started playing poker, so i suppose thats a bit of an accomplishment. I have yet to save a baby from a burning building, or America's economy from certain collapse, but I still have a lot of life left to live.
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Trippinn: For online MTT poker, time management is a sort of juggling act since an MTT session can last up to 10 hours+ and you only get a 5 minute break every hour so what preparations do you carry out before you click that register button to make sure you are fully ready to sit there for 10+ hours with no distractions and full concentration? Pee bottle? :D
December 18, 2013 17:13
I usually try to get everything done before i start playing, this includes having meals planned that i can put together during that short 5 minute break. It's not easy, but its a hell of a lot better then it used to be before sync breaks were around. I've never had to resort to the pee bottle thankfully.
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pitbullSVK: Your advice how can micro players become successful? :)
December 18, 2013 20:08
The best suggestion I can make is try to play as much as possible. The more hands you log, the more knowledge you gain and the more confidence you will have in your game and this will help you to become successful. I would also suggest finding a group of friends to talk to about poker hands, reading and posting on 2+2, watching training videos, and perhaps seeking out a one on one coach if thats within your means. Soak in as much knowledge as possible and you will find yourself moving up the ranks quickly.
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andrepardalf: Hey Jeremy, i can only ask you how you deal with river desisions in MTT. It´s a crucial point because the Pot use to be very big and its difficult to fold but at the same time is an MTT...can you make a resume? some point of view
December 18, 2013 20:44
I actually have been using the poker stove program when determining whether to call in important river decisions. I find that it helps me construct an accurate range for my opponents and figure out whether or not i'm making the right call mathematically based on the odds i'm given by my opponent. There isn't always enough time to do this during the hand, but even if you run the statistics after it will help improve your game. I recommend trying it out. If you don't know how to use the program there are tutorials available on the site. I also go into detail of how I use a program similar to poker stove (equilab) to construct a range for my opponents when making river decisions in one of my videos in the series I am promoting if you want to check that out. I'm all about shameless plugs
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1SickBusto: Hi, endlessj. Do you have a planned schedule for the day, what tournaments you're going to play and how much volume you are going to put. Аnd will you cut some tourneys due to bad run, or just bad feelings about the game.Thanks !
December 18, 2013 22:19
I usually follow a plan of a group of tournaments I will play during a session, and if I find myself busting out of a bunch then I will fire up some more to take there place. There are so many tournaments available online now so there is no shortage to choose from. I try not to play more than 12 at a time so I am able to focus as much as possible. If i'm having a bad session I usually just play through it and see if I can get something going in the later ones, I don't give up easily.
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fulixas: Thanks for your answer! Good luck!
December 18, 2013 23:29
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Trippinn: Thanks for your time much appreciated
December 19, 2013 02:44
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Scarmaker: AskThePRO with Jeremy Menard is now officially over! Thanks endlessj for a truly epic session, this will go down as one of my all time favorites, very inspiring and fun!! :) I would also like to thank everyone for the questions they posted, I believe we might have broken the record for most questions posted. The winner of $20 for the best one is OVERLAP69, please contact me via personal message. Congratz and again, thanks Jeremy and you all!
December 19, 2013 05:06
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kapcio13: What is your biggest loose strick in $$?
December 19, 2013 13:55

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