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masuronike: Im so proud we have you here. I know you are great cash game player and I was your fan in 2M2M (what a great project), but this was not your only project and you have things like The Micros, DC or BetRaiseFold (everything great and successful). Do you still have time to play poker, or you focus just on these projects? If you dont play poker anymore or very small volume, why did you choose working on these projects? Thank you for your answers!
May 6, 2013 21:24
Thanks! I don't have much time these days to play poker. I have great ambitions for myself as a writer and storyteller, and so I need to spend as much time as I spent playing poker on developing my skills in those areas. Why I chose to go that route over the life of a poker pro... hmm. When I was young, I didn't have a lot of money or freedom. So I became money-driven. Through poker, I acquired a lot of money and a lot of freedom. The money didn't bring me the happiness I thought it would, but the freedom bought me the opportunity to figure out what I wanted out of life and how I might achieve it. I think stories help to change the way people think about things, they help to teach people, they help to heal people when life gets really shitty. There's so much stupidity on this planet and I think a lot about how to fix that problem. Playing poker can't really have that kind of impact, and before I die I'd like to do what I can to make the world better for other people. That's probably the selfless answer... on the self-interested side, I find the creative stuff just as addictive and fun as playing poker. Before I found poker, I found Star Wars. By the end of that movie I knew I had to do something like that some day.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:38
mattusko: Hi Jay, 2m2m question, was it hard somethimes or it was just perfect summer full of great fun?
May 7, 2013 11:07
A little bit of both... it was like the ultimate summer camp experience. A ton of fun, but stressful when you're losing and have film cameras in your face or you're forced to quit a great game because they need you to do an on camera interview at a specific time or go out to a club for a scene for that week's episode. There was a lot of conflict centered around us trying to seriously meet the $2mm goal and the demands of making what G4 wanted out of each television episode. After awhile we got used to it, but there were still days when all we wanted to do was grind or be alone away from the cameras. That said, it was 90% awesome/fun/amazing experience. I really can't believe a TV network paid to film that. So cool that it's on Netflix now and that moment in time was captured forever!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:29
MartinAltman: Hey, nice to have you here! I would like to ask a few questions. How did black friday affect you? Do you still play online? Who do you think are the best online players these days? Do you think you would have an edge on HS nowadays? Thanks for answers and good luck.
May 7, 2013 11:50
Black Friday sucked. I have a not insignificant amount of money locked up in FTP limbo. DeucesCracked lost 50% of its business overnight. The Micros lost its sponsorship. My friends all left New York to move to Canada to keep playing. Like many others I became pretty depressed for awhile. The one good thing to come of Black Friday... we happened to be filming a documentary in the middle of it. That was one crazy, unexpected plot twist and immediately made the movie that much bigger and more dramatic. I still play online but only to make micro and small stakes training videos at DeucesCracked. I play on BlackChip Poker and look at my bankroll as a gym fee to keep my skills sharp. I don't really know much about how trustworthy they are but would not be surprised if one day I wake up and they have been shut down! Hoping to play some Ultimate Poker in Las Vegas during WSOP this summer, though. The best online players: Sauce, Kanu, Isaac Haxton, Isildur, Galfond, Dwan, Ben Tollerene. I would definitely not have an edge playing those games - when I stopped playing, everyone kept playing and started working even harder away from the tables. I'm rusty, out of shape and too far behind to catch up. That and I've moved on to obsessing about other things (writing, filmmaking, etc)!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:25
Lance: I do everything waht i have to do fpr Rank1 but i´m still Rank 0 why?
May 7, 2013 22:07
Why are hearts red and spades black?
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:19
Scarmaker: Hey Jay, thanks so much for doing this, you are top notch. There are very few people I know of that are pro poker players and into movie making at the same time, so I would like to use this opportunity to ask you the following question: how is it possible that in the otherwise astonishing history of cinematography, there was not a single good poker movie made? (Yes, even Rounders, no matter how much fun it was, did an absolutely terrible job in depicting what it is to be a poker player). I mean, I understand no one would watch a movie about kids 24-tabling whatever from their homes, but I thought movie makers could do better than slow rolling straight flushes and 6-bet bluffing Chan 10 BBs deep?
May 8, 2013 00:03
I wonder about the same thing! I believe it's because most filmmakers who have been interested enough to make movies about poker were not actually serious poker players who thought deeply about the game. They were, at the end of the day, just donkeys. You need to really understand what it means to be a poker player emotionally and intellectually in order to best figure out how to use cinematic tools to tell those stories. To do that, you need to have really studied both art forms - poker and movies.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:18
Quadvquadme: In 2m2m how big were you playing in comparison to your regular stakes? and Whats been your biggest losing/winning day?
May 8, 2013 00:18
On 2M2MM I was playing my regular stakes... from 2007-2009 I was a regular at 25/50 - 500/1k NLHE games. Biggest winning day was probably around $500k, same goes for biggest losing day!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:14
johnaz: how many buyins have you lost during your biggest downswing? how often did (do) you have it? like once in a year, twice?
May 8, 2013 09:20
Hard to recall exactly but definitely remember a few 30BI+ downswings within a 1-2 year period. When it rains, it pours! I know people who have played 200k hand stretches of breakeven or losing poker, despite being winning players. Sometimes the deck just smacks you upside the head and challenges you to keep going without losing your confidence or making bad decisions. It's a tall order when every day you login and lose!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:13
Scarmaker: I guess you get a Q of this kind a lot but... can you tell us anything about the future of The Micros?
May 8, 2013 13:46
The show costs a lot of money to produce (animation is surprisingly expensive) on a regular basis. So we really need a sponsor to come in and offset some of the production costs. We're hoping that there will be some opportunity now that the US is opening up with legal online poker. As soon as we can find consistent funding, we'll be back. Our goal is to eventually be releasing episodes again on a monthly basis. We have a pretty awesome storyline planned out for a "second season" that follows Chase's quest to finally take the game seriously and stop being such a donk. Obviously that proves to be much easier said than done :)
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:09
Meydzer: Hi, welcome here! Do you use any poker software that helps you to make a difficult decisions? And do you use some software in which you replay and studying your game? Last question: Your favorite hand?
May 8, 2013 19:26
When I used to play full time I used PokerTracker and Holdem Manager with a heads up display. Now I use PokerTracker 4 and think it's pretty awesome. It has a HUD to help you call up in-game stats; I try not to make my decisions based solely on statistics because they can be misleading, but if there's a tough decision they can really help. PT4 also has a hand replayer, using something like that to replay hands and analyze them after your session is pretty essential if you hope to improve... there's a huge difference between understanding why you're doing something in the heat of battle and understanding why you did it when you've gotten away from the table and have time to reflect on it objectively. My favorite hand is AA!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:03
99PROBlEMSS: Jay thanks for doing this...I was wondering is the doc. BETRAISEFOLD going to be released on dvd or just internet only?
May 8, 2013 19:37
We're going to release on the Internet first, but we're planning to put out DVD/Blu-ray versions a little later on. Best place to get info about that will be by joining our email list at betraisefoldmovie.com; there's a good chance we're going to launch a Kickstarter campaign later this month, and one of the rewards offered will be the DVD!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:00
Scarmaker: Krantz, you are supposed to answer these from the bottom to the top :P
May 8, 2013 20:04
Oops, lol
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:40
Scarmaker: Are you aware of any promising Hollywood movies about poker being made? Would you actually try to offer your expertise as a player to the film makers if anything at least remotely close to that was about to be made?
May 8, 2013 20:24
Runner Runner: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2364841/ I don't know how much poker will be involved, but this one seems promising, the writers of Rounders wrote it! Hollywood is sick of poker, I think. If we see a great poker movie it's going to be coming from the independent film world. I wouldn't go out of my way to offer my expertise to the filmmakers but if they came knocking I would be happy to!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:44
Speaking of promising poker stories, I just heard about this book. Haven't read it yet but it seems like something you guys might like: http://www.pokernews.com/news/2013/02/pokernews-book-review-alex-allison-s-the-prodigal-14228.htm
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:45
Scarmaker: Jay, have you heard all the weird stories about Dan "jungleman12" Cates going completely nuts and psycho in many occasions? If yes, can you give us any more insight or thoughts about what the hell is going on with this guy? I love jungle, although a bit cocky, I thought he is pretty normal. The stories left me completely shocked.
May 8, 2013 20:29
I have heard some of the stories... He is a poker genius, no doubt. Maybe not the most put together character away from the table, though!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:46
masuronike: Tell us something about BETRAISEFOLD documentary please
May 8, 2013 20:31
From a draft of our press release: BET RAISE FOLD: The Story of Online Poker is the first feature-length documentary about the online poker boom (and bust). Originally slated to be a documentary about the evolution of poker and the unique characters surrounding the game, cameras were already rolling as the most infamous day in online poker hit – April 15, 2011. On that day, now known as “Black Friday,” the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments against the major US-facing online poker sites, bringing the multibillion dollar industry to a grinding halt. BET RAISE FOLD gives viewers a backstage pass to the online poker community, lifting the veil on a sub-culture shrouded by screen names and mystery. Completely funded by online poker winnings and created by poker professionals, this film brings you the true story of online poker by the people most capable of telling it – the players. The documentary follows three online poker professionals: a mother pursuing her dream of becoming sponsored by an online poker site to secure a more stable future for her family, a young world-traveler making (and spending) more money than his parents and a strategy-obsessed hyper-intelligent grinder playing the highest stakes games among the top one percent of online players. Shot from inside the eye of the storm, BET RAISE FOLD captures how the fall out of "Black Friday" ripped the livelihoods and future plans of these characters away from them. The poker table, where our characters had found their version of "the American dream," was caught in the middle of political crossfire. But, because this documentary was made by poker professionals, the drama unfolded both in front of and behind the camera. BET RAISE FOLD takes the viewer on the roller coaster ride that was online poker's boom and bust. From Chris Moneymaker's $2.5 million 2003 World Series of Poker cash, to the hundreds of millions of dollars seized on Black Friday – this is the story of online poker.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:48
For more check out watch.betraisefoldmovie.com - watch the trailer, join our mailing list!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:48
Scarmaker: Also, can you please your give us your honest opinion about TiltBook? Would a player like you be interested in posting and being more active on the site? If no, why and what would change your attitude? Thanks a lot :)
May 8, 2013 20:40
Seems pretty cool! I was pretty active on 2p2 when I was coming up in the online poker world, but if this were around back then it seems like it would have been something I was into. Not sure I'll be posting much/super active here, but only because I already have my hands full/time split just keeping up with my regular social networks (I'm on Facebook, Twitter and Google+). I think the best way for you guys to get players like me posting/more active here is for you guys as a community to get better at poker! Then eventually the guys you would want to join you over here will have already been a part of this place to begin with! This AskAPro stuff is also a really good way to get some big names dropping in.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:52
Trki: I just wanted say: sooo awesome job with The Micros :)
May 8, 2013 20:45
Thank you! :D
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:53
johnaz: do you prefer LAG or TAG style? I know "it depends" but I'm not really fond of 30/26/10 3bet. Lately something like 20/16/5 suits me the best (I was a bit looser before). What about you?
May 8, 2013 20:50
LAGs have more fun! I prefer what style wins the most money. What style wins the most = it depends :) I recommend playing what you're most comfortable with, build a foundation around what seems to suit you best and then experiment/tweak from there.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 20:54
Scarmaker: If you could get a coaching from any player in the world for free, which one would you pick? Mentioning jungleman earlier, is he the best NLHE HU player currently out there?
May 8, 2013 20:56
Benjamin "Sauce123" Sulsky. I don't watch the NLHE games closely enough to know whether or not jungleman is the best, but he must be up there. It's hard to say who exactly is "the best" anyway. When you get to the top 5-10 players it kind of becomes a rock paper scissors game. They can crush everyone else below them, but against each other their results vary.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:01
Scarmaker: Have you played with Isildur? If yes, how much are you stuck vs him?
May 8, 2013 20:57
I've played with him, mainly at 25/50... not sure how much I'm stuck, but not an insane amount. There's a two-part training video on DeucesCracked where I multi-tabled him heads up at 25/50, before he became a legend.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:02
cofacosmin: The Micros was a big ideea. i spent some dollars there and i won nothing but i liked tourneys. You prefer SNG or cash?
May 8, 2013 21:00
Cash games, I like being able to play for as long or as short as I want.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:02
Seda16: How big deal was Black Friday to you? Did you have any money stuck on UB/FTP? If yes, did you recover some of them or no?
May 8, 2013 21:01
See response I gave to similar question earlier... have some money stuck on FTP, still in limbo :(
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:03
RakeBackStars: Could you beat Masuronike in a HU match?
May 8, 2013 21:01
If I were drunk.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:04
JoHnnn: Do you like my new blogsite? http://10kand10kg.net/
May 8, 2013 21:03
Seems cool, keep posting!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:05
Seda16: I saw that you are a coach and teach some players. Is there any student which you would like to highlight and take him as "your product?" Someone who was a decent player but after your lessons he started to crush?
May 8, 2013 21:03
Aaron WiltOnTilt Wilt. I also taught someone crushing the biggest games now, but I'm not sure he wants people to know who coached him. I'd never say either of these guys are the "product" of my coaching, though. They learned some stuff from me and many others, and blended it with their own ideas to become their own brand of beast.
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:07
Seda16: If USA can get back to a stage that it was in before Black Friday, do you think you will grind as much as you did or just focus on the other stuff and have poker aside?
May 8, 2013 21:05
Hard to say. I like what Bruce Lee says: "be like water." I will just go with the flow!
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:09
Seda16: I hope that in BET RAISE FOLD there is alot of Tony Dunst, is it?
May 8, 2013 21:11
Yep, Tony is one of the 3 main characters: http://betraisefoldmovie.com/characters
 photo krantz May 8, 2013 21:15
krantz: Thanks for having me guys, I've gotta run! If you have any other questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter @dckrantz. Looking forward to hearing what you think of BET RAISE FOLD, and remember to join our email list for the latest updates on release! betraisefoldmovie.com
May 8, 2013 21:18

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