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Jdawg91: All of my SCOOP profits went to my backer

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Woohoo! In the super-exciting very first episode of TiltBook's Awkward Banter, Scarmaker sits down with one of the first ever TB legends, Joshua "JDawg91" Hoesel, to yap away about Jdawg's hypers career, SCOOP binks, strippers, Bayern and more! We are super happy to bring you this, so let's get right to it!

Scar:
Josh, I remember you being one of the first SNEs to ever join TiltBook in late 2012. What kind of a player were you back then and how much has that changed over the ~4 years you've been on TiltBook?

Jdawg:
Yep, I relocated to Mexico from the US in Nov, 2011 and got SNE for the first time in 2012. Hypers  were a newly created format and only buyins up to $30 existed. Then, in Feb 2012, PS added the $100s and I moved right up to them. I ended up playing mostly $60-$200 to get SNE.

I was really bad back then but somehow won a fair amount pre-rb that year on my way to 1mil VPPs. The games were a lot softer than they are now of course...would actually probably be pretty hilarious to go back and look at some of those complete HHs from 2012. I'd end up studying a lot in different ICM calculators but other than that I put minimal effort into my game.

Scar:
Well, I recall Masuronike, in like 2014, mentioning you as a prime example of a grinder who isn't "that good" but eventually makes more than the top crushers do due to simply putting in more hours than they do.

Jdawg:
Yea, that would probably be about correct in terms of the timeline and definitely a true statement without a doubt. I definitely grinded a lot harder in 2014 than I did in 2012 and 2013, achieving 2million VPPs that year compared to 1mil and 1.5mil the years before.

Scar:
Putting in enough hours is probably the toughest thing for the grinders out there. Do you have any reasonable explanation for why you are able to do what SO many people aren't?

Jdawg:
That's a question I get asked a lot by fellow grinders and I don't really have the answer to it. I think a lot of it just comes down not only to passion, but also your surroundings.

I moved to Vegas when I was 19 and then relocated to Mexico when I was still 20, my entire adult life I've lived with and pretty much solely surrounded myself with poker players. Obviously, that's probably not super healthy overall, but my passion has been poker since a fairly young age and I have loved the path poker has taken me down thus far and hope for it to continue.

But yea, I live in a pretty quiet town in Mexico full of other poker players, not a lot to do in my town itself. My life basically consists of grinding and then going out to sports bars to watch games with some of my buddies down here, and then once in a while we end up being degens in Tijuana :p.

My point being though, I think it's a lot easier to focus on the grind when you live in a fairly slow paced place and are surrounded by other poker players. I know when I still lived at home before moving to Vegas I had a lot of problems putting in the grind hours as I'd always be out doing something with my 2 close buddies and it ate away a ton of grinding hours.

But at the end of the day, it really does come down to how much you want it, and I now more than ever before really want to maximize the amount of $ I can make before my SNG grind is GG. I am grinding 50 - 60 hours a week on avg now, must take advantage of what little rakeback I still have!

Scar:
Well, your ability of putting in volume sure did make you a sit & go legend. That and jumping into $16k hypers. I know they run extremely rarely, but I guess that has to make them feel even more so special. Do you get butterflies when one of those opens up or is it literally just another sit & go?

It is 16k, right?
17k
Nah, 1k here and there, who cares.
Haha :p

Jdawg:
The first time I played a $3502 hyper sat I wasn't nervous or anything like that, but did instantly put the table into one of my slots so I could sweat the all-ins pretty hard. After a few games, I wasn't even phased by them anymore, I had a ~36 hour period where I lost 150k during SCOOP last year and my roommate quite literally had no clue I had even lost money...no yelling, no throwing anything, not even as much as raising my voice, heh.

The one 17k that went off during WCOOP 2015 didn't last long enough for me to get nervous heh, 2nd hand I made a thin call vs Ike and lost. Got the lobby 4/6 a few times with a recreational player, but couldn't find regs to fill it. But yea, everything is pretty much just another game to me, I am pretty calm, cool and collected at all times.

Scar:
Was that recreational player Masuronike?

Jdawg:
Haha, don't want to name names, but can surely say we would have flocked to find regs to fill the game if Masuronike registered ;)

Scar:
Hahaha! Speaking of "just another game" though, you are known for playing just about every single hyper sat during the -COOP series, but I don't remember you playing the actual COOP events.

Jdawg:
I
'd always play some of the events, but nothing like the full schedule I played this year. I'm only doing this now due to some of the changes that PS has made to the satellite offerings; basically forcing me to play the events themselves if I wanted to get good value out of the hyper sats.

Scar:
So, in other words, if it wasn't for Amaya (fuck Amaya), you wouldn't have binked those 320k this year.

Jdawg:
Haha, yea probably not. I definitely would not have played the 2100 re-entry that I chopped HU and then won.

Scar:
Well, God bless their VIP changes then, right? :P

Jdawg:
Haha, definitely is still an FU AINEC! Bittersweet moment anyway as I sold off a massive portion of the action in all of those mtts because once again, I was really only playing them for the value in the late reg hyper sats

I am very happy though that my HS-Nosebleed investor had a nice payday as he took an absolute beating having almost all of my $3.5k action last year.

Scar:
I see. Finally something to make us a bit less jealous. Although I bet bigstealer is still mad.

Jdawg:
We all know that bigstealer is #neverlucky, there's just nothing more to be be said than that.

Scar: 
So, do those huge SCOOP scores even make any significant difference in your life?

Jdawg:
Nah, not at all as my investor had almost all of the action. But, I was able to clear a very large number of makeup with my backer and got a small 5-figure amount of money for myself, so all in all, was still pretty nicely timed as I would have had to grind a few months just to clear that makeup without those 3 MTT scores.

Scar:
Heh, Well-timed indeed :P. Speaking of being stuck in make up, another admirable thing about you is that you go ahead and post your worst day ever on TiltBook without hesitation. Plenty of us post only the good stuff and feel ashamed when the graph ain't looking so good.

Jdawg:
That same thing happens on the 2p2 forum. It's hilarious to me that people can't seem to post when things aren't going their way, I don't understand it at all. I just look at things from an EV perspective. If I grind X games and play well, I am supposed to make $Y and that's all that matters.

It's sort of the same thing with these MTT scores, actually. I do think its something that should be said, because ppl are retarded on average. The variance in MTTs is obscene, and again, since I think in terms of EV, I know that each time I click register on one of those MTTs I am probably only gaining about $100 - $250 in EV. But ppl don't think like me, average MTTer is just chasing this pipedream of having the big score.  

Scar:
Haha, yeah, I also find it funny how some people constantly think about that 1st place prize and stuff when the average return on a given tourney is literally dozens or hundreds of bucks. The discrepancy is amazing.

Jdawg:
Yep indeed :D

Scar:
Especially with live pros, I would love to one day run a poll on how much do they believe they are earning per tourney on average.

Jdawg:
Looooool yea, would be amazing!

 

PART 2 AVALIBLE HERE!

This concludes the first part of our Skype session, next week we're gonna get into the issues of poker getting unbeatable, Amaya, his passion for football, his even bigger passion for strippers and plenty of other stuff! Stay tuned!

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