How Tom J. Changed From Poker to
Video Poker and Has Zero Regrets
name is Tom J. I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to try my
hand at playing poker professionally about a year and
a half ago.
that I lived and worked in Dallas, Texas. I was a Vice
President in a mid-sized bank and a commercial loan
offer. I enjoyed my work, but my real love was playing poker.
why I finally decided to pursue my dream of becoming a
poker pro. I knew that I had enough banking contacts
that I could always go back into banking if I changed
experience as a poker pro has really been an
eye-opener. Just as with my job, playing poker for a
living is not all fun and games. When I was playing a
few hours a week I really enjoyed it. But the
thrill is not quite the same once you start playing 40
hours a week alternating between playing in front of a
computer and playing in local poker rooms.
I tell you about making a big change from playing
poker to video poker, let me fill you in on the
practical downside to playing poker for a living.
Although it is great to have as much time off as you
want, these vacations are not paid! In banking I
enjoyed four weeks of vacation a year. But, it is
altogether a different thing when you play poker for a
living and you are earning no money when you take time
thing that really bothered me was how unstable my
income was. As a poker player, your income is always
unstable. You actually run the risk of losing
money for the month. And, I am very good at playing
poker. In most circles I would be considered a real
expert, but there were still times I wouldnít make
met Greg Fletcher at a poker tournament in Las Vegas.
There are tournaments every week and I have several
favorites that I regularly play in.
got to know Greg during a break and he explained to me
about his new interest in video poker. I was pretty
dismissive at first since my feeling was that video
poker is not real poker. However, Greg was so
enthusiastic that I believed that he might be onto
something worth learning. I asked him if I could keep
in touch with him and he agreed.
next phone call to Greg was very informative. He
shared with me how well his new video poker betting
strategies were performing. He explained about video
poker trends and I listened intently. He definitely
had my attention at this point.
called me next time which really surprised me. He
explained how he had expanded his strategy to cover
multi-line games Ė games where you can play multiple
hands starting with the cards you hold.
caught me at a time when I was so discouraged that I
was actually thinking about going back into banking. I
had just put in a very hard month and all I had to
show for it was $800 in winnings. Hell, I made this
much working part time in school.
calmly suggested that maybe I should point my poker
skills in a new direction and try some video poker.
decided to give it a try. Greg had some business in
Northern California and we agree to meet in Reno,
Nevada, which has an abundance of great video poker
met in one of the casino lounges at the Peppermill
where we were staying. Greg proceeded to lay it all
out for me.
first showed me some video poker strategy cards. He knew that I would have no problem mastering play.
suggested that I start with the Jacks or Better
version of the game. He explained how I would use
certain betting strategies as I played that would
automatically follow any trends in the game.
further explained that I would vary the size of my
bets using what he called Profit Directed Betting.
This was his refined way of following the flow of the
cards. This made a lot of sense. It is what we try to
accomplish with conventional poker except that it is
almost impossible to do because the game is played
with other people who donít always play like they
as Greg explained, against a computer-controlled game,
with no human element to mess things up, the
strategies performed flawlessly.
also learned that with video poker I could accomplish
something that I never could at poker Ė I could
always play at an advantage!
also added that video poker is the one game where
skill and strategy count the most Ė more than at
blackjack, roulette, sports betting, playing the
horses, stock trading and even poker.
showed me how to play on a couple of machines at the
Peppermill. While I was learning, I picked up over $300
was pretty much convinced to give his strategy a try.
"How much money do I need to get started?" I
asked. I was thinking about starting with about
$10,000 and I mentioned this to Greg.
smiled and shook his head. "You wonít need that
much. Try a lower number."
still shook his head. "You donít need that much
to use my strategies. All you need to get started
is about $300. Some of the people I have taught how
to play have done very well starting with just $100,
but since you have enough, you can use $300. It will
give you a better cushion."
was pretty amazed. You wonít go very far with a $300
bankroll playing poker, but Greg assured me that is
all that I needed.
I didnít expect to win very much with such a small
bankroll. Actually I was a little insulted. I thought
Greg was treating me like a penny ante player. In
poker, if you play for peanuts, thatís what you win
I quickly learned that I really didnít need much of
a bankroll to start winning large amounts using Gregís
Power Video Poker Strategy.
returned home and I decided to see what I could do
using his strategy. I started playing the next day. By
the end of my first week I was up over $3,000. And
this was playing on quarter machines.
called Greg and told him the good news. "Maybe I
should move up to playing dollar machines now," I
donít have to yet. Why donít you stick with
25-cent play and try playing on some multi-line
took his advice since he hadnít led me astray so
far. I started playing on three and five-line quarter
machines. I pulled in over $7,000 the next week. I
have to tell you this felt really good. Any thoughts I
might have had about dropping down in class by playing
on a machine had totally disappeared. My month of hard
work at poker to make a lousy $800 was still too fresh
in my mind.
reported in to Greg to see what he suggested next. He
told me to stick with the quarter machines a little
longer and try moving up to 50 and 100-line play.
just finished a full month playing on mostly 50, but
some 100-line games. I pulled in $32,000.
want to know the best part of this? I wasnít putting
in nearly the hours I did when I was playing poker. By
now I was playing only a couple of hours a day, four
or five days a week.
wish I had discovered this before I went through all
of the bitter disappointments of spending 18 months of
my life very frustrated trying to make a living at
I feel like I can go back to playing poker for fun
when I feel like it and pull in my real money playing
just called to check on me. After I brought him up to
date, he paused for a minute and then said, "I
think you are ready for the dollar machines. Let me
know how you do."
just finished reviewing an advance copy of Gregís
extraordinary new course on how to win at video poker.
Poker is 100% complete Ė right down to the strategy
cards you can take with you.
on my experiences, I can tell you that if you want to
win money consistently in what I find to be a very
pleasant way, all you have to do is apply this
I am doing just fine playing on dollar machines.
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