Jose Cada set a world record recently when, at 21, he became the youngest player to ever to win the World Series of Poker. So how did he do it? How can somebody like yourself cast off the shackles of a nine to fiver, and change them in for a stack of chips totaling $8.55 million? Well, here’s a few tips to get you started. 

Get Plugged In

Doyle Brunson, the leather-faced patriarch of poker, Tweets. Not only that, he Tweets in-game. This has a lot of implications. The first is that it gives any fans of yours a new and much more interesting look into the game. As opposed to traditional poker reporting online (just hand histories), this gives players a look at what’s going on at the table – what the players are thinking. Which, of course, leads us to the next implication: Tweet bluffing.  

If Brunson is Tweeting, you better believe that the other players are reading those Tweets all tournament long. You can create a persona online which lends itself to your real bluffing at the table. Tweet with a lot of exclamation marks – fly off the handle and throw around insults, and you’ll be branded a hot head by anybody that doesn’t call your Tweet bluff. Then, coolly strip them of their bank rolls. 

This can work at home, too.  If you use Twitter, Facebook, etc., just update your profile in game.  Certainly nobody is going to be checking your profile while you’re playing, but they’ll see it afterward.  Using technology like this widens your quiver of bluffs and makes you a less predictable player, and that’s always a good thing. 

Play Your Own Game

You can’t get too bogged down in advice (this article not withstanding) when it comes to poker.  It’s like golf.  You can only think about improving a few aspects of your game at a time, or your mind gets entangled and trips itself up. In an interview with Poker News Daily, they asked world champion Jose Cada if, going into the final round (which he ultimately won) if he was looking to fine tune his strategy in any way, or if, maybe, he was looking for coaching. The characteristically terse Cada offered this: 

I’m not pursuing any coaching. I’m trying to continue to play and improve. I guess you can play sit and gos online, but the structure will be shorter. I’m playing more live tournaments like the WSOP Europe, European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona, and the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker in Los Angeles.

Know the Value of a Dollar

Poker legend Phil Ivey didn’t start out winning. His grandfather first introduced him to poker, and he was instantly hooked. But, he didn’t just stroll up to the World Series final table and win it all. It took a lot of humility to keep from going bankrupt while learning the art of professional poker. 

He talks at length about the difficulties of learning an art that literally makes you pay for every lesson. He’d often get down to the felt and have to return to his telemarketing job to build up his bank roll again. He adds: ]

One of the things I learned early on was the value of managing my money. I was never afraid or too proud to move down in stakes if the situation called for it. If I had $30,000 to my name, I’d take $15,000 and go play $75-$150. If I’d lose, I’d move down and play $30-$60 with $10,000 until I’d built the bankroll back up. If I lost that and had to move to even lower stakes, I’d do that too.