My poker background:
I had a plan as soon as I turned 18 (June of 2005) to bonuswhore to make some money. I also started to casinowhore, which wound up being more much profitable at the time. I grinded out hand after hand of $1 blackjack, and probably made about 10k from that time until early 2006. I randomly started focusing on poker in about Jan-Feb. I remember playing lots of NL25 and 50 full ring, and then NL50 6max when it came out. I made my way up to NL200 and then I got a coach during May, and something clicked a couple weeks later. In June, I played 75k hands and make a little over 25k. Not bad for 1/2
During that summer, I continued to move up the rank,and was the top one or two winner at MSNL most likely (NL400, NL600). When I got to NL1000, I mentally struggled a little bit, and lost temporarily until I got everything back together. Actually, the first time I ever felt comfortable moving up in a limit was when I moved up from NL2000 to NL5000. Go figure
. I wound up playing NL1000 and began to dabble in NL2000 during the last month or so.
So, party shut down, and I kind of spun my wheels for a few months. In December of 06, I decided to start over. I had 3k on Ultimate Bet, and started playing 1/2. By the end of January, I was back at 3/6. Then, at the end of February (55k month playing 3/6 and 5/10, most HU), I decided I would take the plunge and move up to 10/20.
I played 10/25 on UB, and 10/20 on FTP/PS, and ran unbelievably hot. In the first four days of the month I made 80kish (lol 10/20 is easy
), and ended the month up 77k. I continued to do well through the entire summer, and made a bunch (I will not be specific with this number
). I had moved up to 25/50 as well, and continue to play in these ranges today.
In August, I kind of noticed that the content on cardrunners was running dry. There were a lot of things that I felt they were doing poorly, and I felt I could do a good job addressing those concerns. So, I bought half of legopoker.com. I had known Chris Tickner from before the web site, but the reasoning for that purchase was because I thought legopoker would be able to bring a bunch of unique things to the poker education market that other sites could not (world class hand history converter, name, friendly reputation) that would help immensely during a startup.
40 hour work week after 40 hour work week (I am/was in college for this), and we launch on November 17, 2007. We changed the name to LeggoPoker to avoid LEGO getting angry/suing us.
I always like to be modest, but I'm pretty sure that we have a lot of things "right" with the site:
1) Our coaches are big winners in games right now, not last summer, or two years ago.
2) They are unparalleled at explaining complex concepts in poker videos
3) Our videos themselves have an unmatched degree of audio and video quality.
4) Our site has a certain level of ease of navigation, and also boasts a large interaction with our pros
5) We provide many free resources whereas other training sites are much more black and white - if you like what you see, you have to buy something. There are a ton of free things/services on our site (and so many more in the near future) that allow students to learn without paying a cent.
I've never really done anything where I didn't pour my heart into it, and Leggo was no different for me. We have a long, long trip ahead, and its certainly going to be a wild ride. I'm looking forward to it.