I am Ivan. I was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia, and now live in Europe splitting time, for the most part, between Prague, Warsaw and Vienna.
A few years back I used to regularly play PLO $200-600, however, for over four years now I have been involved in professional staking and developing various poker-related projects.
Here are some of them:
MTTMarket.com - a staking platform, cornerstone of which is an assessment of each player who places a staking offer. [Link to a PocketFives thread]
2CardsCollege.com - the largest poker school in the Russian-speaking community (over 100 students enrolled), currently expanding into the international realm. [Link to a PocketFives thread]
I will be writing about these ventures in corresponding threads. In this blog I will write about my personal matters and topics that have become the basis for my similar blog in Russian language and have made it one of the most popular blogs in Russian poker community.
Thus, the main topics for this blog will be:
1) The Theory of Staking
Surprisingly enough, this topic is almost untouched in the poker world from the theoretical perspective. Most of the people purchasing stakes constantly do it with a large negative mathematical expectation. Many of them do not understand the math of staking, however, they are willing to buy any offer on any conditions from any player with a total profit of $200K+.
2) Poker coaching
The times when you could make money in poker without hard working on your game are gone. There are still players who continue to win something without working on their game. However, this is only a temporary phenomenon. I know three of this type of players and they are all losing now.
Literature, visual arts, music, theater, cinematography – these are my hobbies, and I devote a lot of time to write about them in my Russian blog.
Prior to starting the projects mentioned above, for several years, I had been an investment manager for one of the investment funds that specialized in investing into internet-related projects, and had been involved directly in management of different internet companies.
5) Life in Russia
Generally, in my Russian blog, I write about life in Europe, since that is what interests my readers there the most. However, I presume that here the topic of Russia will be more intriguing for you. So, please do not hesitate to ask questions.
I love traveling and do it quite often, for the most part around Europe. I will be posting photos from various trips here.