Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Jed Hoffman (JCHAK)


PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with JCHAK, aka Jed Hoffman (pictured). His total winnings to date online with WSOP.com currently stands at $65,000 and climbing.

PocketFives: Are you living in Nevada or visiting?

Jed Hoffman: I live in Reno. It’s a great place. There is a lot of growth and development in the area and it’s close to Lake Tahoe and the Sierras, so there are always a lot of things to do.

PocketFives: What do you base your current successes online?

Jed Hoffman: Perseverance in clicking buttons. The factors and variables in the algorithm of No Limit tournament poker are numerous and complex; for me, situational experience is the best way to optimize results. Recognition of equitable spots, player image, game flow, stack size implications, ICM considerations, and evolution in game tactics all become increasingly familiar with experience. Plus, it’s really fun to click buttons.

PocketFives: What do you like best about playing online poker?

Jed Hoffman: Being able to play tournaments from home is pretty sweet. Nothing beats shipping a tourney while watching a “Breaking Bad” marathon. I used to play a considerable amount online prior to Black Friday and for it to be back and growing is great. Hopefully, legislation will continue to progress and eventually allow shared state player pools so six-figure scores will once again be possible.

PocketFives: What was you most memorable moment in 2014?

Jed Hoffman: Poker-wise, winning a Circuit ring at Choctaw was pretty memorable, that and making two HPT televised final tables. I was also able to move forward on a development project funded entirely by my poker winnings from the previous year. Overall, it was a pretty decent year.

PocketFives: Do you have any special plans for poker in 2015?

Jed Hoffman: The first part of the year I have been finishing up a project, so I have been on a bit of a poker hiatus. I’m currently on vacation and when I get back I will be hitting up some series on the West Coast. It’s good to take a break now; it allows you to come back refreshed and invigorated, which is important, as poker has a way of grinding down your enthusiasm if you let it.

PocketFives: Do you plan to play at the Rio in the upcoming WSOP?

Jed Hoffman: Every year is different for me as far as what events I play and how much time I spend in Vegas during the Series. Sometimes, it’s several 10-day trips and sometimes it’s a two-month trip; it just depends on how I’m feeling about my game, what projects I have going, and how things work out.