AJyowler's Blog - 2016 Update

2016 Update

By: AJyowler
Published: Apr 4th, 2016
Haven't written one of these in forever, so I figured I would update you with my life. Tomorrow marks the 1 year anniversary of me shipping the Cardplayer tourney in Oklahoma for 30k so what better time than now? Unfortunately, Cardplayer isn't running the tourney this year but Poker Night in America is doing a similar tourney ($125 200k guarantee the week of Apr 15-17) that I will play. It's also my birthday weekend, so definitely excited and looking forward to it.

Poker wise the start of 2016 has been pretty challenging. The hardest part is simply finding the time to grind. I'm still taking classes for my masters in Accounting at Texas State (3 classes this semester, 3 nights a week) so that severely hampers the time I can devote. In addition to that I have a serious gf now with 2 kids and trying to help her out and balance it all can be a challenge. Having said that, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Despite this I've still been able to play for a living and have had some success. Most of my volume has come in the night owls that start at midnight on Carbon. I had 5 top 4 in the 109 night owls including 2 ships last month for 1551 and 1274. The other highlight in March was taking 3rd in the big 33 for 1332. Unfortunately I only got to play 2 sundays last month but hopefully can get more in the next few months.

I guess the thing I'm most excited for in poker is playing live this summer in Vegas. I booked a one way ticket down there on June 1st but plan on staying for about 12 days. I'll be playing the Collossus, PH 600$ milly, and WSOP milly maker. In between I'll be playing some cash and some of the nightly tourneys. It will be exciting to completely immerse myself in the life for a few weeks and I always feel like that kid getting called up from AAA baseball trying to prove himself in the majors whenever I get to Vegas. Cashing a WSOP event is one of my major goals and something I have dreamt about since I first started playing poker as a kid. I hope to see some of you reading this down here and look forward to following the next breakout story. With that I'd like to give a shoutout to my friends on skype and the amoney twitch peeps who are always there for support and push me to do the best that I can. One of my good friends in the poker world shipped a bovy major last month for over 30k and it made me hungry and reminisced on how great it feels. Having some success can be a double edged sword as the more we have, the harder we can be on ourselves.

Whenever I feel negative, I try and put things in perspective. I've been able to play a game I love for a living for a year and a half and quite frankly that's hard to do. I recently heard the guy that finished 2nd in the Collossus last year is now broke after winning 365k, yet here I am still grinding. I'm trying to be smarter as I get older especially with people I care about now and have branched out in trying to put more in savings as well as investing in stocks. Not sure how long I'll play poker for my career as I graduate with my masters in Accounting next year and then start to prep for the CPA. I feel like Kobe going down the stretch of his retirement year and just trying to appreciate everything the game has given me (the ability to pick my own hours, travel, and challenge myself mentally at the highest level).

I don't want to keep on rambling, but in closing thank you everybody for your continued support and I love this community. It's amazing how I can go to a tourney and be seated right next to Drew Peacoq and feel like I already know him. May you experience good luck on the felts, and even more in the game of life. GET BUCKETS!!


    1. Well said AJ. Good luck on the felts. Keep working hard and staying positive!!!
    2. good read! You've come a long ass way to get to where you are now...not saying its the top but its a hell of a lot closer than a couple of years ago when we met. I'm always happy to see someone from the skype group succeed because honestly it feels like a team win without getting the cash..lol

      anyways i'm glad I got to meet all you guys!
    3. Hella read AJ and let's not hear anymore of that Kobe retirement hoopla!!!!! Really love reading your blogs man; And it's always motivation to someone like myself! Best of luck and continued success in life and poker my friend!!!!
    4. Great read! Keep grinding on and off the felt! Always love your posts!
    5. Nice job going for your masters. I couldn't even pass intermediate 1 at Texas State, and have decided to run my own business instead. I haven't really been into playing poker much lately, but best of luck to you and your family.
    6. Thanks, AJ!! I think this entry really served as a great reminder on how lucky all of us are to be able to play a game, whether its for a living or just a handful of hours a month. I've always felt like gratitude is a great tool to deal with the stress of being busy with life (or just on a bad run). Keep up the good work and I look forward to watching some deep runs of yours in the owl and hopefully more Sundays!!
    7. I don't think anyone here doubts you are gonna defend that title! Thanks for the respect and the time you give to the forums.
    8. Very Cool Read!!
    9. Gl this summer dude!
    10. Good shit bro, loved the post and wish you the best in the Vegas tourneys you have coming up. Keep us updated.. Wouldn't mind hearing you hit a bigger one out in Vegas..!
    11. Thanks for all the support... made day 2(poker night in America) in Choctaw... down to about 300 people from 3200ish... play resumes at noon
    12. Good luck with everything this year UncleDrew!
      Your success story is an inspiration to me, and also a story that I can relate to and possibly achieve one day with hard work.
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