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I Lost My Job and I’m Not Even That Mad About It


chrisp200

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This past Friday, I decided to work from home as I occasionally do. I got a phone call from the office manager where I work, and he did not sound like he had good news. He had to give me the unfortunate news that I was being laid off from my job. A whole stream of emotions hit me. I was happy, scared, excited, and everything in between.

For those who don’t know, I was planning on leaving my job in April to play poker full-time. So while this may be a blessing in disguise it still threw me off guard. Part of me feels like I failed. I was at this job for over 4 years, but did I not do enough to make them need me? Could I have done more? I honestly believe that I had not put 100% into this job because it was not my passion. My passion is poker. I know that is hard for some people to understand, but I truly love this game. I love the competition aspect. I love trying to solve problems. But most of all I love that I can be my own boss and do what I want, when I want.

Going forward is NOT going to be easy. My plan for quitting my job and playing poker full-time in April was financially thought out down to every penny I would need. Being laid off earlier than the April target date has made me have to rethink and replan everything going forward.

Bankroll

I am all set here. Luckily, I had a really good 2016 as far as poker goes and money is not a huge issues. I am certainly not swimming in the benjamins, but I do have an adequate amount to live (frugally) and play the stakes I need to.

Since November, I have gotten two offers for staking. I am still unsure if this is something I want to proceed with. I do think it would be good for my development because I would get coaching along with the backing. But giving up %50 equity in all of my tournaments seems somewhat crazy right now. Going out and paying for individual coaching seems like my plan. This could change, but as of now I will be playing on my own dime.

For those who don’t know, I have been streaming poker on Twitch since early 2016. I want to give a big shoutout to our Twitch family at twitch.tv/chrisp200. If you haven’t already checked it out, YOU SHOULD! Now that I will have more time, I will be creating a lot more content on Twitch and Youtube. Follow the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CHRISP200

Intertops Poker Sponsorship

In November of 2016, I signed on as the second player to be sponsored to Intertops Poker. Along with my good friend and fellow poker player Tim O’Keefe (aka 2fit2fold), we are going to continue to try to grow the site. For those that may not be aware, Intertops as a company, has been taking bets for over 30 years, and they have been taking online bets since 1996. They have one of the best reputations in the business. While the poker site may not have as much traffic as we would like, the traffic they do have is filled with a lot of recreational players. I think Intertops Poker is good for newer players who aren’t looking for huge tournaments. This is a place you can slowly build a bankroll without risking too much.

Going Forward

With all of this said, I am now in a place where I control my own destiny. I can ruin this opportunity by not giving it 110%. Or I can succeed and prove to everyone and more importantly myself, that I can survive playing the game that I love.

My main focuses over the next year is working out, consistently studying poker, and saving money by preparing inexpensive healthy meals. I will be moving out to Las Vegas in May for three months. After that, I will either stay in Vegas if I enjoy it or go elsewhere (possibly outside of the county).

I am ready for this challenge. 2017 is going to be a crazy year. I could fall flat on my face, or I could finally have the huge success I have been waiting for. Hopefully, you guys are ready to come along for the ride with me!

Thanks for all of the support! I look forward to this adventure.

Giddy Up

Chris Perkins

Blog: http://killthevariance.com/blog/chris-perkins-i-lost-my-job-and-im-not-even-that-mad-about-it.html

P.S. After I was laid off on Friday, I made a deep run in the 35K. Unfortunately, I took 10th place when 1st place was more than $6,700 (see screenshot). Yesterday, I went on to final table the 50K with $14,000 for 1st. I ended up taking 8th in this tournament (see screenshot). The good news in all of this is that I am getting deep, playing smart poker, and the scores will come!

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Chris,

 

I've played with you several times on ACR and have enjoyed watching you play and playing against you.

 

For 2017 I have nearly the same exact goals as you, becoming more physically fit and REALLY focusing on my game (I just started online play)

 

I would love to compare schedules and disciplines and keep tabs on each other so I have someone to keep me accountable haha. Would love to understand how you study and improve your game.

 

Thanks!

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Chris, I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your job. I have been following your stream since I watched your PokerStarsNJ online festival stream from NJ a couple months back. Myself, and many many more share the same passion you have for the game of poker. I know that good things are in store for you brother! Best of luck, and see you on stream!

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Hey Chris,

 

Nice post man. Good for you for opening up.

 

Anyway, I just started a 'Best of Poker' series on my blog which aims to feature the best poker content on the web on a monthly basis. I think some of the articles you wrote would make for great pieces. It will help you because your posts will be seen by all of my readers, plus the link backs are great for your site as well.

 

Feel free to submit any of your posts (old or archived posts are fine) on my blog here: http://www.alectorelli.com/best-of-poker-series-1

 

Each month the most popular ones will be selected as winners, and I'll include some of my personal favorites as well. My goal is to showcase the best poker content on a monthly basis and help raise the bar for what the influencers produce.

 

Thanks for your time, and good luck!

Alec Torelli

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Chris,

 

Sorry to hear about you being laid off, but sounds like it could be a great opportunity for you especially since you have things up and running already.

 

Would be interested to see how your story unfolds. Let us know.

 

All the best

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Good luck! My advice is: 1. Move outside the USA (living costs are way lower/ 0 federal taxes if you stay outside the US 320days/yr) 2. Dont go to live in vegas, high living costs and terrible action compared to other places you could play live. Also, the taxes+rake on live mtts are unbeatable if you are from the US.

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hey Chris,

 

how do you feel about Ignition (Bovada) for poker tournaments? Personally i play there often, do pretty well, and think it's a soft site with some good tournaments. They have a great series coming up with a lot of big guarantees as well.

 

What do you like more in ACR? I have had trouble depositing there making it annoying, but it seems like a lot of their tourneys are re-entry, which for me get a bit annoying, but overall they have some solid ones as well.

 

If you have time let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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