TO: Taylor Caby
FROM: Faraz Jaka
DATE: October 20, 2006
SUBJECT: RE: “I want a student”
I am a senior in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and am very interested in your proposal to offer lessons. My alias on most sites is “The-Toilet”. I am friends with Phillip Liou, who might have mentioned my name to you in the past.
Currently I only play Holdem. I plan to branch out within the next year or so but I would like to spend more time honing my holdem skills. I consider short handed NL cash games my strongest game, but I have also had success at Sit n Goes, NL MTT’s, and Limit cash games as well. I have played up to 1k Sit n Goes, 50/100 NL, 100/200 Limit, and MTT’s up to the WPT and EPT level.
At the moment my Bankroll is around 40k and I am spending most of my time playing 5/10nl and NL MTT’s around $163-$215 buy ins. I learned how to play poker my second semester freshmen year. By the end of the first month of sophomore year I had built my bankroll up to 30k starting from .25/.50 NL working my up way to 5/10nl. At this point in my poker career I knew very little about bankroll management. I began playing 25/50 NL and did very well. For the next few months the 25/50nl on Royal Vegas was my regular game, and I would also play 50/100 NL a few times a week.
My biggest flaw throughout my career has been my bankroll management. I built my bankroll up to about 170k. I started occasionally take stabs at the 100/200nl game, which was obviously way too big for my bankroll. Playing that far out of my bankroll I was bound to go bust eventually. I ended up losing about half of my bankroll, and refused to move down, still naïve to the concept of bankroll management. In the summer after my sophomore year I started having some very serious issues with my parents regarding our family religion and went through a very stressful time. The combination of dealing with the stress involved with huge swings from playing out of my roll and dealing with my personal issues led to inevitable outcome of my bankrolling hitting $0.
I took the next semester off school to deal with my personal problems. (Which I can tell you more about in person or in a private message). Losing over 100k in such a short period also left me very distressed. It was very tough for me to move back down in stakes after playing such high stakes in the past. It took me over 6 months to stop playing out of my bankroll and continuously building up a decent amount and busting again. My mental state of mind was still not where it should have been which did not help. I finally sorted things out in my personal life and started getting my poker organized. I started over with $10 sng’s and worked my way up to $50 sng’s. I then started playing low limit Cash games and sateliting into the major weekly mtt’s. I learned so much from the experience I had dealt with in the previous year. Grinding through stakes is a lesson in it self, but doing it once and having to start all over again opened my eyes to a lot. Over the last 7 months I have built my bankroll to 40k. In the last few months I have qualified online for a few of the major televised events. I recently qualified and competed in UB’s Aruba, EPT Barcelona, and EPT Austria. Things have been much more stable for me now. I have made a bankroll guideline sheet which has me playing stakes about 4 times as small as I was playing in the past.
Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I am very ambitious. I played track and basketball in High school and was very competitive in both. I do not like to spread myself too thin, I pick one or two things to work on and whatever it is I choose, I try to be the best at. I think I have a lot of potential in poker but I am well aware that there are still leaks in my game and that there is a lot of room to improve. I play a very loose and aggressive style in my cash games, but also have the ability to switch gears completely and play TAG if I need to. One of the reasons I think the two of us would make a great match is because we both specialize in short handed and HU NL cash games. Also I would say my style and theory of play is much more similar to yours, which would help a ton in the learning process. I have been very interested in getting back into the bigger NL cash games in the future but even with the bankroll I would not do so until I can step my game up to that next level. I think you would be the perfect teacher for me to help me get my game their.
I am a very business oriented person and am an entrepreneur at heart. Business has always been my passion and plays a major roll in the way I go about living my life. I know business and entrepreneurship are very important in your life as well, (from what I have heard) which is another reason why I think the two of us would make a great fit. I see this as an amazing opportunity for me to learn poker, but I also see it as a great business networking opportunity as well.
I am well aware that you said your potential students experience and skill was not your main interest, but I do think the experiences I have had will help me make a great student. I have always loved to get pushed by someone else and have felt like I needed a mentor in poker for the longest time now. Being your student I would do everything I could to excel and try go above and beyond your expectations. All throughout my high school sports career I would always try as hard as I could to impress my coaches by showing them my dedication and diligent work ethic, and I would do the same for you.