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  1. Poker is about the individual. One player per hand. One spot at the top of the tournament. But perhaps now, more than ever, poker players are turning to each other, pooling their resources and knowledge to help each other move up in stakes and take down tournaments. Like boxers and MMA professionals, only one person gets their hand raised, but there is a team behind that athlete that helps them get to where they are. This is something Jordan Drummond knows all too well. Drummond is the founder and CEO of BBZ Staking and Coaching, a business with a goal of providing support, both financial and informative, to professional poker players who are looking to make their own poker dreams a reality. Drummond knows a little bit about what it takes to get to the top and the support systems needed to get there. The four-time PokerStars Supernova Elite boasts $10M in lifetime profits, but back in 2010 Drummond was a long way off from excelling in poker as he found himself selling door-to-door, nearly homeless and looking for his next steps. “I had started out playing poker with friends,” Drummond said. “We started out just playing around the table and I did well in those games. Just little house games and things, but it was competitive. We played for really, really small stakes - just a game with buddies. We were kind of obsessed with it for a while.” When Drummond was 19, prior to Black Friday, he was forced to move to Canada where he was looking to make ends meet and take the next step in his life. “I came up to Canada and I did the door-to-door thing for a little while. I actually started out at a 7/11 - I was working like 80 hours a week,” he recalled. “We couldn’t do door-to-door sales in the winter and so I’d been studying poker a little bit, I’d been watching videos.” So with winter upon him, his friend sent him $10 online and he began playing $0.10 games. He was crashing with a friend and without the ability to do his job he started to really grind. He played $0.01 360-man Sit & Go's. He ran it up - enough that he was able to cash out his whole roll and pay for food and expenses and help his friend with rent. Then the next month, a friend gave him another $10 and he began to run it up again. “I got to 2K within 30 days or something and I was like ‘Oh fuck, I just made $3,000 in a month.’ And I wasn’t making that much a month working,” he said. “I had a $3,000 bankroll and I had been playing seriously for 40 days. I said ‘I’m going to get Supernova this year.” That was 2010. He didn’t get Supernova that year, but he came close. Close enough that he made six-figures, obviously after that Drummond was all-in. After finding success in his own game, Drummond began coaching those close to him. He invested in a small staking platform, Sit & Go Reasons, and soon he was working with up to 15 people. “Then Sit & Go Reasons basically got nuked with Black Friday,” Drummond said. “Black Friday was horrible for everybody, and it was horrible for me. I lost a lot of money. But I was in position, being in Canada at the time, to kind of hit the ground running where other people weren’t able to do that. That was fortunate and lucky.” Drummond used his door-to-door sales experience and as he says “went door-to-door to a bunch of different stables that had gone broke” and began picking up players that had good fundamentals. So right around 2012 BBZ Staking came to be. Drummond has spent the better part of the last decade putting his money back into poker players and using his insight into the game to keep his own investments profitable. Back when BBZ first started, they relied on conventional poker training and coaching, but now in the ultra-competitive landscape of 2019, the company uses everything at their disposal, including solvers, to keep those who rely on him on the cutting edge of poker tournament coaching. “Staying [up to date] to the technology is kind of mandatory. You can't compete if you don’t do that in high stakes. The notion that you can is just wrong,” Drummond said. “So if you’re not doing this on your own, you’re not going to win. That’s a fact. You will lose. “I have guys who depend on me right? The same guys that I’ve been working with for a long time and these guys rely on me to be the information. I do the studying and they do the work, right?” And some of those guys who have worked with Drummond are some of online poker’s more feared tournament players and include the likes of Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins, Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Jae ‘Yugiohpro’ Kim. “I need to make sure that I know everything that I can know so that the guys who put their faith in me and who bet their futures on me are able to compete at a level that enables them to win the type of incomes that they’re used to winning.” The coaching available at BBZ is incredibly in-depth. Spots are broken down with an extraordinary level of detail and analyzed for maximum profitability. Drummond and his coaches go through every configuration to give his students the best snapshot of how to play specific hands, in specific positions, at specific stack depths against a variety of opponents bet sizes. Recently, BBZ has expanded their coaching to allow non-staked players access to coaching sessions as well as the site is in the midst of expanding their video content library for more on-demand sessions. “I’m using a $10,000 computer specifically for the purpose of running high-level simulations,” he said. “In order not to be left behind, to do all of the work that we do on your own - and play full time - I mean, maybe you could do it, but I think it’s getting harder and harder.” It’s clear that Drummond takes great pride in the high level of education he’s able to give to his students. But BBZ is more than that for him. “The thing that separates us from everybody else is authenticity,” he said. “Every other platform that I know of pays the person who produces the content upfront. That person gets a check for producing 60 minutes of content whether it’s good, bad or ugly. The content that we put out, all of it, is being fed to a multi-million dollar bet - by me - on professional poker players being able to win money. You might not agree with what I put out, but what I put out is genuinely what I think is going to back my guys to win and compete in 2019.”
  2. “You know what my first step was? Looking for Cadillacs to buy. Literally, I was on the internet that night looking at Cadillac’s to buy.” That might sound like a good problem to have but for poker pro Zach Schneider, at that time, he didn’t even realize that it was the beginning of a cycle that many poker players face - hitting a huge score and then finding themselves broke. A product of the Moneymaker era, Schneider, now 35 years old, is quick to recall his start in the game of poker. “The whole Moneymaker thing was the end of high school, beginning of college for me. I got caught up in that, like everyone else.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Moneymaker’s run and the rush of online poker quickly arrived in Schneider’s life but he can pinpoint the moment he knew he was going to take the game seriously for life. “I remember being super into online poker. I had a small bankroll, but I needed to get a job and I had an interview for one - like a pretty good interview lined up and I needed to get a suit,” Schneider said. “I went to stay at my buddy’s house who lived closer to the interview and I played in a tournament that night. I remember it was the Wednesday Quarter Million or something and I got fourth place for $24K, which felt like a million dollars back then. “I ended up not going to the interview and that was pretty much it. Once I won an amount of money that was, at that point life-changing, that was it for me.” The next he knew, Schneider was reveling in that first big score and shopping for a Cadillac. That wasn’t the only potentially reckless idea Schneider had for the money. He was booking flights to Las Vegas to fire live tournaments on the assumption that $24K scores were commonplace. “It was kind of a bad thing in a way. It reinforced the unhealthy part of poker that a lot of people fall into when they find money early. I don’t know,” he said recalling how he moved up and down the stakes many times. “I went broke many times. I was just kind of…the bad player who thinks he’s good.” “One day you have $20,000 and the next two weeks…you have nothing.” The cycle completed itself a number of times before Schneider hit rock bottom. He decided he not only needed to take the game more seriously, but he also needed to get back on his feet by being staked. So he started to study and he started to build a poker network. First other players and eventually he connected with backers. “I look at myself now, ten years later, and I have a pretty vast network and a lot of resources available to me and it really started with finding a stake and building a network.” Five years ago, he connected with Jordan Drummond, the CEO and lead coach of BBZ Staking and Coaching. While Schneider had never before really had a coach, once he found Drummond and started studying with him, he’s never looked back. “From 2014 to 2016 no one attended more of Jordan’s coaching sessions than me,” Schneider said. “I’ve been his student ever since. When you’re getting coached by Jodan, it’s very clear from the beginning that he’s extremely confident and knowledgable in what he’s talking about. It’s a confidence that you know it when you see it and as soon as it hits you it’s very humbling and you have no choice but to kind of submit. Like, it’s very clear this guy knows way more than I do. I just need to shut up and listen.” Schneider did just that. He's been with them for years and he’s now a product of BBZ Staking and Coaching. Schneider finds himself in the same company as notable tournament players like Jae ‘Yugiohpro’ Kim, Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot and recent PokerStars Sunday Million winner Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. “I don’t know if I’m capable of stressing enough of how much of a mentor, a friend, and an ally that Jordan has been over the years…even away from poker.” “I called myself a professional poker player and that how I made my very modest and leader living for many years. But it wasn’t until I met Jordan and elevated my game - and the way that I think about the game - that I started to put real money in the bank and feel like the direction of poker was a legitimate one. “He showed me that it was possible and the only thing you need to do is work hard.” Just last year, the dedication that Schneider put into the game paid off in a big way. In October 2018 Schneider booked a career-defining win in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Circuit event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Schneider took home over $302,000 and his second WSOP Circuit ring in what he calls one of his proudest moments in poker. “The fact that I could share that with friends and family who didn’t quite understand what I’ve been doing for ten years made it more real for everyone else. That was rewarding.” Schnieder continues his work with BBZ Staking and Coaching and recently spent his first summer in Las Vegas, grinding tournaments full-time.
  3. It's not too often that Twitch poker viewers get a chance to sweat a player on his way to a six-figure payday, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday as partypoker Team Online pro Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond outlasted 123 other entries to win the $5,200 buy-in partypoker Big Game while streaming on Twitch. The outright victory earned Drummond a paltry $141,086.97 payday while his last victim, 'NOLIMITHOLDEM' also earned a six-figure score, taking home $100,776.37 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'LappyRage' picked up $71,983.12. BBZ Coaching, the coaching site Drummond founded, tweeted a clip of the final hand. The partypoker MILLION had a $61,342 overlay and also paid $100,000-plus cashes to the top two finishers. Topping the 746-player Day 2 field gave 'attitydsproblem' a $153,350 prize and runner-up 'jerbi9999' came home with $107,050. 'Bijzettafel' got the bronze medal and the accompanying $68,700 payday. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The PokerStars Sunday Million, which took on a Progressive Knockout format this week, suffered a server crash with 92 players remaining, forcing players to be paid out based on their chip stack at the time of the crash. Brazilian 'flaviobbud' had the biggest stack at the time and earned $14,012.75 as a result plus the $2,966.48 in bounties. Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz was in fourth place when the crash occurred and ended up with $10,835.06 from the prize pool and another $2,703.79 in bounties. The GGPoker GG Masters had a small downturn in entries this week with 2,046 players putting up the $150 buy-in which created a $17,652 overlay. 'XAMA' beat them all to win $44,821.56. Runner-up 'Kurily' took home $31,950.33 and 'OMGChaningTatum' managed a third place finish to score $22,775.28. The 888poker Sunday Mega Deep missed out on the $100,000 guarantee by $8,700. The 682 entries accounted for 231 rebuys to push the total number of buy-ins to 913. Taking it down earned 'haymon23' a $18,750 score while runner-up 'CheersMates' had to settle for $13,500. 'pAhApepu' finished in third place for $10,000. PokerStars Sunday Million 14,502 entries $1,450,200 prize pool flavioabbud - $14,012.75 + $2,966.48 in bounties sarxa - $12,671.43 + $3,566.58 in bounties Ice B - $10,835.06 + $2,703.79 in bounties Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz - $10,501.90 + $1,000.77 in bounties hoodie333 - $9,272.74 + $2,257.82 in bounties Sharkette888 - $8,566.67 + $807.03 in bounties zhanshen168 - $8,308.25 + $557.03 in bounties ediguadro - $8,207.20 + $1,015.63 in bounties missy_gazell - $8,012.68 + $534.38 in bounties PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 653 entries $130,600 prize pool TerjePower18 - $22,660.22 Paffchen - $16,444.21 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $11,933.56 ceedonen - $8,660.17 tua133 - $6,284.69 pvas2 - $4,560.80 NhFy - $3,309.78 patapong - $2,401.90 Tarumbl - $1,743.06 PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,055 entries $211,000 prize pool Xungazz - $14,713.74 + $13,274.37 in bounties MrTermo1021 - $14,712.94 + $5,088.46 in bounties BOOOOOM92 - $8,849.51 + $3,292.58 in bounties NigDawG - $6,362.88 + $4,759.39 in bounties dougiedan678 - $4,574.96 + $1,228.91 in bounties bamboosky863 - $3,289.44 + $1,618.75 in bounties chessskg - $2,365.14 + $650.00 in bounties YZH-ACheng - $1,700.56 + $406.25 in bounties antibiotik - $1,222.72 + $1,332.81 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 300 entries $150,000 prize pool mjw006 - $12,332.92 + $14,498.00 in bounties MarToMchat - $12,332.81 + $1,171.88 in bounties yst121119 - $7,897.80 + $7,177.73 in bounties JoaquinMRuiz - $5,908.88 + $921.88 in bounties LeslieGroves - $4,420.83 + $1,453.13 in bounties be_awesome1 - $3,307.52 + $3,390.63 in bounties APonakov - $2,474.58 + $3,160.16 in bounties ameliaroy007 - $1,851.38 + $1,062.50 in bounties tekelson221 - $1,385.15 + $2,007.81 in bounties partypoker MILLION 746 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($61,342 overlay) attitydsproblem - $153,350 jerbi9999 - $107,050 Bijzettafel - $68,700 Stolewon - $44,740 OelaPaloema - $30,750 Tejon - $20,890 Stormbreaker - $14,710 Snoek2 - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 Big Game 124 entries $575,865 prize pool Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond - $141,086.97 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $100,776.37 LappyRage - $71,983.12 TheseApples - $50,388.18 RussianButs - $37,431.22 Achtungdiekurve - $28,793.25 BaBaDeBaBa - $23,034.60 tdlvechicknbn - $18,715.61 partypoker $2,100 High Roller Gladiator 115 entries $235,750 prize pool WatchMeDance - $22,028.84 + $34,879.72 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $22,005.77 + $7,940.61 in bounties iRunStims - $15,541.60 + $10,992.18 in bounties Achtungdiekurve - $11,008.63 + $4,068.75 in bounties NewYorkJimmyY - $8,094.58 + $3,346.87 in bounties AndreyBolkonsky - $5,374.80 + $6,103.12 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,046 entries $300,000 prize pool ($17,652 overlay) XAMA - $44,821.56 Kurily - $31,950.33 OMGChaningTatum - $22,775.28 Babu$hka - $16,234.98 PincheGordo - $11,572.83 reallyeasy - $8,249.49 x/c x/c x/muck - $5,880.51 new day $4,191.84 ThePainkiller - $2,988.09 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 682 entries + 231 rebuys $100,000 prize pool ($8,700 overlay) haymon23 - $18,750 CheersMates - $13,500 pAhApepu - $10,000 getabreak - $7,500 CoolHandTone - $5,250 normannolly - $4,250 V_Poliakov - $3,250 AndreyNiki - $2,250 LeetRunGoot - $1,410
  4. In poker, there’s no easy path to success. While few may stumble into fortune, for most the winning hand is made with hard work and the right guidance. "'If others can do it, I can do it too.' That’s exactly what I thought," said poker pro Andreas Ponath. "But it turned out to be way harder than I expected." Six years after rediscovering the game of poker, Hamburg, Germany’s Andreas 'derbegott' Ponath is seeing the results of putting in the work. Currently a full-time online grinder, Ponath has been enjoying some of the biggest cashes of his young pro career, including deep runs at some of his highest buy-ins during the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. "SCOOP was really exciting for me since I played my highest [average buy-in] so far and wanted to see how competitive I am while battling the best in the world," Ponath said. "Despite not getting a top-five finish and a lot of very brutal bustouts, I am still happy with my performance." Ponath has every reason to be proud. He racked up 20 total cashes during SCOOP including a seventh-place finish in Event #79 Low ($109 Mini Super Tuesday) for $10,187 and another final table appearance in Event #120 Medium (Sunday Warm-Up SE) for $5,976. But making final tables in one of the most challenging online poker series of the year didn’t come from just picking the game back up from where he left off - it took time and dedication. Like many fans of the game, Ponath first discovered poker during the Moneymaker-inspired boom era. Watching the World Series of Poker on ESPN may have led to home games with friends but no initial dreams of taking the game seriously. Years later, during his first-semester break while at university for an engineering degree, Ponath happened upon a Twitch stream. Someone was grinding poker and, basically, it looked like fun. "I watched him for a bit and decided to download a poker client and play for a bit of fun," he recalls. "After playing for around two years recreationally I thought about how nice it would be to actually make some money on the side playing poker instead of doing some other job." But there was a hard truth to overcome. Today’s game is drastically different from the game he discovered on TV in his youth. He was "losing or breakeven at best" in the low stakes games and knew in order to make that change, he had to change. "I realized that I re-discovered poker when it was on a pretty advanced level already and if I wanna win, I actually have to take it way more seriously and put in a ton of work since everyone was playing for so many years already and is way ahead of me." Luckily for Ponath, studying was (and is) not an issue for him. He started watching videos, lots and lots of videos. He was consuming content from training sites across the board. At the same time that he was learning poker, he zeroed in on his engineering degree and finished up his studies. "After I finished my studies, I decided to give poker a shot, do it full time and try to make a living off of it," he said. "I was thinking about ways to improve my game as quickly as possible. I felt that training courses could not help me anymore really, so looking for a private coach who could screen my game for leaks and bring my game to the next level seemed like the logical next step to me." That’s when Ponath crossed paths with BBZ Poker. Helmed by lead coach Jordan Drummond, BBZ is known for excelling in bringing out the best in their students and stables through private coaching and daily seminars. "The daily BBZ seminars have massive value," Ponath said. "Top coaches like BBZ himself [Drummond] and 'apestyles' [Jonathan Van Fleet] teach every aspect of the game such as preflop, postflop, and ICM adjusted play. I especially like that everything we do has a very scientific approach and is mostly supported by solvers and databases." For Ponath, studying with BBZ has become quite enjoyable. He spends about 30% of his poker time studying and 70% putting in volume on the tables. Even during larger series when he needs to cut back on studying hours, Ponath makes it a point to attending the daily seminars. "Fortunately, I do enjoy studying poker a lot," he said. "The most challenging part about studying for me is figuring out what to actually focus on. You can very easily waste a lot of time studying something that will not actually have any meaningful impact on your game at all." That’s just one of the ways in which BBZ and their Coaching For Profit program have been a benefit to Ponath. For Ponath it was the "perfect fit" as it allowed him to get top-tier coaching without an initial investment. Not only is he seeing results in his game but he’s seeing his studying time become even more efficient. "The first one-on-one session with Jordan was mind-blowing to me," Ponath recalled. "I’d done some work in PT4 and PIO solver before, but watching Jordan work with all these tools is just insane. Analyzing my database it took him like five minutes to identify at least 10 aspects of my game which I have to improve on." "To anyone pretty much who wants to improve their game, book a session with Jordan or one of the BBZ coaches. It is clearly the fastest and most effective way to identify leaks in your game that you maybe never would find on your own." Ponath is now reaping the benefits of his time with BBZ. His average buy-in has gone from $25 last year to battling in the $109s, $215s, and selected $530s. He’s putting in a full-time MTT grind but is still able to step back when he needs to so he doesn’t burn out. "[BBZ] has a way bigger impact on my game than any course or masterclass could possibly have," he said. "What I learned so far boosted my confidence immensely and now there’s barely a spot where I feel completely lost. At the same time, every day I realize how much I still do not know and how much I still have to learn." Ponath has been with BBZ for eight months and his recent success has propelled him into the top-5 rankings in all of Germany. He’s a favorite to surpass $500,000 in total recorded lifetime earnings this year. As for what’s next for him, clearly there’s going to be a lot of studying, playing, and enjoying the ups and downs of poker. "I don’t really have any specific goals like winning a certain event or something…although hitting a six-figure score would be very sweet. I just wanna be able to do what I love for a living. Also, I would love to become a coach myself one day and help other people to become successful players."
  5. Jargo Alaväli is on a plane halfway to Croatia from his native Estonia and he’s pissed off. The 29-year-old poker pro isn’t dwelling on some bad beat or a hand he misplayed, but rather a coaching seminar that he had to miss because of the flight he’s on. It’s the first time he’s had to not attend the daily seminar and it breaks a promise he made to himself when he committed to getting better at the game over a year ago. Alaväli started playing poker for fun while in university long before he considered making a career out of it. It was just him and his college buddies playing with nothing but pride on the line. Eventually one of those buddies promised to transfer him $10 on an online poker site and he ran that up quickly after winning a $2.20 tournament for a little more than $1,000. This isn’t some amazing fairytale where he never deposited again and built a career off of that first $10. The $1,000 disappeared as quickly as it had arrived and he was still focused on his studies. That didn’t stop his friends from encouraging him to play more though. Randar 'LilBigKahuna' Sikk, a lifelong friend who was already a regular winner in the 180-man sit-n-gos on PokerStars, told him he had talent and if he wanted to put in the work to get better it could turn out to be a better-paying career than the IT one he was studying for. “He basically told me, ‘You have to start playing if you like the game because you can make a lot of money out of it,” Alaväli remembers. “He asked me once a year if I wanted to get started … I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m first going to finish up school and then I’m going to start. Then I gave it a shot.” Not exactly. Alaväli didn’t get his degree. He finished the semester before jumping into playing and learning full time. Sikk took him under his wing as a student and Alaväli deposited €100 of his own money to start the grind. It was a lot of money to him at the time, but he’s never looked back and built himself a bankroll since that allows him to make a good living playing mid-stakes MTTs. Just over three years ago, Alaväli wanted to take his poker learning to a new level and was struggling with what the logical and correct next step was for him as he continued to develop as a player. “Should I use more solvers? Should I not use solvers? I got lost in terms of direction where I should be going with my own game and how I should look at the game,” Alaväli admits. While doing his due diligence, Alaväli landed on BBZ Staking, which along with the staking, also offered coaching led by one of their co-founders Jordan Drummond. “It took off pretty fast, but it was basically because I was just working so hard. All I did was wake up, study, play for eight to 12 hours and then I’d study for another hour or two, running sims, answering hands, and posting hands (in the BBZ forum). Did everything I can to just get better every day,” Alaväli said. And that’s when the promise was made. Drummond was hosting live coaching seminars every single day and Alaväli promised himself that he wasn’t going to miss one - no excuses. “It just seemed the only way to do it at that point. ‘You're going to attend every day’. It's free for stable players. I just figured I cannot miss any of these as long as there is so much value. For one year there was just so much value in those because Jordan was doing most of them,” Alaväli said. “I just didn't see it being an excuse for anybody to miss it. Because you can watch the coachings on the phone. As long as you have internet you can manage to just set yourself into a position where you can always watch it. Back then we didn't have replays.” Results continued to come for Alaväli and the student eventually became the teacher. In mid-2018, Alaväli started thinking about creating a course of his own. He wanted to put together something that he felt wasn’t being properly addressed in the poker education marketplace. "There wasn't any solver-based content out there and everything was opinion-based. There was no multiway solver to even know what your opening ranges should look like at final tables," "The idea came to me basically because all the money is in the final table yet nobody really knew how to correctly play at final tables. Now there is MonkerSolver you can solve game for three-handed, six-handed, nine-handed strategies and that's what I did; got six-handed MonkerSolver solutions, studied them, and created a course based on solver solutions." Coming up with the idea was one thing, actually executing on it was another. Alaväli wasn’t quite sure how to structure the course and present the content in an easy-to-digest way. “Basically, the first plan was let's get the solutions, let's hardcore study the solutions and see from there how we can come up with the most simple logics and ideas for anybody to apply to their game,” Alaväli said. “It was October, November last year. We said, ‘Okay, let’s get it done and see how we can market it because the marketing and selling of the product is another big problem for us.” Around the same time, Drummond reached out to Alaväli about some other ideas. The conversation eventually turned to the ICM pre-flop course Alaväli was working on and Drummond expressed interest in bringing it inside the BBZ website. Over the next four months, Alaväli put the finishing touches on the content while helping integrate it into a re-designed BBZ website. The ICM Pre-Flop Masterclass officially launched in March and since then Alaväli has been focused mostly on coaching and improving the course while still finding the time to play as many MTTs as his schedule will allow. “It just drives me to know more about the game and just try and solve the game,” Alaväli said.”But playing is also fun. You have to be playing as well to understand what's going on in the games in general. I still need to play enough and be at the top of the game because I'm coaching so many players and I just need to be able to coach them. If I didn't play, it would be in a weird situation where I'm not playing, but I'm only studying.”
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