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  1. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter123 View Post
    What are your views re Obama Care? Syria? Gun control? Legalizing gay marriage at the federal level? Legalizing recreational and/or medicinal use of marijuana at the federal level? Legalizing online poker/gambling at the federal level? Sensing a trend here...at the federal level.
    There are two things I don't discuss at the poker table: politics and religion. I'm going to extend that rule to the poker forums.
  2. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by Lars View Post
    How does your training/coaching work? Do you train in-person, online or both? Are your sessions one-on-one or in groups? How much does it cost? Do you coach just for certain games or any type of poker that a person wants to get better at?
    This is a pretty in-depth Q and we're actually discussing doing another AMA of just these Q's. There are a lot of ways. The most popular and effective include hand history reviews where I load both my and the student's hand histories into a replayer and discuss every aspect of every hand played throughout a tournament. I'm also working on an A-to-Z training manual that I'm going to use for long-term students and multi-day live poker seminars that I'll eventually be running. I do most of my coaching in NL tournaments but can also do NL cash and PLO tournaments/cash. As my PLO/OFC game gets better and better I'll start advertising PLO/OFC training.
  3. #78
    Taking into consideration that you like training/coaching ...do you get the same rush from getting a newbie to make it big in the poker universe as you do for example from winning a poker event (not counting the money part)?
  4. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by dlbarlowe View Post
    Would you ever participate in a reality television show? If you could pick the title and theme of your own reality show, what would they be?

    If you could be on any game show, which one would you appear on?

    Do any of the New Jersey Housewives remind you of a past girlfriend or two? Which ones?
    lol I would participate in one but am not feeling creative enough at the moment to come up with one.

    The Price is Right.

    Thankfully, I've never caught an episode of it so I'm not sure. Probably not though, even my exes are pretty cool.
  5. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin View Post
    Giants or Jets?

    Yankees or Mets?

    Nets or Knicks?

    What's the Brendan Byrne Arena called these days?
    GIANTS! (sigh this season but still, GMEN!!!)

    YANKEES!

    Knicks but I don't really care that much about bball and find it hard to watch on TV although I enjoy playing.

    lol it was Continental Airlines Arena but I'm not even sure any more. I think it changed again.
  6. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by Alep View Post
    Which other pros do you hang out with? Which ones, would you say, you learned from the most?
    I hang out with Matt Salsberg, Steve Gross, Amanda Baker, Amanda Musumeci, Joe Cappuccio, and Matt Iles a lot. Every single one of my poker friends has said something that has influenced my game at some point so it's difficult to say. Mark Vos and Dustin Dirksen were HUGELY influential to me early in my career whether they realize it or not. I started chatting on AIM with both of them around 2005 when online poker first became popular and they were killing it. I'd occasionally ask about hands but it was mostly general poker advice from them that helped me a lot, and just talking to them motivated me to believe that it was something I could really do. So thank you to them.

    Unfortunately, the people from FTR have just informed me that the server is now going to need to be rebooted because it keeps crashing from what they claim is all the people waiting to read my answers. lol Thank you guys, and sorry! They want to put the rest of the AMA on hold until later this week, but I'll be back and will do my best to finish answering everything posted.
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    This has been a spectacular AMA so far; we will have to reconvene after we address some capacity issues – a huge testament to the quality of this AMA. We will announce the date shortly and Matt will come back and finish answering posts. Thanks a lot, all, and stay tuned!
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    Matt,

    Thanks again for doing this ama and sorry about the issue with the servers.
  9. #84
    What time does this start?
  10. #85
    Any minute! This is going to be great!!!
  11. #86
    Matt is going to be here in about ten or fifteen minutes!
  12. #87
    vamos Matt vamoooooos
  13. #88
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinita View Post
    Will you marry me?
    Based on the profile picture I have to say that this is quite an offer, but I'm going to have to pass since I'm already engaged. Sorry!
  14. #89
    sup Matt, what is your favourite grinding food? Pizza for me! any1 else?
  15. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiorella View Post
    How often do you visit NJ? What do you miss the most about living there?

    What place would you like to visit that you haven't been to before?

    If you could go backward or forward in time, what year and location would you visit? Why?
    I go to NJ at least 2x a year to visit family, play Borgata events, go to Rangers/Giants/Yankees games, and go to Great Adventure. I miss being close to my family the most but I still make sure to see them plenty. Aside from that the proximity to NY is the thing I miss the most especially since my sports teams are there.

    I want to go to Bora Bora and will probably be going there for my honeymoon. Such a quiet little spot and SO far from civilization. The moon would be cool as well but is slightly out of my price range.

    I would probably have to go back in time to the 60's and 70's since I'm a hippie at heart who just missed the boat. Not even sure where the best place to be a hippie was back then, but I imagine it was somewhere in the mountains, so that's where I'd go. I'd also be very interested in going forward about 100-200 years and checking out NYC (if it's still there, sigh).
  16. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Pascal View Post
    Hi Matt!

    Have you had a good WCOOP Series? What did you think of this year's compared to other years? Do you play many other tournaments while you play WCOOP (like a normal session) and if so do you think the tables are tougher in medium+ stake tournaments?

    What's your biggest leak when playing live?

    Thanks!
    Yes I did pretty well for WCOOP, thanks for asking. I won my PCA package, the Tilt Super Sized Sunday $635 for $44k, and made some other final tables including a few in the Stars $109+rebuys. All in all I think I was up a little over $20k.

    Yeah, I play a pretty healthy schedule while playing WCOOPs to try to reduce variance. I've been trying to find my perfect amount of tables to maximize return without taking too much attention away from the most important events and I think that's right around 8-10 tables for me even though I can max out at around 20 MTT's as long as none are HU, PLO, mixed games, etc and most are full-ring NL.

    I'd say my biggest leak when playing live is just getting bored too easily and not paying attention as much as I should to every hand, although I'm trying to get better at it...without popping pills/ADD meds like so many pros have started doing nowadays.
  17. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by smiller View Post
    I've seen some of your recent tweets where you've been using an app called ShareMyPair to replay some of your hands -- kinda cool. Do you plan on posting more hands using the app?
    lol yes Steve, I will be posting more hands using the ShareMyPair app in the future.
  18. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    Based on the profile picture I have to say that this is quite an offer, but I'm going to have to pass since I'm already engaged. Sorry!
    When is the big day?
  19. #94
    Quote Originally Posted by ricKKy View Post
    Will you play in my neighbor's home game if you're ever in NC? I know you've had a lot of success at Borgata in AC, but do you still play there on occasion? What is your favorite casino to play in? Least favorite? Are you going to play in any WPT and/or EPT events this year? which ones?
    I tend to stay away from home games in general especially since I don't play much cash.

    I still play at Borgata at least 1-2x a year for the big main events that don't conflict with any other tournaments or other things going on in my life.

    My favorite casino to play in is the Borgata in AC but the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS comes close because they have that true sense of down home Southern hospitality that you don't see almost anywhere anymore, let alone in a casino.

    My least favorite place to play is Foxwoods even though I had my 2nd biggest score there. The funny thing is I almost never had that score because I didn't enjoy being in that casino and had played about 5-6 WPT series and probably 40+ tournaments with a single cash for $5k. I was probably down $50k+ there and swore I'd never go back. I planned to skip the 2009 WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals event but then won the Tilt $1k for ~$85k and took 13th in the WPT Bellago Festa al Lago event the week before so I was too hungry and booked a last minute flight. I ended up finishing 3rd for $266k which was my biggest score until I almost won my bracelet this summer.

    I'll be playing a bunch of WPT's including LAPC, Bay 101, Bellagio, and Borgata (January main event and April $15k Championship which will replace the Bellagio $25k). Possibly the Florida ones as well. I'll be playing PCA but am probably going to skip European events for a little while and spend more time with my fiancée in Vegas. Of course I always say that and them find myself in Amsterdam at my friend's house booking flights all over Europe for EPT events, so we'll see how that ends up.
  20. #95
    Quote Originally Posted by Seriously... View Post
    Do you think there's any way to avoid a government shutdown in the US before tomorrow's 12:01am deadline? What are your thoughts on Obamacare? Do you think it will be good for Americans or not?
    Too late! Gg, gov't.

    And like I said earlier in this thread, I try to avoid talking about two things in the forums and at the poker table: politic and religion. In fact, I avoid discussing it with people in general unless they're my best friends AND I know that they're open-minded regardless of their stance.
  21. #96
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick M. View Post
    Too funny!!! What's the wackiest prop bet you've been asked to participate in?
    Scotty Nguyen bet me $100 that I wouldn't throw a Nerf football across another table and hit Negreanu with it during day 2 of the WPT Bellagio $25k. I nailed him and picked up an extra hundo for hitting the Seiborg as well.
  22. #97
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    Too late! Gg, gov't.

    And like I said earlier in this thread, I try to avoid talking about two things in the forums and at the poker table: politic and religion. In fact, I avoid discussing it with people in general unless they're my best friends AND I know that they're open-minded regardless of their stance.
    Great advice for all of us...
  23. #98
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    This is a pretty in-depth Q and we're actually discussing doing another AMA of just these Q's. There are a lot of ways. The most popular and effective include hand history reviews where I load both my and the student's hand histories into a replayer and discuss every aspect of every hand played throughout a tournament. I'm also working on an A-to-Z training manual that I'm going to use for long-term students and multi-day live poker seminars that I'll eventually be running. I do most of my coaching in NL tournaments but can also do NL cash and PLO tournaments/cash. As my PLO/OFC game gets better and better I'll start advertising PLO/OFC training.
    Are you going to offer training sessions at different locations around the country? How many students will you have in each course? Few enough to provide some one-on-one tips?
  24. #99
    Quote Originally Posted by JetPropulsion View Post
    Matt, do you stake anyone or get staked? How does that business work?
    I've been involved in a lot of backing deals in my life, both being backed and backing a stable of other players. This is more of a book that could be written than an answer to a question, but I'll break down the two main types of arrangements.

    Makeup deals: A backer has all action for a horse in agreed upon stakes/events. They split long run profits 50/50 in most cases but it can vary. The horse never "owes" the backer the money they lose, but must continue to give action to the backer in the agreed upon events if they keep playing. If the horse loses the first $100k in buy-ins and then scores for $200k, the backer gets the first $100k in back buy-ins ("makeup") and the other $100k gets split 50/50 between the horse and backer.

    Piece buying: I often do this for the rare $25k events that I think have enough value to be worth playing. I'll invest ~$5k of my own and sell the rest of the action at a 10% markup, or "1.1:1". That means that since my edge is presumably more than a 10% ROI in the long run in the event, it's profitable for a buyer to purchase a piece at higher than face value. So instead of selling 1% of a $25k for $250 at face value, I can sell it for 10% more, $275. Typical markups run from 0-30% but a top-level player selling for great value tournaments like WSOP 1k-1500's can demand markups of 50% or higher since their ROI will often be 100%+. The net result is that other people get a fast and profitable gamble that they do little to no work on while I get to keep more than 20% of myself for the $5k that I invest and it works out for everyone.

    Freerolls are an extreme example of this. If I sold 91% of myself in the tournament at 1.1:1, I could "freeroll" 9% of the action. This is often frowned upon because people want you to have "skin in the game" so that they know you'll try harder. However people often freeroll friends who can't afford the buy-in 20-33% in an event if they don't want to have to enter a makeup relationship and have that type of commitment. Essentially they're buying all of the remaining action at a markup (freerolling someone 20% is like buying 80% at 1.25:1 or a 25% markup, freerolling 33% is like buying 67% at 50% markup).

    That should be enough to get you started.
  25. #100
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Where did you learn how to type? 9th grade with Mr. Billings worked for me...
    lol My Dad was a computer programmer back in the 80's when computers were weird and scary to the average person, so I actually started learning how to type when I was about 3 because my Dad taught me how to play video games on the computer when he wasn't home. He was a smart man!
  26. #101
    Hello Matt!

    Thanks so much for doing this again

    are you in London now? for the EPT? Have you ever won a WinTheButton tournament? and shootout?
  27. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    How long is the long run in the context of winning and losing $?
    The long run in tournaments is probably more live tournaments than a human could realistically play in years, which is why live tournament variance is so high and backers are often needed. I think online you would need at least 1000-2000 tournaments to really get a good sense of what a player is capable of.
  28. #103
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter123 View Post
    Andre Coimbre, a Portuguese PS player, is donating up to $100,000 of his winnings this year to charity. Would you consider doing something like that, too?
    Sounds like Andre makes a lot more money than me. I have plenty of charity endeavors going on and will be donating $ to a bunch of my favorite charities, though.
  29. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    Taking into consideration that you like training/coaching ...do you get the same rush from getting a newbie to make it big in the poker universe as you do for example from winning a poker event (not counting the money part)?
    Just about, it's one of the reasons that I love doing training. I couldn't have been prouder when I watched Amanda Musumeci make her deep run in the WSOP ME and take 2nd in the biggest WSOP $1500 of the year the following series and watching Mike Frazin, who's in his 50's, take down the WPT Regional $2k event in FL for well over $100k was an incredile feeling as well.
  30. #105
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Matt,

    Thanks again for doing this ama and sorry about the issue with the servers.
    You're welcome Eric. And no problem with the server issues...just like poker: it's never easy! There's ALLLLLLLWAYS a sweat on the turn...
  31. #106
    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyAcer View Post
    vamos Matt vamoooooos
    lololol ty LuckyAcer, that's my favorite post of the thread. If it was a tweet I'd have favorited it.
  32. #107
    Sooooooooo I finished page 2 questions and it still won't let me load page 1. Guess I'm going to have to try again later and finish those.
  33. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    Sounds like Andre makes a lot more money than me. I have plenty of charity endeavors going on and will be donating $ to a bunch of my favorite charities, though.
    What are your favorite charities? Would you ever consider being a spokesman for one or all of them?
  34. #109
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    You're welcome Eric. And no problem with the server issues...just like poker: it's never easy! There's ALLLLLLLWAYS a sweat on the turn...
    very true.
  35. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by ProMattStout View Post
    Sooooooooo I finished page 2 questions and it still won't let me load page 1. Guess I'm going to have to try again later and finish those.
    THat sucks. Any idea of when you'll be back
  36. #111
    do you play or watch Starcraft at all? if so, games one day?
  37. #112
    Quote Originally Posted by AcesarehighAreyou View Post
    Forget her and marry me.
    pics or gtfo!

    And while we're on the topic, why didn't Fiorella propose? #damn
  38. #113
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Is it ever advisable to fold pocket aces pre-flop in a tournament other than to avoid moving up a spot in the money? Is your answer the same for both online and live tournaments?
    These answers are the same both online and live...

    There are theoreticals like if everyone at your first table in the WSOP ME goes all in on the first hand and you have AA in the BB, you should fold because your ROI is so high that you shouldn't put yourself in a spot where you'll bust on the first hand the vast majority of the time even with AA. However, these ridiculous hypotheticals never happen and most people who fold AA pre in an MTT are making a huge mistake, like people who do it to avoid $ bubbling. There are other theoretical spots where you should fold AA in MTT's because of ICM reasons at a final table, but again, it's something that would rarely actually happen.

    It is often correct to fold AA pre in satellite tournaments when you have enough chips to lock up a seat, however.
  39. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenia Rapp View Post
    Boxers or briefs?

    Ever consider pursuing a career as an underwear model?
    Boxers.

    I wouldn't subject the world to that.
  40. #115
    Quote Originally Posted by gerjal View Post
    which have been your highs and lows in poker
    Highs: Traveling to tons of awesome locations and meeting some of the coolest people I could ever possibly meet. Winning tons of money and making WPT and WSOP final tables. Being homeless at times (no house/apt to worry about or rent to pay).

    Lows: Dealing with nearly quarter million dollar downswings both financially and psychologically while trying to continue to play my best game. Not making WPT and WSOP final tables (in most events I play). Being homeless at times (stuff in storage, no sense of home).
  41. #116
    Quote Originally Posted by STILL_mkd View Post
    When was your first poker experience and what was the results from your first poker game?
    What poker game do you prefer?
    And
    Do you have some free poker lessons that will help us to become better players?
    I played a long session of 25-50 (cent) limit hold'em w college buddies and won $4.25. I'd never been so excited to win so little money, and with such a slave wage hourly rate to boot...but I was VERY excited about it at the time and immediately hooked.

    I LOVE NL MTT's (the capitalization of "love" seems less powerful since the rest of the sentence had to be capitalized, but anyway) but am also starting to fall in love w PLO, especially PLO MTT's. So I think it goes 1) PLO MTT's 2) NL MTT's 3) PLO cash 4) OFC 5) Mixed games

    Nope, but I do offer hourly one-on-one coaching for $150/hr and am working on a multi-day seminar/training camp.
  42. #117
    Quote Originally Posted by bfsq921 View Post
    How did you learn to play poker?

    How did you first get into poker?

    Who is your favorite player to watch today (male and female)?

    When did you realize that people could actually make some money with this game?

    When did you realize you could make a good living in poker?

    What’s the biggest prop bet you’ve ever made and did you win it?

    What games still offer good players the biggest edge in bigger live tournaments like the WSOP?

    When stars talk about the "biggest" games, to what limits are they generally referring in your opinion?

    Other than "play, play, play", what advice would you give someone hoping to become a great player? Any recommended reading?

    Who would make your Hall of Fame table?
    WOW that is an outrageous # of questions to ask. Seems like the one you want answered most is in bold, so here you go.

    1) Doyle Brunson
    2) Chip Reese
    3) Eric Seidel
    4) Tom Dwan
    5) Steve "gboro780" Gross
    6) J.C. Tran
    7) Carlos Mortenson
    8) Stu Unger
    9) Shaun Deeb
  43. #118
    Quote Originally Posted by Pokisvega View Post
    If you could be a super hero, would you take over the identify of an existing one or create your own? If take one over, which would it be? If you'd create your own indentity, what would it be and what would your super powers be?
    Create my own obv. Would take over Batman for the sick whip and cool toys and because I'd have the sickest roller coasters at Six Flags. If I could have my own super power I'd be the "Karmic Corrector." I'd find the people who have let money turn them into gigantic douchebags, strip them of everything, and leave them penniless in the street while giving their money and belongings to good people and families in need.
  44. #119
    Quote Originally Posted by RobertWe View Post
    What kind of charity work do you do?What organizations have you chosen to work with and why? What's the charity poker tour all about?
    I've done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity for a long time and was the VP of Habitat for my college. I even ran a (probably illegal) charity poker tournament to raise funds for them at my college. I've also started volunteering at Threesquare food bank in Vegas and will be doing some work with Habitat Vegas soon. I love Habitat because they provide incredibly low-cost housing to people in need and I've always like supporting food banks because it's important to help our fellow man fulfill this most basic need without having to beg regardless of what their financial situation is.

    The Charity Poker Tour is a bunch of ideas that I've had for a long time to have a series of charity events that are built into series' on the tour to make it convenient for pros to show up and support various charities while bringing amateurs out to support the causes and play with the pros. As much as I love the WSOP, dealing with Caesars means TONS of red tape as I found out years ago, and now that they have One Drop I'm drawing dead on that front. I partnered with a group of people and created/submitted a proposal to the WPT when they were trying to figure out how to move forward with their planned charity initiative. Unfortunately they decided to go in a different direction with it. Hopefully I can make something happen with it in the near future.
  45. #120
    Quote Originally Posted by dlbarlowe View Post
    How do you handle it when someone does something annoying like check-raising you at every opportunity during a game?

    Are there certain behaviors, like someone clicking or chewing gum with his/her mouth open, that bother you more than others when you play?

    Have you ever "lost it" during a game? If so, under what circumstances?

    Has anyone ever "lost it" over something you did either deliberately or inadvertently during a poker game? If so, what were the circumstances that led up to that moment? What did you do once the person calmed down?
    1) The key is to not get frustrated and instead enjoy the challenge while trying to find the best way to counter their strategy. In this case, a combination of not betting with crap in the first place and betting with the intention of 3betting as a bluff more sounds about right.

    2) I jokingly say that some people's faces tilt me and people who sit there and stare a lot especially with their mouth open are kind of annoying but I rarely ever really let anything get to me when I play, especially something that minor.

    3) I used to let other people get to me and would occasionally get into it with people who act like dicks at the table or say something stupid to me but have slowly phased that out.

    4) I called Sorel Mizzi a cheater at the table and he lost his mind and challenged me to a fight in the parking lot. He didn't debate the validity of my claim, though...
  46. #121
    Quote Originally Posted by Alep View Post
    Matt, could you tell us about any success stories of your students?
    Sure. I taught Amanda Musumeci how to play tournaments in 2007. Since then she has done well online, been sponsored by Bodog, and had this impressive list of cashes (http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=194849) including a 62nd place finish in the WSOP main event for $130k and 2nd in a $1500 WSOP event for almost half a mil.

    I started teaching Mike Frazin, a retired businessman, how to play tournaments in early 2010. Since then he has had a bunch of scores (http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=147406) including 2nd place in a huge Stars $109+rebuys for over $50k and winning a WPT regional $2k for $130k+. I think his DB list is missing a Bellagio $1k+rebuys win for $50k+ as well.

    I also taught two of my best friends from NJ, Joe Cappuccio (Joey Capp/Cappuccio816) and Matt Iles (papamat25/I Pay Ur Rent), how to play and both have been very successful online players since. Both cracked the top 50 in Pocketfives rankings before Black Friday with tons of online scores including three outright victories in the Tilt $1k and one in Sunday $500.
  47. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by JetPropulsion View Post
    Forget him and marry me!
    Hmmmmmm I'm pretty open-minded, but I'm also pretty sure that I don't want to marry a dude. First of all, you can't have my babies. Second of all, you have a penis, and the only penis I like is my own.
  48. #123
    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    How would you treat Patrick if give the chance?

    http://news.msn.com/science-technolo...msnnews/tumblr
    I try to stay away from animals twice my size who have behavioral problems as a general rule.
  49. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick M. View Post
    Did any of you family members or friends express concern when you told them you were gonna pursue poker as a profession? How did you deal with that? Any regrets re your career choice?
    Of course they had concerns, but by the time most of them were hearing that I was going pro I'd experienced a good amount of success, chopping a $560 WSOPC AC event for $34k and winning two $10k seats into the main event. My father was very opposed to me playing poker while I was a broke college student, but once I won that much money he even said he'd understand if I took time off from school to pursue playing poker for a living.

    I have absolutely no regrets about my career choice whatsoever and if I decide I want to go get my MBA/law degree like I planned on I'll just finish my undergrad and do it. I doubt I'll ever regret that I didn't have to graduate college and take an entry-level job busting my ass in a cubicle for Merrill Lynch while going to grad school part time, which is where I was headed.
  50. #125
    Quote Originally Posted by ricKKy View Post
    Other than hockey, what sports do you follow?

    Do you play any sport now in a recreational league or something?

    Who is your favorite hockey player of all time?

    Did you ever read "The Game by Ken Dryden? Great book.

    Have you ever had any run ins with the law?
    1) Football a bit and baseball a little but I channel most of my sports enthusiasm and attention towards hockey.

    2) Starting to play roller hockey again. May get back into ice as well. Trying to start playing basketball but I suck and it's brutal sucking at anything I do.

    3) Gretzky Messier Richter (can't choose)

    4) No

    5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxE_oQBwrdU
  51. #126
    Quote Originally Posted by ricKKy View Post
    Forget the predecessors and just marry me...I can cook.
    I'm a pretty good cook myself. Plus, based on your screen name, I suspect that you have a penis as well. If so, refer to my reply to the other dude who proposed to me.
  52. #127
    Quote Originally Posted by Cruelsebastian View Post
    Hi Matt

    Glad you agreed on doing this AMA with us. I you don't mind have a couple questions

    - Are you into mobile poker? If so, let us know your opinion about it?
    - Where do you imagine yourself within 10 years? Poker speaking I mean...
    - What's your favorite thing to relax? Really to step away from poker after those hard-core tournaments?

    Thanks
    1) Not sure what u mean. Playing Stars on your cell phone? It's awesome.
    2) I'll have kids so hopefully I'll have a good cash game in my area I can play or will have good online action. I'll still be traveling for the big tournaments and playing a full WSOP schedule. I'll be playing a lot more PLO and mixed games and less NL tho.
    3) Get massages!
  53. #128
    Quote Originally Posted by Addie Nance View Post
    Other than the Main, what WSOP event would you most like to win?

    What online tournaments are your favorites?

    What WCOOP events did you play in this year?

    Do you change the way you play when you're up against a woman? Is it hard for you to take some of the female players who use their physical attributes in print ads, etc seriously or does playing against them break your concentration since so little is sometimes left to one's imagination?
    1) The $10k PLO. I've near bubbled it the past two years, this year in spectacular fashion bvb with top pair and 2 flush draws in a 640k pot that would have put me in the top 5 in chips.

    2) Rebuy NL tournaments.

    3) Almost all of the NL and PLO ones.

    4) I change the way I play against someone based on any factors that will influence the way they play. I don't care about anything they do away from the table and I don't make any adjustments based on them being female alone.
  54. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Keith View Post
    Do you think D.B. Cooper survived the jump from the airplane he hijacked and lived to spend the money?
    I had no idea what you were talking about until I googled it. I hope he died.
  55. #130
    Quote Originally Posted by Aidan View Post
    Just checked out your blog for the first time. Some really great info in here: http://stoutpoker.com/stouts-tips-fo...april-11-2012/
    Thanks. I went through hell with the IRS and getting my tax situation straightened out after I was dumb enough to let myself get a couple years behind and was happy to share everything I learned to help make my friends' and followers' experience with the IRS a little less stressful.
  56. #131
    Quote Originally Posted by Offisophierop View Post
    Octavio Coplen
    Phil Gahl
    Tessie Eggart
    why they are so famous, why is that possible?.?
    No clue who any of those people are so I guess they're not THAT famous.
  57. #132
    Quote Originally Posted by Nacho View Post
    Well, what is the ordinary fare already???????
    I, too, am dying to know!
  58. #133
    Quote Originally Posted by WTF View Post
    Are you superstitious about anything like stepping on cracks or walking under ladders, etc? Are you superstitious about anything that relates to poker? Have you dumped more girlfriends than the number that's dumped you or vice versa? When/if you have kids, will you support their decision to be professional card players if they choose to be? How old were you when you first kissed a girl?
    I used to NEVER step on the cracks when I was little, but just for the hell of it and because I pretended I'd get sucked into them. I'm not superstitious. I'm up 2.5-1.5 in the dump/being dumped game and hope to never play it again. I would support my kids' decision to play poker for a living. I was 12 when I first kissed a girl. She's now dead.
  59. #134
    Quote Originally Posted by mokingit View Post
    Hi Glad to see you here for an AMA

    - The most extravagant thing you bought with poker money?
    - what is your non-american favorite poker player?
    - I read somewhere that you play open face poker chinese...do you play it often? Do you see it as an option to relax a bit?

    Thanks
    1) My house, even though it's not extravagant? So I guess it's my 2009 Mustang Convertible if you don't count that. I don't really buy anything expensive that's not necessary.
    2) Martin Finger
    3) I don't play a lot of OFC but have fun playing it with friends a decent amount. Unfortunately I let Matt Salsberg get better than me by practicing a ton so I have to work on my game if we're going to keep having our all nighters of OFC degeneracy.
  60. #135
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolf Heinrichs View Post
    Hello Matt You are one of my favorite players!!! Couple of questions to you if you don't mind

    I know you play online and live...When you do play at tables do you usually check the "poker faces" around? Is it easy for you to detect any fake poker faces?

    What do you think about the new iPhone? Any plans for getting one?

    I just recently started to play chinese open face poker and I LOVE IT!!! Do you have any advices for a newbie?
    1) There are definitely times where people do things and try to act in a way that's clearly over-the-top intentional and oversold.

    2) Meh, the crappy battery life on my iPhone 4S is the only reason I might do it. I'm on the fence on whether or not to get the 5S. I think it's pretty ridiculous that we've become a nation that upgrades our phones every year or two. People in most countries tend to get new phones, you know, when they need them.
  61. #136
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolf Heinrichs View Post
    Hello Matt You are one of my favorite players!!! Couple of questions to you if you don't mind

    I know you play online and live...When you do play at tables do you usually check the "poker faces" around? Is it easy for you to detect any fake poker faces?

    What do you think about the new iPhone? Any plans for getting one?

    I just recently started to play chinese open face poker and I LOVE IT!!! Do you have any advices for a newbie?
    My best advice for OFC is NO GAMBLE NO FUTURE!
  62. #137
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    1. Matt, how would you set K 6 5 3 2 in open face chinese utg hu with fl allowed?

    2. How about in A 4 J J 2 in the same situation?

    3. We built a free ofc game and integrated it with our forums: http://www.flopturnriver.com/chinese-poker/
    What improvements do you think we should make to get more people to play and post strategy questions?

    Thanks for doing the AMA!
    I am not that good at OFC for the record! But here goes:

    1) Kh in the middle and 6532 at the bottom.

    2) Ah Jh in the middle and Js 4s 2s on the bottom.

    3) No clue, honestly.
  63. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by CheSantiago View Post
    Hey, Matt! Thanks for being here man!

    Do you prefer playing live or online poker?
    How many hours do you play every week at each type?
    Do you prefer to play different games depending on whether you're playing in a physical casino or on the Internet? Which games?
    Who is the toughest opponent you've faced face-to-face? What abuot online?
    1) Wherever I'm winning is fine by me. I guess online? But it's close. I lead a much healthier (physically and psychologically) lifestyle when playing live, though.

    2) Varies a ton. I probably only play about 25 hours a week nowadays.

    3) Not really, I just always want to play the juiciest tournaments available.

    4) Martin Finger. Philbort.
  64. #139
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Matt,

    I have some more ofc hu utg setting questions:


    4. 5 5 J 7 4

    5. A 5 6 8 3

    6. J A 5 6 8

    Thanks Again,
    Eric
    1) J 5 5 on bottom, 7 and 4 middle.

    2) A 6 on bottom, 8 5 middle, 3 top.

    3) A 6 on bottom, 8 5 middle, J top.

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