Jayser1337: «I dedicated about 400 hours to solver study during the summer.»

Sergey  «Jayser1337» 
12 Feb 2024
12 Feb 2024

High stakes poker player and coach Sergey «Jayser1337» answers 5 basic questions from Getcoach about his poker career, coaching goals and regular life. 

1. How long ago did you learn about poker and how did you become a professional?

I started playing poker in 2011, and by 2014, I was taking shots at nl5k games. It took me about five shots to become an nl5k winner(no, not the shots you do in a bar, if you're wondering). From 2015, I selectively played nl5-10k games, and since 2019, I've been focusing on high stakes games up to nl40k.

In mid-2019, I became obsessed with finding the best algorithm to study the game, dedicating a significant amount of time to poker theory. My most productive year theory-wise was 2020, where I dedicated about 400 hours to solver study during the summer alone. My findings became the basis on which I have remastered the latest version of the J-cash course, it also gave me a huge boost in understanding the game and a confidence to reg war at nl5-10k tables battling the strongest players.

2. How long have you been coaching and what motivated you to start your coaching journey?

I've been partially coaching since 2015 and coaching full time since 2021. Regrettably, due to some serious health concerns, I've made the decision to step back from my role as an active high-stakes player at some point. Instead, I've chosen to fully commit my time and energy to coaching, a path that enables me to indulge in my passion for continuous learning and strategic mastery. This role allows me to assist my students, celebrate their growth, and avoid the stress and frequent burnouts associated with active playing.

3. Where do you live and what do you usually do besides poker?

Portugal. Outside of poker, I have a variety of interests. I love reading, particularly books on personal growth, philosophy, psychology, and investments. I'm also an avid traveller, rock climber, cyclist, and I enjoy hiking and spending time with friends and family.

4. In your opinion, what are 3 main things that people who want to grow as professional poker players should learn?

  1. The most efficient study algorithm
  2. Discipline and psychology
  3. Work with a coach or/and fellow regulars

5. What are your coaching and general poker goals?

My goal is to keep improving my coaching method and remain a lifelong learner in poker; to transfer my knowledge that has been accumulating for years to my students and most importantly, enjoy the whole process!

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