I really enjoy reading Justin Sadauskas' blog. Justin is J_V on twoplustwo and one of those "under the radar" type poker pros.
Justin and I both went to college at Illinois, but didn't know each other too well until we both lived in Chicago. Most have probably never heard of the guy, but he's a strong poker player who manages himself well. Nobody ever glamorizes the guys like Justin or Tom Koral who are strong players who keep quiet and manage themselves really well, but they are the guys who are going to end up with all the money eventually. That's really the dirty little secret about gambling for a living, managing the ups and downs of gambling is one of the more important parts of the job, not being some sicko who can outplay everyone. That's a post for another day, I guess.
Justin's been focusing on buying real estate lately, he started a blog this year talking about what he's been up to. I really recommend giving it a read. His thought process is really strong and if you apply that mentality to anything I think you will be successful.
One recent post in particular I really agree with. You can skip to the middle part if you want to do this the quick way. In it, Justin talks about what motivates him. Mostly, he says, he just doesn't want the people that have doubted him to be proven right. There are people out there who just can't accept that you can play a card game for a living or take a risky path and make it work. These people are seemingly out rooting against others success because they don't have the balls or skills to try it themselves. I cannot overstate how much I agree with his thoughts on this topic. He words it better than I can so just read the post.
The bottom line on this matter is that like Justin, I don't want these people to be right. This is what motivates me to keep going, to keep trying new things. I've applied it to poker, poker businesses, now I am going to make something outside of poker successful. If I fail, I will keep trying, I will not give up. These people won't ever be right.
This leads me to the next topic, "My Job Lately." A lot of people have asked me what work life is like. Most people know I moved on from playing poker professionally to working on CardRunners and Hold'em Manager. Well, for the most part, I've moved on from there to DraftDay. To be clear, this is a temporary thing. I don't plan on being outside of the poker industry forever, but given the way things are right now and the opportunity in the fantasy sports gaming industry, this is what I'm doing.
CardRunners and Hold'em Manager are in good hands. Alex Huang has done a great job running CardRunners and Jim Varnon the same at Hold'em Manager. Andrew and I have put these companies into a situation where the day-to-day can be run without our involvement. We own a big chunk of the companies and weigh in on important strategic issues, but that's really about it. I'm extremely proud of the situation we are in, things aren't perfect and we've made a lot of mistakes, but I think we're in good shape to move ahead.
Even though we've moved on from the day to day operations, our companies are always looking for opportunities. You never know what's going to happen in life so we just try to approach things with a flexible mindset. If things change in the online poker industry then we'll make the best decisions we can for our business. I guess this is really a long winded way of saying that my focus is 100% on DraftDay right now, but that doesn't mean our companies won't be opportunistic in the online poker industry if that's the right strategy.
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