Few card games require a greater awareness of shifting probabilities awareness than poker.
Jonathan Little discovered on-line poker in 2006 and got pretty good at it: so far, on-line and at actual tables, he’s won more than $6 million playing mostly Texas Hold Em. These days — while continuing to play and to win — he coaches others about how to play the way he does at jonathanlittlepoker.com.
I wanted to find out more about how he does it and he was gracious enough to answer a few questions. Here’s how it went:
John Navin: I read that when you were in college studying psychology, you began playing online poker — in 2006? — and discovered that you could make money at it. So, you quit school and became a poker pro. Is that what happened?
Jonathan Little: That is the short version of the story. The long version is that I played many games throughout my childhood. As a teenager, I played a lot of Magic: the Gathering and one day, someone asked if we were interested in playing a $1 buy-in poker tournament. We all agreed and, of course, I lost.
After a few months of consistent losing, it became clear that I was not good at poker, so I bought a book and started studying. Within a few months, I read every book on the market and was by far the best player in the $1 buy-in games.
From there, I deposited $50 into an online site and played in all my spare time. After a year or so of grinding, I was winning roughly $100 per hour, which in my mind justified quitting my two minimum wage jobs and eventually giving up my academic scholarship to college.