Now its time to actually look back and reflect on last year. That was really meant to be the purpose of writing a blog post in the first place, but that’s okay, I thought the stuff before was worth writing down as well. When I moved back home in late 2019, I fully expected to never play poker again, at least not more than a random Sunday MTT. And that thought held true for a while, I don’t think I played a single hand of poker until January of 2020. …

January 2019: I was hoping to move to London right away, but finding an apartment was proving a lot more difficult than expected. My friend Patrick, who was already living in the London area, was in charge of finding the apartment, so me and our other roommate, Matthias, were just in a holding pattern. The only problem for me was that to not have to pay income tax in America, you are only allowed to stay in the country for 35 days a year. I didn’t want to waste those days, so I ended up flying to Germany to grind…

Its January 2018, I’m living in Mexico now, ego and self-confidence are very high, and I’m ready to continue last year’s success. The only problem is that I instantly go on the biggest “downswing” of my life. After about a month or so, I’m down almost 30k (500 buyins! Okay that’s actually ridiculous, I can’t even imagine what playing that bad would look like). I put downswing in quotes there because I think it would be very ambitious to just blame that period on bad luck. I came to Mexico on an insane high and just expected poker to stay…

Now we’re back approaching the summer of 2017, and I’m starting to take poker much more seriously. This is when I signed up to a training site for the first time and probably also when the thought that this could be an actual job began to creep into my mind for the first time. I was still a full-time student at the time, but I had no plans for the summer, so I was playing poker on a full-time schedule basically as soon as I got home from college. From what I’ve seen, this is a pretty typical path for…

Hi everyone, my name is Zach, and I would like to share the story of my journey through professional poker. I have wanted to write this sort of thing for a long time and have finally been inspired to actually go ahead and do it after seeing lots of my friends write reflections on their 2020s and their dreams for the future. I will be taking you back quite some years, though, as I want to share my experiences all the way from my awakening to poker as a game at all to where I stand right now, moving into…

Zach Lipeles

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