Many poker players got into this crazy game after first playing the card game Magic The Gathering. Famous players who transitioned from Magic include David Williams, Adam Levy and the man with the most live poker tournament winnings of all-time, Bryn Kenney.

Slovenia’s Klemen, known at partypoker as “Slurp9966” is another name who started playing poker after cutting his teeth with Magic. He recently won a $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold’em Cash Game Leaderboard, before we switched to daily payouts, for $200. Here’s his story.

Klemen is a 31-year-old Slovenia who lives in the country’s capital, Ljubljana. By day he works for a publishing company where he organises events, manages webpages, and publishes books and ebooks, by night he’s a budding poker player.

“I started playing poker in high school with friend. One of my classmates introduced me to the game and we quickly discovered its beauty,” explained Klemen. “I come from a card game background, we were playing Magic The Gathering with friends from the latter years of middle school. We soon realised the similarities of both games, especially the complexity and the luck / skill factor, so we started playing more and more poker.”

After starting playing live poker for a few pennies and cents, Klemen and his friends began taking poker more seriously and put in plenty of study away from the tables in a bid to improve their skills.

“Our love for the game started to grow and some of us started to read poker book and watch YouTube videos, which led to trying some higher stakes cash games around town and in the casino. Later, I deposited and busted many $20 bills over the years until I managed to find my level and makes some small amounts of profit.”

Hitting the online cash games

Klemen now plays online cash games, mostly at the $0.01/$0.02 and $0.05/$0.10 level. He sometimes throws low stakes tournaments into the mix. Playing tournaments went out of the window during the week Klemen won the $200 top prize of the $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold’em Cash Game Leaderboard because his focus was solely on fastforward.

“My typical day was playing for around eight hours per day on nine tables of fastforward. I did this for the entire week. I had a couple of days off work and managed to play at that rate throughout the week.”

Bankroll boosted

$200 is a significant boost for the stakes Klemen prefers to play and he plans to keep his winnings in his poker bankroll so he can continue improving at cash games and hopefully go deep in a tournament or two during the remainder of 2020.

“I will most definitely play some online and live cash games and maybe a tournament here and there. Maybe I will even try myself at the leaderboard again, if I find time.”

He’ll have more chances to win a Cash Game Leaderboard again now we run them daily instead of weekly. More players can dedicate 24-hours to the cash game grind rather than a full week.

Before we parted company, Klemen gave some tips for his fellow players who want to improve at cash games.

“If you love the game enough you will know what to do. Study the game, read a book, learn from your mistakes and play, play, play! I’m probably not the best person to be giving out poker advice since I am clearly not anywhere near a really good poker player!”

We think Klemen is selling himself short there because his advice mirrors that given by players who grind much higher stakes than him. Remember the name because we have a feeling Klemen will be topping another leaderboard sooner rather than later.

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