Jason Senti is one of the most respected poker coaches in the community. Senti was hired by none other than Phil Galfond to provide No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) and Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) cash game content for the online training site BluefirePoker.
In 2010, Jason Senti made his usual soiree to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and he only went and made the November Nine! Senti came into the final nine as the short stack but eventually finished in 7th place for $1,356,710. This year Senti has been a man on a mission as he participated in more WSOP tournaments than ever before. Unfortunately, for Senti he busted in Day 1c yesterday, but we did manage to grab him for a quick fire round of questions.
What’s your earliest memory?
When I lived in student housing with my parents I made a friend next door. The next day I went over to see him and no one was home. For some reason, I thought this meant they had moved, and I was pretty sad about it. I was 4 years old.
What’s on your iPod?
Mostly rock music and a little bit of rap. Green Day, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Pearl Jam, Eminem, Fallout Boy, Jay-Z, and many more.
Who’s your hero?
I’ve never really been good at having idols, heroes, or even celebrity crushes. I can’t think of anyone in particular.
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
What would you put into Room 101?
Our (the US) current political system. Obviously, I am pretty jaded right now as an online poker player, but I have thought this for a long time.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Pro baseball player, astronaut, rockstar…depending on when you would’ve asked me.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a poker player?
Realistically, I would probably still be working as an engineer in some capacity. Likely as middle management or marketing for an engineering company. I’d like to think, though, that I would be running my own business of some sort.
What’s the nicest thing anyone’s said to you?
It’s lol cheesy, but when my wife said “I do.” A close second would be when my parents told me I could do anything I decided I wanted to. Its a pretty standard thing for parents to say, but they seemed to believe it and so did I. For the most part, I still do.
What’s the worst?
The way I feel after a bender. I generally refer to it as “the drunk sads.”
Tell us a joke.
What did the 0 say to the 8? Nice belt.
Your dream poker table – you and five players, alive or dead.
Truthfully, 5 really bad players with a lot of money who are having a lot of fun despite the fact that they are making me rich. The answer your looking for tho…
How would you spend your last 24 hours on Earth?
Hanging out with my family during the day. Partying with my friends at night. Watching TV in my bed with my wife at night.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever spent your winnings on?
Our house and everything that fills it.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Paper route when I was a kid. I had to get up EVERY DAY at 6:30am. Never having a day off as a little kid was awful.
Who would play you in a Hollywood film about your life?
Obv I’m gonna go with who I would like to have play me. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, or Ed Norton.
Have you ever met a poker groupie?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how famous are you?
In the real world? I dunno, a 2? In the poker world, 5-6?
When was the last time you cried?
Probably within the last few days. I cry pretty easily when it involves empathy related things. Sad movies, sad stories, sad commercials. Its pretty ridiculous.
What song is guaranteed to get you up on the dancefloor?
I’m on a Boat by The Lonely Island.
What is your greatest fear?
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Pretty sure I would have to check out Jesus. He is still pretty famous 2k years later, and I’d like to know exactly what went down. I also would like to go back 13.75 billion years ago to the beginning of the universe to see how far off we are.
Tell us a secret.
That doesn’t seem like a very good idea.
Many thanks to Jason Senti for his time.