Name/Age/Location/Poker ID and why you chose it?
Jared Hubbard/23/Winona, MN
Jhub3000: My ID was originally jhub30. Obviously the jhub part is from my name. I had 30 on the end because that was the number I wore in sports and my birthday is on the 30th. One of the sites I signed up to required me to have more characters in my name, so I just added two ’0′s.
What sites do you currently play?
I currently just playing on PokerStars. Prior to the Gambling Bill I was mixing in Interpoker and Party Poker SNGs with PokerStars. After the Gambling Bill passed I started playing UltimateBet SNGs for a while. I have played at many other sites including Full Tilt, Bodog, Absolute Poker, PokerRoom, Hollywood Poker, Pacific, and possibly some other that I might be forgetting.
When or what started you off in playing poker? How were your early experiences in learning how to play?
We occasionally played with friends in high school after watching Rounders. I was always one of the top players but we were all very inexperienced. Then I tore my achilles tendon and needed something to do on the weekends because I couldn’t play sports and didn’t feel like going out on crutches on to parties or bars with my friends. I started up a play money account in Spring ’05. I did extremely well (who wouldn’t at play money?) and decided to make a real money deposit. I started off playing $1 & $2 SNGs and made a little money. Then I read some poker books (mainly Harrington on Holdem) and switched to cash games. That’s when I really started making some money I was happy with.
How did you start off your online bankroll?
I deposited $50 into Absolute Poker. I worked it up both playing and clearing bonuses over several sites.
So what factors/skills /attributes got you to that level?
I’m very dedicated with poker. I probably put as much time into studying poker as anyone out there. Sometimes I’ll just take an entire week off and spend 40 hours studying the game and working on plugging leaks. I guess I’m good at analysing different situations and adjusting my game. I’m pretty good at multi-tabling as well.
What are your biggest cashes playing online poker in the last two years?
Lol. I rarely play MTTs so I think my biggest MTT cash is around $1,200. I have actually made more money than that in one SNG several times before because every time I win a $565 SNG the prize is more than $1,200. So I guess my biggest cash technically is $2,086.50 in a $565 six-man SNG.
Do you play Sit ‘n’ Gos (SNGs) and, if so, which ones are your favourites?
SNGs are pretty much all I play nowadays. I play strictly six-man SNGs now. I prefer the highest buy-ins like $565, $325, & $235 but the games don’t fill well enough so I have to mix in lower buy-ins.
What are your golden rules for SNG play?
I don’t really have any golden rules. I just play the game and adjust to every situation. My game is pretty mathematical but I mix up my game a fair deal.
Do you play offline, and if so, where/when did you play?
I played three WSOP events this summer. I recently played in the 1st Annual US Poker Bowl on the San Diego team. My team consisted of me, Thayer Rasmussen (ThAY3R), Shaun Deeb, Peter Feldman (Nordberg), Alex Jacob and Jordan Morgan,
Has there ever been a time when things just weren’t going right for you while playing poker? What was your worst run ever and what did you do to get through these times?
I have plenty of times when things aren’t going well. No matter how good you are you’re going to hit a run where you take a ridiculous amount of bad beats and just don’t run well overall. It’s just part of the game. I’ve had a few runs where I lost money over a 1,000 to 2,000 game stretch and I guess my worst downswing ever buy-in wise was 80 buy-ins.
Who is your favorite professional poker player and why?
Honestly, I don’t really have one. I enjoy watching guys like Hellmuth and Matusow because I can just laugh at them but they are by no means my favorite players. I think Brian Townsend aka sbrugby is the best online cash player around.
Which five adjectives best describe you?
I’m not sure if you mean in poker or life but I’ll give it a shot. Sarcastic, motivated, loyal, easy going, dedicated.
What proportion of poker is luck and what proportion skill?
In the short run luck can have a much bigger factor but in the long run I would say it’s 80-90% skill.
What do you consider is your biggest accomplishment in poker?
I would say being the most profitable short-hended SNG player in the world has to be my biggest poker accomplishment, as well as just crushing just about any six-man profit leaderboard there is. I also have a pretty good shot at being #1 on the CardPlayer 2007 any stakes total profit leaderboard by the end of the year, which is total profit for all SNGs for 2007.
Which online poker players do you consider to be the best? And why?
As far as SNGs go, I would have to say that bigjoe2003 and LuckboxFromHell/River Prayer are the best I have played with. They make very few mistakes and their results speak for themselves.
What are some tips and tricks you can give out to the readers that might improve their games/build a bankroll? What do you suggest is the best ways to improve?
I think too many people spend more time playing than they should and less time studying when they’re trying to improve. You have to find a good balance between playing and studying. People just get greedy and play more because you don’t make money while studying. I think it’s also because people get bored pretty easily when studying. Studying certainly isn’t fun but if you want to be a great player you have to put in the time.
Which one poker book/video, if any, revolutionised the way you play poker?
The Harrington on Holdem series really helped me a lot and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into the game.
Thanks Jhub and good luck getting to the top of all those leaderboards for ’07.