I was born and raised in Southern California and growing up dreamed of working in the entertainment industry. My idols were all comedians like Steve Martin and Dana Carvey and I was infatuated by Saturday Night Live and Monty Python. While pursuing that dream, I worked a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet, everything from ride operator at Disneyland to poker dealer in L.A. and Palm Springs. But eventually I found my way into entertainment and spent twenty years working in the industry, first as a commercial actor starring in over three dozen regional, national, and international spots, then moving on to work as a writer and producer in both the comedy and reality fields, even working with Dana Carvey, fulfilling a long held childhood dream.
Poker began for me during the Moneymaker-boom in L.A. and Vegas. Like most, I was simply a recreational player, never taking the game very seriously. In 2011, an opportunity came that would allow me to attend college. My biggest regret had always been not going to college and I jumped at the chance. My wife and I moved to Virginia and I began pursuing a degree in American history at the University of Virginia. I stopped playing poker entirely during this period, dedicating myself fully to getting as much out of school as possible. But after graduation I picked up the game again and started playing in Atlantic City and local casinos like Maryland Live! and Hollywood Casino in West Virginia. But this time it wasn’t enough to play recreationally. Maybe it had to do with spending the last four years entrenched in academia, but I pursued the game much more studiously and seriously this time around. I hired both strategy and mental game coaches, subscribed to training sites, and have been reading all the books and articles I can get my hands on. It’s made playing this game much more fun and interesting. So now I find myself playing semi-pro and looking forward to becoming a full-time pro sometime in 2017.
I’m still in Charlottesville and spend most of my time studying poker and history and working on this blog. I’m also working a couple of part-time jobs that I absolutely love. One in a presidential house here and another as a research assistant for a former professor at UVA. In my free time, I love exploring the South on road trips with my beautiful, amazing wife and our adorable dog. One of my absolutely favorite things is getting to know fellow poker players who share my passion for the game. So please feel free to contact me and say hello. I look forward to getting to know you.