On April 8, on the Raise Your Edge podcast, Benjamin “Bencb789” Rolle and Adam “Adam22nojumper” Grandmason discussed the role and impact of poker on Adam’s life for an hour and a half. From this long and interesting conversation, we have selected and translated for you the parts directly related to poker – you can watch and listen to the entire conversation at Raise Your Edge YouTube channel.
Who are Benjamin Rolle and Adam Grandmason?
Benjamin “Bencb789” Rollet (Benjamin Rolle) is a well-known online regular from Austria, creator of the Raise Your Edge course training portal. He has been playing poker since 2011 and as of April 10, 2021 only played in the largest rooms:
- PokerStars: 10,119 tournaments with over $ 33M in prize money (according to PokerProLabs);
- At GGPoker: 209 real name tournaments with an ABI of $ 2,868 and a profit of $ 686,299 (according to SharkScope);
- At partypoker: 102 real name tournaments with $ 3,083 ABI and $ 265,499 profit (according to SharkScope).
Adam «Adam22nojumper» Grandmayson (Adam John Grandmaison aka Adam22) – Creator and Host Youtube podcast “No Jumper”, where he communicates with various representatives of hip-hop culture, journalist, BMX-rider (participates in races on bicycles with trampolines and observes them). His YouTube channel has more than 3.7M subscribers, videos gaining up to 500K views.
His poker career began online in 2003, but there is no data on his success at that time – most likely due to playing in American rooms, which were liquidated after Black Friday in 2011. According to SharkScope, since March 2020 he has been playing on WPN under the nickname “Adam22nojumper” – as of April 10, 2021 he played 2,382 tournaments with ABI $ 95 – his profit is $ 46,523.
How did poker affect Adam’s life?
As Adam told Benjamin, in online poker he has always been fascinated by the opportunity to fulfill himself. He started playing in 2003, but in 2007, when his business began to bear fruit, he realized that he had never really enjoyed the game and did not want to do it anymore. Up to this point, he had won quite often at poker, but by 2007 the field began to play much better – Adam realized that he was increasingly seeing the actions of his opponents, which he could not understand, and was losing to them:
“However, I am grateful to poker for how much time I spent online browsing various sites. It helped me, at the height of blogging culture, to be in the thick of it with my blog about BMX riding and quickly become popular. This completely changed my life – blogging became my life for more than 10 years, and eventually allowed me to become a podcaster. “
This is not the only way online poker has had a positive impact on Adam’s life. In difficult periods of his life, when he was one step away from real depression, it was the ability to walk in and play that kept him from doing more dangerous things. As Grandmason explained, he is prone to addictive behavior (the rapid occurrence of addictions) and it was online poker that allowed him not only to realize this problem, but also to take it under control – for example, not to play more than a couple of times a week. Partly because of this, he once left poker – in order not to give himself a reason to form an addiction:
“I’ve always tended to take risks, including in situations where it’s best not to. At some point while playing poker, I realized that I was bluffing literally every river and making unnecessary risk calls – and began to fight against such impulses. When you notice this, you realize that you have an unhealthy relationship with the game – your ego does not allow you to give up and give up sweats, you make bad decisions due to a lack of self-control. In ordinary life, it was difficult to notice. “
Why is Adam back to poker?
Before the pandemic, Adam did not think to seriously return to the game – about six months before the lockdown, Grandmason sometimes played for fun, but when the covid covered the world, Adam decided to fully engage in poker:
“I thought it was time to seriously work on the game. I try to prove to myself that I can be a winning player in today’s environment. Now I am in awe of what poker looks like. Since I began to approach him from the side of study, my game has improved – I realized that poker has become an important part of my life, I love him. ”
At the same time, Adam noted that for him poker is definitely not about money. He does not believe that he can really win so much money that it will change something in his life. Now his bestkesh – $ 31,843 to win $ 320 BOSS # 46 $ 100K Gtd in March this year, which in terms of his business is literally a drop in the bucket. However, as a confirmation of his skill and the result of his efforts in training, this amount is very important to him.
Interestingly, during the pandemic, Adam has reorganized so much in terms of work that the thought of the end of the pandemic causes fear in him. The reason is that despite his high pre-covid employment and constant involvement in various projects, Adam is a true introvert. Finding a home in a pandemic turned out to be an extremely comfortable (almost ideal) pastime for him.
“People think, looking at my activity in society, that I am 100% extrovert. But in fact, I always need a lot of time alone to balance my social life and feel better. I get a real thrill from the simplicity of playing poker – you sit in front of your computer and play 10 tournaments all day. There is something incredibly comfortable about this. And now I think about all that heap of shit that will be waiting for me in the schedule after the lockdown, and I feel real horror. “
According to him, although he enjoys social life – traveling to music festivals, where he sees people literally every 5 seconds, communicating with guests on podcasts, participating in other filming, it still remains extremely stressful for him. That is why sitting at a PC, playing poker, listening to some podcast in the background, or something else turned out to be so comfortable for him:
“It may sound strange, but I see poker at home and social life outside as a confrontation between order and chaos. Outside the home in the community, anything can happen that you cannot influence, and while playing poker you always know what will happen – for example, I can plant a couple of hundred dollars per session, being ready for it, and feel in the end excellent.”
In the course of the conversation, it turned out that Rolle largely shares the point of view of Grandmason. He also feels relaxed and happy when playing online poker, even when it is streaming, because he doesn’t have to try to be good all the time – you can just play and not sweat it. However, he noted that Benjamin’s ability to identify his problematic behavior is rare:
“Most people, including poker players, do not notice that they have some weak points and think that everything is in order, they have everything under control. Only a small fraction are able to not only notice, but be honest with themselves and admit that they have problems that need to be solved. “
Budget and bankroll: which is right – split or mix?
As Bencb789 pointed out, he never mixes poker bankroll with money he gets from other sources:
“If my bankroll gets smaller, I never take money from my company budget or personal inventory for it. I play high stakes and have strict bankroll management. I know how brutal poker can be, and I’m not sure I’ll be adequate enough in a tough moment to say to myself, “Stop! and not take even more money from outside to spend on the game. In my opinion, it is very dangerous to allow yourself to borrow money from outside to maintain your bankroll. I myself have never been in such a situation, but I am very afraid of it – I am not sure that I can refrain from replenishing my account with the company’s money every time I lose a lot. “
The correct attitude towards a bankroll comes from respect for the game and for your money, according to Benjamin. The game can be cruel, people can become addicted to it and lose a lot of money, get into debt – which is why it is important to set financial boundaries and comply with limits at the start. Of course, this only applies to professional play – recreational players do not need to worry about bankroll, because they enter the game for a good mood first and only second with the hope of winning something else.
He also shared an interesting observation: when he plays expensive tournaments in which huge prizes are paid at the final, he doesn’t really want to get into these prizes:
“I don’t know what dark sides of my personality might open up if I get really rich. Last year at the WPT Main Event, I didn’t want to make it to the finals, much less win a tournament – because I don’t know what that amount of money can do to me. Now I enjoy grinding and playing and I want to maintain a respectful attitude towards money, the game and the chances that may or may not come up. “
Adam supported him, noting that it is extremely important for poker players to act correctly when handling their bankroll. The basis for this should be the desire to maximize EV, even if it is a small amount:
“The right bankroll management is an integral part of the professional approach to poker. For me, the loss of, for example, $ 14 does not really matter in terms of welfare, but I believe that paying for it still needs to be approached correctly. “
He also noted that there are enough stories in poker of people winning and then losing huge sums in a short time – for example, last year Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet went through such a $ 1M swing – and they are a good example of how how cruel and unpredictable poker can be. If even the best players can easily find themselves in such a situation, the weaker ones should take a more responsible approach to bankroll management and definitely not neglect it.
Adam told Ben that he also did not want to lose respect for money, but for other reasons – in his life he saw a lot of people who spent really large sums in one night, and then returned to the land and were forced to take up again for a lower-paid and unpleasant work to earn at least something:
“Their money just flowed away because they didn’t respect their earnings – and I don’t want to be that kind of person. I really love being mean. When I was growing up, my parents taught me never to talk or show people how much money I have – because it affects the way people treat you, makes you vulnerable. “