The story of a simple guy from Liverpool, who since childhood dreamed of making poker his life’s work, and at 23 he succeeded.
Lukas Robinson, 23, was born and raised in Liverpool, but moved to the Isle of Man at the age of 20, where he lives in Douglas:
“I love Liverpool. I grew up there, my home and my friends were there. When I moved to the Isle of Man, I hated it. I worked in a diner for two years. It’s cool that I managed to get to know other people, but it took me a very long time to get used to it. And then I quit my job and decided to challenge myself and become a poker pro. “
In fact, the guy became interested in poker in his distant childhood. At the age of 11, Lucas wrote in his annual school album that he dreamed of becoming a top poker player and, 21 years later, dreamed of coming to Viva Las Vegas and playing poker:
“My grandfather, dad and uncle all played poker. I fell in love with the game when I was 11. I think because I had a lot of respect for them all and wanted to be like them. And also one day to play with them at the same table. ”
When Lucas turned 18, his father and uncle took him with them to the first live tournament. And he liked it so much that he wanted to make a living with poker. But I thought it would be too difficult to become a professional.
Lucas started streaming last year. And he conducted live broadcasts, combining with the usual work in the family cafe “Fish and chips”. The guy worked out an 8-hour shift in a restaurant, launched a stream at 18:00 and sometimes kept it until 04:00 in the morning. I went to bed, woke up at 09:00 and went to work.
“I remember one day I won my first tournament and made $ 750. I had to play for so long that I was late for my shift. I remember how happy I was then that it finally happened, but I immediately started working in the restaurant. Nobody really understood how much it meant to me. ”
Of course, this lifestyle could not help but affect the well-being of Lucas:
“This schedule has had a big negative impact on my life. I didn’t spend enough time with my family, my girlfriend, and my friends. I didn’t like my job any more, I was tired all the time. But I just knew that if I continued to work harder than anyone else, then one day my dream would come true. ”
On December 16, a video titled “THE BIGGEST ANNOUNCEMENT OF MY LIFE” appears on the Robin Poker channel, in which Lucas announces that he is going to repeat the legendary Arlie Shaban marathon and set a new record: 1000 hours of streaming in 100 days (by 10 hours a day).
Arlie Chaban streamed 1,000 hours over 125 days seven days a week in 2018, earning 8,000 followers and a sponsorship deal with PokerStars.
“I met Arlie one day in London. He told me about his marathon, and this idea still never left my head. But it seemed impossible. And last year I somehow thought, why not try? I am young, I have nothing to lose. When I announced the challenge, everyone thought I was crazy. But I took it very seriously, even talked to a nutritionist.
I spoke with many players about this challenge, but everyone, as one, told me: “You have no idea what you are getting yourself into.” But as soon as I told them how much I love poker and are committed to the game, they all answered: “Go ahead!”
Once I woke up and thought: I’m tired of having a normal job, I want to do what I love. And it’s not about the money. I just wanted to do what I love and what pays off. It was a risk. I quit my job, I had no income, and I didn’t think there would be sponsors. “
The marathon started on January 4, 2021, and we would hardly have known about it if not for a single video. On day 20 of the marathon, Lucas won $ 3,700 in the $ 44 Bounty Builder and could not hold back tears live.
“I cry because it was the hardest decision in my life. It was a huge risk. I discharged from my job. And I didn’t have a big bankroll. Three months ago I was streaming to three viewers, and now I am watching 700. Forgive my emotions. I just want to say thank you to all of you. “
This video went viral, possibly thanks to Ben Spragg, who watched and commented on the moment on the stream. But the main victory of Lucas was still ahead. On Day 98 of the Challenge, Lucas finished fourth in the $ 55 SCOOP-26-M and earned $ 22K – the largest prize in his entire career.
As a result, RobinPoker finished the challenge with a total profit of $ 23,850 and set a new world record. During the challenge, 5000 followers and 500 subscribers signed up for Lucas. Lucas spent part of this money on a birthday present for his mother. The guy gave her a new MINI Cooper.
While Lucas was playing cards, all everyday problems completely fell on the shoulders of the family:
“My whole family cooked my food and went to the store during the whole challenge because I didn’t have a day off. After each stream, it became more and more difficult for me to cook something, so the family’s help was very helpful. ”
Lucas believes that even relatives who are no longer around helped him:
“Although I never saw Uncle Steph, I prayed to him every day during the challenge. That tournament where I won $ 22,000 was the key moment when I won a huge pot and became the chip leader in the top 96. The day before, my dad gave me Stefan’s wallet as a keepsake so that I could get through the last days of the marathon, as the challenge was not going well. As soon as I saw that I was going top 1 out of 96, I realized that Uncle Stefan was there. I was ready to go through this challenge and drag this tournament. Thanks for your help, Steph. I love you”.
Perhaps, as a tribute to Stefan’s memory, on the last stream of the challenge, Stefan drank beer instead of the victorious champagne.
Lucas Robinson warns that his path is not for everyone:
“Being a poker pro is not the same as just playing poker for fun, because if you don’t follow the right path, you can lose all your money. But if you study hard and follow bankroll management, you will give yourself a chance to win money. You need to understand: if I were not lucky, I could have lost all the money. “
Lucas has signed a sponsorship deal with GG and now wants to become the best poker player from Liverpool:
“Now that I have a sponsorship deal, I get paid to play and given free tickets to major events. My goal is to become one of the most profitable, best players from Liverpool. I also want to be one of the biggest poker streamers in the UK and around the world.
Money is not the main thing for me. I just want to live my life doing what I love.
“I’m a simple guy from Liverpool who follows his dream of becoming a poker pro. I’m not special. Nothing was given to me just like that. I just worked hard. Anyone can make their dreams come true. ”
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