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The Round Table – Players to Watch – Jeremy ‘Chipsteela’ Menard

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Definitely a player to keep your eye on, Jeremy Menard has accomplished more in the online world than a lot of poker players. Playing on PokerStars as EndlessJ and Full Tilt Poker as Chipsteela, he is a record winning Triple Crown champ and has won more than $1.2 million dollars between the different sites.

KL: Why poker?
I've never really been into having a real job. I like the amount of freedom I have with playing online, especially the ability to travel without having to work around a work schedule. The fact that I can make a good living by just using my intellect to outsmart others is crazy to me, I love it. Also the feeling of accomplishment you get from winning a tournament is so sick; it definitely keeps me coming back.

KL: Why do you think you have been able to be successful at the game and others just aren't?
I think that it takes a lot of hard work and discipline to really learn the game to the point where you can be a profitable player in the long run. Not everybody has this ability to put in the work. I also have gotten pretty good at recognizing tendencies in people, some of what I've learned through studying psychology in college. I think this adds to my edge as it allows me to pick up on people's betting patterns more quickly and also helps me to adapt to the changing dynamics that occur throughout a tournament.

KL: You recently won a Triple Crown in a crazy way – tell us about that.

First of all a Triple Crown in the online poker world is when a player wins 3 tournaments on 3 different sites with each tournament having at least 100 participants, all during a week's time span. It all started when I won the $50 1 Rebuy 1 Add-On tournament on PokerStars on a Tuesday. After that I managed to pull off a win in a tournament on Ultimate Bet the next Monday. Since I had like half a day left after this to get a win on another site it didn't seem like the easiest feat. The one site I had left was Full Tilt though and they have lots of good daily tournaments so I decided to go for it. The first tournament I played I ended up going deep in and getting 2nd after losing a huge race 4 handed. The next two I managed to bubble the final table. Then I played the 100 rebuy, which has just been added to Full Tilt's daily schedule, and ended up finishing in 3rd. I was so close but still hadn't pulled it off. I had one tournament left, the $30K Guaranteed $120 KO which started exactly 15 minutes before the first tournament I won. When I got deep in this I decided there was no way was I going to let this one slip. I ended up taking down the tournament and getting my 5th career Triple Crown.

KL: What are you most proud of in your poker career?

About a year ago I managed to win a Triple Crown in 24 hours, something that had never been accomplished at the time. It was a pretty cool feeling knowing that I was the first one to pull this off, and also because this was the first Triple Crown I had won.
KL: What is the most important thing you want to accomplish in poker?

I would like to have a win in a major live tournament. Up until now I have had a tough time going deep in any live tournament, and it’s really been bothering me. It would definitely feel great to know that my online skills can transfer over to live success where the prize pools are so much bigger in comparison.

KL: What is the biggest mistake you see people making online?

It seems like right now the biggest mistakes I see involve people not having a plan before they start playing a hand. By this I mean when people are not taking into consideration their stack size, other people's stack sizes behind them and the tendencies of the different players at the table.

This is especially important deep in tournaments when post flop play becomes way less common. An example of this would be you are sitting in the big blind with a stack equivalent to 25 big blinds. An aggressive player in late position with a big stack decides to open for a standard 3x the big blind raise and it folds to you, you have a A-9 offsuit and decide that this player could easily be stealing your blind so you decide to make a resteal. You reraise 3x his raise and he instantly moves all in. You think about it and decide that you are most likely behind despite the fact that you have put in over 1/3rd of your stack. This is a huge mistake. Before you even decide to reraise you have to know whether you are going to call an all in or not. If you’re not going to call an all in then you probably shouldn't reraise to begin with. By going into the hand without a plan you have just spewed off 1/3rd of your stack without even seeing a flop. In this situation you are getting the odds to call with almost any 2 cards after your reraise.

Have a plan before you even start to play the hand as far as how you will react if you are reraised, moved in on, etc. and play the hand accordingly. This will save you so many chips in the long run.

KL: What do you think about the training sites? Is it hurting the games because people are getting better?

Training videos are making the average player much better at poker, this is getting blatantly obvious. I actually had a subscription to a site and it helped me plug some leaks about a year ago. I really think it’s just causing the game of poker to evolve. By that I mean the good players are just going to have to learn to adapt to the fact that there aren't as many fish at the tables and change their game accordingly to still be profitable with the higher level of competition. Training sites are really helping take poker to a whole new level, so I don't think they are bad for the game.

KL: Where is your favorite site to play and why? What games? What stakes?

My favorite site to play on is Full Tilt Poker by a long shot. This is because the blind structures of their tournaments are so much better than PokerStars; they have such a wide range of tournaments to play during the day and at night with good sized prize pools, and I think the fields have gotten a lot weaker on there as well making the tournaments more profitable. I usually stick to mid-stakes through high stakes tournaments, and I enjoy playing rebuy tournaments the most. Rebuys are great because I can gamble during the rebuy period to get a stack and then use that stack to my advantage throughout the rest of the tournament, thus increasing my edge.

KL: Do you play live? Which events?

I have played a few live events, but my results are nothing to brag about. I've been to Aruba a few times, the Bahamas for the PCA, and the WSOP the past two years. I live in North Carolina so the closest legit casinos are in Atlantic City which is quite a drive. I'd like to start playing more live, it’s great to get to meet all the guys I play with online on a regular basis. I'll definitely be back in the Bahamas in January for the PCA, and hopefully I can put up a good score.

KL: If you could change one thing about poker what would it be?

I would change the fact that for the most part it is illegal to play here in the states online. This makes it much more difficult to get money online and also to withdraw money off some sites. To me it’s pretty ridiculous that the government is using our tax dollars to crack down on online "gambling" when they could actually be making money if they decided to make it legal and regulate it instead.  

KL: Who are the most underrated players online? Why do you think so?

Two of my friends whose screen names are Hixx and Chicagocards1. They both play extremely well and have been around for a little while without achieving the huge scores and results I think they deserve. Hixx has been deep in several big live tournaments along with online ones and ran into some bad luck before the final table. Chicagocards1 has a great understanding of the game and plays so solid, but can't seem to prevent himself from getting sucked out on deep in anything meaningful. There are so many really good players that don't get much respect because they don’t have those huge scores that get noticed. This is often due to them running well below expectation.

KL: What is the best poker advice you have ever received?

Tight is not necessarily always right.

KL: What is the biggest run you have ever done in one day?

I would have to say when I won the Triple Crown in 24 hours. I made 5 final tables that day and won 3 of them. I'm not really sure how much I profited but just the feeling of accomplishing all that in one day is something I will always remember.

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Like a wheel, the Round Table is a circle of adventures and victories, beats and stories, and life as it unfolds with a cast of characters that may, or may not, have joined you in your home on a local TV program. There's so much more to poker than what you see on TV. Although I won't use canvas, I will paint the full picture for you as I follow the lives of some of your favorite (and some unknown) players. The Round Table is an ongoing series of life, viewed full circle.

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