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Play at the WSOP Main Event Free - Lubo “crazydonkinc”

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This $14,000 dream package for a WSOP Main Event seat all started with a journey that began in February 2010 at FullTiltRakeBack.com.  The package was broken down to a $10,000 buy-in and $4,000 for travel and accommodations.  Before undertaking the challenge, the player that won the package broke it down in a manner that allowed him to assess if the package had value for the hours spent to win it due to the time required and variance involved vs. the rewards.

Meet the winner, Lubo - crazydonkinc:

PokerWorks:  What is your full name?

Lubo: 
Oh Boy!  It has funny letters (he pronounces it).  That’s why most of my friends and my girlfriend just call me Lubo.

Pokerworks: How do you spell it?

Lubo: 
L-u-b-o

PokerWorks:  No, the real one.

Lubo:
  Oh…the real one…Ljubomir

PokerWorks:  Where were you born?

Lubo: 
In Denmark.  My parents are from the formerYugoslavia.

PokerWorks:  What is your birth date?

Lubo:
  I’m old.  *laughter* The 17th of April, 1974.

PokerWorks:  Where do you live now?

Lubo:
  I live in Denmark, in Copenhagen.

PokerWorks:  Did you make the trip alone or bring a friend or girlfriend/wife.

Lubo:
A friend came with me, my girlfriend had to work.

PokerWorks:  Is this your first trip to the US?

Lubo:
  This is actually my third trip.  Two years ago I took a west to east coast drive with my girlfriend.  We took four weeks off from work and started in San Francisco.  The only thing we had booked was a car for four weeks and two nights in San Francisco, we just drove to where we wanted to drive.

PokerWorks:  So you didn’t play any poker then?

Lubo:
  Yeah, we played, we actually paid for the trip.  I think the trip cost us $1,700 or $1,800 all-in-all when we got back.  We had four nights in Vegas and mainly stopped all the way and I played poker everywhere I could.

PokerWorks:  Do you play live in any casinos when you are home?

Lubo: 
We play in Sweden because the casino law in Denmark is made by the casino and is only for the casino.  And also, all the good players that I know take a car and just go to Sweden.  In Denmark the rake is too high and you have to tip the dealer on each hand you win.

PokerWorks:  What is your favorite poker game?

Lubo:
  No limit Holdem, I’m mainly a no limit player. I’m trying to learn Omaha to have something else because I honestly believe that’s going to be the next big thing.

PokerWorks:  Are you interested in 8 or Better or just high?

Lubo:
  Until I learn it, I’m only playing high…just until I learn it.  I think it’s the next big thing.

PokerWorks:  Isn’t pot limit pretty much what is played in Europe?

Lubo:
  It’s only pot limit.

PokerWorks: You mentioned learning to play 7 Card Stud first.  When you played, was it only pot limit?

Lubo:
  No, that was limit.  But that was back in ’92-’93.

PokerWorks:  You were really a baby then… *laughter*

Lubo: 
I was like 18…18 or 19 when I learned to play stud.

PokerWorks: Have you played in many casino poker tournaments?

Lubo:
You would have to define many.  I would describe myself as mainly a cash game player – that’s my strength.  The deeper we are with money, the more poker there is in it, that’s my strength.  I play tournaments mainly for diversion and because it’s fun.  I play tournaments but it’s not my main game.

PokerWorks:  What is your favorite online poker site?  Kind of guessing that it’s Full Tilt.

Lubo:
  I haven’t played any place but Full Tilt for almost a year now.

Pokerworks:  What’s your screen name online?

Lubo:
  Crazy Donk Incorporated, I couldn’t put the incorporated so I just put ‘inc,’ crazydonkinc.

PokerWorks:  Do you play on other sites besides FullTiltRakeBack?

Lubo:
  I used to play on Ladbrokes back when I started playing online but the game simply got to where it was only regulars at the end so I changed to Stars for a short period of time but I didn’t approve of the way of treating players and they raked a lot.  Then I just picked Full Tilt because I liked their software and it was pretty much an accident – the rakeback deal I found.  I always have the attitude towards poker that rakeback is nice to have but your main winnings should be coming from the game itself, so if I get $1,000 rakeback and that’s all I’m making, I should do something else.

PokerWorks:  Before you play the Main Event, you are going to play another WSOP event and if you win, half of your winnings go to charity.  What is that all about?

Lubo:
  The day before we left, I found out that Betfred would sponsor the buy-in of an event if a player could be found to play in it, but the rule was 50% had to go to charity, it doesn’t matter which charity.  Betfred is working together with PokerNet – that’s event #54 I think.

PokerWorks:  That will get your feet wet for the main event, right?

Lubo:
  Yeah, I played the EPT in Copenhagen about a year ago so I have tried playing big buy-in tournaments.

PokerWorks:  When you played the EPT, that’s a PokerStars event, right? Did you qualify through PokerStars or did you just buy in?

Lubo: 
Yeah, I think it is.  No, there was a live qualification for Danish players at a local poker club where we paid about three and a half thousand Danish…that’s around $550.  It was like a super satellite and I was one of those four seats.

PokerWorks:  This tournament, the main event, is absolutely huge and there could be upwards of 7 to 8,000 players.  Does that bother you at all or do you even think about it.

Lubo: 
No.  I don’t think about it.  The thing I have to think about is the players I play with on the table.  I can’t let it affect me whether there are 8,000 or 3,000 players.

PokerWorks:  So you are just playing to get through day 1, right?

Lubo:
  Yeah, I looked at the structure and I can’t see any reason to risk blowing your chips on day 1 because we are starting with 30,000…we’re starting with 300 big blinds.

PokerWorks:  So you don’t plan on going broke on two Aces right away?

Lubo
:  No!  If I end up with a set that gets cracked, so be it, but one pair or two pair, I’m not going to go broke on those.

PokerWorks:  If you sit down with a known pro at your table, do you think it will affect you?

Lubo:
On day 1, probably not.  I won’t be willing to go broke, so if I have a decent hand, I’m probably going to just check/call him down.  But later on it might because they have more table experience than me.  I might have played more hands than they have, all-in-all, but they have more live table experience so it’s hard for me to say that it won’t affect me.

PokerWorks:  Do you play online every day?

Lubo: 
Yeah, but not this month because I’m here, but I’ve kept Iron Man status every month since I started playing at Full Tilt.

PokerWorks:  Is the Iron Man a particular series?

Lubo:
  The Iron Man is making 200 player points a day, for 25 days each month, and then you earn Iron Man for that month.  I’ve had Iron Man status for the year that I’ve played there.

PokerWorks:  Do you have a real job or just play poker fulltime?

Lubo:
  I used to.  I was a financial analyst and stopped about mid December.

PokerWorks:  Do you have any plans to go back to anything else or do you see yourself as a poker player until late in life?

Lubo: 
Had you asked me that six months ago, I would have said a poker player.  I think I will go back to having a part time job…not because of the money but because I’m simply too social.  It kind of annoys me that I don’t get out to do things with other people.  I feel it’s me, my girlfriend, and our friends.  So I’ll probably do something for 15 to 20 hours so I can talk to other people…people that have nothing to do with poker.

PokerWorks:  How many tables do you play at once?

Lubo: 
That differs.  For this project, simply because I had to rake so much, I was playing the maximum which is 16 tables on Full Tilt.  My normal game – if I play my A game – is probably around six tables.

PokerWorks:  What limit do you normally play?

Lubo: 
$1-$2 and $2-$4 blind no limit.  The higher you play, the less tables you can play.

PokerWorks:  Do you have friends that you play with online, friends that cheer you on or ping you or chat you while you play? Or are you simply there to play?

Lubo: 
I have a couple of poker friends on my MSN and then I have a real, live friend that goes back to high school. We practically grew up together on poker, talking hands, talking strategies, and every time we have a hand we are in doubt with, we run through it wondering if our moves made sense or not.

PokerWorks:  Do you take notes?

Lubo:
  I use Holdem Manager and I take a lot of notes.

PokerWorks:  Do you have any set rules for your bankroll?

Lubo:
  I’m very conservative with my bankroll.

PokerWorks:  Do you have a certain time level you play to on each day, if you have a bad day do you try to play through it?

Lubo:
  It depends.  If I feel I’m losing because I’m tilting or I’m playing bad, then I can quit after losing 1 buy-in.  If the tables are good and I feel I’m playing OK, I’m just getting sucked out on, then I don’t have a stop loss.

PokerWorks:  Do you have a set number of hours you play a day?

Lubo: 
I have a rule that unless a table is really crazy juicy, then I never play a session above two hours.  I always take at least a half hour break every two hours.

PokerWorks: Would you say you play eight hours a day?

Lubo:
  For this project I was playing too much – for four months – around 8 to 10 hours each day. But normal days I would say I play between four and six.

PokerWorks:  When you started this project, did you believe you could do it, or were you just hoping you could do it?

Lubo:
  I have a university degree in financial analysis and mathematics and I sat down and put it up on an excel sheet and calculated exactly how much I’m raking today on so many hands, so how many hands do I need to play over four months.  I divided that down per day and then asked myself if it was realistic for me to keep playing.  I had to play…I think it was 5,500 hands each day for four months.

PokerWorks:  HOLY SHIT!  That’s a tremendous amount of hands.

Lubo:
  I had to play over 600,000 hands over four months.  Normally I play over 100,000 in a month…can I do this…yeah…I can probably do this.

PokerWorks:  Did you reach a point where you didn’t think you could do it and wanted to quit or were you pumped all the way?

Lubo:
No, I had a problem, I was sick in March for almost two weeks so I had almost 6-7 days that I couldn’t play at all. I really fell behind.  And then I hit a pretty bad downswing at the start of April which didn’t help either.  There was a point where I was like “Oh Shit!  I’m falling behind because I was sick and now I’m hitting a downswing, is the value of this package high enough for the potential losses.”  So I took it one week at a time.

PokerWorks:  Wow!  I admire your constitution!

Lubo: 
It wasn’t easy.  It was harder than I thought.

PokerWorks:  How long have you been playing at FullTiltRakeBack?

Lubo:
  About a year…10 or 11 months, something like that.

PokerWorks:  Would you recommend FullTiltRakeBack to anyone starting out in poker?

Lubo: 
Looking at it now, I would say yes.  Right when I signed up, I was like, umnhhh…only 27% when a lot of my friends playing on European sites had like 45 or 50%.  But the difference is that you have the rake race so if you’re playing the amount I’m normally playing, then you always are in the top three or two of the rake race so that’s like a $1,000 on top so I calculated my true rake back with the $1,000 rake race to be around 35 to 37%.

PokerWorks:  You’re going to be wearing the PokerNews logo patches when you play?

Lubo:
  Yes.

PokerWorks: If you are approached by a major online poker site, asking you to sign with them, would you ask PokerNews for any help in making your decision?

Lubo:
  I don’t know anybody so my first choice would be either Gedas (PokerWorks) that I talk a lot with online, or Andrew (PokerNews) but I think Gedas would be my first choice because he’s the one that I’ve talked a lot online with.

PokerWorks:  Tony G.   You should meet Tony G because he’s really good at finding the best deals and you’d really like him anyway, he’s quite a character.  We’re hoping he comes back for the main event.  When you are approached by major online poker sites, do you have any first picks for ones that you would like to sign with?

Lubo:
  I’ve played a lot of places – software wise – and how I like the playing environment, Full Tilt would be my first choice.  And I don’t know what my second choice would be.  I know a lot of tournament players sign with Stars but I don’t really like the software.  Full Tilt would be my choice.

PokerWorks:  Does your girlfriend play poker?

Lubo: 
Yes.  She learned to play poker through me.  She plays online but she mainly plays $10 Sit n Gos.  She doesn’t mind low buy-in tournaments but she prefers Sit n Gos because it’s about an hour and she plays Full Tilt also -  about 20 Sit n Gos a week.

PokerWorks:  How is she doing overall?

Lubo:
  I have an excel…now I sound like a nerd…sheet because she wanted to keep track so this year she’s about plus $360.

PokerWorks:  That’s good!

Lubo:
  Yeah…she’s not reading books or anything, but she gets annoyed if I say something – like a comment.  When we go to Sweden to play live, she doesn’t play because it’s too deep and she doesn’t like the fact that she can lose 100 big blinds.

PokerWorks:  Do you have any particular pros that you admire or do you follow them very much?

Lubo:
  I watch all of the high stakes cash games and the World Series.  I admire Tom Dwan…Durrrr…and Ivey.  I think those two are simply a class better than everybody else.  Their ability to read people and to have the balls to actually do something…

PokerWorks:  If you had the opportunity to play against a pro or two, who would you choose?

Lubo:
  The question is, do I want to make money or have the experience…

PokerWorks:  The experience.

Lubo: 
Dwan, Tom Dwan.  It would really be interesting and incredible just to see his table presence.

PokerWorks:  For experience, Dwan, but if you wanted to make money?

Lubo: 
I would be an underdog against all of the pros, there’s no doubt about that.  But probably I would say Hellmuth and the reason I would say that is because a lot of the time I feel he kills himself.  A lot of times when he has a good hand, he slow plays it and lets other people catch up, where Tom and Ivey simply put pressure on you all the time.

PokerWorks:  Do you mind telling the world what you make a year playing online poker?

Lubo: 
Including rakeback and bonuses and things like that it's a lot but I'd rather not say.

PokerWorks:  Obviously, you’re a winning player without rakeback.

Lubo:
  Yes, my goal has always been that rakeback is nice to have but you shouldn’t need to have it.

PokerWorks:  Will you play poker for the rest of your life?

Lubo: 
I’m sure I will play for the rest of my life and it could be full time but I found out this last six months that I’m simply too social.  I need something else.  I need to talk to people that have nothing to do with poker and I won’t be a full time pro with nothing else on the side.

PokerWorks:  I’m thinking positive for you here – WHEN you make the November 9, what are your plans?  Are you going major party time, going to reflect, going to buy a new car?

Lubo:
  The first thing I’m going to do is call my girlfriend and say “I made it!”  I would have some fun with family and our closest friends and then reflect a lot on ‘what are we doing to do now?’ because it will also change her lifestyle.

PokerWorks: Another November 9 question, will you consider taking coaching from any big name player or a poker site?

Lubo:
  I probably will take something from a good tournament player.  I won’t take it from a cash game player.

PokerWorks:  Do you have any words of advice for a new player coming into online poker?

Lubo: 
Don’t underestimate the importance of bankroll.  The variance in online poker is so hard because you play so many hands compared to live.  I played around 1,000 hands an hour for this project and I had to play around 6,000 a day and you see everything.  At the start, about five years ago, I’ve broken my share of mouses and things being mad. Saying things like, “It can’t be right, cracked my Aces again,” but today I play so many hands, it happens.  As long as I feel good about myself and know I’m not bleeding money…

*Editor’s note:  Lubo is a very attractive, highly dynamic personality with a great sense of humor.  The entire interview was easy, filled with laughter, and his view of approaching poker in a scientific manner and tracking everything via being the ‘nerd’ with excel sheets and notes is one that should be adopted by everyone that takes online poker as a serious means of income.  Good luck Lubo, in everything you do, and thank you for sharing your time with PokerWorks and our readers!*

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