The #LongGrass :: Week 5
Hello and welcome to the fifth addition of Enter the #LongGrass brought to you by 8-12Hz.
Today we welcome our Poker Star Patrick “IrEgption” Tardif to join us and discuss his recent up and coming within his now fruitful poker career.
Hi there Patrick, we’ll start off just by asking you to introduce yourself to the fans. Who are you, and where are you from?
My name is Patrick Tardif and I’m a freshly graduated university student from the University of Western Ontario. I was born and mostly raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, but for the last 10 years I’ve lived in London Ontario.
How long have you been playing poker and what or who got you into it?
Oddly enough my first “real” exposure to poker is weird. I had just moved to London and for some reason my mom brought me to my real estate agents house to hang out. I don’t know I guess we were friends with them or something at this point. Anyways at 13 years old I was getting bored, so they said “hey wanna play poker downstairs?” Of course I obliged and I was playing play money tournaments. I remember blowing all their play money in the process but I was having an incredible time.
How I got into it at a serious level would definitely be due to one of my great friends, Eddie. It was a standard Monday morning in Calculus class when I noticed someone in front of me had a Pokerstars logo backpack. I recognized it instantly as it was a reward you could get in the Pokerstars store. It was the catalyst towards us sparking a conversation. He turned me into the degen I am today no doubt! Any successes or failures will directly link to the beginning of our friendship haha. He was slightly older, slightly wiser and brought a ton of experience poker wise to the table. He started me down the path I’m on today.
Do you have any inspirations or others that have taken you under their wing e.g. a coach?
Throughout my journey as a poker player I’ve had a few players take me as a student. Oddly enough one of them was merely 18 at the time. He was playing before legal age like myself, but began to amass some big success. I’d have to credit a lot of my major success in tournaments and my overall play to him. He opened my eyes to what I should seriously be thinking about and my overall mindset. He recently has had some big success in the past few months, winning a prestigious tournament on Pokerstars for $180,000 and won a Latin American Poker Tour main event for roughly $180,000.
I’ve also had a professional player from Las Vegas who has essentially helped tone my game. I’ve been grateful for the doors and relationships he helped open for me, as he’s been a big part of sculpting my poker career as well.
Overall, poker coaching is an absolute MUST if you want to succeed. I would be nowhere near the level I am without their guidance. Even then, it’s still been a long process and a lot of hard work.
Now I personally know that your poker career wasn’t always a bed of roses, can you tell us a bit about your journey to your recent successes?
I decided in October of 2013 to get 100% serious. I made up my mind that if professional poker was in my future, I’d have to make the decision then and there whether I’d put in the time and effort to go through with it. It was around that time I met my first coach, Shak (the previously mentioned LAPT Main event winner). After having some small successes here or there, I was essentially forced to withdraw my poker roll to pay for real life needs. It hurt my game as I rarely played and never recovered from my depletion of funds.
Then around March of 2014 I met someone by the name of Max. He was a law student from Miami who was a former professional. He was forced to quit due to ‘Black Friday’ which occurred in April of 2011. What had happened was the FBI had seized the major poker sites that operated in the US illegally. They then released all but one of the sites, but US players were no longer allowed to play. Since he was in school he chose not to continue his poker career and instead focused on school. With that prefacing, he had discovered me on a small poker website which operated using cryptocurrency. He felt I had some raw talent and wanted me to play a specific variant of poker called ‘Pot Limit Omaha’. It is just like Texas hold’em but instead of getting two cards you receive four. The major difference is that no matter what, you must only use two cards from your hand and three community cards on the board to make the best possible five card hand. As you can imagine, more cards makes for a more exciting game. It also made for a lot more risk. We reached an agreement where he would stake me the money to play, and we would split profits 50/50. It is a standard deal in the poker world and is a very common thing.
Unfortunately, things didn’t seem to pan out as planned. I was not successful in this form of poker. He wanted me in cash games, but I was seeing no success. I did however continue my successes as a tournament player. It was an unfortunate scenario where I sort of lost a lot of my passion as I was deeply down on myself on not being able to be a winning player in PLO. It wasn’t until October of 2014 where I turned myself around again. I began playing cash games and saw significant results. But again, by March of 2015 I was struck with more life expenses.
And now we are brought to the present situation. As of March 12th, I had begun my journey with a $50 bankroll. As of today, I have turned it into roughly $5,000. While not particularly too much in my opinion, I feel like this is an incredible feat for myself. I’m breaking barriers every day, and really seeing results of my hard work in my play. It has become an exponential growth that I really do hope continues.
As an up and coming player do you have any advice for those who are just getting into poker, the dos and don’ts?
DO get coaching. Trust me, it means the world of difference for you. There are so many unknown unknowns in poker it will blow your mind
DO make friends in the poker world. Find people near your level, and talk poker! Ask questions, describe hands and get opinions. You’ll find once you open yourself up to criticism you’re able to learn from your mistakes more efficiently and allow yourself to be more honest with yourself.
DO learn bankroll management. Seriously, this is one of the most important things. You can be the best player in the world, but if you don’t learn to manage your poker roll, it doesn’t matter; you’ll end up busto before you know it.
DON’T get too emotional. Swings happen and everyone loses at some point. No poker player EVER wins every time they play. You can possibly go years without winning (this case would be if you’re playing the best of the best, not so much the smaller levels of poker). It is trailing but you must be objective about it.
DON’T play casino games. I’m not saying never play them, but don’t play them with poker money. It’s a recipe for disaster. That’s just my opinion though.
DON’T be afraid. Don’t be afraid to take chances if you think your right about something. Often your gut instinct is the best. If you find out your gut led you in the wrong direction, evaluate the scenario and improve. If you can’t trust yourself, you’ll only lose in the long run.
DON’T overplay. For the majority of people, balance is key. It’s very easy to drain yourself if you don’t respect your body. Take days off. Even weeks off is ok. The last thing you want to do is play when you aren’t at your best. It’s like lighting money on fire.
What are your aims/goals for the future?
Current goals include amassing a poker bankroll that will allow me to play at a professional level. I still think I’m far away from that, but it’s becoming more and more realistic with each passing day.
My future goals are to get into a physical activity and travel. It’s important to maintain balance, and not keep my mind 100% on poker.
I’d also like to teach English in Japan. It’d be one heck of a cultural experience and I really feel it’s a great opportunity for me to be myself and give back.
Do you have any shout outs?
The VwS fam, all my twitch viewers, Ryan, Max, Shak, Eddie Bentley the Prestige poker group, and anyone else I forgot as I typed this. Love ya all.
Thank you for your time and one last question before we finish off, where can everyone find you i.e. social media links?