Terrence Chan PokerVIP AMA
•Edited 2 years ago
For reasons fully beyond my comprehension, Scott and Jon here at PokerVIP think that people would be interested in my doing an AMA for the forum here.
A little bit about myself: I started playing poker in 1999, randomly jumping into a cigarette smoke-filled 4-8 limit hold'em game (basically the only type that was around then in my area!), then learning more about LHE through the internet and Lee Jones' book. I became obsessed with beating small-stakes hold'em and posting on forums (rec.gambling.poker for those who might remember). I one day got an e-mail out of the blue from a guy named Isai Scheinberg. We spoke on the phone and for a while I did some consulting for his yet-to-be-named idea for a poker site.
By 2002, PokerStars was up and running and my consulting gig was complete. Isai asked me to work full-time for him and so I moved to Costa Rica to become Manager of Support Operations, working directly under Isai and Mark for a little over two years.
At the end of 2004, jealous of my friends who were crushing internet poker and travelling all over the world, I left my job at PokerStars to play poker full time.
In that 2005-2012 era where I played full time, I was mostly playing NLHE SNGs and went back to playing LHE. I found that I was pretty good at heads-up LHE in particular and started playing 200-400 to 1000-2000 on Stars, Full Tilt, and some of the European sites. HULHE was the bulk of my income during these years but the last few years I was not getting any real action and to be frank was getting pretty bored of/burned out on poker.
I was then contacted by Joe Versaci, who knew me from our respective days at PokerStars, and he asked me to come work for him in Las Vegas with Ultimate Poker in early 2013. I stayed there for a little over a year, and of course UP closed up shop about six months after that.
Since then I have focused on my mixed martial arts "career". Most of my day is spent training my body for MMA. I've fought four times as an amateur and once as a pro. I was supposed to fight pro again next month, but that event literally got cancelled this week
I do some amount of +ev ventures (most of which I probably can't talk about), passive investing, and consulting. I also host the 2+2 PokerCast alongside Adam Schwartz every week where we talk about the week in poker.
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