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Interview with Cajerogesell an online player (part 1)

Interview with Cajerogesell an online player (part 1) by Vera Capilla

Online poker is not the same as playing sitting at a table, watching the faces of opponents.  When playing on a computer you decipher their ranges through mathematical algorithms. In this interview, ‘Cajerogesell’, a young man who learned to make a living playing poker online, tells us some of his secrets and that this is where the real money is.

How did you first learn about poker?

When I travelled to the United States in 2007 it seemed as if the whole world was playing. Poker was always being shown on television. Upon arriving back in Argentina that winter, with nothing to do, a friend showed me the Everest Poker website. All the players I know started there. The advantage is that it offers short play matches called “Sit & Go’s” with free admission. Actually, I do not remember if they were giving you a dollar to join in the beginning. At the start I deposited $50 and lost 45. I had no idea how to play. But I also happened to enter a tournament with $2 and leave winning 100. Three days later I was back to zero having lost everything.  Ha ha! And so it began.

But you travelled in 2007, after what is known as the “Poker Boom”.

Correct!  The Poker Boom began in 2003, when Chris Moneymaker qualified through a $39 satellite tournament on PokerStars and became the first amateur player to win the World Series. That year the prize was US$2,500,000 and this is what opened the door for everything that came after. The following year the prize amounted to US$5,000,000 which Greg Raymer won. I’m a big fan of the WSOP. At the moment they are all in Vegas playing. I don’t miss a tournament. In 2007 what is known as “Black Friday” occurred. The Government froze all the accounts of Full Tilt, PokerStars and Cereus. The “Yankees” now must register each and every winning, for tax purposes. But gains and losses in poker are not that easy to calculate. Today online gaming is permitted in only two or three States. Many “Gringo” professionals went to live elsewhere to be able to continue playing for a living. My mom made me take out a pension, so I can make contributions into a retirement plan. I don’t even have a bank account, everything I earn is received via Neteller, a virtual wallet. You can even change your winnings into plastic, to use in shops.

The subject of virtual money is very hot. I guess this generates a kind of “market” for poker online.

I must mention that I chose “Cajerogesell” because I came to Villa Gesell when I was 18 years old. The “Cashier” is like the tree selling dollars, which only trades with poker chips. My initial idea was to sell chips to tourists. I know a place in the centre where you get paid $11 for them and they sell them to you at $13. If you have your own customers then you can sell at a middle-price and gain.

Other characters buy and sell chips in a club, walk around with a grimy cap. If you saw them you would not give them a second look yet they move thousands of dollars. I am a regular player, most players are either regular players or “fish”. They are called a “table leg” in the poker lounge because they are the ones who hold it up. The business would not exist without them. There are many “pro” Argentines playing on PokerStars. Three or four are really special: “Pampa27”, “Damian Salas”, and “LeoPeluca” whom I consider the best today, he has the greatest impact as a player, because he adapts to the highest level. He made US$400,000 this year. Spitale Franco, “Rojorulez”, 3rd in Argentina, lives around here, Posta!


So you’re fully committed to living at this.

Yes, absolutely. In the beginning I was a novice, I kept losing. For a time I even stopped playing. I thought I was going to lose all my money; playing at levels that were beyond my bankroll. Playing is easy, playing well is very difficult. I banged my head against the wall as many as fifty times. Then last year I started studying books, and to investigate and study ranges. Rank is the percentage of probability that a hand has to win, from which the player bets. In January this year, I began taking classes with a coach, Luciano Aizenstat, from Semillero SNG . They’ll stake you and then give you classes two times per week. In the beginning they will take 60% of your earnings, then 55% and then 50 %. It is not an online game server, but rather an educational forum. Playing well involves handling twelve windows at the same time, composed around many hands per session and there are many decisions.

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[1]   En enero el torneo fue comprado por Harrah’s Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment Corporation a partir del 2010.

[1]   Se acusó a los fundadores de violar la ley de juego (UIGEA), fraude bancario y lavado de dinero. Full Tilt Poker cerró en 2011 dejando a los jugadores sin oportunidad de retirar el dinero de sus cuentas, en un estimado de U$D300.000.000 virtuales, que serán supuestamente pagados por PokerStars tras adquirir los derechos sobre la marca.


[1]   Ciudad turística de la costa atlántica argentina.

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