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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Weekly Interview Series: Mike "Bigguylegend22" Drummond

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Fellow Lock Elite Pro Mike "bigguylegend22" Drummond is my next interviewee for my new weekly interview series.  He is a cash game specialist and you can read the interview below.

How did you get started in poker?  How old were you?  What did you play?  How did you progress through the stakes and different games?

I got started in poker like every other American, after the Moneymaker boom.  I started playing cash games in high school (age 18) with my friends for $5 and $10 and fell in love with it right away, but when I found out that you could play online I was hooked.  I would deposit $50 here and there but could never really build a bankroll because I lacked the knowledge of proper bankroll management.  I loved playing the highest stakes I could, so that’s what I did.  A couple of times I was lucky enough to turn $50 into $100k or so and that’s when I started taking poker seriously and playing within my bankroll and steadily built it up from there.

What has worked best for you over the years in regards to improving your game?

Watching videos and talking to other poker players can help you learn the math and the situations well, but in heads up the only way to learn is through experience.  Finding out what works and why, developing a feel for the game.  Although math comes into play, developing your own feel and style of play for the game is what it takes to be successful.  When I talk to another poker player or watch an hour long video, I usually only pick up one small thing that I hadn’t thought about before, but overtime those small things add up and that’s how you can become a complete player. 

 How old are you now?

24 years old

How many tables do you usually play online?

As much action as I can get, but usually between 2-6 tables

 How many hours per week do you usually play?  How many total hours a week do you usually spend on poker-related activities?

I try and log 40-50 hours a week and then spend the rest of my time doing things completely non-poker related, balance is definitely important to keep your sanity in poker. 

What kind of a computer setup do you have for playing? Do you use any poker software?

Laptop and 42’’ monitor, I use holdem manager

You got your Lock Pro Elite contract by winning the Bluff Pro Challenge.  During that month you made $90,198 pre rakeback at the tables, with over double the profit of the 2nd place finisher.  Is this your biggest profit month when excluding MTTs?

No, I’ve actually won more than that in a day before (also lost equal amounts).  Back when I was playing 25/50 and 50/100 heads up I’d go on daily swings of 10-50k and have some big swinging months.   I haven’t really played a lot of tournaments in my life but I did chop the Sunday Warmup on stars for 75k or so. 
This year you finished 16th in the WSOPE Main Event for €43,000, which today is worth approximately $56,511. How did it feel to go deep in such a prestigious event and make so much money for just a few days of work?  When you got knocked out, were you happy to go so deep and make a nice chunk of money or were you more upset that you came so close to the big prize?

I was actually the most devastated I’d ever been in poker just because of the way I went out.  The difference between tournaments and heads up cash games is that in tournaments you have to be in control at all times and be very disciplined.  I played perfect for however many days it was, until I blew up on the last hand and bluffed off all my chips.  50k was nice but $2M for first would have been life changing so it was really hard getting that close and coming up short.  Hopefully I’ll get another chance soon.   

What are your short term & long term poker goals?

Now that online has become saturated and less lucrative, I’m transferring trying to expand my repatuare to live tournaments as well.  The places the lives tournaments are, France, Bahamas, Vegas, Australia, are all amazing places and great places to have an excuse to go to.  I want to use poker to travel the world and continue to live the lifestyle I’m living.  I graduated Babson College which is big on entrepreneurship and I do as much as I can on the side trying to pursue side ventures in hopes that I can do something besides playing poker full time.  I’ll never fully stop playing, but not having to do the daily grind would be nice. 

Do you plan on playing more live MTTs in the near future or getting into any other games?

I do plan on traveling  to all the live MTTs now to try and bink a live event.  I’ve started to learn PLO which is the craziest variance I’ve ever experienced, but it’s a lot of fun. 

At this point in your career does poker feel more like a hobby or a job?  Do you still enjoy the game as much as you used to?

It’s definitely a job, and you feel that on your downswings when you have to cutback your life style.  However, I think I’ll always enjoy it and I’ll never stop playing, hopefully I can cut back one day though. 

How long do you plan on playing poker professionally?

As long as it’s still printing money. 

If you weren’t playing poker for a living what would you be doing as a career?

I had a job as a stock broker in New York, I probably would have continued with that, or pursued an entrepreneurial venture of some sort. 

How has your experience at Lock been so far?

Lock has been amazing.  The staff and support and always there to help and make the site the best it can possible be.  The other pros on the site are more of a family then competition, and it seems everyone wants what’s best for everyone.  The games have gotten a lot better with Black Friday, and I continue to play on lock almost every day. 

What do you like to do in your spare time besides poker?

 Basketball is my first passion and what takes a back seat to poker now.  I played in high school and a little in college, and now I get to play almost every day and watch as many games as I can.  I love going out to eat and trying new food.  Going out on weekends to bars and events is my favorite break from poker. 

What are your favorite movies and TV shows?  Who are your favorite bands/musical artists?

Shows: Entourage, Curb your Enthusiasm

Movies: Happy Gilmore, Good Will Hunting

Bands: Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thanks for taking the time to do this & good luck at the tables.

 For more on bigguylegend22 you can follow him on twitter @BigGuyLegend.  You can also check him out on http://shortstackedradio.com/ tonight.
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