090 – Arlie Shaban – The 12 Labours Of Arile

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In this episode, Arlie Shaban, full-time poker player and Twitch streamer, talks about what it was like to stream 125 days in a row for 8 hours a day – a total of 1,000 hours – and get challenged by Poker Stars. Elliot and Arlie discuss extreme tilts, online trolls, and how he has learned to control his temper during a bad beat. Listen in to hear an Enterprise Rent-a-Car employee turned full-time poker player share his journey to becoming a professional player and progress on the “12 Labours of Arlie” Poker Stars challenge.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[00:50] – Arlie Shaban is a Twitch streamer who has just been challenged by PokerStars for a chance to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass

[01:20] – Arlie’s Introduction

[01:30] – Arlie’s been playing poker full-time for 15 months; he hated working a regular job and loved poker

[02:30] – He had a mentor to learn Twitch and Twitch poker; he went through the Max-Value Training Program

[03:35] – Starting in November of 2017 he streamed 125 days in a row for a total of 1000 hours; he has an intense work ethic and went all-in

[04:25] – Now he’s a full-time Twitch poker streamer

[04:40] – What it was like to stream 125 days in a row, 8 hours a day

[04:43] – He was confident and over-prepared; it was harder than he thought but he wasn’t willing to fail

[06:50] – The challenges Arlie faced

[07:00] – Arlie can grind for months; he thought that would translate well to streaming, but he completely underestimated its intensity and negativity

[07:32] – He thought since he was on Big Brother Canada, he could handle anything; but he found streaming draining and distracting

[09:30] – You have less time to study when you’re streaming; he stopped studying for a while

[10:05] – Study and play hours

[10:15] – He’s not consistent and doesn’t have a set schedule

[12:23] – This past month he was at an 85% ROI; he’s up almost $4,000 and plays small $22 games and below

[12:45] – The 12 Labors of Arlie challenge

[13:10] –Poker Stars noticed his 1,000-hour challenge

[14:00] – He later did a 43-hour stream and got 1,400 followers

[14:45] – Poker Stars challenged him to the 12 Labors of Arlie, which were 12 random challenges

[15:22] – He’s on challenge 5 now and just found out that the challenge is for a $30,00 platinum pass

[16:30] – Breaking down the challenges

[17:00] – Jamie Staples, the Twitch “Granddaddy,” set-up inspiration and things to do to improve his streaming and brand

[18:30] – Mindset improvement challenge: He must clip when he has a bad beat and record himself having a positive reaction

[19:30] – Arlie has intense swings and thought that’d be his barrier to entry in poker

[20:10] – He realized that if he wanted to become a professional he would need to teach himself to not have negative reactions

[21:05] – He understands poker enough to play without emotions affecting him

[21:30] – As an MTT player, you should understand that you will have bad beats

[22:00] – Play your best and you’ll be profitable over time

[22:30] – As he’s gotten better and made more money, his reactions have improved

[23:25] – Down time and study time is critical for success; playing 8 hours a day every day isn’t sustainable over time

[24:40] – Consistency is key

[24:55] – The most extreme tilt he’s had was with chats; he used to have a fan near his bed that he’d break

[26:15] – He’d lose it over super-small stakes; he turned off chats for years because he knew how much it impacted him

[27:10] – Where to find Arlie: Arlie.tv

3 Key Points

  • Mentorship and training programs can help you improve your game faster.
  • It’s important to balance your study and play time.
  • Unchecked negative emotions will hinder your success.



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