130 – Adam Neal – The Pressures of Becoming a Poker Personality

Adam Neal

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Poker and rap? You’d better believe it. In fact, Adam “IT5PAYDAY” Neal scored himself not just one but TWO huge poker opportunities with his music.

After winning a contest with his rap video, Adam put his life in England on pause to fly out to the Virgin Islands to patriciate in Bill Perkin’s Thirst Lounge project.

In this episode, Adam Neal shares what it’s like to drop everything and live as a professional for a while, coming back to reality, and finding love for the game again.

Check out Adam’s new album LNC The Other Side of Me on Amazon.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[00:00:33] Welcome to the Mindset Advantage Podcast

  • [00:01:19] Adam turns his poker hobby into something more…
  • [00:03:16] Life after Thirst Lounge and back into reality

[00:04:23] What is it like to take the leap and go full time?

  • [00:06:37] Adam’s big Gladiator tournament win
  • [00:08:10] Far away from home, playing poker six days a week…

[00:09:39] A day in the life of Adam these days

  • [00:11:05] Rediscovering enjoyment in the game again
  • [00:11:50] What if you realize the grind life isn’t for you?

[00:13:49] Adam’s rap music wins him two huge poker opportunities…

  • [00:16:51] How is rap battling like poker?
  • [00:19:02] The losing side of a rap battle…
  • [00:21:03] The pressure to perform on stage and at the tables…

[00:22:58] Adam’s new album The Other Side of Me

  • [00:24:33] Adapting to a COVID performing world…

[00:26:12] Don’t be in a rush to make your place in the poker world…

  • [00:28:47] Take the shot (but don’t keep taking them)…

[00:29:30] Where can you find Adam online?

[00:30:39] Wrap-up

3 Key Points

  1. You may find the daily full-time grind life isn’t for you. Adam is rediscovering how poker fits into his life after the pressure of Thirst Lounge and devoting time to creating content out of his rap music and growing his career.
  2. Take the big shot if the opportunity arises—but don’t keep taking risky shots. Challenge yourself to move up in stakes if your bankroll can support it but be cautious about sabotage yourself in the process.
  3. Playing poker will always be different when you’re aware of an audience. Adam says that when you’re streaming on Twitch, you’re also entertaining people, and it’s a tougher job than it looks.


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