137 – Robbie Strazynski – The Poker Writer

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Motivated by his passion for poker, journalist Robbie Strazynski started writing about poker for fun through his blog and newsletter at CardPlayerLifestyle.com.

As his audience grew, Robbie transitioned his passion project into a full-time career, and now he attends poker events around the world, capturing stories from celebrities and poker pros.

In this episode, poker journalist Robbie Strazynski of CardPlayerLifestyle.com shares how he got his start in poker media, discovered his niche, and turned his love for the game into his dream job.

If you love the game of poker, you don’t have to limit yourself to playing professionally. There’s a wide industry around poker—where might you fit in? Click play to hear Robbie’s story.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[00:00:33] Welcome to this episode with guest Robbie Strazynski

[00:01:24] Robbie gets his start in the poker industry as a hobby writer

  • [00:05:12] Making the transition into poker writing full time
  • [00:06:41] Captivating the right audience in the world of big poker news sites

[00:08:46] What’s it like to do what you love for a living?

  • [00:12:41] How does Robbie land celebrity interviews?
  • [00:15:13] Advice for getting started in the poker media industry
  • [00:17:57] Growing your network—say yes to opportunity!

[00:20:22] What separates the great players from the mediocre? Robbie shares insight…

  • [00:22:06] Consistently learning, putting in the hours of study…

[00:24:34] Robbie’s favorite past events he’s covered

[00:27:20] An unconventional career choice for an Orthodox Jewish person…

  • [00:28:52] Robbie’s positive and optimistic approach to poker journalism

[00:31:17] Where can you learn more about Robbie and his podcasts?

[00:33:45] Wrap-up—thanks for checking out this episode!

3 Key Points

  1. If you’ve been considering a career in poker, think beyond playing cash games and tournaments. Robbie combined his passions for writing and poker to create his own unique place in the industry.
  2. Interested in getting your start in poker media? Robbie says it’s all about your network. Whether online or in person, make connections and say yes to every opportunity that comes your way.
  3. What separates great players from all the rest? From his years of observation, Robbie noticed that the truly professional elite separate their egos from the money, and they consistently put in the study needed to stay ahead of the field.


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