RecPoker | Episode 507 – TJ Reid

By Jim Reid
August 14, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interviewed TJ Reid from Poker.Org! TJ shared some stories about his journey into the world of poker; from working retail and service jobs to playing full-time. He discusses how he treated poker like a small business by tracking his results and hourly rates. He also discussed the importance of not depending solely on poker for income and shared his definition of a recreational player.

TJ Reid discussed his passion for traveling and playing poker, and how his current role as a live reporter allows him to do both without financial stress. He also talked about the shift in poker reporting towards storytelling and finding interesting content to share with the world. Chris Jones and TJ discussed the success of new approaches to reporting in poker media, including initiatives like First-Hand Hands and Inside the Rail content.

TJ provided valuable advice for recreational poker players, highlighting common mistakes and stressing the importance of situational awareness and having a long-term plan for every decision. He provides some good examples and counter-examples of various spots you might encounter in NLHE tournaments, and also shared the experience of blowing off steam in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker by singing karaoke with friends. Plus we gave away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us LIVE on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!

Follow TJ on his socials:

Twitter: @tjreidpoker



And check out Poker.Org https://t.co/V2bRqAPEd9

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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Time Stamps

00:16Welcome & Introduction
02:44Introduction to TJ Reid
03:10 TJ shares his role in the poker world
04:33How TJ started with poker 
10:49Being able to profit from your hobby
13:00TJ talks about reporting and how he got the job 
19:13Will there be Canadian stops on TJ’s tour?
30:17TJ on organizations’ different approaches to reporting 
35:06TJ shares interesting player stories
40:37Common mistakes less-experienced players tend to make
53:11Looking back in time: One thing TJ would do differently
01:16:41John: Home Game Result updates



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Jim Reid is the host of the RecPoker Podcast and one of the leaders of the free poker learning community at www.rec.poker where you can find an amazing array of training resources and social community activities to help you develop and share your love of this great game we call poker! Learn more about Jim […]

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