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Episode Info:

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 Labors of Arlie” Poker Stars challenge.

Visit The Mindset Advantage Podcast or find us on iTunes to subscribe, visit previous episodes, and learn more about your host, Elliot Roe.

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:

3 Key Points

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


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