Carlos “loxxii” Welch is a grinder if ever there were one. The former math teacher was happily learning the game playing small-stakes online tournaments until Black Friday complicated that plan. Undeterred, he now travels to casinos, sleeping in his truck or on sofas to keep the trips cost-effective. We talk to him about bumhunting WSOP satellites, the dearth of black poker players (especially women!), and riding Las Vegas public transportation in the middle of the night.
You can follow Carlos on twitter @HipHop101Trivia. As the name suggests, he knows his hip hop. Here are recommended songs from the artists he mentioned on the show:
J. Cole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO97eMXF9K0
Black Thought (lead rapper of The Roots) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHRLXvvLO_U
Sha Stimuli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oYfjnDZAYc
3D Na’Tee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9J0-salzCE
You can read more about Carlos’ first year as a professional poker player on the Tournament Poker Edge forums. He’s also promised to answer questions diligently and thoroughly in the comments section here!
0:27 Hello and Welcome; Andrew and Nate arrive in Las Vegas
10:05 Strategy: Pre-flop decisions with AK
46:00 Interview: Carlos Welch
$2/$5 NLHE at the Rio.Villain 1 ($500) raises UTG to $20. Hero ($500) calls UTG+2 with AKo. Villain 2 calls UTG+4. Villain 3 reraises to $75. Villain 1 calls. Hero shoves. Villain 2 folds. Villain 3 calls. Villain 1 calls.
$1/$2/$3 NLHE at the M8trix in San Jose. Hero covers the table and opens to $10 UTG+2 with AhKc. MP ($350) raises to $35. BB ($350) calls. Hero calls.
Flop (~$105): Kh 7c 2h. BB checks, Hero checks, MP bets $85, BB calls, Hero shoves.