Go ahead and call Jared
Hubbard a Grinder, he doesn't mind. He'll
let his bankroll do the talking. Between playing
and staking players this year he's made over $450k.
Not bad for a 24 year old guy who only started
playing a few years ago. His specialty isTurbo
Sit NGo's and he plays over 800 of them per week.
He plays so many that he is one of a very few
people to attain SuperNova Elite status at Pokerstars,
so will he go Dario and get a Porsche with all
those FPP...nah...he likes money.
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You have a pretty sick SharkScope Graphs and a
diamond star rating, when you play do you utilize
sites like Sharkscope etc?
Jared: I always have sharkscope
open but don’t use it all that much because
I don’t have that much time between actions
at all of my tables.
How much do you rely on PokerTracker? ICM calculator’s
Jared: I rely pretty heavily
on calculators. I don’t use poker tracker
much anymore. My main site (Cake) isn’t
supported by Poker Tracker yet.
I watched one of your SNG’s; and noticed
some interesting chat. While chatting with another
player, you were basically berating one of the
guy’s you back for being lazy (he was still
sleeping and not playing)… How many guys
do you back? How do you decide whom to back?
Jared: Lol…I think I actually
remember what game you’re talking about
& I was 100% joking. I think I was talking
about Little Kraut, who actually puts in more
hours than any of my other stakees. I’m
a very sarcastic person. I currently back 7 players.
I may be adding an 8th within a couple of months.
I’ve started coaching my friend (voss1313
on Full Tilt) from the ground up & he’s
caught on really fast so I might be staking him
in some high stakes games soon. As far as choosing
who to back, I usually have people put in applications
& base it on stuff like their sharkscope stats,
how many tables they play at once, how many hours
they play, & what tools they’ve used
to improve their game.
How do staking agreements generally work?
Jared: Generally I put up 100%
of the buy-ins & we split the profits 50/50
for a year.
How do you coach your players? (going over HH
or actually watching them play live and getting
their cards via aim).
Jared: I make videos for them.
Some will be me 4 tabling, some will be me reviewing
my own HHs, & some will be me reviewing their
Does coaching someone while their playing seem
unethical? (eg one player to a hand etc…)
Jared: I guess techinically
it would be.
Since you already coach, have you ever considered
joining or starting a training site?
Jared: I’ve never even
really considered it. I’ve gotten many offers
from sites & turned them all down. If I were
to do it I would start up my own site anyway.
I just don’t think it’s worth improving
my opponents & them having a really good read
on me. In fact, the deals I got offered from sites
were actually less than my hourly rate playing
anyway. With my staking agreements I am only teaching
7 people, as opposed to hundreds or thousands,
& they don’t play in the same games
I’ve noticed that a lot of lower level SNG
players all have the same style, Very Tight Early,
Loosen up later and try and steal blinds, rely
on ICM calculator on the bubble? How does the
style change as you move up? How about when playing
Jared: As you move up there
will still be really bad players but the average
player is better & the best players are much
better. You have to adjust your pushing &
calling ranges a lot, play post-flop differently,
mix up your play more, etc…
How many SNGs do you play at a time?
Jared: I normally play 10-16
at a time. There’s certain games that I
play no matter what & there’s some games
that I won’t play if I have a certain #
of games going. Because of this, you’ll
see me doing a lot of registering & unregistering
back & forth between some games.
How many SNG's do you usually play per day?
Jared: It varies. When I play
I generally average around 40 hours per week.
I rarely play weekends (including Friday) so my
hours are often all in a 3-4 day span. My day
could be 3 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours, etc... depending
on what I have going on. I generally average around
18-20 SNGs/hr if that helps.
Which style of play do you prefer, opening up
another SNG as you bust out of one, or doing a
set of SNGs til you are done with them all? Why?
Jared: I prefer opening up another
one as I bust out because it’s better for
the hourly rate if you can multi-table well &
I don’t hate money.
I like SNGs due to their limited time frame, I
personally don’t have 5-6 hours to play
a MTT. What is it that draws you to SNGs vs Ring
Games or MTTs?
Jared: It’s good for freedom
of scheduling because if your friends call &
want to do something, you can stop registering
& be done within an hour. In an MTT you’re
basically on lockdown until it’s complete.
I also think it’s easier to get in a good
sample size in SNGs. Mainly though, SNGs are just
what I have done the best at.
PokerLizard: Since you’re
a pokerstars super nova elite, What do you do
with all of your FPPs or are you saving them up
for that porsche?
Jared: I usually just get cash
bonuses. You can get a $4,000 bonus for 250,000
PokerLizard: What do you charge
for coaching?, while preparing for this interview
I played a 6 handed turbo and totally donked off
my chips on the bubble….so I need a coach
Jared: I’ve never really
done coaching w/o the staking part attached. I
think anything where I don’t get 50% of
their profits for a year isn’t worth my
time because I can always find someone else to
do that if I want some extra money.
PokerLizard: What are your long
term poker goals? Make enough to retire and travel?
Actually join the circuit and get fame?)
Jared: I enjoy poker so I don’t
think I’ll ever actually fully retire but
my hours would reduce dramatically. I would like
to do that pretty early & do a lot of traveling
eventually. I don’t have any plans of joining
the circuit. I think it would be too much of a
grind. Playing live can be very boring & there’s
a lot of extra expenses that go with it, no freedom
of scheduling, etc… I would like to travel
the circuit for just one year eventually though.
What do you do when not playing online?
Jared: Hang out w/ friends,
family, & my girlfriend….going on the
river, fishing, camping, going out to bars, play
video games…..lately we’ve got a tradition
going where every Wednesday we’ll get 10-20
people going & go tubing down the river….we
just tie all the tubes together & put a cooler
in the middle…it’s a blast
PokerLizard: Your average entry
fee is much higher on Stars than on Cake, is that
just a function of available games? Or is it just
based on where you can maximize profit?
Jared: On Cake the games are
much easier so I’ll play some $52s &
$78s, which I no longer play on any other site.
I also recently got a 75% rakeback deal with Cake
so that makes the games more profitable at all
levels. Also, overall Pokerstars high stakes games
have filled better but Cake has been picking up
the pace lately.
PokerLizard: As you get to the
nosebleed stakes, I assume you pretty much see
the same players each day, how do you keep other
players from getting a good line on your play
when you play them over and over?
Jared: You have to constantly
be changing & adapting your game & mixing
it up more often. However, once the blinds get
high a lot of shoves are unexploitable so it’s
doesn’t really matter.
PokerLizard: By reading your
I can see your work ethic and bankroll management,
are these the two main keys to being a successful
pro? Do you “pay” yourself based on
an hourly wage like some guys?
Jared: Work ethic and bankroll
management might just be the 2 main keys to being
a successful pro. You have to study a lot to improve
& then be disciplined enough to put in the
hours playing when you’re your own boss.
I don’t pay myself based on an hourly wage
or anything. I have a certain amount I like to
keep on each site based on my average buy-in &
usually just cashout however much is over that
amount on a weekly basis. I then keep it in an
ING savings account (4.5%) until I figure out
what I want to do with it. I have a financial
advisor that helps me with my investments &
then a lot of money goes into staking. I also
have to make sure I keep enough out for my quarterly
tax payments & upcoming events in life, like
a down payment for a house.
PokerLizard: What mistake do
most SNG players make to keep them from being
a winning player?
Jared: People make a lot of
atrocious calls on the bubble.
PokerLizard: Do you anticipate
ever getting sick of SNGs and switching to MTTs
Jared: Initially I planned on
switching to cash within a few years. However,
I’ve recently taken my game to another level
& am making a lot more money in SNGs. Also,
getting 75% rakeback on Cake is going to make
it hard for me to find a reason to switch to another
game since you get the most rakeback in SNGs.
I could basically break-even in all of my games
the entire year & not stake or coach anybody
& still make about $200K per year just off
rakeback & bonuses. Obviously I won’t
be breaking even in my games though.
PokerLizard: Anyone ever give
you shit for being a “SNG specialist”?
Do you just send them your ROI on sharkscope to
shut them up?
Jared: I don’t really
personally get much shit for being a SNG specialist.
Maybe that’s because I make more money playing
SNGs than those who are usually “giving
the shit.” However, I do see others getting
shit on the forums & in chat boxes.
PokerLizard: Do you consider
yourself a "grinder"? Why do you think
that term has a negative conotation?
Jared: I guess I would consider
myself a grinder since I rely on consistent profits
rather than a big score. As far as it having a
negative connotation, I don't really have an answer
to that question. Perhaps how Worm viewed Kanish
in Rounders might have something to do with it.
PokerLizard: Speaking of Rounders,
If you were Mike McDermott in the movie, how long
would it take you to get with Famke Janssen after
Jared: Lol…..a few hours?
PokerLizard: Thanks for the
Jared: Thank You.
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