RecPoker | Ep 313 – John Somsky

By Steve Fredlund
September 28, 2021

John Somsky is the Home Games Director for RecPoker and the Minnesota Ambassador for Ante Up Magazine. John is a true historian of the game, having played many variants and listened to about every poker podcast during his entire life in poker. Not only is he deeply knowledgeable in the game, history, personalities and industry, John is widely considered, “The Nicest Guy in Poker”, a label initially given him by WSOP bracelet winner (and Cardplayer Lifestyle contributor) Chris “Fox” Wallace. In this episode we hear more about John’s story and his passion for the game.

John is active on Twitter as @pokergeekMN

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

  • WPT/RecPoker Tourney – rec.poker/wpt
  • WSOP roadtrip – rec.poker/roadtrips/
  • RecPoker Staking -rec.poker/staking/

RecPoker is a vibrant and encouraging poker learning community. We are committed to learning the game, but our priority is building healthy relationships where we can not only grow in the game, but grow in our enjoyment of life. The membership website at rec.poker is awesome, but it’s just a tool to help us build that community. You can join for FREE, giving you access to the groups, forums, and other member benefits. If you want to enjoy the premium content, or become part of the RECing Crew, those options are available and you can get $10 off your first payment using the code RECPOKER.

Time Stamps

00:03 Welcome & Introduction
03:36 Introduction to John Somsky
04:33 When did John develop a passion for poker?
06:28  How John transitioned to playing poker for money
07:35 John’s favorite games and the ones he always loves to play
14:48 Games that helped John improve as a poker player  
21:35 When did John find out he was good at either Hold ‘em or Mixed Games? 
26:04 John shares his history with AnteUp magazine 
30:06 John’s strategy for getting better at his game.
31:10 What is John looking forward to in his poker career and experience?
55:26 John: Home Game result updates 
01:09:36 Rob: Book Study updates 



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Steve Fredlund

Steve Fredlund is the host of the RecPoker podcast and Rec.Poker website, both of which are committed to building a vibrant and encouraging poker learning community. Steve also works diligently to encourage people live their most fulfilling lives through coaching, speaking and writing; information about that is at stevefredlund.com.

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