RecPoker | Episode 527 – Mike “O8Grinder” Serrano

By Jim Reid
October 23, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview Mike “O8GRINDER” Serrano! Mike and the gang talk about his time streaming popular tournaments when no one else was doing it, and what it’s like building a YouTube following from scratch. He also shared the process of making a place in the poker world, balancing poker and life, and some personal details about some challenges in his life over the past year. Plus we play Stake, Study, Stack for the first time and Mike’s answers may (or may not) surprise you! Finally, we give 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!

Mike has a YouTube channel here: http://youtube.com/o8grinder

Email Mike directly here: [email protected]

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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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 free 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. Music by Peter Troolin, [email protected].

Time Stamps

00:16Welcome & Introduction
04:14Introduction to Mike Serrano
04:51Mike defines his role in the world of poker 
07:14Mike shares his journey of transformation in poker 
09:16Being in the right place at the right time 
19:39The craziest things happened with Mike’s stream
24:17Accommodating and deferential: a liability as a poker player?
26:18Stepping back from the public sphere
37:15How has Mike’s relationship with the game changed?
54:13People who make the table fun
57:25Mike on stake, study, or stack
01:06:37John: 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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