RecPoker | Episode 549 – Faraz Jaka

By Jim Reid
January 08, 2024

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview Faraz Jaka from JAKAcoaching! Faraz tells some stories about his decades playing poker as a pro and as a coach, and shares how he has pivoted to running his own training site in order to help more serious recreational players take the next step on their poker journeys. The group discusses how to curate your own time effectively, the value of community, how to study without spending a lot of money, and how important it is to get the most out of your study resources.

Faraz talks about tailoring his strategy lessons to different kinds of players and learners, and shares five simple steps that EVERYONE can use to improve their play. He even gave us a free 5-minute video that you can watch to improve how you take notes on your hands – the crucial first step to any poker fan’s progression as a player. Faraz also shares some common mistakes less experienced players make, and plays Stake, Study, Stack with Doug Polk, Matt Stout, and Chance Kornuth before we Close The Action with our speed round.

Plus 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!

Check out JAKAcoaching here: https://rec.poker/go/faraz-jaka-coaching/

Watch the short video on recording hands here: https://jakacoaching.com/programs/how-to-write-hhs-non-gift-ad211f

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04:09 Faraz shares what his role in the poker world is
06:13 Challenges of pivoting into teaching poker to the masses
12:03 Figuring things out to stay ahead of the curve
14:30 How does Faraz approach teaching without getting too complicated?
16:33 Mistakes people make when studying 
23:33 What Faraz does to improve his game
25:08 How to record hands well 
27:30 Faraz talks about focusing on every hand
30:02 How do you take notes on the table?
35:00 Faraz answers the question: Do you still love the game of poker?
35:40 Stake, Study, or Stack and Closing the action with Faraz
43:06 John: 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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