RecPoker | Episode 551 – Mark “Mr. Bullet” Zhang

By Jim Reid
January 15, 2024

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interviewed recent RECing Crew addition Mark “Mr. Bullet” Zhang! Mark talked about growing up in Luxembourg and his early experiences with poker, from playing with friends in high school to using it as a means to pay rent during university. He explained how a pivotal win during the EPT in Barcelona convinced him to pursue a career as a professional poker player. He then reflected on his mother’s initial disapproval of his career choice and how her attitude changed after he achieved significant success in the game. Mark also mentioned his preference for online poker due to the higher volume of hands he can play during a session compared to live games.

The conversation featured a detailed discussion about post-flop play, with Mark sharing insights on the challenges of navigating various bet sizes and opponent tendencies. The discussion also included analyzing opponents’ playing styles, coaching resources, and common mistakes in poker strategy, with examples from poker vloggers and Mark’s own personal experience. Mark also shared some thoughts on recent scandals involving online cheating.

Plus we gave 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!

Find out more about Mark at his RECing Crew page here:https://rec.poker/mrbullet/

Work with Mark and other RECing Crew coaches here: https://rec.poker/shop/coaching/

We also went over this week’s home game results and discussed these topics:
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05:38 Mark shares how he started getting into poker
11:24 Mark talks about his success
14:03 Tools Mark uses to analyze his play
20:20 Mark on coping with variance
22:39 Mark’s evolution in poker: was there any point of inflection?
27:52 Online game preparations vs live game
30:23 Moment when Mark decided to progress more and be a pro
34:04 Poker in general: nothing is black and white, it’s just a lot of grey
45:26 Thoughts on recent scandals involving online cheating
49:23 The importance of being coached
52:52 Stake, Study, or Stack with Mark
59:54 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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