Interview with Josh Manley: From Play Money Poker to 888poker Stream Team Ambassador

By Robbie Strazynski
February 16, 2024

In the vast and dynamic landscape of poker, every player’s journey is unique and compelling. Among these narratives, the story of 34-year-old Josh Manley stands out as a testament to passion, perseverance, and the transformative power of opportunity. From his early forays into play money poker to his current role as an ambassador for 888poker, Josh’s odyssey is a captivating exploration of dedication and growth.

I had a lovely conversation with Josh at the 2024 UKPL Edinburgh stop to learn more about him, his goals within the poker sphere as a player and ambassador, and his overall outlook on the game.

Josh Manley

Discovering the Thrill of Poker

A proud son of Brighton, England, Josh’s journey began at a pivotal moment in his teenage years, when he first encountered the thrill of play money poker at the age of 17. In the midst of online poker’s heyday, he found himself drawn to the virtual tables, where freerolls offered an enticing introduction to the game; so he then began to play poker for real money.

With each hand, Josh’s fascination deepened, fueled by the adrenaline rush of competition and the promise of potential winnings. Even the smallest victories, like claiming a single $1 prize, served as milestones on his path to poker proficiency.

Navigating Early Poker Success, On the Side

As Josh’s confidence grew, so did his ambitions within the poker world. Starting at the micro-stakes with humble $1 tournaments, he gradually honed his skills and expanded his bankroll to a few hundred dollars. Even so, the game ultimately remained a hobby. He studied Literature at university and went on to have jobs in the field of logistics. While preoccupied with the responsibilities of making a living as the Chief Import Manager for Peroni in the UK, Josh’s passion for the game remained steadfast.

The Turning Point: Embracing Online Poker Streaming

Then, variance hit strong. Upon some company acquisitions, Josh’s role was relocated three hours away from home, to London. Not wishing to move away from his home in Brighton, Josh started looking for other employment. This was in Q1 of 2020. After the pandemic hit, suddenly nobody was hiring anymore.

Enter Brooke, Josh’s partner and confidante, whose insight and encouragement would prove pivotal in shaping his poker destiny. Recognizing Josh’s untapped potential as both a player and a content creator, Brooke suggested he explore the world of streaming on Twitch, so he started his channel there.

This bold leap of faith, combined with Brooke’s savvy marketing instincts and copywriting abilities, caught the attention of 888poker. Recognizing Josh’s potential, despite a relatively small audience at the time, they invited him to join as a member of their Stream Team. With Brooke’s unwavering support, Josh embarked on a new chapter of his poker journey, armed with newfound opportunities and a platform to share his poker passion with the world.

Embracing the Role of a Poker Ambassador

Joining the ranks of 888poker ambassadors marked a transformative moment for Josh, as he stepped into a role that blended his love for the game with his desire to inspire others. As a representative of 888poker, Josh found himself with the opportunity to promote inclusivity and accessibility within the poker community.

From hosting live streams to engaging with fans on social media, Josh embraced his ambassadorial duties with zeal, championing the notion that success in poker is attainable for players of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Josh Manley’s Poker Study Regimen: Coaching and Continuous Learning

In his personal quest for mastery of the game, Josh embraced the principles of coaching and continuous learning, recognizing that growth is an ongoing process fueled by dedication and self-reflection. Under the guidance of his coach and mentor Pete, Josh delved into the intricacies of poker strategy. In particular, he’s also a fan of poker books like The Mental Game of Poker and everything and anything written by Dara O’Kearney. “It’s so exciting every time he releases a new one, because it’s just gold!”

From dissecting hand histories to studying the psychological nuances of the game, Josh’s commitment to improvement served as a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence.

Looking Ahead: Future Endeavors and Expansion

As Josh’s journey continues to unfold, his ambitions reach new heights, fueled by a passion for both poker and content creation. With plans to expand his digital footprint through the relaunch of his YouTube channel, Josh aims to provide a platform for education, entertainment, and community engagement. Whether he’s sharing insights from the virtual felt or documenting his adventures on the live tournament circuit, Josh remains committed to inspiring others and leaving a lasting impact on the world of poker.

Josh Manley

A Poker Story of Passion, Perseverance, and Possibility

As we reflect on Josh Manley’s remarkable journey, one thing becomes abundantly clear: his story is more than just a tale of poker prowess—it’s a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and possibility. From his humble beginnings as a play money player who barely understood how to play Texas Hold’em to his current role as an ambassador for 888poker, Josh embodies the spirit of resilience and determination that defines the poker community. And as he continues to chart his course through the ever-evolving landscape of the game, one thing remains certain: the best is yet to come.



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]

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