RecPoker | Episode 545 – Louie Hillman

By Jim Reid
December 26, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview former TV-reporter-turned-retirement-advisor Louie Hillman! Louie is a serious recreational player who travels down to Las Vegas every summer to play in the World Series of Poker – and has had some great success recently! We talk about playing for big stakes in the WSOP. As a recreational player, Louie talks about his love of mixed games, the importance of goal-setting, believing in yourself, and putting yourself in a position to succeed.

Louie also shares what it feels like to final table a bracelet event surrounded by some of the best players in the world. He also shares what he does for the other 51 weeks of the year to make the most out of his annual Vegas “Vacation”. We cover balancing family, work, and poker, along with maintaining a fun and healthy attitude about the game throughout the year, even in smaller events. We play Stake, Study, Stack with some notables from Louie’s WSOP experiences, and 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!

Louie’s Twitter handle is @‌ImaLouigi

His email address is [email protected]

His business website is www.optimuslifedesigns.com (Helping people with tax-advantaged retirement planning and insurance strategies)

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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04:11Louie describes his role in the poker world
06:38The role that RecPoker has played in Louie’s poker journey
09:37Louie’s top moments in poker over the last 10 years 
11:47Dealing with poker luminaries
16:03Being prepared for the big moments in a game
17:40Louie: sometimes you feel as good as your latest result
25:04Louie on how he prepares weeks before the WSOP
29:09Louie: No matter how small the buy-in, a day 2 never gets old
33:00How does Louie segregate his poker and life finances? 
39:26Some tips for someone who wants to learn mixed games 
44:31Stake, Study, or Stack 
55:34Jim: Home Game Result 



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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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