Jim James Jr is a well-known poker professional author who is an expert on short and mid-stack cash gameplay. He is the founder of Automatic Poker and the best-selling author of the same title. His YouTube channel and poker articles have been viewed millions of times.
In 2007, after years in the insurance industry, I started a new business. Things were looking up, and in less than 6 months, I had my first profitable month.
Meanwhile, I visited my parents and watched my dad play poker tournaments on Pokerstars for an entire weekend over his shoulder. Needless to say, I was enthralled that you could log onto your computer and compete for thousands of dollars online while sitting in your house.
My poker journey began at $1 sit-and-go’s after depositing $50 for the first (and only) time ever. I immediately read every poker book I could find and joined the forum at flopturnriver.com in order to learn about the game. I was hooked.
Then, the unthinkable happened. The economy fell apart, and so did my business. I had to go back to work at my old job and faced some tough financial times. Luckily, I was already winning at poker and able to keep my family afloat via my extra poker winnings.
Fast-forward to 2012. Things had stabilized, and I had recovered financially. I was still doing my “side job” as a part-time poker pro and was going for Supernova Elite on Pokerstars. Things were going really well, and I was on pace, having made thousands of dollars in the first quarter.
Enter Black Friday. Once again, the rug was pulled out from under me. I was forced to cash out all of my poker money, and it was essentially game over.
Several months passed, and after finding out there were a handful of poker sites that still allowed US players, my wife allowed me to put $50 back into poker again as a Father’s Day present.
So, my journey began on the Cake Poker Network.
I didn’t want to start at the smallest stake possible, so I decided to buy in for the minimum (30 big blinds) possible so I could play a bit higher and not risk going bust as quickly. I decided to play aggressively and found that I really enjoyed loose-aggressive play.
After a few months, my graph was shooting straight up by playing a 33/30 style.
I knew I was onto something and couldn’t wait to log in and play every day. This was an exciting time for me. Since poker had been so good to me over the years, I decided to share the method I had discovered by writing a guide on this “new” style of play. I genuinely wanted to help people like myself win money for their families via a “hobby”.
Soon, I had over 50,000 words written and realized I didn’t have a guide… I was writing a full-blown book. Eventually, it ended up being over 80,000 words when I published Automatic Poker in 2013.
I didn’t expect much. If I sold a few copies and helped a couple of dozen people, it would be worth the effort. Instead, I quickly found myself at #1 in the “gambling” category and selling several books a day. Apparently, people were hungry for a simplified and effective method of playing poker.
So, in order to more directly connect with students and fans of Automatic Poker, I founded this website. After several years of helping people one-on-one and through numerous articles and YouTube videos, I decided that the best way to help the most people was to create courses.
In 2019, the Automatic Poker Academy was founded.
It is my goal to continue creating helpful content and helping people improve at poker more quickly and shed unwanted leaks from their game by adhering to the fundamentals of poker, which I defined in my book:
The basic premise is that anyone who focuses on these three fundamentals will have a significant advantage over opponents who do not.
The mission of Automatic Poker is to help people find their best game that matches their personality and achieves their own personal goals.
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