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Brent Sheirbon - aka "El Rubio"

Poker Coach – Brent Sheirbon
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I started my professional career as an IT Consultant with Accenture in 1997. In the summer of 2003, I was working in Hyderabad, India opening an offshore development center for my client Microsoft. After a year of 70-80 hour weeks toiling in India to climb the corporate ladder, I was very susceptible to the dream of the "Moneymaker Boom," which I witnessed on TV. In 2004, despite the great success and growth of the India development center, I came back to find that others whom had sacrificed much less were being rewarded and promoted ahead of me. With the poker boom in full swing and my growing disillusionment with "working for the man," I started to really focus on the game.

After playing poker at a casino for the first time (and quickly losing the money I sat down with), I went to the bookstore and bought the initial books by Lee Jones and Ed Miller and read them cover to cover the same weekend and was hooked. I started playing in underground games around Seattle (literally underground - under a bar), reading every book I could find, surfing the poker forums, and playing online.

By the summer of 2005 I was scheduling conference rooms and meetings at work with myself so I could play online poker sessions. I knew then it was time for a change. My best friend was on a similar path as I was and we both decided to take a year off from our jobs and live in another country and play online poker. I won a package trip to Aruba and quit my job to coincide with the trip. On my last day on the job I flew directly (from my client site in Boston) to Las Vegas and got a room at the Bellagio with the plan of playing NL cash games until I had a losing session. Somehow, I managed a 10-day winning streak until I flew directly from Las Vegas to Aruba and played in my first major tournament and cashed. This was my "Aha moment" (although looking back, I must have had some incredible luck).

At the beginning of 2006, my buddy and I left for Costa Rica. I started out by playing primarily No-Limit cash games and working the bonus frenzy that existed among the many competing sites. I also greatly improved my game by joining the online training sites that were launching at that time. I built my bankroll and steadily moved from the / games up to the / games (6-max and HU) by the end of the year. At that time, I went back to the states for the holidays, and finished 13th ($80k) in the WPT Bellagio 5-Diamond event for my first taste of a respectable tournament score. At this time I knew I wasn't going back to the corporate world, I was ready to invest some money and find a new adventure. At the beginning of 2007, I moved down to Panama to check out the real estate boom and the legendary No-Limit Omaha live cash games. I bought a condo in Panama and have made this my base of operations ever since.

Over the last 2 years I have discovered that having balance in my life and my poker game is what keeps me most happy and effective. Although my background comes from online cash games, I have had good success in live cash games (from $5/$10 NLH through $50/$100 NL Omaha) and tournaments (six-figure cashes in LAPT Costa Rica and Majestic Panama tournaments, several WSOP cashes including a final table and multiple main event cashes, etc). I switch it up between online/live/cash games/tournaments to help me stay focused and avoid autopilot and prolonged tilt. I believe it also allows me to bring a different approach to coaching the game, seeing the wide range of opponents and tendencies from many different angles.

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