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Dustin Cook - aka "La Peste" and "dcook77"

Poker Coach – dustin cook

I started playing poker somewhere around 2000. In my first couple of sessions playing 7-Card Stud in Las Vegas I didn't do too well. I talked to a guy next to me, and he was nice enough to give me a little advice... "try to only play good hands". He also told me that when he comes to Las Vegas he was usually able to pay for the vacation through playing poker. This was enough to get it through to me that poker was a beatable game and I set out to figure out how to do just that.

I picked up a copy of Lee Jones "Winning Low-Limit Hold'em" and spent every minute of my spare time reading, re-reading and memorizing the advice within. I was able to become a winning player pretty much immediately and I continued to seek out anything and everything I could read about poker. I played small and medium stakes Hold'em whenever I could in the Los Angeles casinos and online at Party Poker and was able to reduce my work hours from my real job with the extra money coming in from poker.

After taking a few years off from poker I returned to the game and found that the climate had changed, the online games were much tougher than they were previously. The advice in the books I had read was no longer applicable and so I started to watch training videos and hired several different coaches to help me make the transition. Within a year I was able to quit my job and play poker full time. I currently am playing small stakes ($2/$4-$5/$10) 6-max Limit Hold'em and have been winning at a clip of 2.7BB/100 over the last 2 years. I have started to coach players within the last year and have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it, so when Giant Buddha asked me if I would like to make videos for DragTheBar it was a no-brainer. I hope to be able to show you how I beat the small stakes games, by capitalizing on the exploitable mistakes made by the regulars.

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