Sean Gentry Makes It November Mine By Winning Monthly Poker Race

published on 12/02/09 at 6:46 am

Sean Gentry Makes It November Mine By Winning Monthly Poker Race

The Twitter Poker Tour’s November Leader Board Poker Race proved to be a close finish with several players in the mix going into the final week. But out of all the players, Sean Gentry was the one who pulled through at the end. He won the race by racking up a poker tournament win during the month and adding close to $100 to his bankroll. Street3 took time from his busy schedule to sit down and learn more about the Oregon poker player.

Congrats on the November Leader Board Win.

How long have you been playing the #tpt events? I seem to remember you there at first (last year) then on and off again
I started playing TPT this summer, although I don’t remember exactly when. It was in the middle of the last three/four month season. I think I’ve played them all since, it’s an awesome tournament.

How long have you been playing poker?
I’ve played on and off since I was a kid, but only started playing seriously in 2006.

Do you play anything besides NLHE?
I started out playing Limit Hold’em and still enjoy that. I really enjoy Stud Hi/Lo but I’m not very good. I’ve recently gotten into PLO and hope I can get better at that.

Do you prefer live or online play? Why?
Each has their benefits. Live is a lot of fun because the players are usually really bad, plus it’s nice to actually be at a table, see people, whatever. However, I think online wins out because I like to multi-table and can keep notes.

Do you prefer Cash/MTT/SNG and why?
I prefer MTTs, it’s where I have the most experience and I love MTT strategy and the hours-long battles. However my graphs show most of my profits come from SNGs so I suppose I should give them a shout out. I lose too much at cash, yet somehow still come back for more.

Your twitter bio says you used to know a joke, can you remember the joke and tell it now?
Two peanuts are walking down the street, and one of them is assaulted.

Do you play poker for fun or a way to make some extra cash?
Mostly because I love games and the challenge of competition. I’m basically a break-even player, I’ve never made enough profit to withdraw anything, but I’ve never had to redeposit either.

Do you have any favorite poker pros or watch any poker on TV?
I watch Pokertube all the time; WSOP, EPT, WPT, whatever. I like Negreanu, he’s great, but I also like Matusow, Joe Sebok, Phil Ivey… you know, the usual pros. I’d like to see more of people like Steve Dannenman and Paul Wassicka, but part of why I like them is that they are modest.

Have you used any training sites or read any books to help you with your game? If so, which ones?
I’ve read probably too many poker books, I have a whole shelf of them. I’m reading two right now. I’d say “Harrington on Hold’em” and “Power Poker by Daniel Negreanu” were the most influential on me.

I was going through your flickr site and you have some awesome photographs, do you do photography as a hobby or get paid?
Thanks! I love photography, it’s just a hobby for me. I’ve actually made more money playing poker in the last year than I have with my photography. Going out with my camera is a great hobby, it’s peaceful and quiet and helps me get my thoughts straight.

Every photograph tells a story, do you have a particular favorite photograph that you’ve taken?
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I have two that I have framed 18″x24″ prints hanging over my desk. The first is from a marina in Port Townsend, WA. The second is from a playground a few blocks from my apartment. I suppose the red wheel photo is probably my favorite, if I had to pick one out of the thousands I’ve taken.

Have you listened to the Ustream broadcast of the twitter poker tour? What are your thoughts on it?
I did the other day for the first time. It was awesome! I love listening to the live commentary. I kept waiting to get involved in a hand so I could hear it being discussed! I’ll absolutely come back in the future and listen along.

Do you have a favorite hand to play?
I don’t really play it, but Q4 off-suit has won me some serious pots a couple of times. Every time I am dealt it, I want to play, but I take myself too seriously for such shenanigans. Suited connectors are a more serious favorite hand.

What’s your biggest win whether online or live?
I chopped a $60 buy-in tournament at MGM in Vegas for $1000 a few years ago. Online, my biggest score was $340 or so.

Every poker player goes on tilt at one time or another, how do you handle going on tilt?
I am lucky enough that I hardly ever go on serious tilt anymore. When I do, I usually shut down the computer, grab my camera, and run around taking pictures until I feel a little better. The real problem I have is minor tilt that flies under the radar and eats away at me. I don’t know how to fight that, other than to remain vigilant.

Do you play different online then you do live? For some reason live, I play much tighter and am trying to play that way online.
My strategy is the same live or online, but live players play differently (usually a lot more limping and MUCH less three-betting) so I make adjustments to my play to accommodate that. Usually in a live game, I make a point of finding out who is an online player, and plan my strategy accordingly.

Will you be playing the #tpt in the future? Do you have any ideas on how to improve it?
I will continue playing until the hosts get tired of me. :D I think it’s a great series and I wouldn’t change a thing. Maybe I’d like to see a few other games thrown in the mix, but I am realistic and understand that those events don’t get any participants. Heck, I skip the HORSE game that runs on Fridays…

I know you’ve only played a few #tpt events, but is there any one player that sticks out that you either love to get in a pot with or want to avoid playing pots with?
Sort of. I have notes on most of the regulars, and there are a few opponents who fall into each category. I don’t really gun for anyone, but if I have someone pegged as loose, of course I am trying to trap them, and if I know someone is a rock I’ll usually stay out of their way.

Is online poker rigged for the underdog to give more inexperienced players a reason to keep playing the shit cards they seem to win with consistently?
No, I don’t believe online poker is rigged at all. I’ve seen some really crazy things happen in live poker. Also, why would the sites risk getting caught? They make tens of millions of dollars a month in profits playing fair, so why screw it up?

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, any final thoughts or shout outs?
Thanks for the great questions, this was fun. Thanks to cprpoker and the rest of the people running TPT, it’s a super fun tournament and I love seeing it grow. And thanks to anyone who actually stuck around and read this!

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4 Responses to “Sean Gentry Makes It November Mine By Winning Monthly Poker Race”

  1. MrsC

    Dec 2nd, 2009

    Wow great questions, and even better answers! Thanks for posting this!

  2. igster101

    Dec 2nd, 2009

    You keep getting better sir!

  3. Sean G

    Dec 2nd, 2009

    Thanks again for the interview and article! This was fun, the questions were great. It was especially rewarding to see Street3 went and actually looked at my profile and followed the links to my other interests.

    Now, I need to go discover what this celebrity baller lifestyle is all about…

  4. Brooklyn Beast

    Dec 3rd, 2009

    Great questions and answers. And I give a shoutout to @street3′s mom for having him instead of the abortion. Without her, this Q&A wouldn’t have happened.

    Congratulations to Sean! I look forward to see him, Street and everyone else at the next TPT!

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