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He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss foregoing a career in criminal law to play poker professionally and how his parents reacted to this decision, the different countries he’s gotten to play in, running into celebrity poker players throughout the years, why cash games involve more skill than tournaments, misconceptions about poker and much more.
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00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Shyam
00:52 - His life before poker; studying to be a criminal lawyer
01:19 - How his parents reacted to him pursuing a poker career
01:53 - The moment Shyam knew a poker career “was in the cards”
02:19 - The benefit of online poker versus traditional poker
03:01 - His day-to-day schedule as a professional poker player
03:31 - Growing up competitive
04:24 - His favourite places to play poker; Australia, Macau, etc.
05:01 - Running into other Tamil professional poker players
05:34 - Being bankrolled to mitigate the risk versus using his own funds
06:24 - Getting recognized in public
06:50 - His poker friends and running into big name players
07:37 - How he manages his money without having a stable income
08:50 - When will he walk away from poker? What will he do?
09:11 - Misconceptions about poker
09:41 - Advice for people who want to play professional poker
10:17 - Why cash games revolve more skill than tournaments
11:10 - Does Shyam remember his best fold or best call?
11:31 - His biggest failure/learning lesson?
11:53 - Where he seems himself in the next 3-5 years
12:08 - What his friend circle looks like
12:29 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
12:45 - How he would describe his poker style
13:12 - Biggest differences of playing online versus in-person
13:18 - Creator Confessions
23:07 - The Wrap Up
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