4to1dog began his poker career in the Party Poker days for U.S. players, shortly before the Moneymaker effect took the online poker world by storm. At the time, sit-n-gos were the gold mine of online poker, and he multi-tabled high stakes SNG’s on Party Poker at a time when multi-tabling itself was somewhat of a foreign concept.
“Prior to the Moneymaker boom (and shortly after it), just knowing basic strategy was enough to beat the games, and beat them soundly. The age of poker software, coaching, forums, and other poker tools wasn’t quite into full swing yet. For the most part, players in this day were self taught through books, readings, etc. The games were as soft as they could be, and it was a great time to be an online player.”
When Party Poker left the scene, 4to1dog stepped away from the tables for a few years to concentrate on other areas of interest. Returning to the virtual tables in the height of the Pokerstars era, he was a regular 180 man/SNG grinder or Stars, Full Tilt, and other sites in the period of time just before Black Friday.
According to his assessment, “the game had changed a bit in the few years I had been away. Actually, it changed a great deal. Basic strategy wasn’t good enough anymore, and there was alot to learn. Books like like Kill Everyone had surfaced, and players now knew aggression at a whole new level. People knew how to shove wider, but yet people didn’t know how to call wide enough. It was truly a revolutionary time in poker, and many players struggled to adapt.”
Then comes Black Friday, and the Stars/Tilt era ends for Americans and online poker. This came at a particularly bad time, as 4to1dog was just starting to transition from SNG’s to MTT’s. With this turn of events, 4to1dog took off for the Merge Network and Bovada. Originally playing on RPM poker as IcuRazedmyBB, he became a regular on the Merge tables, along with supplementing major Bovada tourneys to his tournament schedule. With the closing of RPM poker in late 2012, he focused his efforts primarily on Bovada.
In February however, it was back to the Merge network in time for Poker Maximus IV tournament series. This time it was Carbon Poker, and this time it was back to the 4to1dog screen name. From the start of the Poker Maximus 4 series in Februrary through the end of 2013, he had been ranked as high as #4 on Official Poker Rankings (OPR) and was enjoying a great deal of tournament success on U.S sites. For the 2013 year, he ranked 7th out of 44,728 players on Merge. He was also ranked 8th on the Sharkscope leaderboard for 2013 total profit for scheduled tournaments on Merge/Carbon, despite not playing on the site in January. Pocket 5’s had him as the 3rd ranked player in the United States on their sortable rankings as of 1/25/14, when the majority of his tournament volume was on the Merge Network.
However, as Merge/Carbon began to decline in the beginning of 2015, 4to1dog again followed the larger prize pools and shifted his focus exclusively to Bovada and the WPN network. Over the next couple of years, he would continue to have an overwhelming amount of success on U.S. sites, including numerous five figure scores and winning just about every major on U.S. sites. In fact, you could probably count on one hand the number of players that have made more overall profit on U.S. sites since 2011 than 4to1dog.
As you can imagine, 4to1dog has received numerous coaching requests along the way. He eventually opened 4 to 1 Dog Poker in 2013, and continues to be the lead instructor at 4to1dog.com as the 2017 year begins. He also serves as the MTT coach for Imawhale staking)