Full ring instructor with incredible work ethic and consistency.
Jared Bartlett's Biography
Jared Bartlett, aka RikaKazak, started with low expectations when he first started playing online poker. In 2002 he deposited $50 online and purchased a copy of "The Winner's Guide to Limit Hold'em" by Ken Warren. Completely expecting to lose his small deposit, he sat down to a $.50/$1.00 fixed limit Hold'em game and won $9 in his session. While that may seem a paltry sum to win, it was enough to get him addicted to the game.
Amazingly, Jared never lost his initial investment despite being a complete newbie to the game. He continued to work on his game and by the end of his first year at Gonzaga University in 2004, he had earned over $80,000 playing poker. This was enough to convince him to give up college for poker.
Jared's decision to leave Gonzaga would not have been considered +EV by some. He had a full scholarship to attend the University and was giving it up for a still untested profession. As a safety net, Jared took $30,000 of his bankroll and set it aside in the event he was unable to succeed as a pro player. His bold decision would pay off, however, as he has earned at least $100,000 a year since turning pro in 2004.
After turning pro, Jared initially focused on six-max games at $5/$10 NL. In 2011 he made an unusual switch and began to play full-ring games. He is now a regular player from $1/$2 to $5/$10 online. Jared can also be found playing in live games when visiting Las Vegas. When playing live he focuses on $10/$20 and $25/$50 NL because he considers live action to be extremely soft.
While Jared focuses primarily on cash games, he does have some live tournament success. In 2007, he took down a $1,000 event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond world Poker Classic. That victory earned him $31,295. He also took down a NL Hold'em event at the 2008 Summer Poker Rodeo for another $18,118.
Jared now joins Ivey League and hopes to help players to move up in stakes. He was fortunate enough to pick up a coach early on in his poker career which he deems vital to his success on the felt. He now hopes to have that same impact on players through Ivey League.