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Dylan ‘Pokerl)evil’ Hortin has won over $3.2m playing online tournaments, and over $650,000 playing live. He is currently one of the hottest live streamers on Twitch, and made history by making back-to-back World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event final tables in 2013 & 2014.

Hortin is currently an ambassador for Global Poker Link (GPL), a social media platform for poker players, and the location for the first staking platform that allows players to buy pieces of live streamers so they can get a better sweat of the action.

It’s WCOOP time again. One of your favorite times of the year.

“My claim to fame is that I have made the final table of the WCOOP Main Event two years in a row. I think it’s one of the coolest accomplishments in poker but it hasn’t got a lot of coverage because it’s online. It’s the proudest accomplishment of my career and my two biggest scores. It is one of the toughest structures in the calendar year because the structure is so good, it suits the better players.”

I believe you are making some waves in the Twitch arena, talk to me about the lessons you have learned whilst streaming?

“I started streaming on Twitch, in earnest, in August. It was going well, and I was gathering a decent following when I got sick and I had a bunch of family things to attend to. My plan is to stream daily for the next month or month and a half.”

Twitch isn’t for everyone. What do you like about it?

“I have fun doing it. It’s a good forum for me. I am a quiet person. It’s nice to have the mic and say what I want to say. Poker information, in terms of how to play, is already out there. It took a while to get used to showing people my hole cards, and how I play, but I am used to it now.

“I think it’s a great way to get your name out there. Look at what happened with Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples. Sponsorship seemed to be dying and then they both turned it on its head. They are two great examples of what can happen if you are successful at streaming.”

What have been the most desirable experiences to come out of your streaming?

“I have quite a few loyal followers, so that feels satisfying. Down the line I think it will be a good source of income for me. It also gives me something to do. It provides fulfillment.”

What have been the biggest challenges?

“There is always some negative feedback. People talk trash about the way you play hands, but it doesn’t bother me like it used to. There will always be haters, but most people are nice and it’s mostly positive feedback.”

Talk to me about your affiliation with Global Poker Link.

“I met my buddy Tyler {Hancock} in college in my freshman year. We went into business together creating a rakeback site. Then Black Friday hit, so that was the end of that. We stayed friends, eventually he got involved in it, wanted me to be a partner, and so I got involved.”

Explain what Global Poker Link is?

“Basically, it’s a social hub for poker players. A lot of poker players use Facebook or Twitter to post poker content. This is a place where they can do that and share their poker content with their poker fans.

‘We have also created a revolutionary staking platform. It will allow Twitch viewers to buy pieces and watch their investment in motion. I tested it today and I sold a piece to one of my Twitch followers. I will be selling again tomorrow. If you get a big enough following you can make a lot of money, and it’s perfect for those that are watching and want a sweat.”

What one person was most prominent in you becoming a professional poker player and why?

“My parents are very supportive. My Mum was skeptical, and wasn’t happy after I dropped out of school, but she was always supportive. So I guess I would have to say my Mum. Had she been strict, and had she come down on me I wouldn’t have made it.”

Who do you admire in the poker world and why?

“Martin Jacobson comes to mind. I just watched the documentary of his WSOP Main Event win and it’s amazing how much he worked leading up to it. He lives a very healthy lifestyle, his table presence was amazing and he played beautifully. I admire his work ethic and I look up to him as a player. Hard work does pay off eventually.”

When I mention the word successful who immediately springs to mind and why?

“Daniel Negreanu is a massive success. It’s not just what he does, he is a great ambassador, he is charismatic and takes time out to have his photo taken with fans. Now he spends his time doing what he likes to do and I strive to be in that position. He is a huge success.”

When I say the word “power” what does that mean to you?

“I guess it means influence.”

Who within poker has the most power?

“I would say someone like Phil Hellmuth. He has created his own brand and common fans relate to him because he is this crazy character who appears in TV commercials. He is pretty influential in poker. Phil Ivey has this mythical aura about him so he is also very powerful in terms of poker.”

What do you do to create happiness?

“I spend time with friends and family. That balances things out for me. Playing poker also helps me cope with things in my life that I am not happy about. I also play video games to unwind and as a release.”

If you could exchange your job as a pro poker player with anyone else in the world who would you choose and why?

“Elon Musk…he has his foot in anything that is cool, revolutionary and futuristic. He has a space program and electric cars. I bet his life is pretty cool.”

The likes of Musk and Steve Jobs are inspirational, but they are also quoted as being a bit of a dick. What do you think about their aggressive style?

“I don’t think they would be as successful as they have been without being so aggressive, but as far as treating people goes I wouldn’t behave like that. I can see both sides of the argument, but in general I prefer the humanness aspect of the interactions.”

If you had 10k hours to work on anything what would it be?

“The first thing that I think about is cooking. I always eat unhealthily and want to make a concerted effort to change that. I am learning how to cook healthier foods, so that’s the first thing that springs to mind.”

What really winds you up about the world?

“I am pretty laid back but politics frustrates me. It bothers me that we have a two party system and no independent thought. There are so many variables and complex issues that we should have more open mindedness to the process. I hate that it’s just Republican or Democrat. I wish there was more of a selection or open mindedness to it. There is so much lobbying and bribery going on as well, and that’s not right. There is so much information withheld from the public – I don’t like thinking about it to be honest.”

What are the things you often think about doing but something holds you back from getting it done?

“Working out. I have been saying I need to get in shape for years now. There are lots of excuses such as traveling. It’s the same with cooking. So I keep telling myself I will get in good shape and don’t.”

What are you afraid of?

“I am afraid of failing financially. I get stressed about money sometimes. It scares me that if something went bad, or if I had a major health issue, that I will be back to square one, so I guess I am afraid of financial meltdown.”

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