133 Seconds with Jay Rosenkrantz

133 Seconds with Jay Rosenkrantz

Friday, 17 October 2014

Life lessons with Krantz.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen happen at the poker table?

I once saw a young man buy in for forty thousand dollars and call it all off on a 9-high flush draw on a three-spade flop. He lost, then rebought for the same amount and did it again the next hand. He lost again and promptly left the game. His entry, gameplay and exit lasted about seven minutes total and the entire time he spoke to nobody. That was a strange little moment in that particular game.

What’s the shittest job you’ve ever had?

I measured and cut mouse pads in a windowless factory one summer in high school. It wasn’t the shittiest job, because it paid decently at a time when I needed the money, but the conditions were pretty bleak. I had a job filling in spreadsheets for a publishing company that put out legal books — also in a windowless room. Hated that one and didn’t last long.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My dog Aesop, who’s not so much a possession as a companion. He’s my spirit animal: warm, cuddly, playful, clever, always hungry for good food.

What’s the last text you received?

“Sure, want a pickup?” - regarding a lift tomorrow to play board games.

Who’s your poker hero?

Chase Berger or Brian Roberts (flawless_victory).

Nonpoker hero?

Hayao Miyazaki.

Can you tell us a joke?

A guy goes into the church confessional and says, “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I slept with five different women last night.” The priest says, “Go home, squeeze five lemons into a glass, and drink it all as fast as you can.” “And I will be forgiven?” asks the man. “No,” the priest says, “but it will wipe that smirk off your face."

What would be your spirit animal?


What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve bought with your poker winnings?

Watches. Fancy watches.

Do you believe in God?

I believe in a thing called LOVE.

What’s the biggest life lesson poker has taught you?
The harder you work, the luckier you are.

What’s the biggest bluff you’ve ever made in life away from the tables?

Why bluff if you always have the nuts?

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