PASCOOP winner Michael Hammers talks about grinding and streaming online
For some players, it’s hard to go all-in as a poker pro. Corn Michael Hammers received bad cards during the pandemic and had to make a choice.
The pandemic has affected everyone differently and Hammers has seen his IT company take a downswing. This meant more time at the online poker tables in Pennsylvania.
“I play professional poker here pretty much as a direct result of the pandemic,” Hammers says. “I have always dabbled. But when my computer work wasn’t enough, I decided it was time to take poker seriously.
Hammers began focusing heavily on the online grind about six months ago. The 37-year-old from York works daily on WSOP.com and PokerStars PA.
Online, Hammers uses the online names”Laxethisand “$tropid7”. He started his online poker career small but focuses on managing his bankroll.
Recently, a deep run from PokerStars helped boost his confidence as well as his bankroll. He scored second in the Sunday special for $8,700.
Another big race happened in the PASCOOP series on PokerStars. His hard work paid off as he won the guaranteed $5,000 launch event. Hammers scored $1,300 and a trophy for his accomplishment.
— Lazethis (@Lazethis) March 27, 2022
The poker-playing computer scientist is serious about his job and his time to take his game to the next level in 2022.
“I plan to play as many online, live events as possible,” he says. “In this industry, if you don’t put the volume on, you rarely win. And it’s not funny!
Hammer at live events
Although he considers himself more of an online player, Hammers has shown he has what it takes to play live as well. Since January, he has cashed in seven live tournaments.
Recently on a trip to Maryland live for the State Poker Championships, he rushed with three final table appearances in three days. Those included:
- $400 Deepstack – third for $2,937
- $500 Mystery Bounty – fifth for $2,393
- $200 Bounty – fifth for $1,333
Texas Hold’em video games
A life in poker took an interesting road for Hammers. A few friends and the video game Halo played a big role.
“Back when Halo was big, I think it was just back then Halo 2 came out, 18 years ago, we used to get together to play,” says Hammers. “Then the owner of the house began to settle down for $5 Texas Hold’em tournaments.
“These games were the most fun I’ve ever had playing anything, thinking back – fighting with our minds because that’s really all we had. No real understanding of the game. luck and courage.
A few years later, he made “stoopide” money by lending his friend money one night at the casino. This stroke of luck caused one of his screen names online.
“I lent a friend $100 play poker at Delaware Park,” he says. “He ended up hitting the bad beat jackpot for $51,700.”
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While Hammers’ screen name may be Lazethis, his work ethic proves otherwise. According to the online poker tracker SharkScopeit is currently ranked 22nd in earnings for 2022 on PokerStars PA.
The hammers also started recently streaming on Twitch (see his unique s5reaming setup in the main image).
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— Lazethis (@Lazethis) March 24, 2022
“I like streaming because it pushes my game better and I play a little more aggressively online,” Hammers says. “I also love being able to promote poker and inspire others to play too.”
Besides streaming and acting, Hammers literally studies and reads the books on his days off.
“Books, books and more books,” he says. “I don’t just read them, I internalize them. I try to take two days out of the week and dedicate them to study. Usually on Mondays and Tuesdays, as the player volume is usually the lowest on those days.
Beyond that, Hammers hopes to eventually disappear from tournaments. His goal is to earn enough money to give back to others.
“My ultimate goal is to be a high-stakes player gambling player,” he says, “and then put the money where it can help people the most.