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I’ve been playing board games (and other games) since I was a kid. I still remember playing pachisi with my family at a very young age, in elementary school I got into chess, all sorts of card games (local games such as Tarok or Schnapsen).

Later on other games followed. Games like Monopoly, Catan, Scrabble, Risk.

vasilij-zitek.portraitI was in college at the time the poker boom hit us in the mid 2000s and I immediately became hooked. I started playing for penny stakes with friends, but quickly moved online. I deposited 50$ and, as they say, the rest is history – couple of years later I was earning a steady profit playing no limit 100 and 200.

Eventually I stopped playing (for various personal and professional reasons – I won’t bore you with details here), got a real job, and board games were again just a hobby for me instead of work.

I am a very competitive person. When I play a game, not only do I like to have fun, most of all I want to win. Whenever me and my friends discover a new game, I am the first to go online to look for strategy guides and studies.

It was online poker, when I really got to the next level with studying the game. I was reading books and articles about strategy, psychology, game theory, probability theory and mathematics. All for one goal – to maximize my every decision to yield maximum profit in the long run.

It was with this knowledge that I realized that this decision-making process applies to all games – even in a simple game like pachisi you have choices. And wherever you have a choice, there will always be better choices and worse choices. It is true that in a simple game dominated by chance these choices don’t matter that much, but in a more complex game like Scythe, it really comes down to who makes better choices – therefore is a better player.

The more choices (or strategy) there is available in a game, the more the good player can shine.

Looking at my personal site, I am a family guy (father of two) with a lot of hobbies. Beside board games, I am a huge sports fan (football, which I actively play, formula 1, ski jumping are my favorites, but a follow many more), a gamer (all sorts of PC games, special focus is on sim racing) and a long time moderator at hattrick.org – I have been playing this text base online football manager for 13 years (yes, you have read that correctly) now.

All the best,

Vasilij,

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. So much of succeeding at playing games comes down to understanding human psychology: humans are intensely emotional creatures and rarely make completely rational decisions. I read an article recently about this: that this is how the big chess websites can tell whether people are cheating by putting the moves into chess-playing software: computers don’t attach emotional value to their past moves while humans become invested in their own strategy and struggle to correct their mistakes and change tactics mid-game.  

    1. Yes, this is also something one can exploit in poker for direct financial benefit (someting i was also quite good at), but also in other board games. In Risk, for, example, I always knew how to convince a player to attack someone else and my armies could grow unobstructed. 🙂

  2. This is what we call pure passion for online business. Turning your passion into an online business is quite easier than people thought and you are a good example of that.

    I can see that you are very good at games. It is in you already from start. I can also see the burning desire to help others who want to play very good like you.

    I am going to keep an eye on your website often now to see what new article about gaming you may be writing next. 

    I am a big fan of gaming myself even though I can even move a pawn on a chase board not to mention blackjack.

    Thanks for sharing such a powerful skill.

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