Mike's an amazing Programmer who works on the HUD. He's been with Holdem Manager from day 1. He's the guy you can thank for the first software to support a 3bet stat, live tracking and the street by street HUD in HM2. He does much more than this and it's all for you. Mike and I worked in the video game industry together long ago bringing tons of development experience to Holdem Manager.
How long have you worked for Holdem Manager?
A. Partnered with Roy over 4 years ago to start Holdem Manager.
What specific part of Holdem Manager do you work on?
A. Anything to do with the HUD. As the workload on HM1 increased I helped Roy with other bits like the replayer but on HM2 it’s mainly HUD.
Anything interesting about your past work experience?
A. I used to own Left Field Productions. We were a second party Nintendo Developer for a period of time with hits such as Excitebike 64 and NBA Courtside featuring Kobe Bryant. Before that I worked at Ocean. When I retired from LFP I took poker up to kill some time and that’s how I got started with the poker industry.
Have you done any poker side projects in the past?
A. Yes, prior to Holdem Manager I made a HUD program called Realtime. Roy got in touch and asked if I could adapt it to work with a new program called Holdem Manager…
What is your favorite variation of poker?
A. No Limit Hold’em cash. There’s nothing like outplaying people and watching them get steamed because I read their soul. I must admit my soul gets read every now and then too.
How often do you play every week?
A. 2-3 times a week. I played more before Holdem Manager got going and was reasonably successful at $100nl. But now I’m usually messing around, plus we’re working hard on HM2 at the moment so my free play time is currently limited.
Can you share anything that might help a developer get hired for their dream job? (Poker or not)
A. Job market is tough these days. If you can’t find work right now, try making a demo of something cool. I didn’t think I would make any money out of my HUD program. But then Roy saw it, got in touch and it lead to Holdem Manager.