““Who do you listen to?” You listen to who has what you want and has been where you are. Wayne started playing small and worked his way up to high stakes. Wayne is an expert at breaking things down in bite-sized chunks so you can work at your own pace. “Soft skills” is something vital that is rarely ever mentioned in poker. Here you will get some great insight about the subject. I highly recommend his program.”
“Wayne has helped me in my application of game theory in poker, allowing me to further exploit other players in certain spots. In the non-technical aspect, I have gained insight into the importance of mental game coaching and discipline levels that is required of a poker player.”
“Wayne has been in the poker scene for over a decade and playing at the highest limits out there. Apart from the impressive achievements he’s clocked up over the years, he’s been truly inspiring figure when it comes to growing and giving. (Highly recommended for the immense value he delivers)”
“Wayne has provided great technical assistance for my overall game and has helped me reach new heights in poker. He taught me that the most important thing in this scene is having integrity and doing what is right, even if it means sacrificing some EV:). He has also moulded in me an attitude that constantly strives for growth as well as looking at things from a macro perspective. This has helped me to become better as a person not only for myself but for others around me as well.”
“Learning to play poker from Wayne gave me many new perspectives to the game - things I never used to think of. I definitely feel my game has been taken to the next level as compared to before. Something that impresses me about Wayne is his focus and determination. When he's set his mind on doing something, he gives his 100% until it's done.”
“I have been asked by a ton of people in the Singapore poker community about Wayne Yap and this post I will like to share my two cents worth about this person whom you might want to find more about.
Who is this guy?
His accomplishments in poker in my memory if I have to recall and list down goes something like
Crowned champion in 2016 high roller event for 2292720 HKD (Ok meh donkaments, 2 million hkd... nice luckout)
Crowned champion 2017 Higher roller event for 5614000 HKD (dafuq? back to back and another major suxout? )
3th in aussie millions 25k challenge for xxxxx dollars (FFS BRO!!!)
By this time I have decided not to even bother how much money did he won in the 3rd one. If you have wondered how did he managed to buy in these insanely huge buy-in tournaments, I know that his parents didn't give him the money nor did he won in from the baccarat tables. He won the money from the poker tables, from untracked sites and years of grinding at live games at the small games in Resorts World Sentosa local casino games to the Macau Wynn live games.
He must have started out when poker was free money for everyone then!!
As long as i can remember he actually started poker pretty late around 2009 and he was also a university student back then. I wasn't super sure when he turned full time but definitely, games were not as absurd they were back during the poker boom. I only remembered him playing a lot, playing everywhere.
My experience with him
The first encounter with Wayne was a brief one and we were introduced to each other by some of our common poker friends who were also grinding at the Wynn Macau games back then in 2011(i think). He gave me a firm handshake, a cheerful smile that he still has even up to date and I could immediately feel the great amount of positive enthusiasm/ attitude he's carrying.
"You seems to be really happy. I reckon you won big?" I said
"Haha, well quite the opposite actually. I had a 40k stack in 50/100 and I bluffed it off in one hand. Reraised the AKo and went bonkers. Jammed the river into a set on a queen high board. Bah, even with a set he looks scared, if I ever have a chance I'll do it again" He replied before he waved goodbye and happily ran off for dinner as if that bluff deems for a big celebration.
"Interesting, I hope he doesn't have rich parents", I told my friends and they were shaking their heads. 'That's Wayne for you"
A few months later, we exchanged contacts and also hang out more because both of us were spending more time in Macau. I was already playing high stakes and me being as self-conceited as a person, getting private text messages from him asking for insights between hands was not very appealing. Man, he was total shit back then lol~! The hands he played had no concept nor logic and I was getting allergic to his nonsensical plays. He pretty much dusted off the good first impression he gave me at this point and all I could think of is to shoo him away, hope he doesn't come back.
"Wtf the xr?"
I was pounding hard on his mistakes and every time he comes back for more, replying "Ah I understand now, thanks alot!" That was when I realized that if there was anyone in the Singapore poker community that can make it to the cream of the crop, I will bet that its Wayne.
When runitonce poker launched, everyone was caught up with sauce's vids and GTO was being spread like wildfire. Me and Wayne were no different being influenced by the trend. I wanted to gather interest in setting up a study group among some fellow poker players but in the, end it's always only Wayne whom will end up at my doorstep. We will spend hours trying to figure out how to use certain programs and try to build some strategies. After a while, he probably felt too gay for two guys to be in a room studying for too long and we went separate ways each exploring and learning the game on our own.
It was in 2014 when we finally played at the same level same stakes and I was very happy to see him competing at the same games.
"I don't chop blinds and I really want to play vs you, senpai!" He smiled while he starts grabbing for his chips ready for the battle. Both of us were competitive players and I was hyped up to play the new Wayne. We haven't seen each other for like a year, I have put in a lot of work in my game and I really wanted to see how far he developed as a player. There were countless sessions we had in live poker and some online games where we played our hearts out. He plays very tough, smart and he thinks very deeply within his decisions. I enjoyed playing vs him and off the tables I began to enjoy our engagements when we talk about our individual approaches to the game.
At 2016 he was growing rapidly as a player and was at the top of his game. Many times I would wonder if he's taking too much risk or he's too optimistic. But I was wrong. He seems to always have a well-thought plan and he's confident to go with it. In the high roller events, he was limping in weird positions, jamming like a madman preflop and often playing in a very unconventional way that made everyone very uncomfortable against his style. Eventually, we knew the result, he won it obviously. Be it luck or not, this deserves a medal for wits and of all, courage.
What you can learn from him?
After Wayne won the 2016 high rollers and crushed huge on cash games, I was curious about his daily routine in poker.
"Well, it's all about optimizing your performance I guess. As a start, you probably should start looking at what you eat and the quality of your sleep" he said.
Ever since I have been on a paleo diet for two years and I have been watching a lot of my daily intake of food. I never felt so good in my life and because of that change, I felt confident and more in control of my emotional swings.
2016 I had a big year and this simple change made me able to grind at my best for long periods of time up to date.
Obviously, Wayne is not some professional nutritionist and please don't expect to be god-like in poker by eating grass for the next two years. You know what I mean.
It will be way too much to write for this post if I am going to go too deeply into everything and I'm going to summarize it in a few points down here
* Frank. If you want some unfiltered and true good advice, he's the person you will want to look for.
* Generous. He's always willing to share his thoughts willingly and I bet he will provide more than what you will be expecting from him. He might even share on how he crushed those high rollers by limping all over the place!
* Passionate and Positive. He is efficient and has all the good life habits. This guy also has lots of love for all the things he does. That's important imo and he will transfer the much-needed enthusiasm to u guys when it comes to poker learning.
* Empathetic. As much as I know he doesn't like to be spread by negativity in general, he is a good listener. I am quite sure he's able to relate the struggles most people face in poker because he experienced those adversities first handed.
* Practical. All being said about him might make you feel like he's some goofy monkey throwing random darts. That's not true. He really knows his work and he will put it in execution rather than all theory talking about what "GTO" is all about.
If you are looking for a quick fix or a cut and paste solution on how to play AK preflop, you probably should look elsewhere. If not, he will be quite an inspirational person to be along with your poker journey. I wish your experience with Wayne with to be a fulfilling one. Thank you all for reading.”