CardPlayer LifeStyle Celebrates Ten Years

I first became aware of the existence of Robbie Strazynski and his website Cardplayerlifestyle.com when he commented and liked some of the original articles I wrote for PartTimePoker. After striking up a conversation on Twitter, I discovered what several already knew (and even more have learned since) – he’s got a huge heart and a deep passion for poker.
And so when he announced last week that his site was celebrating its ten year anniversary, I reached out to him for a quick chat about the site’s humble beginnings and what we can all expect from it moving forward:
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PartTimePoker: So Robbie, was there any kind of goal in mind when you first launched, or was it simply a fun side project?
Robbie: The Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog [started] literally on a whim, together with a friend of mine. He said “I know how to build websites, and you know writing and you know poker, so let’s see what happens.” At the time, back in 2009, many people were starting blogs. We thought perhaps we could make a little money on the side were someone to eventually purchase some ads. Slowly, but surely, as traffic grew, so did my commitment to making it a great poker media site. I bought my friend out in the summer of 2011, and made the site my main side project, working on it on nights and weekends.
PartTimePoker: What’s been the most fulfilling aspect of this ten-year journey?
Robbie: There are quite a few great things, so it’s tough to single just one aspect out as most fulfilling. With every new milestone, it’s incredible to look back and see how far things have come since just “starting on a whim” during a casual conversation; humble beginnings, indeed. I will say that one incredibly fulfilling moment was when I was able to leave my job and begin being self-employed to work on Cardplayer Lifestyle full time, back in March 2017. That was really amazing, and it has given me the ability to work from home, be in full control of my time, and spend much more quality time with my kids. I can’t imagine ever having to return to being an employee.
PartTimePoker: What piece of advice would you go back in time and give yourself when you were starting?
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Robbie: Start 6 years earlier, LOL! Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and the idea of starting a poker blog never even occurred to me until my buddy mentioned it back in late 2009. Now knowing so much more about the history of the poker industry’s media side, however, it’s hard to imagine just how much revenue I could’ve generated were that conversation to have happened six years prior and were I to have traveled down the conventional affiliate road starting during the Moneymaker boom. Of course, the additional benefits would have been I’d have that much more of an online presence, the effect of which wouldn’t be linear, but rather somewhat exponential. Granted I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened over the last decade, but it would be fascinating to know what an “alternative history/timeline” would’ve looked like. Then again, I suppose I’d be celebrating a 16th anniversary then, not a 10th 🙂
PartTimePoker: Lastly, what can we expect in the future from CardplayerLifestyle?
Robbie: I’m hoping to do a few things over the coming year to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary. These include giveaways, mixed game meet-ups, dedicated “10-themed” articles, and perhaps something at the World Series of Poker in summer 2020. Beyond that, it’s sort of “more of the same”; hoping to continue being able to do event coverage at poker festivals around the world, keep growing traffic to the website, and expanding our online presence ever further. That’s worked until now, and I see no signs of that changing.

Robbie (left) and I finally met up in Vegas in 2018.

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Hopefully, just that brief snippet of a conversation demonstrates Robbie’s enthusiasm for our game. It’s been great getting to know him, and I for one look forward to visiting his site for years to come.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.
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