Life Outside Poker: How Faraz Jaka Went from Bedridden to Bracelet Winner

Connor Richards @CRichards1995
Faraz Jaka @FarazJaka

Life Outside Poker is a new podcast for PokerNews hosted by Connor Richards that seeks to pull back the curtain on poker players and allow viewers and listeners to get to know them on a personal level.

For the sixth episode, Connor spoke with longtime poker pro and coach Faraz Jaka, who was fresh off a runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Jaka talked about running up a six-figure bankroll in college, going broke and moving down stakes, battling back from a debilitating back injury to win his first bracelet in 2023 and running deep in this year's $25,000 Heads-Up Championship.

Jaka also talked about his site Jaka Coaching, discussed what makes a good poker coach and offered advice for players looking to grind the WSOP this summer.

This interview took place at the 2024 WSOP in Las Vegas and was filmed inside Horseshoe Las Vegas.

The Life Outside Poker podcast is available on major streaming platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and iHeartRadio. You can also watch the interview with Faraz Jaka by heading to the PokerNews YouTube channel.

Be sure to follow Faraz Jaka and Connor Richards on X.

Read About Faraz Jaka's $25K Heads Up Run!

Time Stamps

 1:05Deep run in $25k Heads-Up Championship
 5:35Winning a bracelet in the 2023 Shootout
 7:11Back injury
 13:57WSOP routine advice
 19:15Growing up in San Jose
 20:43Running up a six-figure roll in college
 21:56The Poker House
 25:04Going from local celebrity to broke
 29:03Career highlights
 30:53Black Friday
 34:26Becoming a poker coach
 36:28What makes a good poker coach?
 38:43Standout Jaka Coaching students
 44:25Balancing life and poker
 49:55Advice for younger self
 52:25Favorite life lesson from poker
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