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Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams poker player about me page
Hi, my name is Nathan. You might know me better as "BlackRain79" in the online poker world though. Let me tell you right away that I am NOT some rich high stakes poker player.

I do have millions of hands of experience at the micro stakes though with some of the highest winrates in online poker history.

A bit about me personally. I am in my mid thirties and I am from Vancouver, Canada. I have a degree in history and philosophy from one of Canada's top universities.

Shortly after I graduated I found online poker. I was absolutely obsessed with the game from the start and I would literally grind the poker tables day and night.

Some people asked me if I even slept!

I would eventually become one of the biggest winners ever at the lower limits online. Thankfully I was also making enough money playing poker by this point to say goodbye to my crappy office job forever.

That was 10 years ago.

I now spend most of the year living in beautiful Thailand and traveling around the world. I am able to make a living anywhere on earth from my laptop thanks to this silly little card game :)

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Me recently in Koh Samui, Thailand

How It All Began


I started this blog originally back in 2007 as a personal journal of my success and struggles in the micro stakes cash games.

This was a place to track my progress and rant about my downswings in complete obscurity.

I did not reveal my online poker screen name - BlackRain79 - for many, many years because I didn't want any readers. I wrote this blog for myself and myself alone.

But then a few years later a certain infamous (and now defunct) website started tracking and publishing the results of all online poker players without their consent.

I was really mad at first.

Who on earth were they to publish my poker results publicly for everyone to see? The bottom line though was that I could no longer remain anonymous.

When people started to see that I was making tens of thousands of dollars just at the micros:

Blackrain79 all time career winnings

I quickly started to gain legions of fans (and a few haters too) almost overnight.

My website suddenly started getting hundreds of visitors a day and so I decided to start blogging about how I was achieving these results.

I also created a free poker cheat sheet which explains my strategy in more detail. You can download that by the way right here.


Chasing a Dream


It was about 5 years ago that I also decided to sell everything that I own and hop on a one way 17 hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

I'm not going to lie, I was absolutely scared out of my mind.

I had never traveled anywhere before except to America, which is basically the same thing as Canada in many ways.

But I knew that I was completely all-in with this poker thing at that point. And since I could do it from anywhere in the world, there was simply no reason not to go.




I immediately fell in love with Asia, and Thailand in particular, where I now spend the majority of the year living.

The year round warm tropical climate, the amazing beaches, the friendly people, the food and on and on. It's almost a what's NOT to like kinda thing.

I have also spent considerable time in a few other countries in the region, such as the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam, which are all awesome as well.

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One of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Boracay, the Philippines

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Gangnam District, Seoul, Korea (Gangnam Style!)

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My office from the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam

In short, traveling is absolutely amazing and life changing and I highly recommend it to anyone. The only regret I have is that I did not do it sooner!

And this is truly one of the best parts about being an online poker pro. You can literally make a living from anywhere on earth.

You can also choose to live in a country where your cost of living is considerably lower. For instance my expenses in Thailand are about 1/3 of what they are in my home country of Canada.

This is an absolutely massive help if you are a small stakes poker player like me.

If you want to get an inside look into my life as an online poker pro and all of my travels, make sure to follow me on Instagram.


Expanding Vision


It was also a few years ago when this website really started to take off.

I write articles every week that give you an inside perspective on what it really takes to succeed in the micro stakes games and even turn it into a full time career like I have.

That is why blackrain79.com now gets huge amounts of traffic every day and it is one of the most popular poker strategy websites in the world.

I would recommend checking out my "Start Here" page for a complete list of all my top poker strategy articles and resources.

I have also coached over 100 students to success at the lower limits, I am a lead instructor at a major poker training site and I write for some of the biggest poker publications in the world, including pokernews.com, where I have a monthly column.

Lastly, I have written 3 strategy books on the game now including Crushing the Microstakes which some people have called "the bible" of small stakes poker.

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I am glad that you found my website and I hope that my story above was inspiring to you in some way.

Look, no matter how cliche it might sound, I am living proof that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to in life. And it doesn't matter how unrealistic it might seem or what they say.

Also, please understand that it doesn't take some sort of super genius intellect or talent. I am nowhere near one of the best poker players in the world.

I am really good at one thing though.

And that is separating some of the worst poker players in the world at the lower limits from their money at lightning speed.

This is also exactly what you are going to learn here at blackrain79.com.

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Everything that I teach here is laser focused on the micro stakes, and it draws upon the simple proven strategies that I have developed to crush these games as a pro for over 10 years now.

To get started I recommend that you pick up a copy of my free poker cheat sheet.

This will give you a strong understanding of the basics of my strategy. It will also help you get winning at the micros immediately.

Lastly, if you made it this far, make sure you follow me on Facebook. This way you will never miss out when I release a new post or video.

Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best at the poker tables!

- Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams

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