Byron Kaverman has been travelling the U.S. and Europe almost constantly since 2011 amassing $3.2 million in live earnings. He’s been so busy travelling that he hasn’t had a place to call home for the past two years. While living out of a suitcase Kaverman hit a hot streak in 2014 where he won nearly a third of his lifetime earnings in ten days. He sat down with BLUFF to discuss the past year in his life.
BLUFF: Last season you set the record for the most World Poker Tour cashes in a single season with seven. Was that variance running your way or was it something that you worked towards?
Byron Kaverman: Regarding the seven cashes, I guess it was just a combination of both. I was definitely running well to get deep in that many tournaments, but also I felt like I was playing good too. A lot of those I re-entered as well, it gave me more chances to run deep.
BLUFF: Since 2011, you have cashes all over the U.S. and Europe, how in depth are you planning your travel and tournament schedules?
BK: Back in 2011, everything was kind of sporadic. I didn’t really have a good idea of what I was doing a month ahead and past that. But now, I’ve really focused on setting a schedule for the upcoming six months. For the last year and a half or so, I’ve primarily stuck with that. It’s been a lot better that way, I have things mapped out and know what’s going on.
BLUFF: About one-third of your career earnings came in your back-to-back cashes in April at the WPT World Championship and the EPT Grand Final High Roller. When you think back to those ten days of earning over $1 million, what do you think about it?
BK: It was quite incredible couple weeks, that’s for sure. In March, I was playing tournaments in California and I’d been playing a lot. I felt a bit burned out. I went down to Florida and I was at the WPT Hard Rock and chilled out for a week or so. I didn’t really play any poker. I just kind of relaxed and took some time off. I felt very good going into the Borgata and obviously ran well there. I continued the heater in Monte Carlo.
BLUFF: It seems like you really haven’t had any substantial breaks since January 2011 when you really started hitting the circuit. How do you keep up with that pace?
BK: The few years of traveling was awesome. It was definitely a lot. It was something I hadn’t really done before getting into poker. I really embraced it and did a lot of sight-seeing. Like I said, in the Spring I got kind of tired of it, a little burned out would be the best way to put it. I haven’t had a place in a couple of years, so I decided to move to California and get a more balanced lifestyle going. But I’m still going to be traveling and playing quite a bit as well.
BLUFF: So are you saying you’ve been basically been without a place to call home for the past couple years?
BK: Basically, yeah. I was living in Columbus (Ohio) with a couple friends, but they moved away. The last few years I haven’t had a place to call my own.
BLUFF: You’re pretty well known for taking your time with decisions and going into the tank. How do you respond to criticism that excessive tanking is having a negative effect on the game?
BK: I definitely take a lot of time with some decisions. I feel like I am starting to play a little faster for the most part. As far as the criticism goes, I don’t really think it’s necessarily bad for the game. Players have the option to call for a clock at any time and I never feel disrespected or mad when that happens. It’s definitely part of the game. A couple times at the final table I took a long time–that was kind of ridiculous. I didn’t really realize how long it was. They were really tough decisions for me, probably two of the biggest financially that I’ve ever made. I definitely wanted to make sure I thought everything through and made the right decision.
BLUFF: What’s the rest of your year look like?
BK: Yeah, I’m going to Australia today for the WSOP. Then, there’s a little break in between, and then I’m going to play the Macau tournaments. From there, I’ll probably take a little break and play Montreal and then Vegas for a few weeks.
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