Scoring encouraging MTT cashes at Party Poker
under the handle "gobbodance", Jimmy was soon attracting the attention of railbirds at PokerStars
for his consistent money finishes in MTT's with rebuys as "gobboboy". Deciding to take time off from the University of Illinois to "become a poker bum," Fricke worked full time to refine his poker tournament
strategy. To hear Fricke tell it, his options were to either quit college, or get kicked out for failing to attend his classes.
Though "gobboboy" dabbled in cash games and SNGs, the vast majority of his online poker
earnings were won by persevering through the biggest MTTs Jimmy's bankroll would allow. Jimmy also won seats in live tournaments that allowed players as young as 18 to participate, snagging a first place win in the $400+$40 No Limit Hold'em event of the East Coast Poker Championships in November of 2006.
Fricke kicked off 2007 with a 22nd place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $28K. Moving directly on to the Aussie Millions, Jimmy "gobboboy" Fricke found himself heads up against Gus Hansen
on the fifth and final day of the No Limit Hold'em Championship event, and eventually busted for a second place cash of nearly $800K.
At the 2008 Aussie Millions, Jimmy Fricke took first place in the 7 Card Stud Hi
/ Hi-Lo / Razz
preliminary event. He continued to travel and compete in live tournaments all over the world, taking first place in a No Limit Hold'em preliminary event of the Bellagio Cup IV on the World Poker Tour for nearly half a million dollars. Jimmy "gobboboy" Fricke was also finally able to enter the World Series of Poker events at the age of 21 to compete for the coveted bracelet. We can expect to see Jimmy Fricke every year, entering as many WSOP events as time will allow.
Clearly a tournament poker specialist, Jimmy Fricke has expressed a tendency to blow money in cash games occasionally while on tilt from a bad beat in a tournament. In tournament play, Fricke has continuously honed his hand reading capabilities, and openly shared each milestone of his poker skill development throughout the years in blogs and forums
. While Fricke admits there is no one key to winning at poker, he has often said that the best way one can improve at poker is by playing the game, and cited confidence as a major ingredient for success.