Thank you for visiting “No Butts About It”! My name is Ricky Butts (it’s ok to laugh) and, I am an entrepreneur, part-time poker player, philanthropist among a few other things! I have changed my life, by changing my mindset and I just hope that something that I share here, will help some of you out there. We all know life is hard, but we can kick it’s ass if we have the right mindset!
I own Red Rhino Marketing, which is a digital marketing firm in Fort Wayne, IN and I am also a co-owner of Crush House Entertainment, a recording studio, event planning and artist development company that is also based out of Fort Wayne. With Crush House, we also put on the second largest ON WATER (we literally build a huge stage in the middle of the lake) music festival in the country, the Crooked Lake Sandbar Music Festival. That event is 100% free & non-profit. We have currently raised over $25,000 for a local humane shelter for animals.
I started playing poker shortly after graduating high school in 2003. That summer, my friends and I played almost nightly. We weren’t playing for much money, but we were having fun. That summer ended up being profitable, so I turned to online poker when everyone went to college. I quickly found it was a different game. 48hours after my first $100 deposit, I was stuck for $700. Luckily, I knew I was missing something and I immediately started studying.
Soon after, I was doing really well playing low stakes cash & sit-n-go’s on sites like Royal Poker. When a lot of the smaller sites quit supporting US players, I turned to PokerStars, where I found 4-man Heads-Up tournaments. These were my bread & butter games. I would play hundreds of matches Monday-Thursday. Thursday-Sunday was party time. It didn’t last long though as Neteller got shut down and money was getting tied up. So, I took a break and moved on to start a couple businesses and worked random jobs.
Then, in 2014, I decided to make my first trip out to the WSOP. On an 11 day trip, days 1-8 were absolutely brutal. It didn’t matter what game it was, I couldn’t win. Day 9 got slightly better after a solid cash session, I entered event #11, 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, my first official WSOP event. The next two days would end up a wild ride. From being “all-in” on the literal bubble, to entering day 2 with a super short stack and then losing 60% of said stack in the first 15 minutes of day 2. Eventually the “run good” kicked in and at mid day 2 I had a top 5 stack and eventually finished 15th. Later that summer I would win a seat and play in the Main Event.
I used to be a really negative person that put on a fake smile and exuded fake confidence. it was a detriment to my life, relationships and goals. It took some great friends, to knock some sense into me. I wasn’t the best Ricky Butts that I could be.
My hope is that something I share will help some of you.