CheckDecide is running the 1st Custom Felt Competition in these weeks!

Our partners use the replayer with customized skins, now it’s time to vote whose table looks the coolest!

We have 16 competitors – biggest names and rising stars, companies and individuals alike.

In the earlier matches OP-Poker defeated Pocarr, bitB Spins knocked out BetOnDrew, then SpadePokerTV won against PokerDetox and lately Team4Bet made a last minute take over against BluffTheSpot.

Match #5 is between HedgehogStakingGroup and StandardBacking.

Today we are interviewing Pavel and Rob, the co-founders of StandardBacking.

As far as I can recall, StandardBacking was one of the first mtt stables. Could you tell us a bit about the start? When did kick off, what were your goals and expectations back then?

Standard Backing traces it’s beginnings to the early days of the 2+2 marketplace forum and the now-defunct Parttimepoker marketplace in 2008. Pavel “alcswab” was one of the most prolific investors on PTP until it disappeared. He started investing in packages, but quickly discovered that packages are often a terrible investment for a backer. One of the primary reasons is that players often only put games into packages where they have very low EV (or are negative EV) while marketing those packages with their high EV stats or just using their reputation. This is still true today. From there he moved towards fully backing individual players. In 2015 Rob Lipkin joined as a partner. Rob has won $1M+ online in MTTs and has played many game types over the years ranging from SNGs to Cash Games to HU CG and finally moving to MTTs. Most recently Rob finished 2nd in the $10.3k Poker Masters on Party for $177k and got 4th in a $25k for $87k. He brought an incredible knowledge of the game and together we were able to ramp up the coaching program.
Our vision was (and continues to be) personalized attention to every player from qualified coaches who are active in the games they coach.
We combine the coaching with a personalized data-driven approach towards game selection leading to players being able to truly turn poker into a career.

What makes StandardBacking unique, why should an aspiring player choose you instead of other stables?

We give our players personalized attention. Even though we work with well north of 100 players, every player gets 1 on 1 coaching. We also have our top coaches do group coaching multiple times a week in English, Portuguese and Spanish to supplement the individual sessions. Other stables try to scrimp on coaching costs by primarily doing group coaching or by touting out-dated video libraries. Some even charge their players for the coaching they receive by adding it to makeup (we don’t!). Aside for the coaching we apply our decade long of experience in game selection to give players the best shot at succeeding. A success story for us is a player that outgrows the need for backing and can move to playing for themselves with their own bankroll. We have full confidence in our services as well. Unlike the majority of our competitors we don’t lock players in for a year plus . As long as they clear makeup they can go on their own whenever they want. You can work with us for a month, a year, or a decade. It’s up to you. We also offer 2 innovative programs for players: Year-end bonuses that grow the longer you work with us. Cashouts while in makeup. If you hit a big score while in makeup you can cashout a portion of it.

Do you offer staking for other formats (spin/cash) or you strictly focus on multitable tournaments?

We currently offer backing for MTTs (live and online), SNGs and Cash games.

What was the most amazing moment of your stable?

We’ve had countless amazing moments over the years. Two recent ones that stick out:

1) Jamie O’connor final tabling the $5k 6-max at the WSOP last year, but unfortunately falling short and finishing 3rd.
2) Two (!) Sunday Million wins in the last 7 months, one by Pkaiser in December and one by Lo-fi Dream in March.

What keeps you up at night? Do you have any plans to expand/transform your services?

Poker is ever changing. Rob and Pavel’s careers in poker go all the way back to 2003/4. We’ve seen a lot of change in the last 16 years and it takes a lot of work and planning to stay ahead of how poker constantly evolves. We’re constantly figuring out how to expand our services with the primary focus on benefiting the players we work with.

What are the most important factors when evaluating an applicant? Should they already be a steady winner?

You don’t already have to be a steady winner to become a steady winner. πŸ™‚
The most important thing we look for is whether the player has a commitment to and passion for the game. Without those a player won’t last beyond their first set-back.

What kind of content can we expect to see from you at CheckDecide?

CheckDecide is constantly adding new features and we’re figuring out the best ways to use all of them.

Do you like your chances in the Custom Felt Competition against HedgehogStakingGroup? It seems to be a really close match! πŸ™‚

I wouldn’t bet against us. πŸ™‚

Thanks a lot for the interview & best of luck at the tables!


You can find StandardBacking at




Valdemar 'Luigi' Kwaysser

13 years as professional poker player 10 years experience as poker coach. Born Hungarian, living in Valencia, Spain. 36 yo, married, happy father of two. Founder of CheckDecide