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    • FireFly1991
      FireFly1991
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      Joined: 11.06.2011 Posts: 5
      Introduction

      Howiyas PokerStrategy!

      Firstly who am I and why am I taking up your time with my ramblings? I am FireFly, and I hail from Dublin, Ireland. I'm a 19 year old, computer scientist, and obviously a poker player! My goal with this blog is for motivation. I have found that when ever I do anything, that only I see the results of, I do it poorly, but when I do something where people see the results, I put effort in.

      Basically I have got my $50 starting capital, and after a series of bad beats and general poor play, on my part, I was down to 25$ish. After a good two days of play I'm back around the 45$ mark, after a week break to calm down I might add. I was seriously close to just taking it all in one hand on like 1/2$ blinds :P . Essentially this blog is to keep me on the straight and narrow, be that nagging voice in the back of my mind going "hey remember someone else will see this result!".

      Anywho, I have been playing poker for 5 years nearly, and I don't think I am too bad (I'm in the black anyway). I much prefer live play over online, but I am getting better at online ^_^.

      How I got into poker

      Once upon a time, there was a younger FireFly, and one of his friends suggested to play poker. Said friend had played before and was much better, so he took FireFly's money along with the rest of FireFly's friends. After a year and a half of losing, but having fun, I finally won my first game. That is when younger FireFly said "Wait a minute! That's 30€ worth of 30€". From that day I have taken poker much more serious, and my bank account has enjoyed it. Now I'm talking about 5€ friendly games with friends, but a game every week, winning 30€ every other week adds up.

      Then I went to college, played poker with my college poker society, and managed to win the first game I played, beating a field of 35ish people taking a nice 150€ prize. Long story short, while I began taking poker seriously against my friend I never thought I would actually be able to hold my own against people I've never played with, who know how to play poker, and play it well. I feel I have improved massively since I started college, that maybe, with a little push in the right direction and some motivation I can actually make some cash out of poker.

      Final thoughts

      I know it must sound like I'm going "I'm great!", but really I know, while I'm not bad, I have a long long road ahead of me to start winning some serious cash. So yeah this blog, and I do hope you join me in my endeavorers, will hopefully be the beginning of something good for me. As I said above, if I am unmotivated I put in a poor effort, here's hoping this blog will keep me motivated!

      Bai!
  • 3 replies
    • purplefizz
      purplefizz
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      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      epic title :D
    • skinny99
      skinny99
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      Joined: 28.04.2009 Posts: 30
      yeah, love the title :D

      gl
    • FireFly1991
      FireFly1991
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.06.2011 Posts: 5
      Righto let's get this blog moving!

      Before I begin I'll set out some general goals I want to achieve over the summer. Unfortunately,(or fortunately if you look at it that way), I am working so can't play poker all the time.

      June Goal!
      • Get back above 50$


      July - September Goals!
      • Reach a bankroll of around the 300$ mark
      • Play an hour every weekday, 3-4 on weekends
      • Post in this blog twice a week
      • Get some bigger live game experience, (weekend tournies in casinos and the likes)
      • Improve my online play, (hopefully some of you guys can help with that)
      • Win a satellite to the Irish Winter Festival on Paddy Power
      • More as I think of them


      Anyway enough of goals, back to poker!

      Day 1

      Quite frankly day 1 started awfully. After about 20 hands I had lost all of my 7.50$ buy in(hand below). Destroyed by a bad call and lucky turn card :f_cry: . Now normally I don't re-buy after I go bust straight away, I like to go away and calm down for a few minutes. Today though I re-bought straight away, and picked up the ultimate tilt remedy. Pocket rockets baby :s_cool: (hand below).

      hand 1

      Seat 8 is the button
      Total number of players : 9/9
      Seat 9: Ed4862 ( $10.85 USD )
      Seat 4: FireFly91 ( $5.70 USD )
      Seat 1: Grachhhh ( $10 USD )
      Seat 7: KGG84 ( $31.91 USD )
      Seat 3: Miha__ ( $9.65 USD )
      Seat 5: catzilla0 ( $11.57 USD )
      Seat 2: juachi123 ( $7.50 USD )
      Seat 8: schulzi01 ( $40.34 USD )
      Seat 6: tarters ( $11.78 USD )

      Ed4862 posts small blind [$0.10 USD].
      Grachhhh posts big blind [$0.25 USD].


      FireFly91 7 :diamond: A :diamond:
      juachi123 folds
      Miha__ folds
      FireFly91 raises $0.75 USD
      tarters folds
      KGG84 calls [$0.75 USD]
      schulzi01 folds
      Ed4862 folds
      Grachhhh calls [$0.50 USD]

      Flop 9 :heart: , A :club: , 7 :spade: ]

      Grachhhh checks
      FireFly91 bets $0.50 USD
      KGG84 calls $0.50 USD
      Grachhhh calls $0.50 USD

      Turn 9 :diamond:

      Grachhhh bets $2.50 USD
      FireFly91 is all-In $4.45 USD
      KGG84 folds
      Grachhhh calls $1.95 USD

      River 2 :club:

      Grachhhh shows 5 :club: , 9 :spade: three of a kind, Nines.

      FireFly91 doesn't show [ 7d, Ad ]two pairs, Aces and Nines.

      Grachhhh wins $0.05 USD from the side pot 1 with three of a kind, Nines.
      Grachhhh wins $12.12 USD from the main pot with three of a kind, Nines.


      Needless to say I was pretty much on tilt after this, just didn't put him on the 9 at all, if he was a tight player maybe, but he had literally folded about 6 hands from the first 20 I had played.

      Hand 2

      Seat 4 is the button
      Total number of players : 9/9
      Seat 9: Ed4862 ( $10.75 USD )
      Seat 4: FireFly91 ( $7.15 USD )
      Seat 1: Grachhhh ( $15.67 USD )
      Seat 7: KGG84 ( $30.66 USD )
      Seat 3: Miha__ ( $9.65 USD )
      Seat 5: catzilla0 ( $11.32 USD )
      Seat 2: juachi123 ( $8.85 USD )
      Seat 8: schulzi01 ( $40.34 USD )
      Seat 6: tarters ( $11.78 USD )

      catzilla0 posts small blind [$0.10 USD].
      tarters posts big blind [$0.25 USD].

      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to FireFly91 A :club: A :spade:
      KGG84 folds
      schulzi01 folds
      Ed4862 folds
      Grachhhh folds
      juachi123 folds
      Miha__ folds
      FireFly91 calls $0.25 USD
      catzilla0 calls $0.15 USD
      tarters checks

      Flop J :diamond: , T :club: , 9 :club:

      catzilla0 bets $0.50 USD
      tarters folds
      FireFly91 raises $1 USD
      catzilla0 calls $0.50 USD

      Turn 2 :heart:

      catzilla0 checks
      FireFly91 bets $0.50 USD
      catzilla0 calls $0.50 USD

      River 9 :spade:

      catzilla0 checks
      FireFly91 bets $0.75 USD
      catzilla0 calls $0.75 USD
      FireFly91 shows A :club: , A :spade: two pairs, Aces and Nines.

      catzilla0 doesn't show J :heart: , 8 :heart: two pairs, Jacks and Nines.
      FireFly91 wins $4.99 USD from the main pot with two pairs, Aces and Nines.


      After this hand I got my confidence back, ended up finishing the day on $16.71, so covered my loss and a small profit!