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    • WilliamSC
      WilliamSC
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      Joined: 17.09.2012 Posts: 13
      Alright chaps,

      I've decided to start a blog here on PokerStrategy.com because the constant jeers of a colleague calling me a fish (cruelly but accurately) have spurred me to action. No longer will I donk money at NL2 and NL5 and, with time and effort, will become competent at this game.

      As you may have inferred from the cool forum badge I actually work at PokerStrategy, in the Gibraltar office. This is my first job since leaving university (I read Economics & Management) and it's been enormous fun so far. I'm an intrapreneur intern in the B2B team, mostly looking at online marketing.

      So a little of my poker background, my first poker game was in my first year of university. the tournament was a £5 freezeout I think and the guy who organised it was mad keen on James Bond so we wore black tie and were served questionable martinis. It was in that year I signed up to PokerStrategy.com and got the free bankroll on FTP. Needless to say I ran through it pretty quickly and decided to augment my rise to the top with my own capital, it didn't work. I looked up my graph on Sharkscope a little while ago and it was just hilarious, a pretty unbroken downward sloping line with one wild swing upswing which was very quickly lost.

      Two things prevented me from chucking in the game altogether and doing something more +EV. The first was that when I was in India after my first year I brought a copy of 'The Theory of Poker'. Some people find religion in India, I found Sklansky, The second was that I started going to the university poker society which had a pretty perfect environment of a couple of good players mixed in with some really bad ones. The games I played were probably -EV but not so much that it bust me and was a great learning experience.

      Ever since then I've been playing live and online with fairly mixed results. Out of curiosity I loaded my FTP hands into some tracking software and discovered I was up something like $10 overall. This was mostly due to the fact that about a fortnight before Black Friday I two outed somebody in a $500 pot then insta withdrew. Ever since then I've been playing on Stars (untracked because I didn't set my account up properly). I've played a lot of live poker at The Vic (which has probably London's biggest poker room), I wouldn't know how to estimate my overall win/loss there but it can't be hurt by the fact that in my 2nd/3rd session I ran £100 into £1500 then spent the best fortnight ever with a few mates blowing it all (on alcohol, not gambling).

      Stars has not been particularly kind to me and I've definitely lost there. When somebody asked me recently what I'd estimate my overall lifetime winning to be, when I replied 'about break even' he laughed and told me everyone who says that is significantly down (which is probably true).

      So anyway its time to give poker another shot, I'd like to think I have most of the general abilities you need to be a winning player and so if I lose this time using sensible BRM at least I'll know I can't blame negative variance; it will genuinely because I either lack the ability or didn't put in the requisite study time.

      I'd there were/are three things which have really held me back as a poker player
      1) A wildly inflated perception of my own skill
      2) Incredibly poor BRM
      3) A short attention span

      I've become more realistic about 1), can deal with 2) and as for 3) we'll see.

      My goal is to start playing as soon as FTP relaunches, in fact I've already made a 'greatest profit' prop bet for November with a fellow intern who is also playing the micros (loser wears an 'I am a fish' T shirt for two days). Starting at NL5 I'll see how far I can work my way up (if at all) and keep you posted with the results. In the meantime if anyone is curious about the inner workings of PokerStrategy.com then ask me (but bear in mind I reside on exactly the lowest rung of company hierarchy).

      Wish me luck!

      Will
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    • KeeperDe
      KeeperDe
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      Joined: 09.05.2011 Posts: 117
      He currently holds the record for most money lost.




      FISH :D
    • pleno1
      pleno1
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      Joined: 19.11.2010 Posts: 5,596
      Subscribed. Best of luck.
    • Tomaloc
      Tomaloc
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      Joined: 17.01.2011 Posts: 6,858
      Originally posted by WilliamSC
      I've decided to start a blog here on PokerStrategy.com because the constant jeers of a colleague calling me a fish (cruelly but accurately) have spurred me to action.
      these demeaning regs, making the games tougher :P
    • WilliamSC
      WilliamSC
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      Joined: 17.09.2012 Posts: 13
      Well that remains to be seen. The immediate consequence could be making them much, much softer.
    • KeeperDe
      KeeperDe
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      Joined: 09.05.2011 Posts: 117
      I heard William (aka. Fish) got some money now on stars. We want updates ! (We as in I )
    • pleno1
      pleno1
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      Joined: 19.11.2010 Posts: 5,596
      +1
    • thazar
      thazar
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      subscribed!
    • WilliamSC
      WilliamSC
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      Joined: 17.09.2012 Posts: 13
      So now we know a bit more about FTP's return I'm not so sure it's worth waiting for. This is a fairly major blow for me because I loved Full Tilt and wanted to nurture it back to health with my rake, to care for its micro stakes grinders with my donated cash and to level my opponents with my avatar's expressions.

      Unfortunately however I'm well past the point where I could get a 1st deposit bonus so unless they offer some kind of reopening bonus I'll probably find another room. The most likely candidate at the moment is William Hill because a) they have a 200% 1st deposit bonus b) iPoker has a speed poker variant and c) their offices are just over the hall so when they mess up I can live the dream of so many frustrated players and go to shout at someone in person.
    • Tim64
      Tim64
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      Joined: 02.11.2008 Posts: 7,401
      Enticing blog. Will follow.
    • pleno1
      pleno1
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      Moar
    • WilliamSC
      WilliamSC
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      Joined: 17.09.2012 Posts: 13
      Sorry chaps, I did warn readers about my short attention span.

      I haven't actually been playing any poker for the last few weeks but this will all change tomorrow evening when I get paid. From this you can probably infer something about the state of my finances; my poor BRM isn't exclusive to poker, I also have awful LRM (life roll management).

      The last time I played was three weeks ago in a 1/2 live game at the Gala Casino Gibraltar. Gib isn't actually the best place to play live, the poker room is nice but online gambling is a major employer out here so the standard of play is higher than in most casinos (this admittedly isn't saying much). I sat down with £140 and ran it up to about £300 before losing an enormous flip against a drunk incredibly aggro guy in a double straddled pot (AJo < 55). If there is one take home lesson from the whole experience (apart from my upcoming book how to live on baked beans for an entire month) it would be don't straddle if you can't afford the variance.

      My general rule of thumb is that if you can beat NL5 online you should pretty much crush the casino live games but I was disabused of this notion when I went there the other day and saw Patrick and Oscar (pleno1 & imfromsweden) playing with another guy from the poker school + 2 other competent looking guys. I'd just been to dinner with them and Jan (my caustically sarcastic German roomate); sitting down at that table seemed from the outset to be the most -EV thing since playing with traffic so naturally Jan sits down and doubles up with AJo vs Oscar's AQs #luckbox #skyrunner etc etc. I was so sickened by watching this happen that I foreswore live poker for life.

      Anyway I'll try to give some more regular updates when I actually start playing online a bit more frequently.