♠SariyskiS♠ NL100 Part-time NL Grinder ツ

    • SariyskiS
      SariyskiS
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      Joined: 26.10.2011 Posts: 1,706
      Hey guys,

      I guess it's time to start my blog too. I actually used to have one back in the days (but in another community) and probably didn't make the best use out of it, for one reason or another. I've been wondering for quite a while whether or not it would actually be beneficial to me but finally decided to give it a go and see what happens. :]

      My name is Slav and I'm 25 years old. I'm from Bulgaria where the government is pretty much trying to kill the online poker industry. I started my poker adventure back in June 2011 along with my full-time job. The best thing about this job? I got to meet the most wonderful person I've ever met in my life. She's been my support throughout the years, been there during my best and worse days. She's my special one... My Precious :heart:

      I don't really want to dig too deep into my personal life here, after all it's a blog about poker and I guess nobody would be that interested anyways.

      Not sure how many people play poker along with their full-time jobs? If you do, well then I guess you can share your own experiences below, find differences or maybe similarities? I noticed many people think that leaving their full-time job will allow them to play poker full-time, earn more money and live a better life by having the opportunity to spend more time with the loved ones. This may or may not be true...

      When it comes to professional poker, what I've come to realize about it is that it's hard. It's extremely hard... harder than anyone could possibly imagine. It's very likely one of the hardest ways to make an easy living. This being said, your full-time job is great. You have to love it. You must love it. It helps you build a healthy poker bankroll without having to worry about whether or not you'll have a winning or a losing month, how you're going to pay the bills at the end of it and on top of that dealing with the likely frustration of having to go down a limit to avoid losing all you had been working for during the past years.

      What comes out of this? Well unless your job totally sucks and you feel like you're completely wasting your time, it might not be something that goes totally against your dreams of swimming in cash and travelling around the world. It gives you the opportunity to get there by allowing you to make your bucks worrying only about getting your game to the next level. Once I realized that, suddenly both my job and poker became much more fun :]

      I started playing NL100 a few months ago. At first sight I didn't find a whole lot of a difference between the NL50 and NL100 games. I thought I could beat the games as well as I was doing already. Well, we are all human and we can be wrong :D Fact is that regulars at NL100 just put you in a lot of tougher spots.

      There is a fun read you can find below and I recommend everybody to give it a read. It might sound funny but at some extent it seems like every poker player suffers from this :]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

      Anyways, the post is getting too long already, I hope I'll be seeing you around. Most of all, whether you are the occasional poker player and poker fan, the part-time no limit grinder that draws the parallel between hard work and more hard work or the professional grinder that plays for a living, I really hope this blog will help you as much as I expect it to help me.

      Crush the games, take care of the ones you love and enjoy life!

      P.S: One of my favorite songs below! I don't insist on knowing anybody's name, but damn I wish I knew everybody's cards! :]

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    • AchillesBG
      AchillesBG
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      Joined: 06.02.2011 Posts: 4,562
      Good luck! Will be following!
    • ilioas
      ilioas
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      Great story of your poker life.

      +following

      When I look over my stats of my play then it is not that hard to put together full time job + poker life.
      To put decent amount of 6max hands (~30k) per month by 6 tabling - you have to play around 60 hours.
      It is like a great second job to have.
    • booomm
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      nice intro :) I play nl100 and I thought the exact same thing as you about the differene between nl50 and nl100, and just like you I was wrong :D what sites you play ?
    • SariyskiS
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      AchillesBG: Thanks man! Stay tuned :]

      ilioas: Couldn't agree more. I wouldn't change poker for another 2nd job like ever. I'm doing something like 30-40k hands per month as well 6-8-tabling. :f_grin:

      booomm: Back to playing Prima again, played at FullTilt for a couple of weeks to clear the first deposit bonus. Usually play Prima and Pacific. You?
    • booomm
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      Originally posted by SariyskiS
      AchillesBG: Thanks man! Stay tuned :]

      ilioas: Couldn't agree more. I wouldn't change poker for another 2nd job like ever. I'm doing something like 30-40k hands per month as well 6-8-tabling. :f_grin:

      booomm: Back to playing Prima again, played at FullTilt for a couple of weeks to clear the first deposit bonus. Usually play Prima and Pacific. You?
      I play only @ 888 poker, sure we met at the tables, what's your sn ?
    • SariyskiS
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      It's BlindCore, what's yours? ;P
    • booomm
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      Originally posted by SariyskiS
      It's BlindCore, what's yours? ;P
      booommmaaa, I have 170 nl100 hands on you from like 2 months ago, I never seen you since at the tables.
      anyway gl :)
    • SariyskiS
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      Yeah, that's pretty much when I played. Switched to Prima, then FTP then back to Prima:]
      I was checking out your blog, keep it up! :f_grin:
    • SariyskiS
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      By the way I just noticed that you're from Tunisia. I actually got a lot of history in that region :]
      Back when I was 12 I went to live in Morocco and graduated from the French mission school in Marrakech 6 years later :f_smile:
    • booomm
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      Originally posted by SariyskiS
      By the way I just noticed that you're from Tunisia. I actually got a lot of history in that region :]
      Back when I was 12 I went to live in Morocco and graduated from the French mission school in Marrakech 6 years later :f_smile:
      marrakesh is a beautiful place :) hit me up if you wanna visit tunisia anytime, it is even more beautiful :)
    • VaskataBuci
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      Subscribed.

      I also have a full time job and manage to make around 50k hands per month. Also trying to be good husband and dad, which is not going very well with the poker :D

      So, GL!
    • SariyskiS
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      booomm: it surely is a beautiful place. Never visited Tunisia though, but I'll hold you up to your words in case I get the chance to go there one day :]

      VaskataBuci: Hey fellow Bulgarian! About these 50k hands... it's actually pretty impressive unless you play rush/zoom poker! What stakes do you play? How many tables? I try to do sports too so it kind of keeps me away from higher volumes. And when it comes to family and poker, family always comes first :heart:
    • SariyskiS
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      Hey guys,

      Just wrapped up my second session since I created the blog and it looks like this :coolface:







      Kind of exhausted right now after working all day long so I guess I'll be making a more detailed post tomorrow.


      Best,
      S :f_grin:
    • monster1117
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      Awesome results man! I think its a very good balance to have a full time job mixed with poker. There's a lot more stress in poker then people give credit for and having that job to fall back on is the nuts! I'm still in school right now but that is what I hope to achieve one day :D Good luck and keep crushing!
    • DeanD
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      Yo,

      Nice blog, good job. Nice 1st graph :s_love:

      BR
      Dean
    • eXeRv
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      Very nice graph :) Keep goin' up !
    • double2
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      Nice first post, you seem to have a great way to look at your own life and that's something rare but it is more common among competent Poker players, which leads me to be even more convinced that Poker overall has a great influence in our own lives.

      Part-time nl100 grinder here. Planning to play 2 hours a day on 9 tables. Supernova, here I come.

      Cheers
    • divvie
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      Ah, another pacific player. Ive played with you at the tables, dnno how much, but i remember your nickname.
    • SariyskiS
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      @monster1117: Thank you man! I wish I had started poker back when I was at school... Was too busy playing StarCraft competitively at that time... Anyways! Good luck to you! Hope you make it :]

      @DeanD/eXeRv: Thanks! Looking forward to nicer graphs at NL200 ;D

      @double2: Appreciate it man and yes, poker has a great influence in our personal lives as well (obviously not only in the negative way as it's commonly suggested). Good luck with your goal, SuperNova awaits :f_cool:

      @divvie: I haven't played there for quite a while already but I was considering to hit the tables around the end of next month at NL200 when I come back from holidays.

      I didn't really have time to make a post yesterday since I had to go to bed early after coming back from work and woke up really early this morning (very unusual for me).

      Just finished packing up with my girlfriend and getting ready to head up to Golden Sands. It's a pretty good place to go during the summer in Bulgaria. Beaches, parties, casinos, etc. The Casino International that recently hosted the Eureka Bulgaria event so hopefully there might be some fishes left to play NL200€ live games. Will see how it goes with that. My coach also came to Bulgaria to play the tournament, so looking forward to meeting him too. :coolface:

      We'll only be staying for a few days and will be back to work on Monday.

      Good luck at the tables :]

      Best,
      S :f_grin: