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A future scholar of MTTs (I hope).

    • LaitEntier
      Joined: 15.02.2010 Posts: 10
      Welcome welcome noble stranger. Or am I the stranger ? Well yes.

      Then let me introduce myself on this blog. Let’s talk about my history.

      I learned playing poker HU with a guy in a van in New-Zealand in 2007.

      I had no idea what I was doing and he said he was a nice winner in live casinos cash games. I have no way to verify that now. He never taught me about cbetting, 3betting, betting for value or any of that stuff but that’s online talk maybe ? On the other hand he never taught me about pot odds or implied odds either and that’s pretty basic.

      Anyway, I was introduced to poker and thought I was an excellent player (quite funny when you think of it). For years I dabbled. I fast read a lot of books without even taking notes. I played online for a bit, micros mostly. Cash games, MTT, SnG, HUSnG, PLO you name it. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trade, master-of-none kinda guy. I was mostly a break even player and I busted a few bankroll on tilt. Not awesome.

      I had a break from poker for a while for personal reasons and I am now at home with a lot of time on my hands and a bit of money to last for while.

      I had a bit of success these past few weeks, turning a few no deposit bankrolls into almost 1600€. Quite a bit of luck, a bit of reading on the side and I made a few nice final tables in MTTs on

      I cashed-out almost all of it. Christmas arrives soon and I bought a few presents for my family and myself. My present for myself is a set of books I bought on Amazon. A 330€ purchase to be exact.

      Here is the list in no particular order:
      • Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments: The Endgame
      • Harrington On Hold 'em: Expert Strategy For No-Limit Tournaments, Strategic Play
      • Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
      • Kill Everyone: Advanced Strategies for No-limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments and Sit-n-go's
      • Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments
      • The Mental Game of Poker 2: Proven Strategies for Improving Poker Skill, Increasing Mental Endurance, and Playing in the Zone Consistently
      • The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping With Variance, and More
      • Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen
      • Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em
      • Treat Your Poker Like a Business
      • Phil Gordon's Little Gold Book: Mastering Poker 2.0
      • Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in Texas Hold'em

      I think you get the idea but I’m gonna tell it anyway. On the side I also bought a set of notebooks and pens and markers and a wallboard to pin things on.

      I plan to read all those books in the next few months, take notes and all sort of stuff on them. Play a little, not too much to get the hang of it and apply what I learn. Post a little, not much at first but in a month or two you can expect me to play a lot more. So I’ll have things to report (hand histories, results, stuff to discuss, graphs...) I think I’ll start keeping a spreadsheet to keep clean records of my losses and winnings on all sites.

      Right now I have a 400€ bankroll on and a 500€ first deposit bonus waiting. It is a test bankroll for the next two to three weeks. We will see how it goes and if I have enough success I might think about making a 500€ deposit and and as well.

      I would like and see what I can do with 1500€ but I’m am prepared to make a second deposit on each of the three sites, giving me a final effective bankroll of 2900€ plus 1000€ of bonus on everest and party (I had the pokerstars account for a while and used my first deposit bonus a long time ago).

      I made a 500€ deposit, played sporadically for two weeks and cashed-out a bit to buy books leaving me with 400€ on everest and a 500€ bonus.

      I will keep my screen-names out of this blog but I will post personal records of my winnings and losses starting from today.

      You might have noticed a few mistakes in spellings or grammar., please correct me so that I learn (does that sound dirty to you too?). English isn’t my first language but I’m fond of it and wanted to try and write this in english (plus it keeps my competition in the dark, away from the french section mouahaha, ignorant fools !)

      To tell you the truth, I plan on starting college again in october 2014, to finally get my degree in British and American Litterature and Civilisation and the English Language (too many capitals ?). I am going to read a lot, and take a lot notes but not only on poker books. I have a nice list of american or british books as well and I just started The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. If you have any suggestions (poker or literary-wise) I’m open to them.

      Well, I didn’t plan on writing so much. I hope you didn’t mind (if you’ve read all of it of course you little brat)

      Who said the Simpsons weren’t part of american civilisation ?
  • 2 replies
    • Lazza61
      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 11,023
      Hey LaitEntier,

      Welcome to the blogs, and a very nice 1st post indeed. :)

      You certainly have a solid plan going for you.

      On the books you have bought, there will be conflict in your reading.

      Harrington's strategies are defined around 'smallball poker', which is using small raises and check reraises to find out where you stand early in a hand. Whereas the 'Kill' strategies are designed to take away a pro's post flop edge.

      And I must be a little brat :) , because I read it all.

      GL on your journey and I hope to hear a lot more.


    • legand73
      Joined: 01.06.2010 Posts: 4,136
      Hey LaitEntier

      looks like your gonna have your head in the books for a while to come. I don't have any advice for poker but literary-wise, I recommend Alexander Dumas. One of my favorite authors. 'The Count of Monte Cristo' is awesome and 'the man in the iron mask'. The old english style might take a bit of getting used to at the beginning but it's well worth it.