- 21.04.2014, 20:53
- This post has been edited 27 time(s), it was last edited by RiSh421: 02.01.2015 16:01.
Finaly, i write my blog, to keep track of my evolution in poker....
I do so because:
-to keep track of all my results, in this blog, from now. (I need to be able to perceive concretly my progress.)
-i want other people reaction and help!!
-it can help you too.
I am a 34 years old french man, living in Canada since july 2011.
Below are my details: history in poker, books read, equipments etc....
I will try to make this blog as interesting as possible for you, detailing my results, state of mind, work etc. I will mainly detail my evolution details: live/online preference, stake played, encounters, and declics in my progress. I will input every important change.
My poker history
The happy beginnings
I begun playing texas holdem at the same time, on internet. I had played 5 card poker as a child and always loved it, being the one proposing to play to other kids oftenly. played, a while, some 1,5$ to 3$ Sit and Goes on week-ends.
Then i discovered and started to play mtt, and more money, on beginning of 2012. I remember the discovey of this weird thing: Multi table tournaments !!!
I started reading at the same period.
I mainly jumped into MTT during pokerfest 2012. I discovered the late night satellites for 54$ and 109$ ticket, wich i tried and won. Played and cashed a bit. Then i discovered satellites for pokerfest events. There i begun to play freneticaly (meaning more than i should have). In the end, i don't know why, but i was "obsessed" to satellite to the main event. I spent some 350$ (4 times 70$ satellites) to finaly win this 600$ ticket.
Wow! i could not be much happier despites i had lost some 900$ total, maybe, to the pokerfest.....But i played my 1st big event (after only 3 monthes of mtts) and finished by winning 2 250$!! my biggest internet result to this day.
I was so happy. I cashed it out mostly, not making the mistake of loosing/spewing it. Also because i was afraid of my 900$, being conscious that it is not recommended as a comportment, and was too much spending/risking.
At the same period i begun playing live poker, NL200 at the montreal casino. 1st sessions were winnings.
The darker period
But as i was evolving alone in poker, i could not manage to behave right in poker.
I took the habit to play more and more in the casino. The night after my job or the week end. I was too inexperienced and weak but could not really see that, as i was loving the game and immediatly saw some possibilities for me.
Also, after my big win on partypoker Main event, i begun playing (too much) on pokerstars, during SCOOP. I continued playing satellites for big events but with less succes. I finished loosing money (around 1000$)
Also, i won a 3rd place on the big 2$ for 600$. That made me think i needed more time for poker because i was only playing after work, tired. I wanted to try full-time for a while, to be able to study and practice it more. So i quit my employ in july 2012. That was an error.
I played more and more online (little 2$ to 11$ mtt and bigger mtt sats ) and live (NL200 and 80 $ tournaments). This lasted some 4-5 monthes where i did study poker and practice during day time.
By the end i lost some 5 000$ maybe, much loss due to live poker.
Main defaults: ignorance, inexperience, unskillness and many more.... Nobody was here for me, or nobody i would listen to. So i had this darker unprofitable period where i was too unpatient. I did jump into poker but did not do it right, instead i had many defaults which i would change if i was meeting my ancient self today! As i already heard: my main problem was to have won early, in poker rather than receive the hard lessons of this game.
The return to sanity
I saw i could not continue like this. It was surely depressing me, too (bad mood not deep clinical depression).
I slowly calmed from september, ending losing any more, but still not winning. I did not stop because i know poker is a game where i can perform. But i notice that was not the way i needed to do this. So i continued on studying (and play, but more rarely). I reduced my online and live play a lot.
I was now playing minimum mtts, maybe ten 2$ to 5$ mtt, max per day.
Noticable fact, i managed to slowly start a BR with 20$ on EspaceJeux, upping to 500$, even earning a 1 100$ live event ticket, once (wich i ended well but not paid, quiet unlucky). I was proud of my calm and results but that was not enough for an ambiitous poker player.
Other noticable fact: i ended 4th in the finale 2 100$ step 6 for a PCA package (after beginning by step 1 a 7.5$), this time a stupid call while chip leading the final 4 (2 paid-1 package).
So there was some noticeable evolution in that period, despites the absence of results.
The (short) cash game period
Following that calmer period, i decided some radical were needed, so i followed the french Pokerstartegy Cash Game SharkSchool from november 2013 to january 2014.
I learned some (not a lot as it was for beginners). I was playing in NL2.
But my results were not nice in NL2, as i was difficult for me to concentrate on so few money (that is a default!!).
Eventually, in january i started playing NL100 (1 table or 2 tables max). I managed to do well and grow up + 1 000$, but ended crashing it in end february, even downing to some 400$.
That is over. I stopped playing Cash Game. I am sure i don't have the necessary bankroll for online N100, to manage the downswing mentally and financially. I only play it a bit once a month instead of going to the casino to play live NL200 (which is the minimum). Also, i don't play live Cash Game anymore, only as side to tourneys events and only one BI (max 2).
Now and later
For 2014 i did post some objectives, at the beginning of january, for the end of the year:
1)Online: win some mtt on pokerstars.com (the tougher site, no ?) (update: done in march )
2)Live: play some big live events, like WSOP 1 000$ side event or a Main Event (much probably but satellites, after my PCA failure), or even bigger live event that my usual 80$ mtt.
(update: -WSOP (badly) done in june
-play some bigger event: done with great results for my 1st 300$ tournaments, in may )
3) play NL200 online
After promising beginnings in early 2012, i chaoticaly evolved during the year, having big UPs and DOWNs, even losing much money. Now i can say that was not intelligent at all. I still finished to find my equilibrium, playing less, and less high.
I still have problems sometimes, having a period where i spend too much money after a winning, but it is more rarely. I seem to be able to act on the poker "demon" (is it?).
I can evolve in poker, i can find my way to the top. Some results seems to go that way. I want to end Professional poker player for sure, because i love this game of hazard, skill, maths, psychology, social comportments...... But i need to evolve much more. I saw during last year, that my poker is nothing compare to what it was. But that evolution is too pricey as i do some errors i should, spewing my money stupidly sometimes.
I have an evolution to figure.
What do you think of my evolution? Any questions? Is it normal to you? do you have similar history or a friend history? Any suggestion? Thank you.
My poker tools
I will update those points of my poker CV, when news.
No. i did not read so many poker books. It is only an illustration.
But still, I did read:
Green book and Blue book,(Phil Gordon), useful, nice writing.
Poker for dummies.
Poker theory (David Slaksky).
Play poker like the pros ( Phill Hellmuth).
Read them and reap (Joe Navajo).
Ace on the river (Bary greenstein).
Poker Mindset (Ian Taylor & Mathew Hilger). Great !
Poker cadillac(Francois Demontmirel).
Holdem wisdom 1 & 2(Daniel Negreanu).
Full Tilt Poker tournament strategy(many) but i did not read it all.
In the money(Antonio Esfandiari).
Deal me in (great poker pros autobiographies).
Dan Harrington on tournament strategy vol 1. (05/2104)
Dan Harrington on tournament strategy vol 2. (06/2014)
Pot Limit Omaha: the big play strategy (Jeff Hwang). (08/2014)
MAC book pro retina, 2,4GHz Intel core i5
Dual 17" LCD screen.
Poker tracker 4
Slice (equity) but i don't use it much.
Blue Shark Optics (interior) sunglasses.
Beat In-ear phones.
Bose QC20i Noise Cancelling in-ear phones (april 2014)
Some chip card protector
I use my cap , sometimes, but rarely, to hide my upper face (eyebrows etc). Same thing for my glasses. That can keep my eyelook hidden too. I love to have them with me, in case I need, but don't use them on regular basis.
I use my iphone music when to much sound around and/or needing to concentrate.
I use my ipad at the beginning of a mtt to watch TV or play, but turn it off when it is getting serious.
I, now use my bose QC20i to protect my ears from the noise that can be in a poker room, due to chips sounds. Bose QC20i are very efficient. I love them. On contrary to Bose QC15, i can turn it off and on, if necessary, with a simple switch button. It also does not make me look too asocial.
All-in, the poker movie (documentary)
Bet, Raise, Fold (10/2014)
Drawing dead: the high and low of poker (10/2014)
High roller: Stu ungar story.
Wild card: a tale of..... (06/2014)
The dark side of the felt (08/2014)
All time best results:
live: 9 800£ for 1st place of a 220£ EPT deepstack side vent . 10/2014
online: 2 250$ in partypoker 2012 pokerfest main event.
You can find me on pocket fives:http://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/ri-h421/