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My Poker Story- Inexperienced player

    • barrowlad
      Joined: 24.11.2014 Posts: 7
      Okay guys- A bit about me first, Although i'll mainly keep this about poker rather than personal blog. But I think its important to know my Bankroll/time free etc and reasons for playing before starting the blog. I am 20 years old and from the UK. I am currently studying Law at university. I became interested in poker a couple of months back playing small home tournaments with people in my accommodation (£5 buy in, about 10/20 players). I won a couple and then started to watch videos of games on the internet. I then went along with a couple of friends to the local casino and cashed in one of there tournaments (2nd). I have set a side 500 pounds as my starting bank roll for my online poker adventure, If I lose this, then I'll plan to stop playing until 25/11/2015, so I'm only staking 500 a year. Hopefully I gain positive pretty quickly and start to win. So l have been toying around with online poker for a few days, but today is the first day of my adventure. Here goes.
  • 5 replies
    • barrowlad
      Joined: 24.11.2014 Posts: 7
      Day one- I learnt a few lessons today. First of, Do not play the side games. You will lose and there goes £10 of my bank roll with out even playing poker. Secondly, I chose my level as 0.05/0.10. I think this is a good level for my bankroll and experience combination. I have installed pokertracker software.

      So i sat down at my first table (I don't feel confident playing multi-tabled yet, so grinding on one) and i can split my day into two halves, first hour, i was losing, I lost two buy ins (so £20). I looked on pokertracker and noticed despite playing what i thought was tight, I had a VPIP of 69% which i realized was way to high.
      I needed to tighten up.
      I moved table, and played a little more selectively. I brought my VPIP down to 30%. Not being as tight as the article suggests i should be, but if I was in the button and it had folded round to me, I'd try and steal the blind with a raise, i was sat next to two tight players, and quite often it was folding right round and BB was able to get free cash.
      In this session i left with £24, so £14 profit.

      Day one stats -
      Buy ins - 30
      left table with- 24
      Poker proift= -6

      Lost ten on Blackjack - so my 500 bank roll currently stands at £484

      Will post a couple of hands underneath.
    • hoagy
      Joined: 21.10.2014 Posts: 81
      Hi Barrowlad! Good Luck :f_drink:
    • barrowlad
      Joined: 24.11.2014 Posts: 7
      Day two.

      This day was the definition of a grind I think, and with a few more days like this I may consider changing my format to SNG or MTT because I played two tables for around 3 hours and nothing really happened. Had around 600 hands which I felt was rather good, and came out with a profit of around £2.23. In terms of my play I think I have become tighter and not making the silly moves I was making yesterday. However I did make a big mistake on one of my bigger losses, check raising a guy with a set of queens with my pocket 9's, but i guess that's just getting used to peoples ranges and playing more hands. Couple of hands posted below.

      Loss from day one -6
      Profit from day two- +2.23
      Current 3.77
    • barrowlad
      Joined: 24.11.2014 Posts: 7
      GAME #6126752483: Texas Hold'em NL £0.02/£0.04 2014-11-27 08:19:01/GMT
      Table Ahlden
      Seat 1: TarTauRise (£5.12 in chips)
      Seat 3: GambleGrandma (£4.00 in chips)
      Seat 5: vanekakqj (£4.13 in chips)
      Seat 6: Curtlyref (£4.42 in chips)
      Seat 8: nyuszika46 (£1.35 in chips)
      Seat 10: Vnllvn (£1.02 in chips) DEALER
      TarTauRise: Post SB £0.02
      GambleGrandma: Post BB £0.04
      *** HOLE CARDS ***
      Dealt to Curtlyref [D10 HQ]
      vanekakqj: Fold
      Curtlyref: Call £0.04
      nyuszika46: Call £0.04
      Vnllvn: Call £0.04
      TarTauRise: Fold
      GambleGrandma: Check
      *** FLOP *** [S10 S9 DK]
      GambleGrandma: Check
      Curtlyref: Bet £0.08
      nyuszika46: Fold
      Vnllvn: Raise (NF) £0.42
      GambleGrandma: Fold
      Curtlyref: Call £0.34
      *** TURN *** [C6]
      Curtlyref: Check
      Vnllvn: Bet £0.04
      Curtlyref: Raise (NF) £2.08
      Vnllvn: Fold
      *** SUMMARY ***
      Total pot £3.07 Rake £0.07
      Curtlyref: Mucks [D10 HQ]
      Curtlyref: wins £3.07
    • Bullettooth12
      Joined: 16.11.2014 Posts: 82
      Hey borrowlad,
      You will find out pretty quick that you will have up and down days. Obviously the more you play, the more you will learn and the more experience you will get to deal with certain situations.
      Have you watched any cash game video's or read any articles? These will help you out a lot.
      Good luck on your poker journey. I hope you do well.