Poker - To be or not to be

    • paibhai
      paibhai
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      Hi All,

      My name is Avinash and i live in India. I have been playing poker on and off since 2006. I have played on a lot of sites with limited success, but have invariably lost all my winnings to the demon we all call tilt.

      I managed to win 2 small MTTs on Bet365 cashing in $2700 and $3200, but lost this in their casino. I have curbed my intinct to gamble since that disastrous experiece.

      I am currently playing on Pokerstars and Everest Poker, with my game of choice on these sites being low buyin MTT / $2 - 180 mans and PLO 10/25 SH.

      I tend to play approximately 270/300 180 mans a month, 4 tabling most of the time. I would like to increase my volume atleast three fold, 8 tabling.

      I need to make approximately $750 a month in order to be able to play poker for a living. I am currently averaging $250/300. SHould i continue to play these 180 mans or do you think it would make more sense to switch to NL10 and grind my way up. I currently have approx $750 in my roll, having transferred around $400 or so to friends in exchange for cash.

      For the remainder of the month, I will set myself a target of 20 tourneys a day. I will update this blog at the end of each session with details of my performance.

      In order to improve my game, I will post HH of tourneys i busted out early in, so that some of you can analyse if there are glaring mistakes in my game.

      Namaste my Good Friends :)
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    • SonicXT
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      750 $ a month to make a living ... lol

      I wish I could say that.
    • paibhai
      paibhai
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      That's the advantage of living in a supposedly third world country ;)

      $750 will take care of my home loan, food and a little beer..

      $1250 and i can bathe in BEEEEEEEEEER... lol .. I will be living life king size
    • Skeat
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      Im planning to leave Germany and go to Brazil (could live there with 1/4th of what is needed in germany) for a year to see if I can make poker a living as you, but you got to think about some things:

      - No one knows how poker will be in 5 years, so supposing you are still young (under 30), would you like to life off of something you don't know how it will be in 5 years?
      - Yes, many say new types of poker will arise, etc, but the point still is that it is not predictable.
      - Do you have any plan B?

      I will try it out for a year, and in case it doesn't work, I am going back to germany and study.
    • SonicXT
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      Wish I could say that.
      I'm some sort of poker pro now, as in, trying to get by until graduated. Just chose poker as an option over a crap job as there's very little good jobs for newly graduated folks out there now.

      750 $ just covers my rent for 36m² studio, lol
      I need 1500 minimum to survive comfortably, 2500$/mth to have some relative luxuries :D

      Jealous :D
    • paibhai
      paibhai
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      Skeat: I wish you all the luck in your endeavor. I hope you succeed in making a livelyhood out of poker.

      I normally tend to live for the day without thinking about what might happen in the future. All i know is that i really enjoy playing poker and hope this can become my primary source of income. Therefore, i dont have a plan B as of now. I might want to complete my Masters later on, if it comes to that (there are a million MBAs out there though).

      SonicXT: The job market is relatively screwed the world over X( .. I remember paying through my nose for an apartment when i was abroad. The cost of living in most parts of europe is pretty high, comparatively ofcourse.

      I have my own reason to be jealous as you are on your way to becoming an :s_evil: while i am still a :f_cool:
    • SonicXT
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      What do you mean ... becoming ? :evil: :P
    • paibhai
      paibhai
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      =) ... let me try to explain using these wonderful smileys...

      i assume u are now :s_grin: - next step :s_cool: then :s_biggrin: and finally :s_evil: .. i hope this is the right representation...
    • DessiP
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      @paibhai,

      Hey Avi!

      I am so happy to finally see you active in the PokerStrategy.com communities! I am sure that you will be able to meet great people here who would be happy to help you out. I can see you already met some of the users at our site.

      It is great to see here a friend; to see that he is changing and getting rid of the "demon" for good!

      I wish you the best of luck on the tables!!


      Regards,
      Dessi :s_cool:

      P.S. I will keep an eye on your blog!
    • raun
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      good luck paibbhai!

      as long as you keep trying to improve i am sure you will get far.

      @ skeat: would you be going alone or with someone? and when?
      i have similar plans so feel free to add me on msn: rasmusraun@hotmail.com
    • paibhai
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      Dessi: Thanks for introducing me to this site. It has really helped me understand a lot about the game. I have read quite a few articles and watched a few videos as well.

      Raun: Thanks for the kind words. I have been reading your blog too, excellent job on the completing the challenge that you set for yourself.

      I had a decent session today: no moolah though (down $1.36 cents after 16 $2 180 man tourneys)

      Had 3 ITM finishes, with 2 of them being final tables (9th and 5th respectively).

      These are my stats playing the $2 180 man since the beginning of may.

      Total tourneys played:1366

      Net Profit:$1098.44 (max was at $1460) :(

      Total ITM:188

      1st place - 14, 2nd - 11 and 3rd - 7. However, i have not had a first place finish since August 20th.

      I was actually up $2.96 yesterday - 4 finishes ITM :f_biggrin:
    • paibhai
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      The past few days have been quite a roller coaster. I nearly lost my entire roll once again due to the devil. Fortunately, common sense prevailed in the end and i ended up saving atleast half my roll.

      my current roll stands at $370.

      I have started reading "the Poker Mindset" and must admit that i possess a lot of flaws (mentally) which i need to work on. I will take one small step at a time to overcome each of these, the most important being tilt. I need to be able to get away from the computer when things are not going my way.
    • paibhai
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      Today is a new day and MAN do i feel rejuvenated or what. Reading a few chapters from the poker mind set really helped set the tone for a nice session.

      I only played 4 $2 180 mans but finally broke the 3 month long (700 tourney) jinx and finished 1st in a tourney :) ..... my roll is now over $500 once again and i feel excited about what lies in store.

      I will read a few more chapters from the book, especially the one about tilt and will play a marathon session a little later in the day.

      :f_biggrin:
    • Skeat
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      Nice to see you shipped a MTT again ^^

      The Poker Mindset was the first poker-related book I read, even before I started playing. Although I can't see a difference like before/after (there was no before), my mindset is quite always awesome. Almost never tilt, and when I do, it doesn't take me more then 5 minutes to stop the session and come back later with the right mindset.


      Btw, I made a blog about things I said here on another post a few days ago, if you want to check: Skeat: How far can poker get me? (NL BSS)

      Gogo ship more MTTs.
    • paibhai
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      Thanks Skeat, it was long overdue.

      I have always had a problem with tilt as it has caused my bankroll to disappear many a time. I tend to be like a woman's menstrual cycle :tongue: - no problem for 27 days in the month and then all of a sudden i bleed.

      I actually read your blog the other day and i think you are doing really well atm. Good luck with your game and i must admit, I would love to go to Brazil as well, based on the pic you put up.. I will definitely read your blog and hope that you achieve everything that you out to do

      Good luck mate =)
    • paibhai
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      It has been 8 days since i last updated my blog. I have played quite a lot since then but nothing interesting has happend in terms of winnings.

      My Stats since the last post:

      No of $2 180 mans played - 81

      ITM finishes:15

      Hghest Rank: 3

      Unfortunately, most of my results were between 18 and 10, which meant i did not win a lot of money.

      Today was slightly different though. I played 6 tournaments in total.

      4 $2 180 mans and 2 PLO MTTs.

      I managed to come first in one of the MTT, we actually struck a deal in the end. We decided to split the prize money equally, so i actually won $350


      Hello paibaba,

      Congratulations on your finish in tournament #213406517! You agreed to a deal at the final table to adjust the payouts as follows:

      Player Official Payout New Payout
      paibaba USD 256.22 USD 350.00 :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin:


      I am really thrilled after this win.

      And now i am going to run in a 10K race.. My first race of any kind. I just wish to come out alive after this ordeal.

      Until Later Friends!!!
    • Hahaownedlolz
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      I read your already reading the book but the psychology articles helped me alot to not go on tilt and those articles are very helpful so i would read those anyway.

      gl at the tournaments
    • DessiP
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      @paibhai,

      Hi there! :)

      How is it going? Long time no update. :s_cool:

      Regards,
      Dessi
    • paibhai
      paibhai
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      Hey Dessi,

      I was planning to post an update last night but was feeling too sleepy.

      The past few days have been really good. Managed to come 1st in 2 180 mans. I am not going to complain about the beats i have suffered, as what goes around normally tends to come around in the long run. But Seriously, how do people go all in with 84 off pre flop in the first hand of a tourney and bust my KK :f_mad: ...

      I have managed to play 136 tourneys since my last post, but even though i managed to win 2 tourneys, my profit stands at a great $0.60 in this period :f_biggrin:

      the good thing though is that i am not underwater :)

      I am also 8 tabling with ease at the moment, and am a step closer to 12 tabling. Is it possible to manage 12 tables on a 14" monitor. If yes, should i cascade coz tiling will be really difficult. Any suggestions in this regard will be really helpful.

      :)
    • Hahaownedlolz
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      you can tile with 8 tables with such a small screen?


      tile-ing only works for me till 9 tables at pokerstars then it does nothing when i click it.

      i think cascading is better if it doesn't fit on your screen.


      But Seriously, how do people go all in with 84 off pre flop in the first hand of a tourney and bust my KK :f_mad: ...



      its even funnier when you see a person like that being first when your already ITM :f_mad:


      btw 136 tournies and $0,60 profit. maybe you should play on less tables o.O 136 tournies is alot..