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School? Work? No thanks.

    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      The Blog

      After discussing this with my parents I decided to devote the next year of my life entirely to poker.

      I've tried going to college/university, I've studied informatics, economics, psychology and industrial science, but none of these subjects could hold my interest for more than a few months. Poker has been the only thing in my life that I have been passionate about during the last few years.

      So what do you do when all you care about is poker? Play poker off course.

      And that's where this blog comes in. During the next twelve months I am going to improve my poker game both online and live, and I will share my progress here. It may be a good read for the bored at work, it may not be.. but it's definitely going to help me evaluate my progress.

      At the end of this year I will reevaluate. The ultimate goal is to be able to play poker on a professional level. The results will determine whether or not that is an option. If it is, then I'm definitely going to pursue the dream but if it's not, then it's back to college!

      The Poker Background

      About three years ago a Counter-Strike: Source (1.6 blows! That's right, I said it!) clan-mate got hooked on online poker. He was talking about it ALL the time on Ventrilo, so much it got annoying actually. Anyway he finally got me to play a freeroll on Unibet and... I liked it. I didn't fall in love with the game right away but I did enjoy playing one of those freeroll tournaments occasionally.

      A few months went by and I decided to try the game for real. I deposited $150, tripled my money in a day and lost it all the day after. Losing all my money felt terrible, I was so upset with myself I didn't play for about half a year.

      Then came along. Taught me all these things about poker, things I never even thought about and on top of that they gave me a free $50 bankroll! But off course, even with a deeper understanding of the game bad BRM led my bankroll all the way to zero.

      So, again I was broke and had to deposit some of my own money. I deposited $150 followed a 10BI BRM and was quite successful. I moved up to 50nl and was a small winning player there.

      One day I decided to withdraw some of my money to buy a laptop, but after that I didn't move down according to the amount of money I had left on my account. I felt confident about my game and kept playing 50nl. So what happened? Went broke, exactly. At least this time I got a laptop out of it.

      In November last year I had my first real casino poker experience. I had played in small home games with my friends (€10-€20 buyin) before, but the lowest limits in the casino are €2-€2 so you had to buy in for €200. My dad gave me enough to buy in twice and wished me luck. I started playing and lost my stack after six hands. I had an overpair on the turn and my opponent had top pair weak kicker. We went allin and he hit his second pair on the river.

      I have gone back a few times after that, making a small profit and I feel a lot more comfortable there now. Even though my bankroll isn't quite large enough to handle the inevitable downswings that are still to come.

      The Plan

      The next year will be devided into 3 sections.

      First of all I am going to work the next six months solely on my online game. $150 is available on my Pokerstars account and my intention is to try and build a nice enough bankroll to support the next part of the plan.

      Starting July I intend to use my online poker winnings to go to the casino at least once a week. Live poker is what I enjoy most so that is off course what I want to be doing. During this period I will still be playing online and every euro/dollar I win stays in my bankroll protecting me from going broke on small downswings.

      Phase three starts in October, _hopefully_ at this time my bankroll will be strong enough to focus entirely on live poker without having to worry about a few losing sessions.

      The End?

      I'll try to keep this blog updated at least once a week.

      Thanks a lot for taking interest in my blog and feel free to leave a comment.
  • 15 replies
    • Berzerger
      Joined: 24.03.2008 Posts: 910
      Great mentality. When I told my parents the same thing they kicked me out of the house, so consider yourself lucky. In any case I wish you the best of luck!
    • Targetme
      Joined: 04.05.2009 Posts: 1,888
    • Zemnieks11
      Joined: 23.07.2009 Posts: 567
      Hehe i tryed something similar, but as son i want to live in parents house i have to go college and study witch i don't have any interest in and i defenetly hate spending time in college :( So my plan is to reach a level where i can pay for flat myself and stop wasting time in i have to grind hard even at night :s_biggrin:
    • marvinas
      Joined: 23.04.2009 Posts: 70
      Don't you think there is too many ppl dropping from unis, colleges and stuff and deciding to go on poker? I mean almost every second blog here says the same thing, like "I suck at learning and hate work, so lets play". There will be an awful competition at tables in the next few years I suppose.
    • KidPokersKid
      Joined: 27.02.2009 Posts: 653
      Originally posted by marvinas
      Don't you think there is too many ppl dropping from unis, colleges and stuff and deciding to go on poker? I mean almost every second blog here says the same thing, like "I suck at learning and hate work, so lets play". There will be an awful competition at tables in the next few years I suppose.
      You got that right, the games are just going to get tougher and tougher, it used to be years ago that 5/10 was full of donkies, soon enough its going to be tough to play like .50/1

      But sounds like you have a plan and LOTS of spare time to devote to poker. Wish you the best of luck.
    • fun101rockets
      Joined: 01.06.2008 Posts: 1,162
      yeah and u can still get decent volume in while in uni.
    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      Originally posted by marvinas
      Don't you think there is too many ppl dropping from unis, colleges and stuff and deciding to go on poker? I mean almost every second blog here says the same thing, like "I suck at learning and hate work, so lets play". There will be an awful competition at tables in the next few years I suppose.
      Games are going to get tougher that's true. Especially with sites like this one and so many books/videos available to anyone.

      But there's always going to be bad players. People that don't care about stuff like pot/implied odds, people that just want to enjoy poker for a few hours and don't mind losing $100.

      I know some of these people irl, they go to the casino every Friday and lose their €150 buyin but they don't care because they're enjoying themselves.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes everyone btw.
    • Jackalof
      Joined: 08.06.2008 Posts: 1,462
      Of course ditch university - why would one need a diploma anyway, right? :f_p:
    • raun
      Joined: 15.07.2007 Posts: 746
      Originally posted by Jackalof
      Of course ditch university - why would one need a diploma anyway, right? :f_p:
      well its not like the bridge is burned.

      anyway GL with your poker year and i hope it works out well for you :)
    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      The First Update

      The key to succeed is going to be proper bankroll management. Originally I intended to start on 10nl using a 15BI BRM, but I decided against that.

      :diamond: To play on a limit, I need at least 40 buyins of that limit.
      :spade: If my bankroll drops below 30 buyins of the current limit, I must move down.

      Limit - BR Needed - Move Down At
      5NL - $200 - $150
      10NL - $400 - $300
      25NL - $1.000 - $750
      50NL - $2.000 - $1.500
      100NL - $4.000 - $3.000

      This really is going to be the hardest part of all I think. When you're used to playing 50NL online and even 200NL live, you don't get as much excitement anymore from playing 2/5NL.

      I might adjust the BRM a bit for the microstakes, but the last thing I want is to go broke especially with so much hanging in the balance this time.

      Anyway, today I started playing on 2NL and quickly found out that if you're getting 4-bet preflop, JJ is not good! Cost me two buyins to find that out.

      Another hand I had an overpair on the flop and again faced a lot of aggresion. I shoved it in anyway because there also was a possible flush/straight draw, turned out villain called preflop with J3o and hit two pair on the flop.

      I'm still adjusting my play to 2NL but I think I've got most of it figured out by now.

      At the moment the bankroll stands at $171.81 so only 28 more dollars to go until the next limit.
    • andreibalint
      Joined: 11.04.2009 Posts: 872
      I would go for the recommended way of climbing limits here on pokerstrategy. After some experiments and calculations i dumped my ideas regarding BRM because i was getting nowhere.

      Good luck!
    • PocketAcesJohn
      Joined: 19.06.2008 Posts: 1,117
      Good luck to you. I was in your situation last year (Fortunatley my parents soor the positive side of it :D ). I'm, now in my second year of playing only poker. I would recomend you change your BRM to something like 50BI and that you tier it ie: $500 + $1,250 + $400 = 8 BI at NL50 before moving down to NL25. I say this because you money is everything to you. You lose it and your screwed! My best advice to you would be get used to having spells where your awake for 24hrs+. When i started playing full time a friend who was already doing it said this to me "A poker player doesn't sleep, they pass out". Didnt quite understand at i do =)

      Good luck to you.
    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      The Second Update

      [x] 4 buyins under EV.

      Fairly shitty day today, played a nice amount of hands but got sucked out on so many times.

      Favorite hand of the day
      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

      saw flop | saw showdown

      MP2 ($0.78)
      MP3 ($0.72)
      CO ($1.04)
      Button ($4.96)
      SB ($0.98)
      BB ($3)
      UTG ($1.07)
      UTG+1 ($2.87)
      Hero (MP1) ($2.78)

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Q, Q
      UTG calls $0.02, UTG+1 calls $0.02, Hero bets $0.12, 1 fold, MP3 raises $0.22, 6 folds, Hero raises $1.60, MP3 calls $0.50 (All-In)

      Flop: ($1.51) 8, 5, 7 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Turn: ($1.51) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($1.51) 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $1.51

      Hero had Q, Q (one pair, Queens).
      MP3 had 4, 6 (straight, eight high).
      Outcome: MP3 won $1.46
      I might play some more hands later this night but right now I4m taking a little break. Not tilting or anything, just not in the mood to play right now.

      Update: after about 500 more hands I finished the day $0.50 up.

      Gonna watch Armageddon now, I _really_ hope that's the one with Bruce Willis. I can never keep Armageddon and Deep Impact apart.
    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      The Third Update

      Graph of all hands played so far.

      Things have been going pretty good so far, running a bit under ev but i'm not too worried. I feel like my game is pretty solid, took a while to adjust but I'm satisfied with the way I've been playing the past few days.

      Following this strict BRM has had such a positive influence on my game. I just feel really safe while I'm playing, knowing that there's almost no chance of going broke.

      The set goals also motivate me to keep playing, because the next "checkpoint" is only a few dollars away...

      I've also set a new goal for me, and that's to play >2.500 hands/day starting tomorrow. Looking back at the hands I've played so far that should only be on average 5 hours/day which is perfectly doable.

      Something I'm really looking forward to is 10nl, it's going to be so much easier to clear my bonus ($40 reload bonus) there, and getting silver/gold star also becomes an option. :f_biggrin:
    • Octhellior
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 108
      The Fourth Update

      Full Tilt graph.

      As most of you know Full Tilt has recently released a new type of table, the Rush Poker tables. I couldn't resist to try them out so I withdrew my bankroll from Pokerstars and deposited $150 on FT.

      And boy are these tables awesome. 750 hands per hour easily but... you don't have stats on your opponents anymore so you have to pay a lot more attention to bet sizes and tendencies.

      It might be less +EV than normal tables but the HUGE amount of hands you can play per hour more than makes up for that. 4-tabling these Rush tables gets me more hands per hour than I got 16-tabling normal tables on Stars.

      There is a slight issue with my BRM now though. The lowest Rush limit is 10nl for which I only have about 22 buyins now.

      I don't really want to go back to 2nl knowing just how awesome Rush Poker is so I am going to stay on Full Tilt for now. But as soon as my bankroll drops below $80 I'm immediately moving back to stars to play 2nl (I don't like to multitable 12+ tables on FT so playing a normal format has to be on Stars).

      Although I don't have 40+ buyins for my current limit I do still feel pretty safe knowing that I can move down to 2NL when disaster strikes. With 40 buyins secured for 2NL it's _very_ unlikely to ever go broke, unless I'm just a bad poker player off course.

      For moving up in the Rush limits the same BRM I decided on at the start still applies. 40 buyins of the next limit to move up, and at 30 of the current limit it's time to move down.

      Stay tuned!