- 14.01.2010, 23:14
- This post has been edited 5 time(s), it was last edited by Octhellior: 15.01.2010 00:45.
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 pokerstrategy.com 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 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.
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.