- 30.03.2010, 22:49
- This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by LonePiranha: 04.04.2010 14:55.
After a little dawdling about joining this site after a friend recommended it to me, I finally decided to give it a go and the first impressions I made I don't think were the best. Mainly this was due to my completely different views on bankroll management and some misinterpretations on the things I had to say.
Dispite this I joined up and took my existing bankroll and deposited it on Full Tilt Poker (FTP), opting not to take the free $50 because well I had a bankroll (however small it may be) and the less personal information sent across the internet the better in my humble opinion.
After browsing the forums and seeing other people's blogs and successes (or failure stories in some cases) I decided that I'd drop my out-of-date (possibly) bankroll system and adopt the one outlined here in the big stack strategy (BSS) while also taking on board the strategy itself.
Before making the decision on using the strategy outlined though I had a little go at Rush Poker (2,111 hands to be exact) and at first I enjoyed the concept and the amount of hands I could play within the hour, but after a while the plays I saw were, well, ridiculous is the only word I can really muster that describes my experience and after seeing hands that actually made me laugh when the cards were flipped that cracked my premium holdings I decided the game was not for me, at least not at this limit (NL5).
I guess a brief history on my past poker experiences should be in my first post so here goes.
I started playing poker around 5 years ago, online on the microgaming network, and had some real good success playing cash games building up a nice bankroll (Around $3,700) over the course of a couple of years. However, I hit a few financial difficulties and had to withdraw $2,000 to help me out of a crisis. I then subsequently lost the rest of my bankroll, mainly due to seeing dropping down limits as an anti-climax to my steady rise. Plus, because I had already surpassed the lower limits my ego decided that I could play more speculatively. Wrong.
Anyway that prompted a few months off and I redeposited after this cool off period and spun up another bankroll of around $1,500 and all was going well, until the infamous Microgaming/Tusk diabolicle state of affairs that saw poker players losing their money ($5,300,000 roughly in total) that was held at certain poker rooms. I was one of them and needless to say it put me off playing online poker.
This did however prompt me to begin stepping into the live poker arena, where, I did okay, but never really kept track of what I entered or how much I won and bankroll was if and and when I could afford it, winnings usually got spent on partying and general trying to forget I'd just lost $1,500. I never really had a regular game and I only sat at cash tables when I busted out of tournaments early and I was waiting for friends to finish and only usually £0.50/£1.00 games.
Now due to a recent move I can no longer attend live events without overheads of travel and accomadation, so to cure my poker itch until I am finacially stable again I thought I'd tiptoe back to the virtual felt, but do a lot of research on sites and backgrounds before I depsoited any cash (using my trusted friends e-wallet, which I don't think is technically allowed but I like the annominity of it and it adds a little more reassurance). I deposited $50 and played a nice solid game and that rose to a high point of about $210 and a low point of just $7 (not in that order) and I now stand inbetween the two at $120 (At least when I deposted at FTP).
As it now getting on for midnight I will have to pause my poker story as I have to be up at 6am in the morning for work. I plan to use this blog as records of my progress using the BSS and of course to track my results.
Tomorrow I shall add some of my results from hands that I have played since joining the community at PokerStrategy.com (PS) and a little more insight and detail into my poker past. Feel free to cruise by and take a ganders, but please no questions on the Tusk scandal as I have had enough of that over the last couple of years and all the information is on the 2+2 forums should you want to find out more. I'll end this with a friendly caution to stay away from the lesser known microgaming skins, I'm sure that the larger ones (Ladbrokes, Unibet etc) are pretty much safe as these companies are fianacially viable, but be wary if you choose to play on the smaller ones.
Until next time I bid you a good night, fond farewell and a deck hotter than the fires of hell.