1k post: Story of a bad Poker Player
After reaching 1k posts I felt I should write something. Unfortunately Im not experienced enough to write a whole load of shit about strategy, so I figured a bankground story will bore people just as well. If you cba to read this just skip past and post 'Nice post' or '', I wont be offended.
So, I'll start with a name... Ricky. Im 20 from the UK and started playing Poker about 2 years ago. The first time I played properly was in a casino in a freeroll (it wasnt free) tournament. Technically it was a rebuy and without any rebuys or addons I made it all the way to the bubble then busted. We'll say my aces got cracked but honestly I cant remember. I did struggle with a few of the rules at first, like this one time (at band camp) where I threw in a 5k chip to raise and the ridiculous poker world say its only a call. So after I walk out the casino second only to Phil Ivey, who I know everything about after seeing him on youtube once or twice. Im now a Poker maestro.
. I began playing these tournaments most weeks and start learning bits and pieces about the game, although I still loved jamming a flush draw.... and what of it? I start winning and make my biggest cash for £1200. By now I had decided I was so good live that I should start playing online, I mean I should be rich within a month realistically. Hello Full Tilt Poker
. I began with a small amount, $20 and from playing donkaments got it up to around $50. Well, yet again I was crushing the Poker world... how easy is this game? So much money to be made, I was a natural.
The next step
was obvious.... hit the high stakes... here I come 100nl. $300 deposit completed. Then came the downswing, sick beat after sick beat. Within 200 hands I was down to $60. I played every hand perfectly and yet I was almost broke. Okay maybe I thought I was a little better than I was but who doesnt at the start.
The revolution hits home.
I need to learn to play, its not okay to get 88 in pre everytime. So I begin to play DoN SNG's. Like a mug im still playing an agressive BR strategy, but thanks to Mr Ferguson its considerably better than my 3 BI's before. Anyway before long Im up to over $150, little did I know Im running like god and not playing like him. A career in Poker seems back on the cards. What should I buy first, an Audi? A Merc? A Veyron? I carry on running well and through more SNG's and tournaments my bankroll swells to around $300. To be honest I dont know how I was running so well for so long when I was so terrible.
Full Tilt closed for maintenance.
So my income has been killed. It takes a few days for the news to filter through that its going to be closed for a long time, if not forever. My $300 gets locked up. I decided to deposit the same amount on Pokerstars
to continue my playing. I began playing cash tables... and multitabling.... a lot. So Im playing 10nl FR and about 15 tables. At this stage Im still a losing player and playing that kind of volume of hands whilst being shit is not advisable. However, I ran like Paula Radcliffe and in not too long my BR is over $700. I did post on one thread about running better when you were bad.. well I really did. Anway it didnt last long and soon after having a crack at 25nl I had run my BR down all the way through 10nl and 5nl to $60.
The revolution hits home again.
At this point I have a lot of work to do. This is around June 2012. I start reading, watching lots of videos and most importantly taking it in. I start accepting that Im not that good, that I can fold top pair and that I dont have to chase draws when Im not getting the price. So 2nl zoom begins. I start crushing it, playing tight solid Poker. I get to $100 and start shot taking 5nl. It takes a few attempts but I finally get there and finish around $130 before I play the big tournament. $2 buy in, 6000 players and a 3rd place finish for over $600. BR boost.
. It speaks for itself. Tilt is a ****er for inexperienced players. I couldnt take the downsings and would lose all confidence in myself. Yet again I played 25nl and swung up to $1100 and then back down to $360. Massive swings that dont do well for my mental or physical health. Obviously I still have big leaks, I mean who loses 30BI's in like 20-30k hands? Me...
The revolution hits home for the third time
. At this point I've been signed up at CC for a while but never really posted anything of much use. I start reading through nearly every HH posted for cash games, I oviously still have a lot to learn, so I may as well get started immediately. By this point I know which players are the best and who to listen to. The thing you get from CC that you dont from most other sources, is the explanation as to why you would play a hand. Learning why is the most important part.
To finish off
. This month I have been playing mostly 10nl and 25nl, Im up around $350 from 60k hands and have achieved Goldstar for the first time and will hopefully make Platinum. Maybe Im finally a winning player at these limits. I dont get loads of time to play when Im at Uni but hopefully this coming year I can run my BR over $1000 and maybe tackle 50nl. I wont post a graph because honestly it just looks horrible. Imagine a big mountain with a deep valley on the right hand side.
I would just like to say thanks to everyone whos helped me improved and everyone whos put up with my posts.
If anyone is dissappointed with this story and has wasted their time then tough tits.