I moved up from busto to 1KNL in 9 Months
My name is Steven Tea, 9 Months ago I was a broke living in Cambodia
Here is proof of how I lived during this time:
As you can see, I didn't have a bed I wore the same clothes almost every single day and I literally lost complete contact with almost everyone and mainly talked to no one for a year.
I also think myself that I came across as a douche during that time, and was very sarcastic and watching it. It was just literally me just venting everything out during the time when I was finally able to have enough money to finally get out.
I had a cousin who I talked with sometimes that let me have that place to sleep in temporarily during my journey to become a highstakes poker professional
I also couldn't afford food, I use to starve myself to sleep OR I use to eat 25cent cooked ramen noodles 3x a day.. sometimes I wouldn't because I had to be careful for every dollar. Also there was a week
where I couldn't afford shampoo.
So how does someone who is BROKE with 65$ To his name end up Making it to High stakes?
I wrote this around a year ago.. so I will not edit anything as I believe this is as accurate as can be.
March 5th, 2012:
So there I was I bought a laptop $529, A plane ticket $656, a mouse $65, and a laptop cooler $40, and spent $500 of my own money with my friends before I left. So heading to Cambodia I had $1910, I was scared I didnít think that was enough I was extremely worried, but everything was already done it was what I had to work with. I had no plans of coming back, and if I didnít succeed my parents would have to pay for my flight back considering I wouldnít really have enough funds to go back to California
and I couldnít let that happen. My initial plan was to make a $1000 deposit online, and the rest to pay for rent to cover for about 4 months, and as you know most of your original plans donít work out as you expected. I got my bank account, I kept trying to make deposits online from Cambodia to poker stars, they kept rejecting it, I couldnít deposit past $65 us dollars, but I told myself I didnít do it just once, I did it twice before, and I know I can do it for the third time and it wasnít because I was that good of a player itís because I really had motivation and really wanted to make it, so I told myself YOU CAN and YOU WILL do this. So thatís what I did I worked from the very bottom and wanted to reach to the top by the time I came back.
I set guidelines playing only $1 buy ins max until a certain amount and so on. I played about 10 hours a day, every single day and in about a month of playing 45-man SNG and 180 man SNGs I built my roll to $825. It was hard work for very little pay, but I thought it was worth it I learned a valuable lesson and really took in what hard work means. I felt satisfied and expected now that I had more money I could start playing bigger buy ins and would be able to make more money in the near future. Within 2 weeks after saying that to myself, I went on a huge heater I made $1.4k and my roll was standing strong at $2250 I was proud of myself and thought I was doing really well and really thought I could reach my goals. And then the inevitable came, with no self-control and a huge ego and deciding not to drop down in stakes a huge downswing comes where I almost lose everything I played nonstop and had two -$1k
days. There I was with $200 left in my account my self-esteem destroyed, everything I worked for gone. I was about ready to pack up my bags call it quits and go home after 5 weeks of trying. I talked to my friends told them what happened and told them I may give up, I talked to all of them and one particular person changed my mindset, and gave me a reason to continue and not give up and remember everything I worked for and the troubles I knew I would face for making such a huge challenge. Although I probably never would have left in the first place, it was still a good slap in the face to keep me motivated and stop mourning over what already happened, so I decided to continue, but I decided I was going to be extremely careful with the money this time and not lose control, but before I started playing I decided I really needed to study poker which is something I never really did. I got a deuces cracked free trial and used those 7 days watching 180 man videos and really trying to understand it, my goal was to make 3k in 180 mans before I started taking shots at tournaments. So after this new knowledge, I played 180 mans every single day $2 buy in only till I hit $1k to ensure I will not go broke. In about a week of playing 10 hours a day I made $1000 to build my roll to $1200, my plan was to start playing the $3rebuys and the $8 buy ins, and if I dropped below $800 I would restart luckily things went well for me I won enough to build up my roll to $3000. So there I was feeling extremely accomplished from 5 weeks building everything to $2k then bombing everything and having $200, and then rebuilding it in 2 weeks back up to $3000. I felt unstoppable, and this was only the beginning, I began playing tournaments nonstop and built my roll to about $11.5k in about 3 more weeks.
Mid June 2012- Now
Decided the Variance was too crazy, and have been working on the cash games since and haven't really gotten anywhere in six max for about 3 months it was definitely a mentality thing and I still have a ton of mentality issues theres something inside me I don't know what, but I still hope to overcome everything and eventually make it. After the pretty much break even season after paying for coaching/breaking even at 6max cash I had to work to earn gordons trust so he would be able to teach me everything he knows at heads up cash games. He makes me do certains test and the contract can end anytime i **** up, and I know im at my final straw I really do try my best not to mess up and I already have but hes given me a couple of chances time is running out and my chances to succeed is running out if I keep ****ing up. Anyways I ended up switching to HU cash 13 days ago, and I'm doing ok now and hope to have a 30K/40K roll by the end of the year probably a bit too optimistic, but we'll see .
Plans for 2013 is actually to continue playing poker, I really do miss my friends and family and I do want to see them.
End of 2012:
So as you see I didn't even make it close to the 30-40K roll by the end of the year. lol
But This year 2013 I made my breakthrough.
I made it through the struggles, and I was always told the struggles define you.
Ask me Anything.