My Poker Confession.
My name is The Spillage and I'm not as good a poker player as I think I am. I need help. Phew! There - I've said it. It's been one day since I last thought I was better than I was but with your help, and that of the Gods of Poker, I WILL beat this terrible disease. One day at a time.
Ok. So I've posted a few times on this forum but thought it was about time I wrote something of substance and this seems like a good place to start.
A quick history: I started playing online poker about 3 years ago. Read a few books, scanned a few strategy articles, deposited $50 with Titan and off I trotted. I started playing sit n gos and built my way up through the levels until I reached the $10 games. I have now played thousands of games with an average ROI of 8%, multitabling 6 tables on average. So. Not bad.
But, and here's the thing, I haven't improved one iota in the previous 2 years. I got to the point I'm at now and sat back reveling in my profitable poker genius. I did think I was getting better:
- I read about ICM, downloaded the free Sit N Go Wiz trial, inputted a few hands and decided I had it nailed.
-I practised excellent BRM. I would never play outside my means because I was a poker genius. Apart from that time I went on a downswing. Or when I was a bit drunk that time. Oh and that particularly bad beat (you know the one when that lucky SOB hit that full house with his 84 offsuit). That time I stubbed my toe.
- I was reading my oppenents' range to pinpoint accuracy, knowing I was behind, calling anyway and then wallowing in a delusional, smug sense of pride that I had guessed correcly.
And then the epiphany! I stumbled across this forum a few weeks back and it hit me: "you're not as good as you think you are and you're not as good as you could be". Poker is, and will always be, a hobby to me. But why not make it as profitable as possible? I have made a decent(ish) amount of cash over the last 3 years but nowhere near as much as I could have, particularly as I've put so many hours into it.
So from this day forth I will never take the game for granted.
I've actually decided to switch to cash games. It feels like a new dawn and the right time for the challenge. I've withdrawn $600 of my bankroll as I'm moving house and need the money. I've left $100 in Full Tilt and intend to learn the game from the ground up starting at 5NL. I hope to really get involved in the forum so you'll be hearing more crap like this along the way. Should be fun.
As a final note, from what I've seen on this forum it seems to be the best on the 'net. It was coming here and seeing the amount of help and support that complete strangers are willing to give that has really inspired me. And I'm British (inherently cynical and emotionally repressed) so it takes a lot to inspire me
Right, one day at a time...