General advice very welcome!
So, here is a little bit of background info on my end, get ready, this is a long read!
So I started playing real money
, lets say a little over a month ago. My girlfriend wanted me to teach her, because I had recently won a home game. While teaching her, I had realized how much fun this game was, and that's where it started.
I read a large portion of a few books, and went to my first live tourney. played tight and lost to a couple of villains.
Took a week off, read only a little bit more and started to play online.
I put in $80 on betonline
. lost it that night, within hours, I had won a few small tourneys and saw the one up tourneys (they looked enticing). I was playing way out of my BR and when I was down to $10 that night, I had let my tilt get to me and lost it in a hand because of my earlier annoyance.
I told myself, next time you play, you play tighter and play smaller blinds, cheaper tourneys.
Day 2 of online: I put in another $50.
I listen to myself, and even won a $3 entry tourney (which was way too high for my BR), and went up to $180... felt like I was a pro and lost it.
I tell myself, lets not do this again, and give it another go. At this point I'm not caring about the money (which by the way as a college student with no job is ridiculous to acquire), I just loved playing, every little bit of it!
I put in another $35, go up to $150, I let it sit for a day and then I get aggressive the next day and play bigger tourneys with larger entry fees.
By now, I haven't left my laptop aside from going to school, and eat and see people a couple of times, this is terrible for me, as I have another passion (mma) that I have been completely ignoring for the possibility of winning "that big pot".
I end up losing that last bit of money, and try carbon poker
instead, why not?
I deposit my first $50 on there
I do good for a while, and then play too long and go on tilt and lose it all.. now I am her.
At this point, I tell myself I'm going to take a month and a half off, learn the game, focus on other things, so I can moderate the habit better on the next run.
~My noted mistakes so far:
~Not taking my BR into account (playing too high)
~Playing far too long
~Disregarding everything else
~Letting myself go on tilt
~Anything else you could
I'm wondering, what should I do next time? What should I do between now and then? Do you recommend any good books (NL tourney/NL cash)?
Anything else you could help me with! I want to be a poker player, not a gambler...