Starting my poker carreer
I will be playing my first serious real money
games soon, with the intention of becoming a pro. Over the last 2-3 years I have played a few thousand hours of play money poker online. Most of it was no-limit hold'em, some was PLO high, most was on Zynga poker but some on Fulltilt, some on other facebook apps, when Zynga was down. I also played live heads-up SnGs with a former roommate, usually for free, sometimes for a 5$ buy-in. Mostly I play from work, as I have a very quiet night job and no internet access from home right now.
I have also watched many hours of TV shows, big tournaments, advice from the fulltilt poker academy, and read about poker online.
I think I'm good. Good enough to beat most opponents, most of the time. Good enough to also beat the rake or fee? I'll be finding out soon.
Here's my plan: - go to the local casino with a few hundred dollars, no more than I can afford to comfortably lose. Buy in the 1-2$ games, fold at first unless my hand + position is very strong, to get a feel for my opponents. Then play loose or tight according to my read. Probably tight, since I'm told they call with anything. Get used to live poker and real money games.
- If that goes well, in a few weeks, enter a multi-table tournament, either at the casino or one of the local clubs. Again, for no more than I can afford to lose. After analyzing the tournaments available in my area, I decided that it was less important to choose the format that plays to my strengths than to choose the hour of day when I play at my best. I have a night job, 6 nights a week, I don't want to start the session at the time where I would normally go to bed, or wake up much earlier than I usually do.
-keep learning, if everything goes well, set money aside for low-risk investments, if the poker and the low-risk stuff both go well, quit my job eventually. As it is, I pretty much play poker full-time and get paid no matter how bad I play, so I won't leave my job unless I'm very confident that I can earn a living with cards.
Any advice or other comments you can offer will be greatly appreciated.