#1 overall winner at $10/$20 NL on Pokerstars in 2010 - My story

YourDoom

YourDoom

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Hey everyone, my name is Ryan. I played on Pokerstars under the screenname"YourDoom"



This is my story about how I grew from playing $10 sngs to being the #1 overall winner at $10/$20 NL on Pokerstars in 2010.



I recently stumbled upon a thread in the low stakes thread (somehow) about this $0.10/$0.25 NL regular talking about how he crushes his level at over 5ptBB/100, and how he refuses to move up to $0.25/$0.50. Apparently he's only beating $0.25/$0.50 at 1ptBB/100. This is because any table he sits at is nothing but "sharks." He concludes that $0.10/$0.25 is the most profitable and best game to play...



I remember this post vividly because it really got me to thinking about my own skill level as an online poker player, and gave me a serious revelation on online poker in general...



My online poker career started back in 2005. I was working full time as an electrical engineer and was grinding (and crushing) $10 nine-handed sngs on party poker in my free time. Doing this part time, my goal was to make $500 a month which would cover my portion of the rent of the townhouse that I shared with two of my buddies. I occasionally tried a $20 or a $30 sng, but found these tourneys to be way too tough and unprofitable. Once I took a shot at a $100 sng. I was extremely nervous. I distinctly remember the key hand. I was dealt AQ, and called a raise preflop. The flop was AA5. He bet and I called 3 times. He showed AK and I lost 60% of my stack. Everyone at the table started making fun of me. I typed "how can I fold that?" Someone typed back, "you click fold." I remember thinking, "wow, these games are way too tough for me." $10 sngs are clearly the most profitable games.



In the summer of 2007 I had since made the transition to cash games. I was working full time as a high school math teacher and playing online poker in my free time. Since I had summers off, I 3-tabled $1/$2 NL for a few hours every day and made 86 cents a hand. This was a winrate of 21.5ptBB/100 (43bb/100) ...even though I had no idea what that meant at the time, (granted, the games were much softer back then.) I occasionally tried to play some $2/$4NL, but this level proved to be much harder. I couldn't win. I concluded that $1/$2 NL was by far the most profitable game to play on FT. I remember posting my winrate in a popular poker forum and EVERYONE was saying that I would never sustain that winrate; that it was impossible. Winning like that seemed normal enough to me, but maybe everyone was right. Maybe I was just a really lucky guy.



In 2008, I was playing $2/$4 on FT full time. Over the next six month stretch, I was winning at 10.5ptBB/100. I remember posting these results in some thread and having everyone fire back that was no way that I would ever sustain that winrate; that it was impossible. Again I felt like winning like that was what was normal, but maybe everyone was right. Maybe I was just a really lucky guy.



In June 2008, I was doing well enough that I decided to quit my full time teaching job to play online poker full time. This was when I found $3/$6 NL on PS. ($3/$6 rarely ran on FT.) And these games were amazing. From June 2008 - April 2010, $3/$6 NLHE was my main game and I beat that level at exactly 5.76ptBB/100 (the absolute highest winrate at that level on pokerstars for any significant volume.) Again, when I discussed my winrate, I was told that anything over 3-4ptBB/100 was impossible to sustain for any lengthy stretch of time. Maybe I was just a really lucky guy.



During this stretch, I occasionally played $5/$10 NL, but could not beat the level as I just ran terrible all the time. (I can tell you the real reasons you "run terrible all the time" at one level higher than your main game.) Anyways, it was pretty clear to me...$3/$6 NL was the most profitable level to play. Anyone playing $5/$10 NL was an idiot. There was no value there.



In April 2010 I moved from $3/$6 to $10/$20 as my main game. I've been beating $10/$20 at right around 5ptBB/100 since April 2010 and had the #1 highest amount of winnings at that level of any Pokerstars player for 2010 (and #2 in the world among all tracked sites.) I received several posts on my PTR page about how hot I run and how NO-ONE beats $10/$20 NL at 5ptBB/100. Winning like that seemed normal enough to me, but maybe everyone was right. Maybe I'm just a really lucky guy.



So the point of my story?...Every level is beatable. It's all relative to your talent level. Never listen to the masses about what "can't" be done. If you can't beat a particular level, it's not because "you run bad at that level" or "there are too many sharks" there...you're just not good enough...yet. Also, in the long term, there is no such thing as "luck." Everyone's winrate over 4 years and one million hands is... well... your true winrate.
 
ckickenking

ckickenking

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That a great encouraging story poker. Um....you have me curious as to how much you made since 1995-present. I don't mean to be noisy, but I have to know the profit. LOL
 
Makwa

Makwa

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Wow great story, welcome to the Forum. Hope you post further insights Ryan.
What brings you to Cardschat?
 
fletchdad

fletchdad

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Yea, I echo the sentiment form Makwa. Nice to have you. An inspirational post, and I am happy you came to join us here.

I deeply appreciate your comment about if you are not beating your level, its cause of how you play. I hope you will be active in the hand analysis section. You sound like a good adviser to have.

Do yourself a favor and DO NOT visit the rigged megathread we have here. It will fry your brain. And you will not be able to convince the weirdos there anyway. (But they at least get channeled in one corral....)
 
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RamdeeBen

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Interesting story! nice to have you here, what brings you to cards chat in particular?

Are you the real "yourdoom" who makes all those comments on other high stakes players PTR pages?
 
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baudib1

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Could you elaborate on key breakthroughs while moving up and what kind of adjustments you had to make?
 
Worak

Worak

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Great story Ryan - welcome to CC.

We don't have too many who beat 10/20 NL and happily share here but hell - who does ?
 
LombardiStix

LombardiStix

Rock Star
Cool story. It would be ever more interesting if you went into how you mentally made the switch between levels. There are gaps. I'm not saying you aren't who you say you are... but why join a forum? why now?
 
YourDoom

YourDoom

Enthusiast
That a great encouraging story poker. Um....you have me curious as to how much you made since 1995-present. I don't mean to be noisy, but I have to know the profit. LOL
Haha. I don't think I'm going to post that info here. But I have several detailed graphs and stats posted on my website.


If you Google "Your Doom Poker" it comes right up.
 
YourDoom

YourDoom

Enthusiast
Interesting story! nice to have you here, what brings you to cards chat in particular?

Are you the real "yourdoom" who makes all those comments on other high stakes players PTR pages?
Yes, I am the real "YourDoom." It's funny how some people have found those comments on my PTR page controversial, but I don't really see the big deal.
 
YourDoom

YourDoom

Enthusiast
I'd have to say that talking out hands with my brother has been the largest help in moving up and becoming a very successful player. My little brother is actually a top online player himself - and was one of the better 25/50NL regs on PS in 2010...
 
cardriverx

cardriverx

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very interesting; extremely impressive. So are you not playing at all right now?
 
Worak

Worak

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Either my eyes are getting really bad or you're using the smallest font possible.
 
NEWTDOG101

NEWTDOG101

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Nice story, I must say I have read good things about you and your stats check out. Most impressed with the Coaching career and per say the hourly rates. lol
 
absoluthamm

absoluthamm

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Congrats on the poker success, one thing that got to me about your story though. Who in their right mind would want to go from being an Electrical Engineer to a Math teacher?
 
YourDoom

YourDoom

Enthusiast
Congrats on the poker success, one thing that got to me about your story though. Who in their right mind would want to go from being an Electrical Engineer to a Math teacher?
Well I was always good at math, but found that I connect better with people than computers. And I've always excelled at and loved teaching....which is why I now coach online poker ;)
 
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rolling chances

Rising Star
it helps to be good at maths. on occasions though i have found that trying to calculate implied odds can throw math application to call/ fold equity out the window if you catch my meaning
 
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baudib1

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It'd be really cool if you participated here and shared some of your insights and comment on hand histories and stuff. But I assume you'll be like Dusty Schmidt and just promote your book/vid/site/coaching.
 
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RamdeeBen

Legend
I'd have to say that talking out hands with my brother has been the largest help in moving up and becoming a very successful player. My little brother is actually a top online player himself - and was one of the better 25/50NL regs on PS in 2010...

Who is your brother?
 
Debi

Debi

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It'd be really cool if you participated here and shared some of your insights and comment on hand histories and stuff. But I assume you'll be like Dusty Schmidt and just promote your book/vid/site/coaching.

Dusty answered every question in a well thread for almost a year - so it went beyond that imo. :)
 
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