As I left off in my 1st blog, my real poker beginnings started while I was on a work stint in Greenville, NC..G-Vegas. Growing up in the midwest, it's a prerequisite to know a little about cards. My favorite games were uecker, hearts, spades, and pinnochle. My parents were avid card players. They had poker games about every 2 months or so. The typical kind in the late 70's, early 80's where the cigars were blazin' and the booze was flowin'. This exposure to high emotions and excitement would lay a foundation that carries on to today.
In Greenville, around 6 years ago, just on a whim, a bunch of friends and myself decided to start playing a little poker. You remember this kind of game. Everyone brings in their change jars and play dealers choice. I had never even played hold 'em before, let alone omaha and stud hi-lo. We had such a good time that we kept it going a little while and this developed into a garage cash game. We played hold 'em exclusively then and I quickly found out I had much to learn. Our game was a 5/10 cent ring w/ buyins and rebuys unlimited, usually around ten to twenty dollars. The first two weeks I lost ten and twenty each. I then decided that I needed to learn this game better to compete with my new foes. The only thing I could find on TV was a show that came on at 2 in the morning on Sunday nights. After a few weeks I returned to the game with aspirations of getting my money back and hopefully a little more. ;)
The first night back I broke even. This was actually a huge boost for my confidence. The second week I left ahead about ten dollars. The third time was indeed a charm. When we finished playing I was up over fifty dollars. The others were stunned and even I was a little! For the next month I never left w/ less than at least twenty dollars to the good. One of my friends told me that one of the players I really didn't know, had warned our host (a good friend of mine) that he thought I was a ringer. He protested that I only lost the first few times to try and hustle the group later on. And looking back, I can see how he would make this misassumption. :D Talk about a serious boost in confidence now!
About a month after that, the pool hall/bar we would frequent, began holding freerolls with trips to casinos as the first place prize. Usually about 100 or so would arrive to participate. I remember being so nervous the first one that my hands would shake uncontrollably the first 2 hours any time I entered a pot. Somehow I found myself at the final table. With seven left and blinds at 2 and 4 thousand, I was in the BB w/ about 30k and woke up with KK. One limper and the small blind called. I shoved the rest and the limper folded. The small blind called with K9 suited. And of course, he hit a straight on the river. We had identical stacks and I was pretty much out 2 hands later. The caller went on to win the tournament and apologized later, saying that it was a bad call. I told him it was understandable and to not worry. He later supported me in my fifth attempt at the tourney. In this one, I was dominating the field as chip leader practically the whole tournament. I ended up winning this, my 5th try. I then went on to be the first two-time winner in these, winning my tenth as well. It was a shame that my work in Greenville came to an end just 2 weeks before the bar was holding a tournament of champions where the host (who was in our home game) declared me to be the favorite.
I still stay in touch with my buddies there and they are very encouraging in my endeavors in poker. Since then, it has been a mediocre ride for me. When I came back to Florida, I began a very limited schedule on pokerstars. Primarily my play was live in a bar league where I won several tournaments and really enjoyed this format of basically 10 to 30 man sng's. I also would go to the local "casino" and play 11 man sng's for $45 buy-ins, along with $2/4 limit games. I actually hit 2 royal flushes here in 2 months. Using both hole cards and hitting the hand on the flop, the facility awarded me $1000 for each. Both times I had the same dealer...and she crapped at the 2nd one. ;)
Now my play is primarily online at pokerstars, with a little time at another site. It is funny how I still have so much to learn, yet have found limited success in the process. My goal now is to grow my bankroll without ever having to deposit. I must admit it's been a slow start, but since engaging in the pso, I have begun to see an improvement on both sites I play. I will close this post with another huuuuuuuge thank you for all those who have encouraged and befriended me. In the next post, I will just briefly go into how my pso experince has been going. Then we will stay with that for a while with maybe a few exceptions along the way. Thank you all, and again, best o' luck everyone. Till next time....peace.
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