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The Long Grind

I'm a novice poker player on the grinding road to pro.
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/Jan/2013

Out of the hole

By: #1(tRKe)1# @ 05:11 (EST) / 33 / Comment ( 0 )

My starting bankroll was $50 .This is the only money I have to start with and my poker career will end if I lose it. I will not bankrupt my personal life but I understand poker is a journey to be a professional and this is how I treat this very valuable $50.


Since I started playing seriously at the beginning of this year have been down on my bankroll trending about $10 lose. I played ring tables (NLHE .01/.02) and $1.50 sit & goes.
I experimented a little by playing more then once ring table at a time (I played 3 max so far) and that helped but I found it getting a bit crazy to follow and get reads on other players. I played a few MTT and a couple of SST but I found myself losing and tilting and re buying. This is where I became enlightened by the difference between Tournaments and Ring games.  Tournaments play on skill and (a lot) of luck as with Ring games require skill, luck and also a dynamic strategy. 


I feel I have found a groove, my Tilt meter is much stronger and understanding. I take the time now to look at my winning hands but evaluate my loosing hand and see if I played them correctly or if I made a mistake and learn from it. I now take times to decided my actions and try to foresee what reactions I may get from my opponents.


I continue to watch online videos on youtube and PokerStars PokerSchool website. A lot of the information is redundant but there is always at least one sentence of wisdom from the poker trainers and professionals that really enlighten me.

One of the many enlightenments I have heard from professionals is they wish they could play poker stress free and continue to make a income from it. I take this informations very seriously because I understand poker is gambling, but if played correctly it can be profitable but with any success takes hard work. 

As with any job comes it stresses, why wouldn't it be any different for people who play poker for a living.  So I took a seat logged into PokerStars and loaded up a .02/.05 ring game bought in for 2.00 and sat stay focused stuck to a couple of strategies after a couple of hours I was out of my $10 hole and now I am even up by a couple of dollars.
It feels good to be back in the green.

I am currently reading "Ace on the River" by Barry Greenstein. I am only about 20 pages. I am currently reading about his poker career and I see what trials he had to go through during his journey. Its giving me confidence to know that not everyone is a poker professional from the start.

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