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Adventures of $irUlrich

my so called "poker career" :) this is my story.
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Bankroll Update

as of 9:53 AM 2014-03-31

PS - $662 - $350 = $312   **Mission to $250 accomplished**

FTP - $100+ - I plan not to check it until I go nearly broke again

Morning players taught me a lesson

My regualr shift is from 11am EST to 8pm EST(that's 11pm to 8am Philippine time- I work the 3rd shift- GRAVEYARD!!!! ). During these hours, it is so much easier to find games. More players- hence, more fishes in the sea. hahaha. I got a news from my manager that I will be transferred to the morning shift (8pm EST - 5am EST). It wasn't a big deal until I finished the first week. I was down by $100 total. I was on FULL TILT. The morning players are pure hard rocks! They were so tight they beat the F out of me plus luck wasn't on my side because of course, I was ahead sometimes when all the money went in(we have no control of poker most of the time- even one of my opponents told me "Poker is Cruel" when he outdrew me with a one card flush). My mood wasn't "normal" anymore. Even when I'm not playing poker, I get easily irritated. My tilt from poker was so strong that It affected my life outside of poker. I knew this is not good and something has to be done. But I didn't know it until I started reading Jared Tendler's column re: 7 kinds of tilt. I have the "Injustice Tilt" - wherein I tend to tilt everytime I got a bad beat from a 4-5 outer situation. Cases wherein I have a made hand and my opponent makes a boat on a river with his 2 pair. That kind of beat really works me out and my entire session will end up me being a loose player trying to bust himself out of a SNG game. SNGs is my main gig. That is where I grind and make money to cover unnecessary life expenses and my personal buffer. The morning sessions were so bad I have to get money from my FTP account  to stay afloat $100+ so I can keep on playing $7 SNGs. I need to save my bankroll. but How?


Managing tilt

Tilt is the most hardest thing to deal with when it comes to poker. I find myself hard to make peace with variance as becuase just like everyone else, I hate losing! (who doesn't?  LOL) . But Poker is more matured than that. I have to quote @ArtysmokesPS for this concept - "Variance in poker can be a lot wilder than most players realize". It is true. If you can't handle the swings, then don't play poker because that's the way it is. The strong shall survive and the weak shall die. Don't let the pressure crack you or your game. And in case you're wondering how I managed my tilt during downswings? I started reading and studying again because for a time, I forgot to do that. I guess I was over confident during my upswing and didn't feel the need to read anymore and just decided to rely on experience as my teacher. Well, it is really the best teacher but reading and studying will improve on how you see the game. Reading Jared's columns here has helped me minimize my tilt and understand how other players tilt. TY sir!


Liking MTTs

There is a story behind why I started playing MTTs. During downtime at work, I sometimes check my opponents sharkscope stats. Not that I'm competitive but it is really nice to see an uphill graph! and by just seeing those. It tells me that playing poker online full time is possible and there are really consistent winners. It is not ENTIRELY  a game of luck. As i was checking their graphs, I just notice one similarity among them. They have placed and scored in MTTs despite their regularity in $7 SNGs 6max. Even though I hate MTTS because of the amount of time you have to render then you will be eventually bust out without making the money or sometimes the payout isn't worth the time in case you made the latter part of the payout. So what I did is I start playing them. I placed in 12th on the weekend after losing almost $100 and scored $95. I was back to even and can play again comfortably with morning players. On my 2nd and last week on the morning shift, the 2nd week went like the 1st one. I was on the downswing due to bad play and bad luck. I was down around the same amount a bit more as I was getting money from my FTP saving account. I was starting to feel disappointed again. Then something nice happened. I made it to the final table on an $11 6max 2K gtd and scored $195. The next day, I placed in 10th on a 4k gtd 6max turbo and scored $95. I sold some dollars to reward my efforts. I might be taking my shot to move up to $15 SNGs or play more MTTs. Let's see what April will bring me.

Time of the month

Well, it's time for the quick summary for this month to tally my dollar selling business. I am happy to say I almost double my earnings compared to last month. I'll keep on playing and playing and playing. Win or Lose

Paalam muna sa ngayon

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