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In the Beginning...

By: Acquitted425 @ 19:56 (EST) / 335 / Comment ( 0 )

I guess it depends on how you define beginning... I know I sound like Bill Clinton but definition is important. I mean is this the beginning of the blog, of my playing poker or maybe finally understanding it a little or even my tournament career?

Well It is not the beginning of my playing poker. I played stud for years in family gatherings. I didn't learn much but we didn't bet much either. It was just fun to hang out with the older folk and we all gave our winnings to Grandma anyway. It bankrolled her bingo LOL.

Then in college I moved on to Draw and more Stud and Pinocole. I could earn some money there. Especially Pinocole. Can't even remember the rules now. 

About 8 years ago my eldest son started to play a new game Texas hold'em. It seemed interesting but frankly I didn't catch on at all. Then about 2 years ago I started playing for money on line. I had played for a year in play money games but it didn't seem real enough to me. So I had to pick a Poker client I liked... I had no idea but I know I like Daniel Negreanu so PokerStars it was. I have accounts other places like the WPT and I like it there but I'd rather play at PS.

Ok so it isn't the beginning of my Poker career. The first 6 months of playing I was going no where fast, but I was enjoying the collegiality (yeah sometimes it is collegial) of the game and I screwed up the courage to enter a WPT Seniors tournament at Foxwoods. In the two and half hours I played I managed to get bambozzled and penalized for it for a round and then I went out on a really bad beat (Aces full of 7s to quad 7s!) I enjoyed all of it except for the cheating. I also found out that if I had been the regular at Foxwoods I wouldn't have eaten the penalty. Just as well, I learned something from it (I had a full house. I went all in and the other guy started to push and I turned over and he pulled back. They said I exposed so I was out for a round. They were right, I was new and the other guy had the ethics of a whore but...) live and learn.

I found I liked traveling to different casinos and playing in them. I collect chips from each one. I found a great time at Caeser's in Atlantic City. I got into a 5-10 table game (I had no right to be there I know but God loves His dumb animals) and wound up taking down a huge pot that bankrolled me for a long time. In January of 2010 I bought a book. It was Daniels 50 Tips. WOW did I have a lot to learn. I picked up on the "small ball" concept and immediately saw improvememnt at the tables. Then I fell back. I guess I needed to learn a little game theory cause I hadn't realized everyone else knew I was stealing pots. I played at the Montreal Casino and lost a grand but it was really fun being there.

Over the summer I found a little underground place to play and regularly played in the weeknight tournaments. I took one down for over 800 and cashed in about 5 more!! I also had to spend a month in Syracuse NY so I was at Turning Stone at least 8 nights, I came out ahead by at least 100 each night. What had changed?

 Well in August of 2010, preparing for another run at the WPT Sr event at Foxwoods I found David Skalansky's book on Tournament Poker. I missed going to the tournament but I managed to get up to Mohegan and take down a "best hand" promotion (My Quad 7s busted another guys Aces full... Poetic justice ne ce pas?) and I won the 1200 in the Best Hand pot plus the table for 800 for a cool 2k. As I was leaving the casino I played 50/100 on an empty three card poker table and hit a straight flush for another 2.5K on top!! Ok so I am bankrolled again. I finished reading the Skalansky book  around mid November and then managed to steal away for 3 days and went to Winter Super Stack Tourney at Turning Stone (another of my favorite casinos) I entered the Knock Out tourney there. Each Knock out was worth $100. I knocked out 10 guys and went into the final table chip leader!! I busted out 8th cause I forgot pretty much everything I had learned once I went into the final table. Nervous! I may sum up murder cases with aplomb but a final table? That froze me. LOL Anyway I added another 580+ to my Bankroll, It paid for the trip and for the next days entry fee (I did ok but no where near as good) and got out of Dodge before I spent the whole thing by going into the main event. (If I knew about "Poker rates" at the casino hotels I'd have stayed but my BR didn't include two more nights at full rack.)

 With my first cash under my belt I am again preparing. In my Prep the first time I found the PSO but I didn't have time to play tourney's there... I HAD BIG MONEY TO LOSE!!! So I ignored our freerolls and our forums and hit the MTTs and SNG and pretty much lost what I had won at Turning Stone. Now in preparing for a run at the Borgota in January (no not the Main Event I am a year or more away from anything costing One Thousand Dollars or more to enter) I am reading again. This time it is Skalansky's Theory of Poker and I am now using PSO. So I guess while this isn't the beginning of either my joining PSO or of my playing in Tournaments. It does mark the beginning of my understanding some of the theories. 

As for the tables. My motto is "I am a professional gambler. Only thing is, when I lose here it is only money, no one goes to jail." Hence while I like to win, I keep it in perspective. I better steer clear of Phil Helmuth eh??

Another beginning,,, this blog. Even though I am a fish, I like to write and maybe other fishes will see this and think they can get better too! Trust me if I can they can ! So we have the beginning of this blog, the beginning of my understanding poker a little, and the beginning of a new year AND DECADE (yeah I believe the Decades start with the number 1.) So let's GO ON WITH THE SHOW. 
 

 

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