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/Jan/2016

The first rung - Introduction and poker history

By: Bendubz11 @ 00:50 (EST) / 267 / Comment ( 2 )

So I've been a PSO member for just over a month now, but I've only just found out how to create a blog. So I've done just that. Hi, I'm Ben, Username Bendubz11, and this is the how my journey has begun.

I first started playing poker, as is the case with many people I'm sure, with friends at school. Now as you'd expect of a complete newbie to the game, I was terrible, but the important thing is that it was just playing for fun, no money involved. Being able to play with no monetary risk has allowed me to make mistakes, of which I've made many I assure you, and not have to worry about it. For months this went on, only beginning to stop playing like a crazy right near the end, but then the school year ended., and with university coming in the September, I was left without anyhere to play. So I did what anybody would: I looked for places online to play for free. Which led me to my next stop on my poker education: the WSOP app on Facebook.

There are a lot of things that can motivate somebody to improve your game, but I didn't expect finding people worse than you to be one of them. But it was. And the thing is, I could still see myself in them, just a couple of months before I would be doing the same thing, playing any picture card, going all in with 9-Q pair bad kicker, that sort of thing. I wasn't finishing last anymore, and that motivated me to improve. Pretty soon I was starting to win tables, my level started to increase, and as I got more and more competitive I had a new goal: to actually make money.

By this point it was late in the year, if I remember correctly it was late last November, so money was tight and I couldn't afford to be depositing any money in a poker site so I searched for somewhere where I could play for free AND make money. Pokerstars was the top result, and it was then that I made my account, though I didn't properly play until I found PSO.

Even in just a month of being here I've seen my game improve dramatically. The advice given by the likes of @royalraise85 and @JWK24 has been golden, as have some of the articles and blogs I've read (strongly suggest reading @TheLangolier's guide to 2NL, some real gems of advice in there). Taking part in the Beginner's Bankroll has helped as well, especially as it gave me a $0.40 win in one tourney. currently at 60% completion waiting until I'm sure I have enough money in my bank account to make a deposit. It also pointed me in the direction of the Skill Leagues, which so far I've been surprisingly good at, currently on course to cash in my first full month.

So that's what my journey up to now has been, hopefully I can continue to improve and have a great 2016.

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