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From nothing to luxury

/Jan/2012

The beginning

By: Feskprins @ 23:31 (EST) / 436 / Comment ( 2 )

I don't expect anyone to actually read all this, but I thought it would be nice to jot down how it all began. I'll probably have a good laugh or two when I read this at a later time.

My name is Patrick and I'm a 21 year old death metal drummer from Sweden. I have been playing poker for quite some time now, and honestly, I don't even remember when I started. Although, compared to most regulars, I'm still a beginner. At least I know that less than two years have passed since I was dealt my first hand. I started out with nothing and entered a couple of freerolls on another site just to learn the game. I somehow won a few cents and I felt really good about myself. I knew that this is something I wanted to spend some time on, and who knows, perhaps I could make a few extra bucks by playing poker? Should be easy, right?

Nuh-uh. Within a few minutes, my bankroll was down to $0 again. I realized that just playing wasn't going to make me any money. I had to improve. I just had to. I gathered as much information as I possibly could and played a few freerolls in the meantime. Eventually I reached a bankroll of a stunning one dollar and fifty cents. That was enough for me to hit the cash tables. Even though I felt like I had done my homework, I know now that I was incredibly lucky and that I was running on a ridiculous heater. Somehow, my bankroll was up to $14 and I felt immortal. Little did I know, the heater was not going to cool down.

I entered a private freeroll tournament and without knowing exactly what I was doing, I placed third for a total price of almost $250, and I was shaking! I read about bankroll management and decided that I was going to start slowly, and with time, I was able to develop a laggy playing style without even knowing what it was, since I've never discussed poker with other players. I somehow developed a "feel" for the appropriate action (which is probably why I'm initially having a hard time analyzing other players' hands, but I'm sure I'll get better at it with time) and before I knew it, I was playing 50NL, and took occasional shots at 100NL, in which I turned a nice little profit. For some reason, I cashed out and opened an account on Pokerstars instead, but I did not want to deposit any money. I did the same thing over again. I started with 0, and after 7-8 months I had about $40(!), mainly because my laggy style didn't work at 2NL so making a profit was really tough. I actually feel really stupid for not noticing earlier that I had to adjust, but I didn't know any better at the time.

I was a passive lurker at the twoplustwo forums but I never joined because, quite frankly, most of their members are asshats. I just didn't have the energy to read the hand analysis threads because the replies were mostly "raise bigger pre, fold flop". That didn't really give me anything. I tried a few $1.50 STTSNGs to see how I would do, but I ended up losing almost my entire bankroll after I had registered to $3.50 STTSNGs that I thought were $1.50s. NOW I feel stupid for real!

So, I was down to $10 when I saw the "bankroll building blocks #1" video. I had always sucked at tournaments which is why I've been avoiding them, but I'll never become a better player if I don't give it my all to improve! With the help from the community, I've been able to go from losing, to breakeven, to being 50%+ in the money in my most recent games. I'm more motivated than ever. I know that this might sound like a farfetched goal, but I'm shooting to become a professional poker player. There's a lot of cunning, studying, playing, analyzing and hard working required to reach that goal, but I'm not giving up until I'm old and gray. I'm going to keep building my tiny bankroll until I'm able to make more than just a living from it.

This is my path from nothing to luxury. The way to reach that goal is to make better decisions at the tables, with one quote as the foundation;

"Daniel, don't do anything stupid."

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