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/Apr/2011

While My Bankroll Gently Weeps

By: GDGamble @ 17:11 (EDT) / 501 / Comment ( 3 )
When I fist started making a serious attempt at playing poker I was given one piece of important advice; play a lot of poker, like seriously...a lot.

With that advice I started in the cash games online and I was no stranger to the one buck buy in sit n go.

However, even with the low buyins I was still not able to play enough to get skilled without going broke.  I figured by the time I was just getting good I wouldn't have any more money to play with to win back my original losses.  What was even more discouraging was finding out that blowing 20 bucks in a cash game wasn't going to help me at all in the tournaments and vice versa.

So not only was I not getting better fast enough to stay afloat, but I was splitting my efforts in half.

Of course I hit the books, but was surprised to find that some poker strategy is just a fad while others are solid, but predictable.

Example: You're on the button and raise all the limpers up a few BBs because you've read that you don't even need to look at your cards in this position, just raise.  If it works your table image is solid; if you get reraised and fold, you made the right move, but you question the system.  If it works and you win a pot with rags then you'll keep trying it until you get rocked by a caller who draws out with a weaker starting hand.  Before you were just being a maniac and this time you had good cards and lost. 

On the other hand, you can follow a tight card strategy and throw away rags no matter where you're at.  Then when everyone limps in and you fold you just know that the flop will make your hand while everyone else checks around to the river to find that someone with ace high wins the community pot.

This was all detrimental to my development.  I was young budding fish swimming in a whirlpool of conflicting information.

So I decided to stick to tournament play, get that down solid, and then switch gears later to cash games.  I also decided to try one playing style.  Yes, this seems like a bad idea since it will be easy for others to play my tendencies, but I've found that it's better to play a solid system that you're confident in rather than doubt yourself and keep switching up your play.  That I could write a whole blag post on.

In the end I've found a new home in the free roll tournaments and have been very happy watching my online bankroll stay at a cool five thousand cents.

If you ever see me in one of those tounaments, let me know you read this so I can avoid you since I've probably said too much.

Happy Hunting

GD

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