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Getting the basics down...

By: KIMSM8 @ 11:54 (EDT) / 1 / Comment ( 0 )
After playing Texas Hold'em for about 5 yrs now, I have decided to actually learn how to play the game. Yes, that's right. I am going back to the beginning and starting all over. I first started playing, like I said, about 5 years ago. I was housesitting for my now ex-fiance and while driving back to her house from the store, I had spotted a sign on a bar about live texas hold'em games. Being curious I stopped in and talked to the guy that was heading the games. He explained it all to me about no buy-ins and playing for potential cash prizes. I played there a couple of times and never got past the first table. Then, a couple of weeks later, I was back at home and found out that the bar downstairs, in the same buidling that my apartment was located in, was also featuring free texas hold'em tournaments. Well by then I had started watching it on tv and had a bit better idea of actually how to play the game. So, I started playing there on Tuesday nights. I have to admit that after a while, I was getting better. The bar was sponsoring a poker league that would send all of the top 10% of players from each of their locations to a regional game. You had to play for approx 12 weeks and points were kept for each game played. The top 10% of scorers were eligible for the regional games and from there you could advance to a State finals where the prize was a seat to the WSOP. I was hooked to say the least. I consistently placed in the top 10% and eventually won a regionals match. Unfortunately for me, by that time the league had changed owners and the top prize was $500 cash. I ended up winning, but i felt like I had lost as there were no more chances to reach the WSOP. The newly formed league eventually went belly up. I moved south to the suburbs and eventually found a new place to play poker. But, after about 5 yrs of playing, I felt like my game needed some help. I knew there were books out there but I didn't want to go that route. I had actually bought one of Daniel Negreanu's books, but only read the first chapter. Sorry Danny!! Then, while playing online, I noticed the Pokerstar's Online Poker School. This was about 3 weeks ago. I figured it couldn't hurt, so I started the courses. I have to admit that adjusting my game after playing so wild and loose was a major challenge. But, I have found that it was well worth the time and effort. I played in my first tournament using the skills I had weaned from the Basic and Core courses and finished 6th in a MTT. I have just passed the Sit-n-Go quiz and can't wait to put that knowledge to the real test.
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