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Poker Stars Motivation & Moments WBCOOP

By: RiverFlat @ 06:40 (EST) / 109 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi all, My name is RiverFlat and reside just outside of  Toronto,Ontario which is approx. 45 mins from Buffalo,NY . I am a recreational  online poker player and have been following  the rise of Poker Stars and the players as online gaming grew from 2002. I started visiting sites to check out their software and I finally concluded Pokers Stars was ahead of their competitors . I can remember in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker had won the WSOP Bracelet. He dabbled with online poker and won a satallite to the event and then went on to the final table and then went on to win the event . Amazing and Awesome, this caught my attention and I have been a follower ever since. As Poker Stars grew the excitement of ever increasingly participants and prize pools they have come to record breaking pools and participants. There has been no stopping of  this incredible sport. From 2005 when their tournament exceeded $500K , 2006  when they had reached a record 100K players, the list keeps growing.I can recall watching a good friend of mind playing online back in 2009 when he entered a Poker Stars tournament to help set a world record for participants and so it did. It went into the Guinneaus World Book of records with 35K plus entries. Quite amazing !!!,and I have been and will be a Poker Stars junky as some of you may call it in the foreseeable future


What holds are in the future for Poker Stars is ur guess as goood as mine ,but I can imagine the day when the US market is opened and more players flood in from the absense of non online gambling in their country at the present time. How about 1/2 million players online,could it hit 750K members or even reach the one million mark.Can't wait for that history mark. I honestly don't think it's that far off in the future . Imagine what the prize pools and payback spots could be ??,I can only take a guess. Would the tournament involve around a full week of playing and I wonder how long the sessions would last. Then there is the breaks to be considered, guess most of us would have to schedule holidays in advance so we could participate. I definitly would arise to the occasion.

Now back to me, poker has intrigued me as I like to compete.I dragged race for close to 13 years and have attended races across eastern Canada and many events in the USA. I was fortunate to attend races in Ohio,Indiana ,Pennsylvania,NY, Atlanta,Florida and more over the years. The participants and their families offered the utmost in hospitality and friendship and have left an everlasting impression on me. I can invision the same in the poker world whether it's Live or Online. Oh yah forgot to mention in those 13 years of competition ,I finished in the top 10  in seven of those years and  won 3 points Championships in 5 of the last years ending in 2002.

The learning curve of testing and practice has been rough and long road in the drag racing sport.  Preparing myself mentally,physically while trying to grasp and comprehend all the information presented to me was exhausting.I would work all day and then practice on a reaction timer a few hrs a night,most nights to keep my mind and reflexes responive  to prepare for the weekend races. If anyone doesn't know what a practice tree is I will explain. It's a electronic box with a seies if small bulbs in a row mimicking the lights u see at a drag strip and has a cord with a button . You depress the button as if you were inside of the race car and when the bulb on the box lights you then release it. Then a time measurement in 1000's/sec is shown displaying how long it took to release the button compared to eyes seeing the bulb turn on.This helps with your reaction leaving the starting line and leaving first will races 75 % of the time 

Now that I am member at Poker Stars I,m bringing that exprience with me.I have enrolled at PSO and playing in their PSO Open League and hope to advance to the PREMIER LEAGUE. Now this is where I have run into problems.I started in the league in Feb and my play started fine. I played tight,smoetimes aggressive ,tried using position and was advancing slowly each day . Close to the end of the second week ,my rank was (607) ,with 2007 points  I believe. Then the all mighty spirits encompassed me and cast a spell on me. I couldn't sleep,my mind was constantly replaying hands, I was getting headaches trying to figure out where and what I did wrong. I fell into a roller coaster ride and the train wasn't slowing down. I asked myself, what happened to the brakes,why is the throttle at full max,and why is this ramp so steep. when is this ride going to end and how much damage has been done to me. Has anyone figured out whats been going on yet ?????. Well I still don't have an answer. Poker is a very  demanding sport in all aspects of the game. I keep asking if it can be the lack of expierience? not enough training ?,or am I not concentrating on the other players actions enough???

here's what started it all !!!! in a short version without showing all the hands:

preflop(KK)  flop=AKTos hit set  turn=T  great full house  River=A  I go all-in and loose to QuadsA

preflop(KK)  flop=AK8 hit set  turn=3  good stuff i go-in  River=A  go all-in villian has A i loose

these were only a few hands that sent me in a spiral and making me try and disifer  what the hell i was doing wrong. In 4-5 days ,i was loosing with good to premium hands and was reduced from rank (611) to (1600) .All my hands in the past days were good but i had no LUCK,

I had my Star moment when I played down to less than 400 players 3 times in a row with each tourney at full capacity at 10K entrants .that rewarded me a entry ticket to two 5k tourneys for the following month.the games totalled approx.16hours of straight play.Worth it tho.

All said and done, playing at Poker Stars has provided me with all of the necessary tools, a vast to learn Strategy, and Live Training with hands to educate, prepare myself be a better player in mind and soul

Before I forget here are some key Poker Star player  I follow and wish the best in 2013                                                                                                                                                            

    Daniel Negearnu ,(from my home country ) HERO Ur a positve influnence to all and well spoken at the tables also a great player ,love the humarious antics at the table

    Vanessa Selbst          Oustanding player,great finish for the win keep it up

      Vanessa Rousso     Great player and pretty hot too !!  if i say so myself

      Chris Moneymaker   Hats off to you for getting the ball rolling and letting the world know even the little guys can rise up and win a major  event                                                           

   Waching the Live Events coverage, Poker Stars Tv onWeekly Sunday Million Replay,  EPT9 (all of it ) is next to none

Also I would like say thanks to the staff for the patience and skills they pass on so we can become  better Poker Star Players: GarethC23, Frosty012, CHEWY1 , AHAR010, THE LANGOLIER

Thanks Poker Stars Online for providing me with  Motivation,Confidence and the Tools to become a  better player with Skill and the Dream of becoming a POKER STAR    " its never to late "  

          #######                 THIS IS MY BEST MOMENT              #######

                   see u @ the tables riverflat has left the building

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