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By: TommyGun369 @ 15:33 (EST) / 318 / Comment ( 1 )

Hi everyone!

First of all I would like to introduce myself to all of you and tell you my poker story This is my first post so it is going to be a loooong one (bear with me please)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a baby was born. It was a boy! The stars had fortold him great future full of poker success. The ancient prophecy spoke of a mysterious being sent by the gods to overcome the world of poker by storm, destroy cash tables and large mtt tournaments. Yes, THE ONE was finally brought among us! God, I wish it was me... but i guess I am a few years late for that

I have started playing poker about 2 years ago when I first registered on PokerStars. After few months of playing at play money tables I grew my play money balance to 500k. At that point I realised I cannot really get any better playing at those tables since the skill level there was just incredibly low. I had already grew a big interest in NLHE and had watched some videos and read a few books trying to improve my game. Unfortunately none of the concepts I had learned about could be applied at play money tables. To be profitable there all that was required was to be able to count to 10 and know which hand beats which. At that time I experimented with other variants of poker like triple draw, razz, omaha and omaha hi/lo but at none of those I felt as comfortable as in NLHE so i decided to stick with that. I knew that if I wanted to get better I would have to start playing against better opponents. Obviously the next step in my poker advanture was to try and play at real money tables. This was when I learned about the PSO and the bankroll builder promotion. A great thing for someone like me! So my adventure on real money tables begins on NOV 04, 2012 with my first post in the bankroll builder section of the forum.

At first I did really well. In 3 days at full ring 2NL tables I converted my initial $2 to $8.70 more than quadrupling my initial bankroll! I felt like a poker god then, but as you can imagine things did not go that well for a long time. I suffered my first bad beat: AA vs 53s (all in on turn - rivered a flush). Soon after I went on tilt and lost the rest of my bankroll. I was frustrated a lot and realised that I cannot play poker like that. At that point I decided to keep the reamining 2 buy-ins from the BB promotion and not play with them for the time being. Time for a little break from poker...

At that time I promised myself never to make a deposit on a poker site. After few weeks I decided that if I want to come back to real money tables I need to put a lot more effort to improving my game and so started my first poker challenge. Build a $50 bankroll entirely from freerolls. It went much better than I first anticipated and in a month I had a bankroll of little more than $40! Life was so much easier again I managed to do this using a little trick which I will explain in the next post

However, I could not just keep playing freerolls forever because they soon got boring and so I decided to take my $40 bankroll and do something useful with it. Out of the 4 free single table SNGs I had played I cashed in 3 times! Therefore I thought giving that a try. There are some very good videos from Spacegravy on SNGs which I highly recommend to check out in the library. This only lasted 3 days though. I played 16 SNGs and was up $1.30 but I really hated the variance associated with it and even though I felt I had a decent edge over the competition there I just knew it is not going to be my main grind. After that I gave multi table SNGs a try but the result was pretty much the same.  I could maybe play 3-4 tourneys at a time for 2 hours and maybe cashed in one making an average overall profit of $0.30 in 2h. This just did not have a future. Then I realised that if there are so many fish sitting at those tables there must be at least some of them on cash tables as well. And there is no way that I am only going to make 30c playing at 2-4 cash tables for 2h! And so it was decided. TommyGun became a cash game player.

This was exactly 3/1/2013 where I first sat on 2NL 6max cash tables. I feel 6max suits me a bit better than full ring due to it being much more dynamic and aggressive. In 23 days my bankroll grew from the initial $40 to $145. I have now started playing at 5NL and am planning to move to 10NL in mid february. For more info about my poker journey follow my thread in the challenges&battleground section of the PSO forum.

Have a nice weekend everyone!


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