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My first steps into online poker

/Jan/2012

I might keep my job for a while

By: bibliofagos @ 16:05 (EST) / 214 / Comment ( 2 )
I don't know how many people start with online poker dreaming they once can make a living just playing poker, and how many of them actually succeed. I didn't have that dream. When I started poker I just wanted to see how long I would last with my initial deposit of 50 euro, cause I had no intention of reloading. Good thing I didn't have that particular dream to blow up in my face, but the way I'm going, it's a good thing I still have a day job.

No, don't be afraid, this is not a whining story about bad beats, nor will I complain about poker illiterates who go allin every hand and manage to eliminate me. This isn't a story about a bust bankroll either, it's just some musings about my experiences the past couple of days, and what I make of them.

After 3 weeks of poker there's a lot I have learned, about the game itself, bankroll management, upswings, downswings, and the roll of luck. We all know the fickleness of lady luck at the poker table, and the last few days I managed to get myself in a situation that I had to challenge lady luck, and most of the time she let me down.

While analyzing my games, and even during play, I discovered some shortcomings in my game;
1: I have trouble letting go of made hands
2: I'm too tight

The fact I'm too tight isn't normally a bad thing at micro stakes, I think (correct me if I'm wrong), but folding when you're beat (and you 'know' you're bead), can be a serious problem. It's the thing I'm determined to work on first. It partly has to do with observing you're opponent, but the funny thing is, most of the time I didn't fold, I knew I was beat, but I still called. That happened to me mostly in the sng's, and while it most of the time didn't eliminate me, it brought me to a short stack position where I had to hand over my fate to lady luck. The first time that happened the past few days was in a single table sng, lady luck smiled at me: I doubled up 4 times in a row, and managed to win the heads up. Then she had enough of my idiot calls (or raises on occasion) and I got this:

- set Js against a flush on the river
- KK against AK, A on the river
- 66 against AK, K on flop
- KQ against JJ, K on flop (jay!), but J on river
- set 8s against AJ, straight on river
- KK against QQ, Q on flop
- AK against QQ, board came up with 2Ks..... and a Q
- AK against QJ, Q on flop
- AK against Q10, board came up with 2 10s
and finally: AJ against A7, 7 on flop

Most of the times I was (marginally) ahead pre-flop, but got knocked out anyway. I could have avoided some of the all-ins (not all of them obviously.... I still would call an allin with KK preflop.... I think.....), if I didn't have wasted my stack away in previous hands.

Ring games (.05/.1) are going pretty good. Thanks to those I'm still turning a profit (although friday I joined a table, got dealt QQ on my first hand at the BB, and got shot down for the full $8 by pocket As). I do think I'm not reaching my full potential though, as I have trouble loosening up my play at tight tables. I'm usually ahead in cash after I stop playing for the day, but it's not a whole lot. On the other hand... I don't lose a whole lot either. And I don't know if loosening up my game at the 5c/10c table will make my earnings higher....

Two things to work on while playing.... I have still so much to learn, I think I'll handle those 2 first.

Good luck at the tables all 8)
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