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Grinding up in the micros

By: clwick @ 16:18 (EDT) / 243 / Comment ( 0 )

This is my first blog for grinding up in the micros.  My name is Chad and I am 24.  I have been playing home games with my friends since I was 15 years old.  Between the ages of 16 and 24 I played professional and University hockey before quitting to focus on school.  While playing these high levels of hockey I always played a lot of poker but never had time to focus as much as I would have liked to in order to improve my game.

After ending my hockey carreer last year to focus on school and finding a stable carreer I have had a lot more time to play poker and I am improving my game on a daily basis, but I have a lot to learn!  I think beginning blogging about my goals, mistakes, and misceleneous is the next step to bring my game to the next level.

The saying goes that sometimes a person needs to take a step backwards in order to move two steps forward and I think this is the strategy I am implementing to become a better player.  I have never played .01/.02 micros in my life because I could not take them seriously, but after years of playing poker and poor bankroll management I finally accept through trial and error the need to work my way up from the bottom of the micros and into some higher NL games with a conservative bankroll.

Two instances stand out above the rest.  The first is a $2,000 tournament I won a little more than a year ago.  I cashed out $1000 and took $1000 into $5/$10.  After 30 minutes I was up $300, then I flopped a straight against AA, we end up allin on the flop, and AA turns and rivers a flush.  Because of the absense of bankroll management I lost everything, an extremely stupid yet useful lesson of my poker carreer.  Another time I worked up $50 into $1200 continuing to move up in limits until finally variance came back the other way and instead of getting great cards I was getting horrible cards, this tilted me even further and I continued to expose my bankroll way over normal standards.

What I now do to counter my aggressive gambling nature is to use the responsible gambling option on stars to limit my buyin amounts and maintain my conservative bankroll management and prevent tilting. When I want to move up a level I will just send support a message and 24 hours later they will allow me to play the next level.

I have played everything from MTTs to SNGs, full ring, 6 max.  I have settled on playing 6 max because of lower variance than tournaments and its higher aggressive nature.  I started with 2NL, I am currently playing 5NL, and I am only 5 buyins away from moving up to 10NL.  

My goal for the remainder of the month is to move to 10NL, silver star, buy HM2 for zoom, and blog atleast once a week about my goals.  My long term goal is to move to 50 NL by December.

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