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The Disciplined Degenerate

A spot where I try to make sense of a game that rarely makes any sense
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/May/2014

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By: dashowkiller @ 16:36 (EDT) / 307 / Comment ( 0 )

Hello to all who take the time to read this!

I've been playing online poker for almost 15 years now and have been playing on Pokerstars for almost a decade. I'm usually just having fun playing at the lower limit LHE tables and the odd low buy-in tournament here or there.

I got my start in poker very young, around the age of 13-14 playing for quarters with my friends at school. We would either play 5-card draw or NL Hold'em and have a good time. I started to get more involved in reading about the game after I read my first poker book, written by Phil Hellmuth. That lead me to put some money onto UltimateBet and Pokerstars and other sites. I was doing well enough that I started grinding the local cash game/tournament scene in my hometown while I was in college and started thinking about living the life of a professional poker player.

However, I found that I liked the competition and the theory behind poker and not the materialistic lifestyle that comes with chasing money 24/7 as a professional, so I scaled back quite a bit.

Now I just play exclusively on Pokerstars at the lower limits and generally just like to sit back, relax and play for an hour or so each day as a way to unwind. Most people ask me how playing four simultaneous tables of Limit Hold'em can be relaxing to me, but only true poker players would understand.

I just recently signed up for the online poker school and I've started going through the courses one at a time, just as if I was beginning to play the game. I'm curious to see what kind of material there is out there. Plus, I'll never know if there's something that I come across during the courses that will make me think twice about playing a certain way. That's the great power of this game. No matter what the math nerds will try and tell you, there's no way to ever solve this game because of the human element and the emotion that comes with the different personalities that are sitting at the table.

The reason I started the blog was that I wanted to connect with more players who may feel the same way about the learning as I do. Unlike some people on this site, I'm not here to try and become a professional. I'm here to interact, learn and stimulate my brain to think about the games in ways that I haven't already.

I look forward to reading some of the other blogs out there and good luck at the tables!

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