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Diary of a Poker Wannabe



By: joy7108 @ 16:57 (EST) / 791 / Comment ( 1 )

I've been looking forward to this event for a year, missed out last time as I had never blogged.  The idea that anyone would want to read my blog seemed silly and I felt shy about putting my thoughts and feelings out on the internet for the world to read.  I've been playing online for about three years now, and I'm more comfortable with blogging, forums, and many other things that I had never tried before I got involved in poker.

I've been working very hard to find "the pokerstar in you" as Daniel Negreanu said, becoming a winning poker player isn't easy.  One of the most rewarding things for me is the many friends that I have made along the way.  Although I have never met any of these people face to face, I value both their friendship and support.  Poker attracts a wide variety of people from all walks of life, that is just one of the great things about it. 

Poker School Online has been a great resource for me, there is so much material available on every aspect of the game.  There are online training sessions, a huge library of articles, videos of training sessions, free hand analysis, and much more, plus a whole community of people that share my love of the game. 

If I am fortunate enough to win the prize for best blog, my plans for the money would include:

1.  Try some of the bigger tournaments that are currently outside my bankroll.
2.  Offer some staking to my fellow PSO members who are struggling to get enough VPP's.
3.  Have some much needed dental work done.
4.  Attend the WSOP and play in the Seniors event (this item is on my "bucket list":wink: .

Although my game has improved a lot since I found PSO, I know that being a winning player is a lifelong learning experience.  That is one of the things about the game that I love the most, no matter how much you know there is always something new to learn.  The game itself changes from year to year as new strategies become old and other strategies replace them.  The ability to adapt is a key skill in poker, and this sounds easy but is hard to put into practice. 

Poker is a great teacher, there are many aspects of poker that apply to life as well.  One of the concepts I had trouble with is the fact that even though you do everything right, you can still lose.  The lesson this teaches is that some things are just outside of your control, and you need to learn to accept this fact.  Everyone can only control their own actions, not how others might react to those actions.  Once I really started to believe this, all those bad beats stopped mattering so much.  Since I can only control my decisions, the best thing I can do is make sure that I make the best decision possible in every situation.  I've found that this attitude serves me as well in my daily life as it does at the poker table.

Deciding to become a better poker player has had unexpected rewards for me, and I feel blessed that this great game is available to me every day just by firing up my computer.  The "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" are only a click away, and I'm having the time of my life learning this great game!!

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