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/Jan/2013

My Poker Background

By: mkenyahalisi @ 05:52 (EST) / 524 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi there,

 


This being my first blog entry, allow me indulge you in my poker background.


I got into poker in 2009 after watching the movie 'Rounders.'  The part where Mickey D says, "Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker EVERY YEAR? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas? It's a skill game." My interest was tweaked when I heard that line and I quickly found a poker book that taught me how to play the game.


I took about $150 from my next pay-check and headed to what I thought was the only game in town (a $1/2 NL HE) and sat down to show these boys and girls a thing or two about how to play poker. I went broke in less than 20 minutes. I sat in that casino seat and asked myself, 'I've played on facebook and won countless times, so what happened?'


Thus begun my poker education. I read my first actual poker strategy book. Sadly, it was 'Play Poker Like the Pros' by Phil Hellmuth. In hindsight, it's probably one of the least recommendable books, but it did work for a beginner. I went back to casinos and played every freeroll I could find and started to put together a bankroll. I learnt which games to avoid and which players skill levels were way beyond mine. (The guy who took my entire bankroll is a regular at the Aussie Millions and WSOP Africa) I was soon taking down about 3 in 10 tournaments. And cashing in 7 in 10 tournaments and posting profitable cash sessions.


But last year that changed. Due to my work, I had to move from Nairobi to a very small town, Eldoret. Here, there are no cash games, no home games, no tournaments. I've met a total of 7 players and most of them were here on holiday or passing through.


So, I ventured into the world of online poker. I had opened an account back in 2010 and made a $20 or 30, I forget, deposit and donked it off. I had my reservations about online poker. Somehow, it didn’t feel real enough. I made a few more unsuccessful deposits. I think I’ve invested about $80 in total on PStars and FT. Sadly, I lost it all. So I decided to start from scratch. I’m up from 0 to $200 in the last 3 months.


Despite playing poker for about 3 years now, I'm still very much a beginner when it comes to online poker. I've had a tough transition. It's not the same as playing live. The camaraderie, the trash talking, the drinking, the feeling of cold hard cash in your hands after a successful session. I'm becoming familiar with terms C-bets, preflop %, VPIP (not quite sure what it is), EV. The fact that you can use a tracking software to tell you how you are playing or how your tablemates are playing is still bewildering to me. I had gotten used to just having a good memory and thinking back.


After seeing the Online community and what other players are achieving, I'm determined to get better. And I will. There's still a lot for me to learn and I look forward to doing it here.


Mkenyahalisi

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