(As posted on PocketFives)
Truth is I’m not that great a poker. I’m told I play well, but it just so happens to be those who are telling me this, just play worse than I do. I’ve played poker since 2003 and I have not deposited since then, other than moving money from one site to another to take advantages of bonuses. In fact, my first deposit was $60 so I could play in a $58 WCOOP satellite, in which I did not qualify. So, my poker career (if you want to call it that) spawned off the $2 remaining in my PokerStars account.
I thought about depositing again, but I thought I’d blow my last $2 on 2/4 cent limit. I put into practice everything I learned from my first poker book, “Play Poker Like The Pros” by Phil Hellmuth. Remember, I told you I’m not that great at poker! I grinded to $15 then played a $5.50 SNG. No matter what happened in the SNG I would not play another one until I grinded $5 out at the 2/4 cent tables. I refused to even play a $5 SNG unless I had at least $15. Call me crazy, but it was my bankroll plan and it worked for me. Most importantly, poker was fun.
Since then, I have grinded out a few thousand over many different sites (I honestly have no idea how much, but likely more than $6k…. man, do I miss the small sites!). Most of this has come from my micro cash tables, SNG’s, and freerolls. I would have a nice bankroll today, but I cashed out for various reasons over the years, paying off my car, buying home entertainment, and in fear of online poker bursting a few years back. In fact I had no money in any account in June of 2009. There were two freeroll cashes, $2 in PokerStars and a $45 win on Bodog that got me started again. And, after grinding micro over the last year I find myself with nearly $700 spread between Stars and Bodog.
I want you to understand I am passionate about poker but it’s nothing more than a hobby to me. This has 100% to do with me loving my life outside of poker. I am an extremely busy person and I have to fit poker into my life when I can. I am a physical education teacher, baseball coach (also, do personal instruction with younger children) archery coach, and most importantly, a husband who hopes to have children sometime soon. I also have a massive sports card collection that rivals my passion for poker. In spite of all this, I find time to keep physically fit, mainly through running, biking and playing rec. league volleyball and softball.
Yesterday, I set a challenge for myself to play the lowest of micro stakes for 6 months. I will play only SNG’s and tourneys $2.20 or less. At the cash tables I will play .02/.05 NL/PL or less and no higher than .05/.10 at limit tables (.04/.08 at Stud tables since this is the lowest stake). A goal I have is to maintain at least Silver Star status through each month. The purpose of this challenge and blog is to show you poker can be challenging, rewarding, and fun even at the lowest stakes. Also, maybe you’re wondering how you can build a bankroll from scratch or little to nothing. This happens to be my area of expertise! Follow along as I combine solid play with sites’ programs to grow my roll. Just how much can my bankroll grow in six months while playing the lowest stakes?
Everyone creates their own luck…