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By: tehopo1 @ 22:32 (EDT) / 140 / Comment ( 1 )



I started playing online poker arrond 5 years ago but it was just play money. I played on facebook for 2 years and saw that first place in some of those tourneys win real prize(I think that prize was trip in Las Vegas) and then i realized that i should try to win something by playing poker, then i googled for online poker where i can play for free and win real prizes and i find it and was WOW, I find all those sites that have freerols and i create account on most and quit facebook poker and start grinding freerols. In begining i had "big succes" won 2nd place and 1st place in 2 freerols in same day on same site(i wont mention that site cause i am ashamed that i played ever there), first place was 15 $ second was 10$ and i beat field of 5k players and 6k players, but i didnt had any clue about bankroll managment and i lost that next day. Then i started watch every poker show and  by every i realy  mean every episode of every poker show that was filmed. My heroes then started to be Doyle, Bary, Daniel and those guys who were on all those shows, then i started watching some online poker and while i was 100% in poker some guy name Isildur1 started to play online vs Tom Durrrr  Dwan ,my bigest hero in those days. Damn how i hated Isildur in those days(now my favourite player). I railed them  all night, I turn on all tables and watched until  fell a sleep, in mourning i  would look back at those tables to see big pots and to see score and Isildur won day by day, Tom lost more than 5 M in 1 week then i was amazed how sick are those guys. I think that were the best days of  online poker.  At that time i reduced number of sites I was playing on to just 3 or 4 (dont remember exactly) but of all sites i played most on Pokerstars cause they had freerols every 40 min and it was so fun, every 40 min difrent game. After playing freerols for couple months i learned rules of all games at pokerstars and saw that in some games I am runing better then in others. Then Pokerstars added some regional freerols who had decent prize pool and not that lot players, and i earned some $ in those toruneys, but  after wining some $ i lost it instantly. One time i won 0,11$ in that freeroll and buy in to 10c hyper turbo, 990 players and won it, i think 1st prize was 4 $ and then i decided i wil try to play games that i can win more then 50% and i decided to play double or nothing 1 $ buy in, I played lot of those, think i had 64% of wins on those after playing almost whole week and after not gong broke i realised i can play poker like this and win money. In that week i build my bankrol to 100$ and then I bring some holdem satelites into mix, played 2,20$ satelites to win 11$ ticket, and in begining I was semi succesful in those satelites but after some time i start losing but I keep grinding double or nothing and stil keep my bankroll over 100$ but it slowed down. I didnt earned money like when just started. At that time i didnt play at any site other than pokerstars. I stil watched all poker shows that were on internet and i heard  idea of Nick Rainey (MI_turtle on pokerstars), he had some pokercast on Pokerstatic called "Mad poker" and he was wekly guest  there. In one of those shows he talked about how he was 1st in monthly Tournamet leaderboard and won chance to play HU with PokerstarsPro for 1k $ and he had choice to pick game they would play, and he told  some line that stricked me, he said that all ppls know play holdem and he pick 2-7 SD to play for 1K$ adn won that game easily vs that PRO (forgot who it was). I played earler 2-7 SD in those freerols and i knowed that I am way better than average feild in those tourneys and I tryed those 2-7 SD SNGs and decided that HU is best for my bankrol. I started playing lowest limts and keep playing it for long time. Played  it 2 month almost exclusivly and build my bankrol to 1k $. After that I cashed out some money just to show my freinds and family that I wasnt waisting time playing games all day and that  i am earning money by playing poker.  Later i moved in stakes but moved very slowly cause i didnt wanted to deposit any money because here in my country poker  was in perception of gambeling, and it had very bad reputation(now its  difrent, poker is somewhat accepted thans to all those comercials and other stuff and on some part thanks to me, atleast in my town) and when i played poker it wasnt gamble, no way. All that was in 2009 and begining 2010, since then i never lost my money and  keep wining on monthly basis, Now I am playing bigest limits in 2-7 SD but action is much slower since Black Friday and since then lots of regs are gone and  only couple of us left. These days i will start playing some 2-7 TD cash and i will try to put some chalenge like I wil try  with 100$ to win 10k in less than 3 months. It will be hard cause TD is difrent than SD and i am almost rookie there but i think with good bankrol managment everything is posible. Lately i have very litle action at SNGs and have lots of free time while waithing action and  i wil try to play lot of 2-7 TD cash and wil report u on my bankroll updates.
I hope this was interesting and motivating for all u grinders who think poker is imposible to beat.

PS. Englsih is my second language and i hope this is understandable and interesting




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