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Enough of tilting and wishful thinking
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#1: The day I stopped tilting - Challenge

By: vano02 @ 10:41 (EDT) / 548 / Comment ( 4 )

I cleverly managed to delete my first post in this series, I just realised. And as it doesn't make much sense to have a #2 challenge report without the actual challenge (#1), here you go again:


#1: The day I stopped tilting - Challenge (originally posted and deleted on Sat, 12 Oct)

Hi everyone,

I never thought I'd start a blog. I'm not the most extroverted person. Then again, I do like to talk about poker.

My girlfried not so much. She believes in me and my soon-to-be poker career (though I haven't provided much statistical evidence yet). But as soon as I get too enthusiastic, trying to explain my new bankroll management determination and newly discoved skills, amongst some leaks, she looks at me and nicely tells me to join a poker meet-up group or something. 

As I'm not an extrovert (see above) I ended up here, telling you about what drives me crazy about poker - in a good and a bad way. I'm sure you can relate.

Quick introduction: I've been playing recreational poker for about 3 years. I call it recreational because if you look me up on the tracking sites you will not be impressed. I'm not horrible but I do admit, I belong to the 90 per cent (slowly) losing poker player community.

The worst thing is: I know why. And can't seem to stop it. I regularly tilt (a mix of desparation and I-don't-believe-it-another-bad-beat). I play poker not only to win, but also to relax from a hard day's work by playing like a numb robot. The first and the latter, obviously, don't go well with each other.

So. Today is the day: The day I stop tilting.

Meaning: I will stop splashing out on Zoom (I finally surrender to the fact that I suck at cash games and Zoom doesn't reward you if you do). I will stop multi-tabling like a robot. I will stick to my winning format. And I will observe proper bankroll management.

The challenge is modest but difficult enough, for me at least:

I am starting with a bankroll of, let me just quickly check:

Yep, $105.09. Don't laugh.

I will play 6-max turbo SNGs only, with the exception of the odd cheap tournament ($2.20 Zoom) in between.

I also do like taking my shots at the $11 Sunday Storm or Sunday Million 50 Seats guaranteed satellite (gotta love the flat payout structure), but I will only use my FFP rewards for them. I will no longer let them eat into my SNG bankroll. No FFP rewards, no $11 shots.

I will only play two SNG tables max at the time (yeah, fishy, I know, but my ROI is a reasonable 9 per cent when I do this, as opposed to a minus when I multi-table, so multi-tabling would be even fishier).

I will observe my iron bankroll management rule:

1 Level up: 30 BI ($3.5/105, $7/210, $15/450, $30 ah, let's not get ahead of ourselves)

1 Level down: 20 BI ($3.5=70, $7=140, $15=300)

Tilt stop cool-off: net 10 BI loss in one session. I know why. I'll tell you another time.

I will not set any specific bankroll target. My only goal, for the moment, is to stick to my own rules and not tilt. I will keep you posted.


See you soon at the table or here.


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