Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Hey out there, long time no blog. My apologies for that. I decided that between the crummy way I've been playing, and the birth of my second baby(as if anyone who reads this doesn't already know that), I would take a small break from poker to relax and get re centered.
So during that time, I saved up some money, and also had some released from an online poker site. All is all, I ended up with around $300ish. And that changed dramatically when I decided to take a monthly trip to the casino for some "friendly poker"
So I'm sitting at the casino playing some 1/2 No Limit hold em. I bought in for around $100, which is WAY to big of a chunk of my bankroll to be risking, but..... well I didn't have any other games running. So I've probably built my stack up to around $140ish; it was a very passive slow moving table, most people had between $100 and $300 in chips. And I overhear the dealer talking about a PLO game running over on table 9. As you all know, PLO is my fav game, but also a very crazy game. But............. I just couldn't help myself and I went over and sat down. All I can say is WOW. Most guys had between $400 and $1000, and one guy had well over $2000 in chips in front of him. Needless to say, I was definitely out chipped, but oh well :)
First hand I get dealt AdQdQhJd, a VERY nice PLO hand. I figure "well here we go" and put in a pot sized raise, around $20 and get two callers. Flop comes Qs Kh 2H. I throw out a pot sized bet and the guy to my left immediately goes all in for $120 total, basically the rest of my chips. I figure, well unless he had Kings, I'm in great shape, and I quickly call. He had 2 pair and a flush draw, and luckily he didn't make his flush, so I went from $140 to over $300 on the first hand. And since I've already bored you enough with my poker ramblings, I'll give you the cliffs for the rest of the night: I pretty much played solid, and ended up leaving with around $350. Not the biggest score in the world, but it basically doubled my bankroll.
Which puts me back to the present. I now have a bankroll of around $550. If I happen to get the $120 that is still on Full Tilt, then all the better, but I really can't count on that. So I'm back to the battle, with a decent bankroll now.
So my plan is to not get too carried away, and not risk too much at a time so I don't go busto. I've never had a bankroll this size, so I'm hoping that I'll respect it better, and not be dumb.
Updates to come......................
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Before you get your hopes up, I haven't actually decided to to back to school. More of a "poker school". I've learned quite a few things in the past several months since I decided to get back into poker. One, I really love this game, like A LOT. It constantly challenges me, and allows me to put a lot of my talents to good use. And two, I'm not quite as good as good as I thought I was. Well............ let me rephrase that, I'm as good as I thought, but the collective online poker community is FAR better than they used to be.
Back in 05, if you'd read ANY poker book, or understood even the basic concepts, you could at least make a little money. But nowadays, you'd get crushed with that aptitude. People are MUCH more educated, the internet has accelerated people's learning curve, and basically I'm saying that I NEVER should have quit poker for 5 years. Bad move Jules........... bad move.
So I guess I should quit right?? With all the new, upcoming additions to my life, who has the time or money?? Time to give up huh??
I'm not giving up because it's hard. That's what pussies do. BUT........... I do need to get better. Quite a bit better if I want to turn this from a "hobby" to a "lucrative hobby", which I do!
So I'm still playing, and I've decided to redirect some of my playing money and invest it in some wisdom; books, videos, and maybe even have some seasoned pros review my sessions and give their harsh critiques, which I welcome of course.
Seems like a lot of work and money for a "hobby" doesn't it?? Well guess what? Poker makes me happy. Read my most recent Random Crap Blog for this "happiness" concept I speak of. And I'm also very fortunate to have a VERY supportive wife who cares quite a bit about her hubby being happy :-)
So cliff notes for this blog: Poker's harder than I thought, but I'm not givin up.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
My friends it has been a while since my last post. A lot has changed, take my BR for one; that's now $300 lighter. And honestly, I lost about $100 of it, and $200 had to be withdrawn for other reasons. One being a ticket I was VERY lucky to get, but that's a whole other story all together.....
I also had a little change of perspective, and a little different outlook on poker. Wait, that's the same damn thing, anyway............
I'm still loving poker, A LOT (just ask my wife) but in a little different way. I realized that when I embarked on this journey, my goals were a little off. Hell the whole reason I play poker is because I enjoy it so much. Kinda like golf; I'll never be on the PGA tour, nor will I ever win even a local tournament, but I play because it's fun and I enjoy the game. So to play poker with the sole purpose of making money kinda takes the fun out of it. I mean, I still wanna make money, and hopefully make enough money that it can help with my day to day expenses, but I want that to be a byproduct of just having fun and playing well. Man that sounds confusing doesn't it??
What I'm trying to say is the with poker(again like golf) my number ONE priority is to have fun, and play well. If I make money, great, if not, well this is still my most profitable hobby. I can honestly NEVER remember leaving the golf course with more money than I came with. And I can also guarantee that all the buy ins, books, and decks of cards I've spent money on will NEVER add up to the amount I've spent on green fees, clubs, balls, and........ of course the beer cart girl. :-)
So as far as goals, yes I still have goals. I still get my $20 a month poker allowance, and I'd like to turn that into............... let's say $1,000. Once I hit 1k, I'll have to re evaluate and see what the next step is. I plan on playing pretty aggressively with my money, and if I go bust, well I'll just have wait till next month when I can dump another $20 in there. And let's be honest, what other hobby only costs $20 a month; AND has the potential to yield MILLIONS!!!! OK, maybe that's a little over the top, but it's true....................