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June 1, 2008, 3PM:
Start of the Blog
I’m starting this blog as a record for myself. Each post will contain what I have achieved and what a plan to achieve. The following isn’t very entertaining, its just my history and plans. I’ve played poker since June 07, starting in a home game with little Mark, Carrie, Tash and a few of their mates. Played a couple of tournaments at the local Grosvenor casino (one £5 rebuy and freerolls). Started playing online in October 07 at Titans. Moved to Party with $160 and built it up to $600, then cashed out at $350. Made most money at .10/.25 cash and $6 50 man SnGs. Moved to blue squ where I’m not sure if I’ve made or lost money at cash but made $540 coming 3rd in a $5 MTT and $580 coming second in a $5 MTT. Played a bit of cash of Everest as well, no great wins. I currently have just under a $500 bankroll.
After this summer, I’m going to invest in Pokertracker and maybe PAH and concentrate on my cash game. I will start with a $400 bankroll playing at 20 or 25NL FR cash tables, playing 2 at a time and maybe moving to 3 or 4 once I have and can use PT properly. I want to run this to $1000 with a winrate of at last 5BB/100 before moving to 50NL. Once I reach 50NL I will grind at that level until I feel happy to move up. I’m not sure what site I will do this on. I may look at rakeback offers before making a choice. In PT3 there is a HUD that at the time of writing is limited to stars, FT and party, so this may influence my decision.
Another $100 of my bankroll will go in a separate account on another site which will be used as a tournament account. This will be used to play $1-$5 MTTs with a limit of a $10 loss each week. This is to keep track of my tournament play separate from my cash. Tournaments will be side lined to concentrate on cash, but I like to play them, so I will only play a couple a week. If I have a win similar to my previous $500 cashes, I will move my limits up. The reason my bankroll isn’t over $1000 already is because I had to spend the money on car insurance and surviving being a penniless student.
Once I have PT and start playing cash, I will try and plan each week when I want to play and for how long. These planned sessions will be reviewed hand by hand in PT to analyse my game. I will also start posting more on 2+2 strategy forums with my interesting hands that get me into trouble and I will comment on other people’s hands.
I have a subscription to PokerPlayer magazine and my friend Rory has inside poker. I will read all the strategy in these magazines and if time permits, write out summary sheets which I can quickly review in the future. Books I want to read:
Harrington on hold’em, v3
Tournament poker for advanced players
Harrington on cash v1/2.
Professional NL hold’em*
*need to buy
Some of these will be read when I’m in Oz. I would like to reread Theory of Poker and Every Hand Revealed. ToP needs to be summarised.
Read books/mag and make notes if useful
Decide which sites to use for the 2 accounts and look at rakeback offers.
Timetable sessions in for the week starting Sunday evening.
Post/Review hands on 2+2
Qualify for a live event*
*Most packages are $2000+ and this money would be more useful as a bankroll, but the Virgin Festival is only a $200 main event, so I may put some money aside for trying to qualify for that, depending when the next one is that I can make it to.
Only other live poker I play is a £5 double chance SnG with mates, which are rare and the biweekly university run tournament. These cost £3 and are donkey luck fests. I’ve never cashed! Made 1 final table but lost with AK vs 77 and AT vs AK. Latest one my King high flush lost to a straight flush, tilt!! Money used for these tournaments wont be recorded in my BR as they are small. Any winnings should be stored and used to play future live tournaments.
Background and targets done. These are all for when I get back from Oz on the 23rd August. I also have a half marathon to train for when I get back.
Will record any other play before leaving on the 21st June, then will record progress once I get back.
Last Update: June 1, 2008, 6:48AM