Monday, December 28, 2009

Play good...

Hand of the day:
As I told you before, I would post hands that were both good, and bad. Today's hand happens to be one of those bad hands...unfortunately. I chose this hand because there is a lesson to be learned from it.
What is this lesson you ask? Playing small pairs, though sometimes profitable, can still be VERY dangerous even when you hit sets! Some will say, "Well, that's just a cooler" and yes, it's true, this is a cooler, not much you can do once you hit this set. However, this is a good reason to not play small pairs(2s-4s, maybe even 5s), can easily be beaten by a higher pair and flush, so be very careful if you decide to play these pairs, keep your mind open to the possibility of a higher set, because it's not just possible, IT HAPPENS!
Now onto the blog, I know it's been a while, and for that, I apologize. I have been putting in some significant time on my poker, and over the last week, I have started to see my results come around again. The last month it has seemed that I have run good for a week, then bad for a week, then good, then...well you get the picture. Is this to be expected? Sure it is, it is poker after all, and isn't an EXACT science. However there are things you can do to control, and to limit the bad runs. I am learning every day what some of these things are, and need to remember to make the right plays, and things will be good in the long run.
Wise man once say: "Take one game at a time"... this may not be from Confucious, but I still think he's a pretty smart man, thanks Nick!
Coming soon......Staying focused...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A few days....

Hand of the day

From here on out, I will include a hand from my daily grind. Sometimes they will be good, and sometimes they will be bad. Hopefully you will see more good than bad, but thought some might like this one ;) Before anyone asks, we were both all-in love it ;)

So, it's been a few days since I've been here last, and for that I apologize ;)

So apparently when I was bragging about how well I had been doing lately, and how well I had been running...I DID jinx myself, because the last few days have been kinda brutal, and I won't bother you with the bad beat stories, but there are MANY! I guess it's yet another lesson learned..note to self 'do not brag about how well you run'....kk, noted...

Oddly enough, in the last week and a half I have barely come out ahead. As well as I ran the two weeks before, I have run just as bad the week and a half since.

Good and bad news...

Bad: The temp job I had been working at a call center, has ended. Apparently once you tell them you are going back to school, and give them notice, they want to terminate it's done, just wish it hadn't happened as soon as it did.

Good: Now I can spend more time grinding away, and not have to worry about only having 6 hrs of sleep at most before I go into work and fight through the day. Now I can get up, and feel refreshed, get on the computer, and pound out as many games as I can.

For now I am taking a bit of a break from it...not sure if I will get back to it yet tonight, or if I'll have to wait til tomorrow....who knows?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Poker...why poker?

Ok, so yesterday I told you I was going to tell you what I was thinking, and that we would start talking a little poker.

Let's start with my thoughts....

1. I may be jinxing myself here, but the last couple of days I have been running REALLY good, I have the pictures on facebook to prove it (click here if you want to see it). Not only am I running good, but I feel like I'm playing really well too!

2. Loving my kids BIG time right now, and can't seem to get enough of them sometimes.

3. Regardless of the issues falling upon me with my computer, or my internet connection, I seem to overcome and conquer all obstacles. This includes my game.

Now onto the poker....

1. Why a career? Not to answer a question with a question, but why not? Honestly who wouldn't want to make a living playing a game that they love so much, and have so much fun playing? Isn't that why some of us are so jealous of professional athletes?

2. It puts some of my life's skills into play: I'm a very analytical person, I really like to think things out; I love math and numbers in general, always have always will; I am VERY patient. Why you ask is patience so important when playing poker? Well, it's important to wait for the hands to come to you, you don't always need to force the issue. It helps you make important lay downs, and helps you last longer in a tournament.

3. Of the different jobs I've done in the last 3 yrs, actually of any of the jobs I have EVER had, poker seems to be something that I am truly interested in, and feel challenged while doing it.

4. Once I am REALLY good at it, it is something that will make me alot of money, and allow me to provide for my children in a way I have always wanted to, and in a way I had always wanted to be provided for.

There are more reasons, sure. But these are the ones that stick out the most, and seem to carry the most weight with me. I have now come across an opportunity to learn this game, this career, and learn it from some of the best poker minds out there.

My direct coach is a 19 yr old Swede, that seems to me, to be very intelligent, and have a GREAT poker mind. I have, in just a few weeks of working with him learned SOOO much that I feel like my game has already improved leaps and bounds. I look forward to learning so much more from him.

The man I have to thank for making this all possible is a man that has been playing poker for many years, and is also a great poker mind in himself. I have not yet had the opportunity to actually sit down and discuss strategy with him as of yet, but am very much looking forward to that as well.

Between these two I have received both positive, and most importantly, negative feedback. I know that these two men will help me improve my game even more, and get me to the point where I want to be, and to where I can pass on their knowledge, and mine to others.

So as you can see, I am going to be taking this opportunity very seriously, probably more than anything I have ever done. I can't wait to put in more hard work, and more long hours, cause I can see that pot at the end of the rainbow, and I won't stop until I get there!

Well, it's getting late, and I need to sleep...long day with the kids tomorrow ;)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A little about me....

So, I've finally ventured into the wonderful world of blogging...I must say that I have thought about doing this in the past, but have never quite gotten around to it. But I have been motivated by others recently to get this going, so here ya go...

I am a single father of two WONDERFUL kids. I have a son that is 8 and a daughter that will soon be 6. They do however live with their mother, in a town far, far away......ok, it's not REAL far...but too far for my liking....

From here on out, I will tell you what's going on in my life. Good, bad, doesn't matter, you will know what I'm thinking, and as scary as that may be, it will be out there for all to see.

Coming soon.....
Poker...and why it's my newest career choice, and why I am so excited about it!!