Welcome mobsters, if you are reading this blog for the very first time, I thank you for your initial interest. I think that if you give it a little time, you will find something that will peak your interest.
I am a semi-pro poker player and an author. I am currently working on several projects for publication, and will be discussing them on occasion in this blog. If you are a fan then I warn you, from time to time there will be spoiler book ideas discussed.
Section 1: Poker Tips & Concepts
Do you want to win more tournaments?
Would it be nice to make the money in a Multi-Table Tournament?
Why do I keep getting taken out before the bubble?
If the above three questions seem pointed right at you then perhaps today's post is really meant for you.
The greatest piece of poker advice I was ever given can from Phil Hellmuth.
Yes! That's right, I said, Phil Hellmuth.
It was a 30 second sound bite during some poker program I was watching, and the smoking hot interview girl had just asked "Phil Hellmuth" a question.
"What one piece of advice would you give the fans at home who would also like to someday perhaps win a poker tournament like you just did"?
His answer at the time was profound to me.
Phil's reply was,
"Poker tournaments are marathons not sprints. I have never won any tournament in the first hand, but I have lost some big ones there."
It really hit home to me. I used to be the type of player who always tried to build up a large stack very fast. I would play to many hands early on and spew my chips about chasing after every flush in the hopes of putting someone all in and doubling myself up fast. I was too aggressive and generally tried to act as a table sheriff. Players always get tired of them types of idiots real fast.
It was only after I calmed down and started playing for the long haul that I really started having real success in tournaments. My first big win came after I adopted this new approach. I won a $5000 guaranteed tournament and my 1st place win was almost $1950 USD that bankroll allowed me to play in bigger buy in tournaments and I placed deep in the money in several more tournament in 2009.
So think about your style of play.
Are you playing to many hands?
Should you actually tighten up your open hand range?
Just something for you to think over.
Until next time
Section 2: A New Bankroll Challenge
I have been playing the freerolls and having some success. I have been actually building up my bankroll from absolutely nothing. I can now play in some of the micro tournaments and have even had some minor cashes in a couple small tournaments
I am looking forward to continuing to move upward. My bankroll amount right now is still nothing to sing about but at least it has grown up to a point where I have some small buy in options available to me.
Will keep you informed as thing continue to progress.
Wishing you all the best
Section 3: The daily rant
Days turn into weeks so fast. It used to be I could not go for very long without wanting to play poker. Times have changed that however, I am seriously thinking about quitting poker altogether. I just do not seem to be getting much enjoyment from the game these days at all. I originally thought it was just because I was on a downswing, but now I know that is simply not the case. I recently went on a heater and through caution to the wind and turned twenty-five dollars into over a thousand in just one night.
I used that money to buy some new appliances and stuff, but it did not fill me with a renewed desire to play anymore poker. In truth right now as I write this entry I have no wish to play any poker at all today. Perhaps I truly do need to take a real break from all things poker and see what happens.
Well until next time, be cool.
Section 4: A Poker Quote
Whether he likes it or not, a man's character is stripped at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life. ~Anthony Holden
I have been giving the above quote some thought lately and I must admit that I can find not fault in its logic or its truth. I place it here for you to read and pounder yourself.
Well until next time, be cool.