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BLOG: Poker Tips, Bankroll Management and More (PART 11)

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Blog post published on 17 March 2014, written by Ronin`s Renegade Blog.
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Leonard E. Spencer "Ronin Harper" from Canada born in 1968

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
Admit you do not know everything. I do NOT know everything either. I am always trying to learn more and become a better player. Every great player is a life time learner. Great poker players are always trying to improve their game. The best are always studying their poker game and watching others to learn new things. The best poker pros in the world make notes on the players they frequently play against. Nobody ever got good at playing poker until they was able to admit to themselves at least that they needed to learn a few things. The best players are the ones who know they still might need to learn a few things and strive to learn everything.

I have made a living playing poker in the past and I still think I have a lot to learn. I read books, watch videos, Television, and even attended online classes about poker. I read several forums and take part in a few of the one I like most like Bankrollmob.

I am NOT the best player in the world at this time. Someday I could become great though if I can keep learning and getting better a little bit every day. You too should strive to become a little better every day.
You would be amazed at how much your game would improve if you just sit aside 30 minutes each day to study poker. You will eventually learn something that will make you win a little more over time.
Until next time

Section 2: "Ronin's Bankroll Management Challenge"
Well this section is going to be familiar to the forum regulars as I have been running this section for awhile in the forums, It is about the single most important skill a poker player must have in their arsenal in order to be a successful winning player.
Bankroll Management has been estimated to be the single most neglected poker skill by almost 95% of all players. Countless books have been written on the subject, and yet most players most often just ignore the rules of proper bankroll management.

I too fall into this trap at times.

This section is intended to show how proper bankroll management can ensure that and good poker player who approaches his bankroll and poker play from a solid and disciplined position can succeed.

It also is intended to help me to remain focus and discipline in my own bankroll quest to succeed.

The 1st part of the year in 2014 will see me discussing heavily the results of a combined staking run between myself and a fellow mobster. (His name will be withheld to keep people from asking him for stakes which he does not need the grief from)

The next 60 bankroll challenge will begin Monday January 27th, 2014.
Day 1, Monday 27/01/2014
Well day 1 of the challenge was a true test of my resolve to play within the rules. I had a very bad start to the challenge. There was a point when I was down $12.78

I took a full 1 hour break before going back at it.

Day 1 of the challenge left me down just - $2.36 US
Day 2 of the challenge left me down just - $0.67 US

Day 3 of the challenge and I finished up $1.18 US
Day 4 of the challenge and I finished up $3.85 US

Day 5 of the challenge left me down after $38.62 US
Day 6 of the challenge left me down just $23.46 US

Day 7 of the challenge left me down just $2.03 US
Day 8 of the challenge left me down just $6.45 US
Day 9 of the challenge and I finished up $24.08 US
Day 10 of the challenge and I finished up $50.26 US
Day 11 of the challenge and I finished up $67.18 US
Day 12 of the challenge and I finished up $78.67 US
Day 13 of the challenge and I finished up $96.43 US

Day 14 of the challenge left me down $14 overall.
Day 15 of the challenge and I finished up $10.36 US
Day 16 of the challenge and I finished up $20.64 US
Day 17 of the challenge and I finished up $10.18 US
Day 18 of the challenge and I finished down $13.41 US
Day 19 of the challenge and I am back in the black up $19.67 US
Day 20 of the challenge was a great day, finish up over $70 US

Today which was 20th of actual poker play was a truly great day for bankroll build. The day started out with a slight drop, but then after a ½ hour break I went back at it and totally turned everything around. To make a very long story short I made over $70 but using hit & run techniques and play in Mtt's.

The current bankroll is back above $200 again.

Until later.

Section 3: The daily rant
It truly amazes me how I can run so hot during the week, but it seems I lose my ability to win every single weekend. I am truly starting to think the only way for me to consistently build my bankroll, is to not play any poker on Saturday or Sunday. I just do not get it. I play the same way all week and do really well. The weekend arrives and I can't win to save my own soul.

Seriously going to give some thought to taking every weekend off to just relax from the week and see how that goes for a while. Of course that would me missing out on all the truly big games every week and the main freerolls as well. It might however be worth it to do so in the long run. I am really going to need to look things over and make a decision about this trend.

Well until next time, be cool.

Section 4: The call of the Muse (Wednesday's)

This section will also be familiar to forum regulars. I am resurrecting Ronin's Short Story blog which I ran for a time. Yes mobsters I am going to write more poker based shorts here on BankrollMob.

I have decided to once again start writing in "The Bluff - A Poker Short Story".
I will re-post the entire story here in this new blog area along with a new section in the next few hours.
I apologize to Steve's fans for the long wait.
I hope you enjoy the new blog area.

The Bluff - A Poker Short Story
Chapter 2: part #4
Coming soon
So until later mates.

Section 5: The Escape

Welcome to what for me might very well be the most difficult section of the blog to write on a daily bases. In this section, I will attempt to keep a detailed food intake log, as well as an honest accounting of a daily exercise routine, which hopefully will move me steadily towards the goal of getting physically healthy.

In May 2013 I was admitted into hospital and they weight me at that time at the weight of 602 lbs. I spent 64 days in the hospital and during that time they had me on an 1800 calorie a day diabetic diet. On the day I was released from the hospital I was weighted at 542 lbs.
During the 1st month my weight climbed back upward to 158 lbs again.

I became very depressed about this and honestly just wanted to die. I could not see my life getting better and was constantly in extreme pain which required me to take a lot of pain medications just to stay somewhat functional.
I decided to lose weight even if it killed me. In October I began, and in November I was weighted at 536 lbs. I have not been weight since.

In December I completely went off the rails and I am convinced that I regained some weight back. I plan to get weight very soon in order to have a truer starting number to once again begin working from. I believe that I am right around 550 lbs again, I have a 74" waist and ware an 8X T-Shirt.

It is humiliating to admit these facts but I fell I must be honest with you all of why even bother with this section, my hope is that by making myself accountable to my fellow BankrollMob members that it will motivate me to succeed this time unlike past failures.
The exercise levels for the day will not be great, as I was in a lot of pain, my back is out and can barely move at all. Looking at the day ahead, I think I probably will take in more calories then I exercise away. Will do better tomorrow, I really need to work on my diet and exercise routine. I am at least being honest about what I have done, and realize I MUST do better. It all comes in baby steps and at least I am trying.

I am going to develop a better way of keeping the daily food intake log. I need to have a much better record of the calories which I am truly eating.
I have been working on this issue since the 1st of January, 2014 but I have not really been having as much success as I would like. I am thinking about counselling from a dietitian to get me food choices improved, going to do some investigation on YouTube about healthy eating.

The journey continues...

My food intake over the last few days has been much better. I have been eating more vegetables over all. I truly think I have eaten less calories then I have burned off through both my exercise rates and basal metabolic rate. I believe if I can keep things under control for a few months like this then I will lose weight and feel better for sure.

Tomorrow is a new day


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4 comments on "Poker Tips, Bankroll Management and More (PART 11)"

 Fakiry17/03/2014 15:03:34 GMT
You're showing you're a grown up player. This is the best tip a pro can give to himself and to every players. If knowledge is everything, try to know what you still don't know, and try to know what is there to know when on the tables. Because studying you'll know there's lots of signs you can understand to know how to play in certain circumstances, but you'll also know those signs can be tricks to make you play in a certain way, so yuo should move other ways when you detect that. Keep reading, keep trying, the experience at the tables will give you a lot of experience but there's no doubt one should complement it with knowledge from the game (note: information is different from knowledge; knowledge is understanded information)!
 doubletop77718/03/2014 09:49:55 GMT
I think you are right in saying that you need to learn that you do not know everything. Some people think they know everything but in truth you need to keep updating your knowledge to get better in any walk of life
 Fakiry18/03/2014 16:30:50 GMT
About the bankroll management, i agree with what you write, and i guess one of the best attitudes a guy who knows how to play and who wants to show what to do in terms of bankroll managements could have would be to get down to his audience level and do something with them. For instance, BRM just released a new ndb. I guess you still don’t have na account there either, just like most of the mobsters. What better way to show some “how to do” feature than to get that bonus (which will start with only $5, so it will be a headache to manage it, in order to make it grow) and show novices what is possible to do with that Money? I know you do your own challenges, but this would be a nice one for everyone around here to follow. Keep up the good work with your bankrolls and also with your writing, i always like to read what you have to tell us.
 RoninHarper19/03/2014 06:36:02 GMT
G'day mate

Thank you very much for the kind words.
I do hope people actually get something out of this challenge.
I know some people have misunderstood it.
It is not about making millions of dollars, it is about not going bust.
best wishes to you all

Ronin Cool

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