Playing Poker for a living is tough

When I started Smarter Poker – From Average Joe to Poker Pro (?) I made my intentions fairly clear: I am not happy with how much money I am making and I need to make more. I have always done pretty well when playing Poker on-line (for fun) and thought now is the time to take it seriously enough to make a living.

I am now two months further down the line and I feel like an update is in order. So, just how much money have I made playing Poker on-line?

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Out of my depth (Party Poker Daily Major $100 buy in)

A polite reference to the assets of an attractive lady earned me a free entry to a $10 multi table tournament on Party Poker…

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The Power of Position (Full Tilt Poker Academy)

“When beginners describe a hand they have played, they usually start by saying what their hole cards were and then move on to discuss the betting. An expert, however, would never describe the dynamics of any hand without first talking about his position. That is because in games like Hold’em and Omaha, position is sometimes as important, if not more important, than the cards you hold” – Bill Edler in The Power of Position.

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Credit where credit is due (@PartyPoker)

I work 7 days a week, almost 365 days per year. On top of that, I have an hour’s commute every morning and night. By my calculations, that gives me some 14 hours per week to brush up on my Poker.

On the way to work I tend to read (& re-read!) Poker tutorials, from the likes of Phil Gordon, Doyle Brunson and, more recently, Lee Jones (I know what you are thinking – “who?” – more on this later**), whilst on the way home I try and get my Poker fix.

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I may or may not have no clue

My original intention was to start this post by saying that it “felt like a long day today” but struggled to succinctly explain myself, given all days are, of course, the same length. Except, as it turns out, June 30th 2015. Today will be whole second longer than any other day during 2015, as the final minute will be 61 seconds long!

For a fuller explanation of why this is the case, check out this BBC article on the leap second.  Anyhow, I can now close off this intro and drop in the obligatory “read more” link you expect to see on blogs these days….

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Barking up the wrong tree?

“Personally, I’ve always preferred tournaments. I’ve rarely felt comfortable playing cash games, and my advantage has always seemed to be better in the increasingly confined space defined by player eliminations and rising blinds. But after walking through some of these numbers …. I’m rethinking my personal poker strategy. Is it time for you to do the same?”

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Play as if you can see his cards

Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely, every time opponents play their hands differently from the way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose.

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Man does not run before mastering the walk

“Keep in mind that a good poker player will, more times than not, utterly destroy low limit games… If you can’t win consistently at these games, don’t be so quick to blame the bad beats – you probably have some more work to do before you move up” – Phil Gordon in Poker: The Real Deal

Phil Gordon: helping poker fish to dodge bullets since… June 2015?

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So you want to make money playing online?

When I put pen to paper finger to keyboard and started writing Smarter Poker: From Average Joe to Poker Pro (?), I did so for my own benefit.

Yes, I could just keep a diary (or a modern equivalent  such as Evernote) but then, in the unlikely event that I make it as a professional Poker player, this blog will make quite entertaining reading. It will allow the reader to see the Poker articles, books and videos that I digested on my journey, along with an account of my bankroll, from the initial deposit to wherever it may end up (hopefully above zero).

If or when that does happen, I expect readers. But now? Not so much. So, why then, have I had a spike in traffic?

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Bad beats or bad players?

After watching Phil Gordon’s Inquisitive Poker seminar I was able to diagnose myself with a case of suititus/suititis (it’s a made up word so I have absolutely no idea how to spell it) and made some instant changes to my game.

With the exception of suited connectors, I placed more value on the rank as opposed to the suit of cards and promptly won a small tournament.

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