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Old 11-30-2005, 01:40 PM
Irieguy Irieguy is offline
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Default One year ago today, I...

As we enter December and approach the new year I began to think about what I was doing in my poker life a year ago. Last December was when I started backing and coaching, and so much has happened since then that I thought it would be fun to start a thread about what has transpired over the past year.

Post your story about Pokeryear 2005 here. It should be fun to read.

One year ago today, I...

1. Played on a 19" CRT, 6-tabling with the resolution cranked up so high that I had to sit 6" from the screen to be able to read the bet amounts. I still had sick overlap, too.

2. Played without rakeback

3. Had only ever met 4 2+2ers: SFB, Mcpherzen, Fossilman, and StupidSucker.

4. Had never taught sombody how win at poker.

5. Had less than $1K in my accounts on-line.

6. Limped from early position in level 1 with 55.

7. Had only ever played in 5 tournaments with a buy-in of over $500.

Since then, I have...

1. Purchased 5 Dell 2001fp's (all with SNG earnings)

2. Made more money in rakeback than I made playing poker in 2004.

3. Met over 30 2+2ers and become close friends with many of them.

4. Coached 16 players, half of whom are currently playing poker as their primary source of income.

5. Become accustomed to winning or losing more in one night than I had in my entire bankroll one year ago.

6. Learned to fold small pairs from early position in level 1.

7. Been able to use SNG winnings to buy into over a dozen "big" tournaments, resulting in my first WSOP cash and my first victory in a live tournament with a buy-in of over $500.

It was a cool year. I look forward reading stories from everybody else.

Irieguy
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:51 PM
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

One year ago-

-1 tabled, mostly from a computer lab
-Thought 20 buyins was sufficient to play on forever
-Didn't even know what rakeback was
-Thought AQ was the nuts and variance was just an excuse
-Assumed that I was the next Phil Ivey of sngs

Today
- 4-9 table
- I move down when I have less than 100 buyins at a level
- Am a complete rakeback whore. I've also made far more from rakeback this year than I made playing in 2004.
- Fold AQ probably more than anyone who posts here. I've also come to realize that an understanding of variance and the ability to cope with it is one of the biggest reasons why so many people fail to make it in poker. It's also something that I still struggle with from time to time, but I feel like I'm moving in the right direction.
- Today I realize that I'm no poker prodigy. To succeed, I'm going to have to think and study more than my opponents or I'm not going to beat the game.

And I have a lot more money than I started with.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:58 PM
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

One year ago today, I...
1. Played on a 3 year old laptop that had a 14" 1024x768 screen and a broken keyboard from spilled beer.

2. Played without rakeback.

3. Played .5/1 limit ring poker.

4. Had only been reading 2+2 for one month.

5. Had maybe $300 in my poker account.

Since then, I have...
1. Bought a Dell 6000 laptop with 1920x1200 resolution and a Dell 2001fp all with poker winnings.

2. Made about as much in rakeback this year as I made total last year.

3. Discovered how much less boring SNGs are than limit ring.

4. Am a "Pooh-bah"

5. Have also made/lost in one night what my whole bankroll used to be.
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:00 PM
johnnybeef johnnybeef is offline
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

one year ago:

i only was familiar with strippers who were skanks.

since then:

i have learned how to blow $500 in two hours at a Vegas strip club via the hardbody on my lap.
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:01 PM
Sabrazack Sabrazack is offline
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

One year ago I..

-was a WoW geek
-didn't play poker at all, but wanted to start

Since then i have..

- Started playing poker (duh)
- Played verious forms until i found i liked SNG:s
- Moved up from 5+0.5$ on pokerrrom, to 11 -> 22 -> 33$ tours on Party.
- Am not bothered by loosing more money in a night than 10x my first poker deposit (which at the time was all i felt i could spend on poker).
- Realized playing tight does not equal playing good.
- Still believe limping low PP:s from EP is +Ev (in the games i play)
- Realized what it takes to be a pro player, and decided not to go for it.
- Had alot of fun!
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:06 PM
The Yugoslavian The Yugoslavian is offline
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

had no friends

<u>Today</u>
still have no friends [img]/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

Errrrmmm....wait....yeah....nevermind I guess.

Yugoslav
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:09 PM
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

But now you can go BBQ with skip after work.



<font color="white"> If he's not already in bed. </font>
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:09 PM
sng-sam sng-sam is offline
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Ok I'll Bite

One year ag0...

I was playing SNG's on stars.

I was redepositing $50-100 once a week.

I would risk an entire tournament at any buy in on AK.

I read RGP daily.


This Year...

I won a MTT in January to the tune of $4700

I deposited $50 into Party on Easter Sunday so I could see what all the fuss was about from you guys.

I have cashed out over 10k between Party,Affiliate, and Rakeback.

I no longer have rakeback [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

I got into a pissing contest with Citanul over a silly avatar (my proudest moment)

Have a hobby that makes me enought money to futz with my new Mustang without making wifey go crazy.

Thanks to all who helped.

Next Year...

I hope to plug the leaks in my game (most are emotional) and move to the $30's and stay there.


Straight Flushes,

SAM
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:12 PM
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

Most important things ive learned in the year
1. everyone runs bad, real bad [censored] happens
1a. manage your bankroll, you should never go broke
2. rakeback is cool
3. mutitabling is a good idea
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:12 PM
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Default Re: One year ago today, I...

[ QUOTE ]
had no friends

<u>Today</u>
still have no friends [img]/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

Errrrmmm....wait....yeah....nevermind I guess.

Yugoslav

[/ QUOTE ]

I will be your friend.
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