The game of poker has changed my life...

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 3:43 PM [General]

    The game of poker has changed my life...

    I'm  Romanian, 29 year and I discovered poker in 2007, during my senior year in high school. I used to play poker and pool in college as a hobby and never really took it seriously, my first 2 years in college, I played a lot  online and a little at local home games.

    I used to play pool pretty competitively as well and took it much more serious than I did poker since I had already invested 8 years to pool and frequently gambled on it.

    Once I got done with school, I quit pool, quit poker and well went to find a job. Hated it, quit my job and became a chef, got to travel around and learn as I worked which was awesome.

    After that I jumped into the corporate world and decided to play a couple hrs per week to indulge my nostalgia.

    Then I met up with an old friend and he asked why I didn't follow my passion to play full-time again. I was amazed with myself when I didn't have an answer.

    He reintroduced me to poker online and got me back to playing SnG turbos. He gave me a few lessons and sent me on my way.

    I dedicated my off time from work to poker since, and when I was finally starting to get results black Friday hit. Probably one of the worst times in my life, I was about ready to quit my job and attempt to play online. I tried to get back on cake/merge/etc...

    I took a month off from poker to recollect myself, and decided to start playing cash games since there were always tables running. Had to relearn everything and more, the game changed since I was in college.

    Do I enjoy what I do? I would say not as much as other people.

    Finally I quit my job, I'm no longer tied down to a location, so I am going for it.

    Went some months in Italy and found love there,but now i'm trying to rebuild my bankroll and my ego grinding low stakes like I never did in my life...i played lots of hours and also studied more than ever the game but in 2015 it's really difficult to make real money with NLHE...there are lots of poker schools and everyone(nearly everyone)knows what he's doing..i am asking if it's worth to pursue success in this world by studying and studying and studying and also playing infinite hours,ruining my plans like a student (whatever...in Romania there are no good jobs anyway).

    The point is: don`t give up on your dreams, fight to fulfill them.

    The game of poker has change my life, made me more mature and it developed my way of thinking .

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    If I was a poker mentor...

    Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:09 PM [General]

    If I was a poker mentor..

    Well..I would have a very “thick” bankroll, don`t you think!?

    If I was a poker mentor I would make you understand that poker is like a sport. Like all sports there are rules, and you must follow them to win and have success. The reason why poker is profitable is because people play without knowing the rules, they might not even understand the goal of the game, and they don't know what you are suppose to do to win. This is why poker is highly profitable to some, and a losing proposition for most.

     

    The big change for me in poker was when I realized I was a losing player and you must realize it too. I played lots of hands in my 5 years poker history. After cleansing my account, I had a calm void which allowed me to reevaluate the situation. This is when I first started to understand poker. It took me 5 years and 200k hands to learn the goal of the game, to start to understand the rules of the game, and how to win at it. Most never get to this point.

     

    When I used to play heads up, I would play to beat the other guy who sat with me. I literally would not quit anyone. Quitting to me was losing. I would beat the fish. I would beat lots of fish. Then I would lose it all back to a reg that had an edge on me. I would play him until he left me. I thought this was how to play poker. After reading Tommy Angelo's book, Elements of Poker, it dawned on me that if only I were a better quitter, my account wouldn't be zero and I would actually be able to dig myself out of the whole I dug myself in and become a winning player.

     

    This is the point where I realized the object of the game of poker. The object of the game is to win money. Let me repeat, the object of the game is to win money. The object of the game is not to battle egos. The object of the game is not to take big risks. The object of the game is not to beat the person who is across the table from you. The object of the game is to win money.

     

    Now that I figured out the object of the game, I wanted to be able to take 1 action and devote my entire person to it, in order to increase my bottom line. I realized that if only I was able to quit people heads up, I would be able to win and move up the stakes and achieve success in poker. Now that we know what the object of poker is, we have to figure out what rules we must follow to win at poker. Since the object of the game is to win money, we must put ourselves in situations where we win money.

     

    The most important skill in poker is correctly estimating your edge against your opponent. It doesn't matter how good you are at the technical side of poker, if you cannot accurately estimate your edge, you are mental game fish. If you can't keep your head on straight while you play, your technical game will go out the window anyways.

     

    The two most important pillars of the mental game of poker are estimating your edge and bankroll management. All other areas of the mental game fall under these two pillars. Without these two pillars, its hard to win in today's online games. Estimating edge is important because without this skill, unless you are the next jungleman12, you're going to be bleeding money playing in games you are a dog in without even knowing it!

     

    Here's a quick trick to increase your bankroll instantly. Move down in stakes. This will double the size of your bankroll instantly. Obvious, but its actually really hard to be humble enough to move down in stakes. Men are macho, and don't like accepting defeat. Your ego will try to convince you that you don't need to move down. Lose the battle to win the war. To sum it up, use bankroll management. There is no way to realize your long term edge and make money playing poker if you neglect bankroll management. To make poker a game of skill, and not a game of luck, we must use bankroll management.

    This is how I play poker, using this knowledge and I hope you guys will do too.

     

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    I Fell In Love With Texas Hold`em

    Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:43 AM [General]

    My story began like for almost all poker players, playing card games as a kid, then I started to lose interest in games like this and switched to girls (I bet you all switched like this, at least the boys..you cant bluff me about that),I went through first love for a girl, first hate and so on with butterflies and everything about it. Hold on, this blog isn`t about my first girl love, it`s about poker and you will se the similarity.

    Its a love/hate thing, today you hate it because of that bad beat/she didn`t had time for you, but tomorrow you love it because of the great winning streak that lead you to win a good tournament/you scored.

    I started to play online texas hold`em about 7 years ago, at first I was terrible, now i`m still not that great at poker J), don`t get me wrong, I know how to play poker, know all the rules, know most of the strategyes but I cant apply them all the time, I don`t have the patience and when you meet with a donk on the table you can apply all the strategy you want and still can lose ugly against him. Ok...so I started 7 years ago to play texas holdem after seeing Daniel Negreanu on World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour, World Series Of Poker etc. All those main events, which were give so much attention, made me want to enter that kind of event, didn`t happened so far but one day baby...one day. That`s when the sparkle happened so I made an account on a online poker platform and started playing some freerolls, wasn`t good at it, not at all, then I started to look on the internet to learn it, to understand it 100%.

    Texas Hold`em is quite easy to learn unlike Omaha and 7 Card Stud or is it just me...the fact is I didn`t tried to learn 7 Card Stud instead Omaha is way too uncertain with it`s ups and downs. Back to Texas Hold`em, played some years on different online platforms until I settled on 888poker 4 years ago, won some small freerolls here, some final tables, sng`s won and a lot of „in the money”, yeah...nothing spectacular until 2013 on the Halloween period when I won the 2000$ Gold Bracelet Freeroll. I was pumped-up and started to believe again in my poker skills, I remember I got almost busted in a all-in situation, I remained with only a few hundred chips when the BB was about 1.5k- 2k... or something like that and then I shoved 3 consecutive all in and won all then I calmed down a little and made my way up. That was a pure moment when I felt butterflies for poker, for texas hold`em.

    I played some live tournaments too, small ones, in the city I live at, won one of about 1500$ total prizes and cashed in 400$ and I felt great!!  Once you try poker, doesn`t matter if  live or online, you can`t stop, like a drug.. I'll only try it once, I don't want to end up like that guy. But wait, I would like to end up like that guy [Daniel Negreanu (my favorite),  Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton]

    There are some advantages and reasons why I love poker (texas hold`em) if this was my job (profesional poker player) and I love it anyway:

    Where do you find a chance to transform 100$ in 1 milion $ ?  In poker....

    Where else do you get rewarded for being a good liar?   In poker....

    At what other job can you listen to music or watch movies all day long?  In poker...


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    My top poker table players

    Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:57 PM [General]

    My Top Poker Table Players Are:

      

     

     

    Doyle Brunson

    First of all I heard that Doyle Brunson has been called The Godfather of Poker, maybe because he plays poker even before most of us got born. Doyle Brunson  was a promising basketball player late in the days but he injured his leg so he had to turn his life around and discovered that poker is a chance to make money with no physical effort, but it wasnt easy because in those days the games where organized only by crime syndicates. So I will have the chance to meet the western poker player of the `50 in our days. Doyle is a true life lesson for the not so good moments in life when you have to make a change.

     Phil Ivey

    Ivey is in my top poker table player because I will have the chance to learn more about poker strategy, after all he is one of the few poker players to succeed in the largest cash games in both live and online play, apart from the fact that I can win some cash against him. He doesnt allways win in cash games but eventually he recovers his loss plus a considerable profit.

    Daniel  Negreanu

    Daniel is my top poker player ever only because he is Romanian even if his parents emigrated in Canada before he was born, and the bonus is that he is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $29,750,000 in prize money, how about that?! He is the first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations Las Vegas, Europe and Asia-Pacific and the first to win a bracelet at each and for that he was added to the Poker Hall of Fame. So why whouldnt I want to play against him on a final table?! :D

    Sofia Lövgren

    Sofia is an inspiration for me and not only, because she demonstrated that is posible to lift your bankroll with patience, knowledge about poker and a litlle bit of luck. Besides...Sofia is a gourgeous woman and I would definitely want to meet her in person to try to know her better.

    Liviu Badea

    My brother :D Right in the middle of Sofia Lövgren`s I realised that I never played against him although we both enjoy playing poker, he has different poker skills, strategy and knowledge about poker  than me so I think it would be quite a challenge for both of us despite that he has more knowledge about poker than me.

    Gina Pistol

    She is a romanian actress , not well known as an actress, but known in showbiz world. Gina started to play poker about 4 years ago and last year she entered „in the cash” at pokerfest poker tournament held in Bucharest and won 3000$, not great but its a start, right? Ok...I dont want her on my top poker table just for her poker skills, but for her beauty too and I expect that all competitors to be attracted by her beauty so I could take all them chips ;) lol