Playing poker as a hobby Vs playing poker as a profession.

    Monday, July 21, 2014, 4:40 PM [General]

    Playing poker as a hobby Vs playing poker professionally (as a full-time job)

    Hey guys,

    I think there is a bit of misconfusion about these 2 types of poker players,
    and i want people to know that there is a big difference between them.

    The reason I wanted to write this blog is because I want to let people know that they have a choice,
    and there is nothing wrong with playing poker as a hobby(wether you're a recreational player or as a former professional).
    Poker has gotten alot tougher to beat along the years and it will continue to get harder and harder.
    I see many professional poker players just not enjoying themselves
    while playing poker,
    and I think some of you would enjoy it a lot more if you were playing it as a hobby.
     
    By playing poker as a hobby it can still be a big part of your income, but the big difference is
    that you have another job -a steady job- providing yourself a monthly income,
    that gets your bills paid, allowing you not having to stress about your results and in the big picture, improve the quality of your mood/game while playing.

    I'm going to write some different aspects of both of them down and i wish every professional poker player that reads this will take a moment and think about what's best for him/herself in his their personal situation.

    Okay, let's start with poker as a profession first. 

    Poker as a a profession: 

    Poker as a profession, when done right.. will require most if not all of your time and energy. 
    In poker, there is no amount of money you receive every month for the time you put in. 
    In fact, you can put in over 50hours in a week, and end up losing money! Sealed
    Having no income on the side, this can really put the pressure on you as the bills still need to be paid at the end of every month,
    what I'm trying to say is that it takes a lot more then most people seem to think.
     
    It is unlike any other job I've ever had and it requires a lot more skills then just a 'solid a game' to be a good professional poker player these days. 

    So I decided to write some requirements down; 

    Bankroll management:
    Relying on poker as your sole income.. we must foremost make sure not to ever go broke.
    Managing your money well, being
    very smart & strict about which games/stakes you play and knowing when to move down or when not to play a specific tournament/opponent/game are a must. 
    Ego is a very important aspect here. You must not let your ego get the best of you. 
    Examples of your ego getting the best of you can be; Having a bad day and trying to play higher to make up for the loss, or when playing tournaments,
    adding a couple of more
    hypers or turbos to see if you can get lucky and 'safe the day', or in cash games, trying to play more hands/taking more aggressive lines just to try and catch up on your losses.
    Try to be conscious with your own ego, when you feel ag
    itated or feel like you're not playing your best, take a break.
    Do something that you enjoy, and then go back. It's a real simple and easy solution.

    If you play tournaments, try not to let 1 tournament affect all your other tournaments, this can be disastrous for your winrate.
    Be cool, and use your 5minute break to take a moment for yourself to calm down, or do a quick workout, before you get back to the tables. (with a fresh mind)

    Time management:
    A topic you might not have heard about much, but as a professional this is
    a big deal and it should not be looked down upon.
    I can not sweat enough how important it is for both your personal life and your poker game, to have a balanced lifestyle.
    I'm not saying we all need to become vegans doing yoga and meditation every day,
    you have to decide that for yourself, everyone is different in that aspect.

    But I do want to point out how important it is to have a good balance.
    Working out(being in a good physical condition)
    is a must and watching what you eat is definitely making a difference while you're playing. (aswel outside of work)
    I know too many poker players who grind until the late hours and cant come out of bed after 2pm.
    Then when they do wake up, they are still tired and in a bad mood and are playing anything BUT their A game. Whether they realiz
    e this or not.
    Yes that's the tricky part. It is very hard to be conscious about what game you are playing.
    But if I learned one thing these last years is that being in a very good physical & mental condition has done wonders for my poker game,
    even though I thought I was playing my 'a game' already, see what I mean
    ? 

    So basically, what I mean with time management is making a schedule of how your day is going to look like and then sticking to it. 
      

    • You should have at least 1 day of the tables where you should completely shut off anything poker-related
      and do something you enjoy doing or someone you enjoy spending time with.
       

    • You should have at least 1 day where you spend time working on your game.
      This can be whatever your preferred method is t
      o improve; watching videos, going over hands/stats in your PT4, talking about hands/spots/situations with your friends,
      just make sure to actively try to improve your game, there is always room for improvement.
      And as the games get tougher, you cannot affort to fall behind.

    • Make sure you schedule contains exercising aswel.
      The way I like to do it is(for example), I have 2 different days.
      There is 1 day where I work 2 shifts(morning/midday & evening/night)
      , and there is 1 day where I work 1 shift,
      on most
      days where I work 1 shift I make sure to get some exercise in.
      Exercise doesn't just make you more fit physically, but it also makes your more fit mentally.
      And being mentally fit is crucial for your stamina, which is so important during the long hours that we make.
                                                                                                            

    Being a professional!:
    The most overlooked aspect in the poker world if you ask me.
     
    Poker is an industry that requires NO education, NO previous job experience, NO specific skills.
    Basically, anyone can become a professional poker player, by just doing it
    .
    It's a free market where everyone can join. But that's not how it really works.
    Being a professional player requires you to be a winning poker player.

    P
    oker requires a lot of different skills as you've been reading here already.
    Having those requirements kind of hidden, makes poker sort of deceiving as a job,
    and this can be pretty dangerous for a lot of people who overestimate their abilities, or underestimate what it takes to be a winning poker player.

    Having made a profit over a small period of time (
    winning poker player, althought it does make you feel like one Wink.
    And having done well in the past does not always mean any guaranteed succes for the future.
    It's complicated, and different from person to person. But this blog isn't about that.

    Being a professional poker player, in my opinion requires you to act like one.
    Some examples of what I mean by this.
     

    • If you choose to play poker as a profession, you should not be complaining about the negative aspects that come along with it, ever.
      I hate when people endlessly spread negativity and just being
      miserable at the table
      about having bad luck or being on a sick downswing or whatever, sure it sucks, but poker is
      what you chose to do for a living,
      so these things happening
      should be completely normal for you.
      I
      f you still can’t handle that, professional poker is not for you. 

    • Having a positive image: If you're sitting on a table with a bunch of recreational players try loosening up a bit,
      it won't harm you too much, there is really no need to be locked behind your hoody/glasses not saying a word.
      I know it's important for a poker player to feel comfortable playing and some people aren't just that talkative,
      and that is perfectly fine, but at least have some respect for the people on your table, even if you have none for their 'poker game'.
      You'll learn that thru talking you might even get some info that might help you in a hand ;-)
        

    • Dan Colman: There's been a lot of controversy about Dan Colman winning the Big One for One Drop tournament for 15 million dollars
      and refusing
      to give an interview to ESPN because he would not want to promote a game that has so many negative sides that people seem to forget about.
      On one hand I really respect him for doing his own thing and being honest about what he really thinks, as poker does have this dark side that people seem to forget about.
      But on the other hand... the guy just won the biggest prize in tournament poker, there are ESPN cameras waiting for him and millions and millions of people will be listening to whatever words he chooses to
      say.
      Why not let everyone know how you really feel, in front of the cameras instead of behind it, you'll get your opinion across a lot better!
      As a professional, I think you should just adjust and do the interview -that is expected of you-, even though you are free in your choice,
      there is a big
      audience that has so much respect for you and will listen carefully to whatever you tell them, denying them that moment is kind of disrespectful if you ask me.
      Although I'm not sure bringing more negativity into the poker world would be what we need
      but you can just give a normal interview and then later give your opinion to the world by using a forum or something.
       

      What I'm basically trying to say here is that us professional poker players have enormeous amounts of freedom, and -with no education required- people don't always know how to handle all the freedom well, or abuse it or even neglect it.
      I think we need to be more thoughtful  about who we are in the eyes of the people watching us closely and be more appreciative of what an awesome situation we are in. 

     

    Playing poker as a hobby. 

    Playing poker as a hobby is pretty awesome. Even when you're a winning poker player, you should really weight your choices and (re)consider this. 
    I've been around in this game for a lot of years now, I've seen people overestimate their abilities,
    I've seen people being fooled by variance, ending up broke and going back to an old job, or taking up a "normal" job.
    But I've also seen people rise to the top, or seen people taking a step down and taking up poker as a hobby, and watching it turn out to be one of the best de
    cisions they’ve ever made.
    That last part has become the reason for me to write this blog and hopefully i can open some eyes.

    Why is poker as a hobby so awesome you ask? Well i believe the main reason is because it allowes you to live a better balanced life.
    Having a balanced life is so important when it comes to being fit/focused/sharp/hungry. Essential requirements to 'kill it' on the tables.
    When you play poker professionally every day, it's a very tough grind, it's not like 2004 where you could log in, play some poker, make ridiculous amounts of money,
    then go out party and come back home drunk, play some more poker, and somehow still make a profit playing your c-game Money Mouth.
    No, the poker grind is alot different as everyone has gotten so much better, i think nowadays being really strong mentally, is equally important as being a good player.
    And this is where many players seem to lack, and poker is slowly eating them up.
    So taking up a job (even a part-time one) can be a real blessing.
    It provides you with a steady income which takes away alot of worries and allows you to play poker a lot more comfortably.
    It also takes away the stress of 'having to perform well' or 'having to make a good score' ofcourse you would still want those things,
    but if it's not happening this month, then o well, there's still next month. Cool

    Some examples:
    If you're a live cashgame player and you're so focused on making money that you forget to have a good time
    and end up being miserable while playing and constantly complain about silly little things bothering you in the games you play in,
    maybe you should try playing poker as a hobby. Your winrate might actually go up.
    Or if your an online tournament grinder that is a profitable player, but the grind has turned you into a spoiled and lazy player,
    who can hardly wake up in the morning and can't seem to go to bed at a normal time anymore, why not take up poker as a hobby,
    it'll do you and your personal life so much good. Wake up yo, you have the ability to make your dreams come true!

    This blog isn't directed at anyone personal, it's directed at everyone that plays poker professionally.
    It's not an easy choice, but i know it can turn out to be a very good one for some of you, (i've seen it happen!) all i'm asking is to consider your possibilities.
    That's all for now Smile thank you for making it this far, i hope you enjoyed reading it,

    Robert // Reraise999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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    If you can't be nice, at least be smart!

    Monday, February 10, 2014, 3:16 PM [General]

    Hi guys,

    So i was playing a tournament last night and something really bothered me.
    It was a qualifier into the whale, and we were down to 5handed, there was one huuuge donkey (we'll call him the whaleTongue Out) splashing around chips like a madman, knocking out basicly everyone with random 2 cards, as he couldn't lose a pot and he was maaaassive chipleader.
    I noticed one of our 888 community members on the table aswell, and he was going off on the whale without any filter. from the moment i joined the table untill the tournament was finished insults were flying left and right and things got really personal between the two.
    So about half an hour into watching this ridiculous rant play out, i tried to make the 888community member realise he was being a huge idiot by going after the whale personally.
    Then i became a target of the rant aswell, and i got told he saw me do the exact same thing so i shouldn't talk.
    Now i know i am not always the nicest guy in chat either, but things are completely different. I play between 10-12 tables and when badbeats fly left and right, it's not always easy to keep your cool, i think we have all outed some frustrations in chat.
    Some people break mouses/screens, some curse out loud as if they had tourette, and some people out their frustrations in chat. it's all just an outlet, it's never personal, it's just something we do and then we move on. it's gone.

    Going after someone for hours on straight is something completely different. This whale is a player who just wants to have fun and give away his money, he doesn't care about it, it's the player we are all looking for and makes the game a little more profitable for all of us. Ofcourse these players will get lucky too sometimes and with the way they play (never give up a hand) they can go on huge streaks and obtain massive amounts of chips.
    But when he does, WHY THE HELL would you go off at him, doing everything you can to make him feel miserable, and genuinly make him feel unwelcome.
    Do you want to make him leave the site? Do you rather not play with very bad players? Do you want a site that's full of decent poker players only?
    I'm pretty sure you'll be so sorry when that actually happends, but then it will be too late.

    To sum up this blog,
    We all get badbeats, we all get annoyed sometimes, and say or do things we regret when we think back about it with a fresh mindset. But at the time of rage, try to realise what you are doing, if you're in an awfull mood, use the 5minute break to freshen up, get back in the game with a fresh mind, and possible appoligize for your behaviour (if possible) and try to create an environment that all of us enjoy playing in. (especially the people that make you money)
    If you can't be nice, at least be smart about it!
    Thank you for reading and happy hunting Money Mouth

    RR

    Honesty

    Saturday, April 20, 2013, 5:33 PM [General]

    Honesty

    Welcome back guys, today I want to talk about another thing that I think is hugely underrated and is what keeps a lot of players from improving their game.
    It’s Honesty. Honesty towards yourself, about yourself & about your game.                                                                                                                    
    *summons historical quote from wise old person*

    “I know one thing: That I know nothing.” – Socrates

    If you think you know nothing about poker, you’re already ahead of a lot of the other poker players. Let me explain why.
    When you approach the game thinking you don’t know a lot, you allow yourself to be open to criticism and give yourself the opportunity to improve and learn new things.
    When you approach the game thinking you’re a great player and you know exactly what you’re doing, really, you do not know much at all.
    But more importantly, you block yourself from the opportunity to stop and think about the core of your game or question your decisions.
    What this does is stop you from improving and keeping ahead of the ever changing game of poker.

    If we take tournaments for example (which is a great example), in the short term, anyone can be a winning player and with the right amount of luck, ship a tournament.
    The adrenaline of winning a tournament is big, and if it comes with a chunk of money, it can be massive!
    Now besides the fame/fortune and money, comes a huge ego-boost, because you beat the whole field (can be 1000+ people) and you just made more money in 1day then most do in a week/month or even a year!
    This is where the paragraph above comes into play, I can count on one hand the people I’ve seen ship a tournament and actually realize it was mostly because of luck and if it were for skill they would not have deserve it.
    I’m not saying everyone is ignorant and/or a bad player, but I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve seen a lot of people that start to think they’re much better than they really are after making a big cash, and eventually ending up in the “I know everything” group.

    A closer look

    Okay, let’s take our honesty to the tables.
    How can we use honesty to improve our games? That answer is simple, be honest about what you do!
    But in reality, this a lot harder than it sounds, unfortunately.
    There are only a few tips I can give you, it’s something you have to try to be conscious about while playing and learning to adept to for future use.
    When in doubt, ask yourself, did I play this hand well? What if I played it a little different, what If I raise the river or can I fold on the turn already?
    It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them.

    How do you know you’ve played your hand the best way possible, if you haven’t giving other ways to play it some thought? Are you a genius that plays perfect poker all the time just like that?
    Why are you mad at your opponent for getting lucky? Doesn’t that mean you’ve played better than him and let him make a mistake, which is what playing winning poker is all about?
    Why do you complain that your opponent is running so good against you, we all run good now and then, why do you focus on that? Why don’t you focus on how he plays, maybe he is just playing better than you and you can’t handle it – truth hurts.
    Think about this next time you’re playing, remember it is easy to say/understand, but takes a lot of effort/time to fully master.

    Taking it into your daily life

    What if we take this a step further and apply this knowledge into our daily life?
    If honesty can make us better at the tables, could it improve our daily life as well?
    But first of, is it wise to be honest about everything? Probably not. We do need some censor in it.
    If your girlfriend asks if you think she’s gained some weight (which u honestly think she has) it’s probably better to censor the truth a bit: “No you look great honey”.
    But what about so so many other examples?
    Why do you complain about so many little things when you know complaining isn’t getting you anywhere, while finding solutions will get you somewhere.
    Why do you care about how healthy your sandwich is when you put some more sauce on your French frites the next day.
    Why do you expect to receive respect/love/attention from people if we’re not giving it back to them. (and vise versa)
    Why do you watch the news 3 times a day when all it mostly does is bring you depressing thoughts.

    Just some examples, (stopping before it turns into a rant) hope you can relate to at least 1 of them, think it’s best if you all think about your own individually.
    Anyway I do think being honest towards others but most importantly towards yourself can improve your life.
    Mostly because you can avoid stressful / annoying situations by simply facing them with your honest thoughts.
    Be honest, be smart, be happy.

    Hope you enjoyed!
    Robert / Reraise999


    Ps. I have to add this. I’ve never had any trouble being honest about things in my life, in fact it’s like a system inside of me, I’m still not sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse, (maybe a bit of both) but I found out I’m not the only one that thinks like that, I heard this podcast a few days ago from LifeWithFaceCards, with Dan “Jungleman” Cates and he seems to act the same way.
    They ask him some really good questions about it so if you want to know more, please give it a listen @ http://lifewithfacecards.tumblr.com/post/48217781980/life-with-face-cards-podcast-episode-3
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    Variance

    Friday, April 12, 2013, 4:26 PM [General]

    Variance

    Hey everyone, welcome back.
    The first topic I want to talk about is variance.
    I think it’s one of the most misunderstood aspects of poker and I’ll tell you all why.

    But first, Variance, what does it even mean?
    Here is (part of) Wikipedia’s translation:

    Variance is a measure of how far a set of numbers is spread out.
    It is one of several descriptors of a probability distribution,
    describing how far the numbers lie from the mean (expected value).
    The variance is a parameter describing in part either the actual probability distribution of an observed population of numbers, or the theoretical probability distribution of a sample (a not-fully-observed population) of numbers.
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    Still a little fuzzy right? Don’t worry, we have a start now.
    So you know poker is a game of chance, and that some outcomes have no certainty.
    I think it’s best if we compare poker to a game of basic Roulette.(numbers only)
    In roulette you can bet on 37 different numbers and when you hit one of them
    the payout will be 36x your buyin. (so every $37 is worth $36 in the longrun)
    So as you can see, in this basic game of roulette you have a negative expectation.
    Now this doesn’t mean you can’t make money on Roulette, it just means that in the longrun, you will lose money on roulette. Makes sense right?

    Now if we take poker, we dont play against the house, but we play against other people, therefor we have some people who have a positive expectation, and others have a negative one.
    Now again this doesn’t mean that bad players always lose and good players always win, as there is still that part of ‘luck’ involved.
    And if it wasn’t, Phil Hellmuth would win every tournament, obviously.
    But the good players will eventually win as the odds they have are better compared to their opponents (and positive!).

    Let’s explain this better with an example in poker.
    Say you’re a winning heads up sit & go player(HUsngs), that plays $100 HUsngs, That has an expected ROI (return on investment) of 5%. So for every dollar you invest, you make 5 cents. So for every 100 games you play, you win 52.5 games. (and lose 47.5 games)
    Would this mean you make $500 every 100 games you play? In the longterm yes, in the shortterm, no!
    We are expected to win 52.5/100 games, but this is where ‘variance’ comes into play.
    Again, as you now know poker is a game of chances, meaning there is no certainty in winning a particular showdown. If you go allin with AA against KK you are expected to lose the showdown 20% of the time, so this ‘bad beat' will happen once every 5 times on average!
    Another example a friend send me a few weeks ago: he went allin preflop in a crazy hand holding AA. He was up against 4 others players, they were holding KK, QQ, AKs and JJ. Now as you’re holding “the best hand” you’re expecting to win right? Well in this case if we look at the numbers, AA is only a 50.5% favorite… so you’re going to lose this almost as much as you’re going to win it -> think about that when you get mad about losing hands like these.
    Ok so these were a few individual examples, but unfortunately it can get much worse than this :x
    If we look at the HUsng example again, winning 52.5/100 games is our average.
    It will be easily to, for example, lose 50,60 or even 70 out of a 100 games, as it’s only a 100 game sample.
    Try flipping a coin 100 times, and see how often it lands 50x heads/50x tails Wink

    Now how do we know how long the “longrun” is and when we can really determine what our winrate is supposed to be? And ultimately ->what bankroll we are supposed to have to play the stakes we play?
    That is a really difficult question and is different for every game out there.
    As of late games like turbos and superturbos (aka hyperturbos) have become more and more populair.
    The main reason for this is that they go –as it says- really fast (no shit Sherlock) and people can play a lot of games in a pretty short time. But there are some misconceptions about this game.
    I can tell you from my experience playing hyperturbo’s that about 80% of the people do not have a grasp of how much of a bankroll it takes to play these games or what a decent sample is to determine your winrate.
    Basically anything less then 10k games says absolutely nothing.
    (this is on mid/high stakes, I’m not sure it’s the same on lower stakes as winrate tend to be higher)
    If I had to make a guess I’d say for mid/high stakes you need at least 200-300 buyins in your bankroll depending on your expected winrate.
    The slower the structure of the game becomes the less buyins it requires.
    Basically this is the same concept as tournament poker, if you play tournaments with larger fields you’re going to need a larger bankroll too.
    Hope that give you all a better view on today’s popular games.

    Why?
    So why is it important to fully understand variance? Well the base reason is (sub-conscious) tilt. Variance can turn good players into breakeven players and can turn slight winners into slight losers, longterm.
    Poker is all about making the best decisions, if you get affected by going on a bad streak (which we ALL will experience now and then) and start making sub-optimal plays, you are are lowering your longterm winrate. If you start trying to get into more showdowns to ‘breakeven’ on your luck(“I can’t be so unlucky to lose again”), you are lowering your longterm winrate. Basicly anything that keeps you from playing you’re a-game is going to catch up on your winrate eventually.
    Try to think about that when you feel like it’s raining shitballs.
    Now it is easy to put it into words, and takes a lifetime to master, look at Phil Hellmuth for example, whether he also does it for publicity or not, the pain on his face is real and don’t we all love to see it! 






    I'm not telling you to become an emotionless zombie, no you can still yell whatever curse words that you prefer, just make sure it doesn't affect your game (winrate)
    or your mood. (love for the game)
    Oh don't forget! This only applies to online poker, in live poker you got to swallow your pride, say "nice hand" and keep your composure.
    (remember, your mom might be watching from home)

    Ok, hope that helps. Questions/feedback welcome!
    Robert / Reraise999

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    Introduction

    Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:59 PM [General]

    Introduction

    Hey guys. I’ve decided to start a blog, which you guys already know because what else is it you’re reading at the moment, great start Robert! Awkward? Yes expect more of that. Also I do not have a censor when it comes to the truth, so I might say some things that could offend people, sorry in advance, but sometimes truth hurts so get used to it.|Innocent
    Okay let’s see, the main topic in the blogs will obviously be POKER (if u came here to watch pics of food, I’m sorry, you’re in the wrong place) BUT I will be open for some discussion about life-topics aswell, after all there is so much things in poker we can relate to our daily lifes aswell, in the big picture I’m hoping I can make you all a bit more knowledgable about both poker and life.

    About me

    Most of you know me as reraise999, which is my 888 username, but my name is Robert, I’m 26 years of age and currently living in the cold, wet, windy Holland.
    I’ve been playing poker for about 5,5 years and 2,5 professionally.
    I’ve played all sorts of games before making my first deposit, then starting playing Sit&Go’s with my first deposit, then later moved to FullRing cashgames and started building from there. At a certain point I got up to 100nl and thought I was the best player in the world, and when I had a few months where I would come home from work and make more in the evening playing poker then I did in my 8 hours of work that day I started to wonder.. why was I working my ass off in a boring job for some small wager while I could just sit at home playing this awesome game making money doing something i like, alot!
    And then (as if it was planned) the company went out of business and I lost my job.
    So I decided to give poker a shot and take it up more professionally.
    After a few months I got into a nasty downswing and then finally reality kicked in and I found out it wasn’t as easy as I thought. But luckily it also got me thinking that maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. I remember switching to the rush games on FullTilt, they were pretty awesome as I was able to make huge amounts of volume and grind back a bankroll on lower stakes again. But after I did that I took the roll I had build and switched to tournaments on 888poker, a format I felt much more comfortable on and enjoyed playing a lot more! 1.5year later I had grinded up to the highest stakes there and have had some great results. (was 1st place on the sharkscope leaderboard for 2011, just to be passed on the last few days of the year by a few $k to fall to 3rd place Cry)
    After a great 2011 I started adding a bunch of more additions to my game, I added games on pokerstars, pokerstars.fr and partypoker, which had bigger playerpools and some much bigger payouts.
    I’ve had quite a few deep runs in major events (too many to mention), but up to today I still havn;t been able to take one down, which still kind of hurts a bit inside if I’m really honest.
    But even without taking one down I’ve been doing profitably and have been fortunate enough to qualify for a couple of big live events, allowing me to travel all over the world and experience a lot of different cultures and meeting many new faces, yes, travelling is awesome.
    I’ve played EPT/WPT/Aussie millions/Irish Open + a bunch of smaller tourneys in the UK. Highlight would be making the final table of the WPT Ireland, finishing fashionably in 8th place -,-
    It was a great experience but the result is still quite a bummer. The reason I don’t mention Dutch tournaments is because I don’t play them as they suck pretty badly when it comes to structure, I think poker is still seen as gambling over here, ugh. Sealed

    Anyway that sums up (sums up? That story was long as hell! – sorry) my story up to the end of 2012. Then both lightning and thunder hit me outside of the poker tables and I was very unfortunate to lose most of my bankroll. (don’t ask, it’s too personal)
    Which obviously sucked, but it was okay, I still had the knowledge, skill and determination(hunger) to get back and start crushing again! BUT – not the bankroll which is required to play the tournaments I used to (bankroll is very important, never forget!) So I decided to make a switch to Heads Up hyper turbo sit & go’s to quickly grind up the roll again, as these games (like the RUSH games on FTP) would allow me to make huuuge volumes in a short period of time, and another big advantage was I was able to play them whenever I want, not having to grind until 4AM every morning!
    But, in hindsight, this was a little stubborn of me; obviously these games have a huge amount of variance in them that require a significant bankroll, which I think at least 80% of the players who play them really have no idea about!! (both good/bad players) It is insane, and I am experiencing exactly what that ‘insane’ is all about right now, which is really a great moment to learn alot about both yourself and the game of poker.
    But more of that in later blogs where I’ll deal with these kind of poker topics individually.
    Have to end this now because it’s turning from an introduction into a 5000 word autobiography, and if I’ll ever right a book I’ll make damn sure to get paid for it haha – okay so here we draw the end line.

    Hope you all have a decent
    idea of who I am now.4bb60531e4c3506169416bdda78e81ad.jpg?v=81263
    And like I just said, I’ll handle these topics
    individually in future blogs!
    If you have any topics you would like me to talk
    about let me know, either reply on here
    or add/pm me on twitter @reraise999!
    I think the next (first, real) blog will be about variance,
    one of the biggest (mis)conceptions of poker!

                    Hope you enjoyed,
                   Robert // Reraise999
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