I haven't played much poker for the last two years. In fact, aside from an impulsive $1.50 SnG last week I ahven't played any poker at all. The main reason is that I've been so busy. Work, return to uni, and some illness in the family meant I haven't had much spare time. I should probably go out into the garden and do something about the lawn before i play poker, but playing poker appeals more.

So, I've decided to revive the blog ans start my poker journey again. I'll use the blog to chronicle my learning, exploits (aspirationally speaking) at the table, and review my progress.

It may be a struggle in some respects. My wife is on a crusade to clear out some (most?) of my book collection and has specifically said "You don't need ten books about poker." I refrained from telling her that i actually have 45 books on poker (the tally includes some on gambling in general) and wisely said nothing.

So, time to hit the books and hit the tables. But where to start?


I'm most comfortable with fixed limit hold em from a psychological perspective - at least at this stage. I find no limit poker absolutely brutal. One mistake and you can lose it all. i suppose that's the attraction for some people. I also like tournaments and SnG's. The problem I have with tournaments is the time factor. Firstly, most of the popular tournaments are shceduled very late at night or early in the morning Australian Eastern Standard Time. That makes them very hard for me to play. I might look at playing some NLHE tournaments and SnG's downt the track, but I'm sticking to FLHE cash games to start with.

My guides in the beginning will be Ed Miller (Getting Started in Hold 'Em and Small Stakes Hold 'Em) and Lee Jones (Winning Low Limit Hold'em). I admire Jones's attitude. I like the way he points out that there's more to life than poker, that we should spend time reading good books and listening to music. I also like the advice he gave to poker player Good2CU as described in the book Ship It Holla Ballas. I don't remember the exact quote, but it was something to the effect of the only people who should be spending enough money to buy a house are the ones who already have a house. The issue is that becoming good at something requires sacrifice. The question is "How good do I want to be?" it's one I'll have to give some thought to.