"You don't necessarily need the cards, just courage."

At least that's what I thought. Unfortunately, it seems that there is a lot more to this game called poker 

 

I launched into my first attempt on Pokerstars a few years ago with a couple of friends who played house games with me. We each started off with a small deposit and had a competition to see who could grow the largest bankroll. I dived straight into the NLHE cash games as that was the only game I knew how to play. I was excited and ready to crush everybody at my table and quickly grow my bankroll. I had no interest in learning concepts such as bet sizing, pot odds, variance, bankroll management and strategy. Hell, they were all foreign concepts to me and I didn't think that a place to learn about them existed. Besides, I had watched the pros play on T.V., and therefore had a "wealth" of information and experience that I thought most people didn't have. 

At the tables I played extremely aggressive with my small bankroll. I would play any cards that were connected, suited or broadway. If I missed the flop, who cares? I can still use the mighty bluff! After missing on the flop, I would procede to make bets 3/4 the size of the pot or even over betting the pot thinking "there's no way this guy can call a bet this big." Turns out they hit a set or a straight and were stacking off against my top pair or missed flush draw. If I was lucky enough to hit a few cards I would instantly take my profits and put my entire roll on higher stakes. After all, I needed to grow my bankroll as fast as possible. Well, one bad beat or missed draw for me and my entire bankroll was gone and I'm done.  That was poker for me not too long ago, god I was BAD. Even the donkeys called me a donkey. 

One of my friends in our challenge did end up hitting it big. He won a MTT for around $2000. He cashed it out and hasn't played much online since. Recently, I was thinking if he could win a huge tourney then surely I can at least make a few dollars off some people. This lead to my second attempt on Pokerstars. 

I didn't want to make a deposit this time, so I started playing as many freerolls as I could. It was after one of the WR2 freerolls, that I stumbled across PSO.

BOOM SAUCE!!!!!

I couldn't stop looking around. I found so many videos, challenges, and advice, I was hooked. I quickly made an account and started reading the courses that are available to anyone on PSO. WOW, I couldn't believe what I missed out on last time. My knowledge of the game began growing exponentionally after the courses, watching videos, and reading up on everyone's challenges. Most importantly, I learned about bankroll management and the reason why I busted a few years ago. As I learned new strategy from PSO, I would fire up a table or two and start putting that strategy into practice. Lo and behold, my bankroll began creeping upwards, slowly but steadily. I now have a bankroll that allows me to play a fair number of games. Also, I'm not worried about losing it all and for this I have to thank the entire PSO community. Finally, I can stop answering the question, "Hey donkey, what days of the week do you make your deposits?"

This turning point for me, discovering PSO, has changed the way I play poker and therefore is my best moment on Pokerstars. 

"If you have half a brain in poker then you're gifted."

If the above is true then I can't wait to learn more, and gain enough experience to the point where I become a competant player. That's one awesome thing about poker. It doesn't matter how high stakes you play or how big your bankroll is, there is always room for improvement and growth. I play poker for fun, but also take it seriously because I'm a fairly competitive person. I hope I can continue to learn, stay in the PSO community, and develop my skills at the tables.