Forgive the following wall of text, as I've started this blog partway through my latest dip of the toes into the ocean that is online poker. Firstly a quick history; always having played poker in some form as a child, and therefore having a significant edge over my schoolmates when the poker craze of 2005 hit Australia's shores on the back of Joe Hachem's victory, I have played and loved the game. Quickly, after early unqualified success, I discovered that a small shark in a small pond becomes merely a big fish in a larger game, however this never diminished my hunger to learn - to win. As my finances allowed, I played live casino 1/2NLHE and 2/3NLHE semi-regularly, and while I have my 'big collect' stories, I would have to concede that without records and a dedicated bankroll I would have been an overall losing player, albeit not a heavy one. Online, my transactions were few and far between, however I grew one $40 deposit to $3300 in 21 days before losing the lot with bad bankroll practices shooting for a target of $10500 (an Aussie Millions ticket). During tougher times I have scaled back my poker to occasional pub games (small winner), home games (small/medium winner) and embraced the convenience of smaller online games (small/medium loser).

In short, i have always been a recreational player, but have always approached the game with a mindset for growth and a wider appreciation of the many facets of the game. I consider the game to be a discipline - akin to chess, martial arts or a musical instrument, where the successful application and practice provide an insight into oneself as much into the task you attempt to complete.

It is with this mindset that I have once again engaged in 'what ifs'. What if i had a sufficient bankroll? What if I put extra hours and effort into further study of the game? What if I could play as a career - or at least supplement my income significantly? Ordinary thoughts from an ordinary player, i am under no illusions of this fact, however, the questions remain...