Hey guys and gals, first off, let me introduce myself.

I'm 29 years old, live in Germany and most people call me a hobo. Well, not actually true and this blog ain't about begging or being poor in any way, it's about getting involved with playing poker without getting involved financially. Ultimately, to risk my own money and wealth is the biggest emotional barrier between me and playing poker - and I believe many people feel the same way. "Well, just play for play money and stop complaining!" - thanks for your advice, that's exactly what I'm doing right now.

But let me get back on track. I actually am 29 years old, male and live in Germany. That much was true. I've had a rather disruptive educational carreer so far and am on my best way to get back on track there, too. In my freetime, I used to play online games a lot (World of Warcraft, anybody?) and rather intensively, until I felt the urge to move on - eventually I took a glance at poker and immediately got caught in it's glamour. That was about one month ago and I'm not getting tired of reading through the courses, trying out what I've learned in play-money cash-games and freeroll tournaments and dreaming of becoming a professional poker player.

Reading through that, most of you will most likely have figured out that I won't be able to give you any advice on how to play poker effectively. For the rest of you: I'm really not able to, believe them.

But what I can do is try to get a hold of poker during play-money games, try to eventually win my first money in a freeroll tournament and see if I can go from there to build up a bankroll - without having invested a single cent into my poker carreer. You don't think that's possible? You think it's going to take me ages not only to build up a bankroll with whatever little cash I'm going to win - IF I'm going to win it at all? Well, that might all be true, but let's "Pauper's Poker" be a journal for someone trying to get into poker from nothing (one month ago I couldn't have told you whether a straight beats a flush or vice versa), to get into cash-games from play-money and wherever it takes me from there...

I do have a faible for maths, analyzing the .... out of everything I do and trying to find the best possible strategy for doing something and then optimize it some more. So I guess that'll help me a bit once I've beaten the hardest part of learning to play poker: To not constantly overestimate oneself and the chances to win.

Let me know what you think and maybe how you got into playing poker and what your motivation was to start playing.

By the way, you can call me Thorsten.

See (or read) you and don't try to bluff against an All-In