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History of my poker life here at PSO

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  • History of my poker life here at PSO

    Didn't know where else to post this

    Brief history of my poker experience

    First, lets go back in time. I originally started playing poker in 2005, here at PokerStars with a $50 deposit and lost it all in one day and that was it for real money. I then turned to Zinga Poker for 4 years, accumulating a few hundred millions in play chips. At this point I KNEW I was good at this game. After winning a descent amount playing Keno at my local casino, I booked a trip to Vegas to play in the WSOP Seniors Championship and finished 96th out of 2,702 players for three times the buy-in. When I got back, I joined a poker site which was sponsoring the WSOP and made a $100 deposit. Played my first tournament which was a $55 buy-in and came in 2nd for $2,500 and 4 days later, came in 5th for $900. At this point, I'm ready to face anybody and I'm hooked, so I joined two other sites for $100. To make a long story short, I basically lost all my money in one month. At this point, I decided to stick with one site, PokerStars and start fresh.

    My new poker journey started on August 23rd, 2009 here at PokerStars when I deposited $100 in hopes that this was going to be it. I started saving all my tournament and cash statistics, so that I could track my progress, but what progress, I was still loosing. On June 24th, 2010, I found out about PokerSchoolOnline and decided to join. There was no cost to it and there was a poker league that sounded like fun.

    I started playing the league game, which is not like today's leagues, each community had their own. I also participated in the forums, but as for the rest, I wasn't interested. I was regularly cashing about $20 a month with the league, but I was still losing lots at everything else. I was playing anything, regular, turbo, Sng's, Mtt's, $1 to $215, cash, $2NL to 600NL, limit, pot limit, no limit, also different games. So what was I good at? NOTHING.

    That's why, in June 2011, I decided to attend training sessions, watch videos and read lots of internet articles. During this time, I was still spewing lots of money, but all while learning which was not exactly the right financial way of doing things. In October, while cleaning up some stuff at home, I came upon books I had kept and one of them was on setting Personal Goals and at the same time I was reading articles on Bankroll Management. When I put both of these subjects together, I made an important step towards the willingness to learn.

    In December 2011, I decided to put in place, goals which were specific to me with strict guidelines. So off I went on my 2012 journey and it was a success. It was such a great success (to me), that I decided to make new goals for 2013 and the success was even better.

    The learning process

    There's lots of information available about everything and anything about poker. How should one play? What should one play? How much should one play? and my favorite Who's right? For example, if you did a search on the internet about Bankroll Management, you might find 10-20 or even more articles on the subject.

    The problem with the learning process is that players will try to put into place a strategy or something they've learned, which is way above their skill level. If you honestly look around, you'll find players who can't beat 2NL cash games or can't beat $0.25 tournaments, but are using a HUD, which to me is a sophisticated tool that should be use when the player is at least a break even player and the same applies to pot odds, +EV, CBetting, Blind stealing and others. In other words, you should learn to ride a bike before driving a Formula 1 car.

    I think that the learning process should consist of knowing the very basics, such as what cards to play, their strength, their possibilities or odds. You then have the strengths of each position. All these example are basics, but when you start adding stack size, type of players, tournament buy-in or cash stake levels, the results will be different. As an example, a freeroll plays different than a $215 buy-in, a satellite plays different than a SnG and a 2NL cash game plays different than at 200NL.

    Personally, I think that the learning process should be like school. You start in elementary school (basics) and work your way to University (Math, HUD, +EV, etc). It would be pretty hard to learn about the preparation and analysis of management accounting information, effective design and implementation of management accounting systems before learning about 1 + 1 = 2. The same applies about first learning about hand strength, position and patience before learning about pot odds and +EV or how to use a HUD. Baby steps is the easiest way to learning.

    Where does one start?

    I'm no expert, but I do have 2 years of experience and have shown that, what I've done, does work. In no way do I want to contradict what the trainers teach as what they teach will help you improve more, but in a time, remember, baby steps.

    Anybody who's a non profitable player or starting player should start with Freerolls. The first thing you'll learn from them is PATIENCE. Sorry to say, but if you don't have patience, poker is not for you. I didn't play much Freerolls, I played in the league and the goal was to finish in the money at the end of the month and in positive numbers during the tournament. I would collect $20 almost every month which was a pretty good for not spending one cent. When playing in the league, you needed to play only the top hands, basically about a 5% range, which probably most of you don't consider this as poker. But you also needed to play them in the right POSITION, which was the next lesson I learned. Because playing KK UTG with a wild and crazy bunch could knock you out of positive points and the money. So play the league, finish with positive points, earn that extra cash at the end of the month and start building that bankroll.

    Free money is all around you, such as the leagues, Privilege freeroll, Daily astronomer freerolls and lots of promotional freerolls. This is also a nice place to practice different things you've learned. I did my practicing on Zinga, but if I would of known better, I would of done here as I could of won some real money while learning.

    Proper bankroll management.....Ahhhhh, this is where most people fail. Why?
    I've been there, what's $5, so what if I lose it, I'll just make another deposit and I'll still lose more money. How are you suppose to learn? easy, STRICT bankroll management.

    Once you've build a solid bankroll (personally $100) you can start playing micro games, but first you need to know what you're good at. What's your game? Cash, SnG's, Satellites, Mtt's. What about the type of game? NLH, Omaha, Stud, Horse and many more. What about the speed? Regular, Turbo, Hyper. What about how many players? 2, 6, 9, or more. As you can see, there's plenty of options and NOBODY can be good at all of them. So you need to find the one game, master it and build your bankroll bigger so that you can try something else.


    Well maybe not a conclusion, but pretty much the end of this post. I could keep on writing about how I got to where I am today, I could keep on writing about what I think is most important, how one should play, but you'll all have to find your own comfort zone. If there's anything I can put emphasis on, is PATIENCE, BANKROLL MANAGEMENT, finding YOUR game and taking BABY STEPS to achieve the goal of being a winning player.

    Remember, POKER is mainly a game, enjoy it for what it is

    Good Luck all.

  • #2
    Man l was just going to write the same thing Great readumbup: Cheers
    Poker Rule #1....Never listen to me...hiccup

    7 Time Bracelet Winner


    • #3
      I think your right about the baby steps i tried to run before i could crawl learning some advanced stuff before i barely knew about how to play in position and what hands to open and what not but im glad i did have a look still at the more advanced stuff because i have an idea of what to expect from good players as i move up stakes.

      For now ive book marked about a 100 poker school vids and il watch so many after work and what not and start back at the basics with a better understanding now than i did the 1st time round and hopefully i will move up stakes, ive stopped taking in to much information as well because i was speed reading poker books so fast that when i re read 1 or two of them i noticed i missed alot of stuff even when i was note taking so i can re read through my notes so im not missing anything so i think it does take baby steps and not to rush learning, just take your time and take it all in.


      • #4
        Inspiring post Trap. umbup: Thanks for sharing and wishing you continued success.


        • #5
          Its nice to pop in now and then and see stuff like this. Good work sandtrap and congrats on this years achievements. I am looking forward to seeing next years goals you lay down I should take note and set my self one. umbup:


          • #6
            As Always, well worth the read. Thanks
            7 Time Bracelet Winner


            • #7
              Great post Sand, and very helpful
              Bracelet Winner


              • #8
                Great job Trap, and great message about taking baby steps! Poker is very much the type of thing that if you don't take one step at a time, you're liable to stumble a lot. umbup: I look forward to following your 2014 goals and progress.
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                • #9
                  Great read and great lessons to be learned and applied. Trap is like the Joey Knish of the PSO,giving the potential Mike McD's here the playbook to moving forward that he authored from lessons learned on his beats. Love the focus on emphasizing the key things that you did:Patience,BRM,finding the right games/games for you (I carp on that a lot too...)and Baby Steps (the hurrier I go,the behinder I get...). Reading your post here I think you've shown one more that can be added to the list:PERSEVERANCE. You took your lumps,got felted a couple/few times,didn't throw the towel in and blame the donks,RNG,Poker Gods,your "son" for passing his 72 virus on to you ,or any of a thousand other things that you can't control and instead focused on what you can,YOU. I think JWK,Lango and all the other US peeps will agree with me when I say that's one trait we'll have bucket loads of depth in when we get back on here,NO beat can touch the crappy one we've taken the last 2+ years. Looking forward to see what you have in mind next,the possibilities abound and astound. My book if they do a PSO Hall of Fame,you and CoTe are the 2 1st class,1st ballot inductees. Cheers Trap. umbup:


                  • #10
                    I'll 2nd that in a heartbeat Moxie!

                    John (JWK24)

                    6 Time Bracelet Winner


                    • #11
                      Thanks very much for your post, it puts everything in perspective again...

                      Lots of <3

                      *An information tilted fishy*


                      • #12
                        A great post
                        thank you a lot
                        By the way , you are the one who will inspirng me


                        • #13
                          Nice read, thank you for sharing this.


                          • #14
                            Man... quality post Sandtrap. I started playing poker around 2005 as well and I agree completely with everything you have said.

                            I do have a bone to pick with what Moxie said though. It is funny because I was thing about the Rounders character Joey Knish while reading this post as well. I don't think Sandtrap is anything like Knish. There are some serious differences actually. Knish settled for where he was and was content with it. That is a terrible thing in poker. You want to do it like Sandtrap and ALWAYS set goals and ALWAYS be working to improve and further yourself as a poker player. Knish, while certainly very responsible as a poker player, limited his potential. How is he supposed to improve is he is content with where he is at?

                            Let me reframe my point like this. I'm in a position currently where I could settle into my current situation as a 1/2 NL live player and use it as a means to pay off my bills while in college. I could be like Knish and choose this path as it would, in my mind, certainly get the job done. Why don't I? Knish let go of his dreams and settled for the safety of the current. I don't want to do that. I see the possibilities that lie in wait for me in the future and I can do much better. Why limit myself to a 1/2 wage when with enough work and planning I can move up to 2/5 and at least double that wage? Even then, the truth is that is not the end of the journey. There is so much more potential there, available to whomever has the vision and the strength to reach for it. Don't ever be like Knish and settle with what you have accomplished. No matter how difficult moving forward may seem, it is always possible. Be like Sandtrap. Always dream and have an eye on the future. More importantly, formulate a plan, make reasonable goals, and work hard towards making those goals a reality. Never let up on it either, there is no finish line. Poker is constantly evolving and you can always be better.
                            Last edited by RockerguyAA; Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:22 AM.


                            • #15
                              Hi everyone,i have a question for sandtrapp.How u manage to get süpernova?im a noob at Ps so ur answer will help ,ty



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