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Rising from the Ashes

I've got a few minutes to kill, so I thought I'd get something up onto the old blog. Since I last wrote, I've found my love of poker yet again. Instead of wasting my time playing the Xbox 360, I'm once again wasting my time rubbing virtual felt.

When I last left this blog to rot, I'd hoped to find my poker joie-de-vivre at the 6-max NL tables. Having already invested just over one thousand at the $25 SHNL tables, I figured I might as well give the game another shot.

First, I took a little time to brush up on my game by:

  1. Reading Phil Gordon's Little Green Book
  2. Reading Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book
  3. Reading Sklansky/Miller's No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice
  4. Watching videos made by good 6-max NL players (eg. Wes and IStrong)
  5. Pestering Wes for further advice on becoming a good 6-max player

Armed and ready, I hit the $25 NL 6-max tables.

After 24 days and 8000 hands, I found myself playing winning poker at the tables. My win rate was a paltry 3 PTBB/100, but I felt confident in my game. Had it not been for a few really brutal hands, my win rate could have easily hit the 5 - 8 PTBB/100 range for which I strive at the tables.

This past weekend, I decided to make the move the $50 NL 6-max tables. I'm only 400 hands into playing at these new limits, but I'm currently holding my own. I find the players quite similar to the $25 SHNL players; however, there are slightly-more aggressive undertones to the game.

In the past, I'd stated that I wanted to post some videos of my play. I will most likely post something at some point; however, I'd like to improve my game before forcing my videos upon the general Internet public.

There are still a number of issues that I struggle with while playing. Although I can lay down top pair and over-pairs against many players, there are still times when I incorrectly put my opponents on draws or worse hands. In these instances, I can easily find myself stacked.

I'm also constantly at war with feelings that my opponents' aggression represent bluffs and not true hand strength. Why can't I give my opponents credit for a real hand? I guess the best thing to do is to consider the player and not just the situation when making the decision to call a large river bet.

Anyway, I'll keep plugging away and we'll see where that gets me. I'll most likely invest 10,000 - 20,000 hands at the $50 NL tables (1-2 months), then check my win rate. If I can pull off 5 PTBB/100 or better, I'll consider myself ready to take a shot at the $100 NL tables.

My current sites of choice are PokerStars (for game availability and bonus), Interpoker (for bonus and rakeback), Party Poker (for game availability, bad players, and bonus), WPEX (if they ever get traffic), and Full Tilt (for game availability and rakeback).

(If you're looking for information concerning rakeback, e-mail me and I'll steer you in the right direction.)

I've also purchased a large number of books from Amazon.ca in the hopes of furthering my poker education. Although I've gotten to the point where there is very little of value to be learned from most books, I still enjoy building a large poker library. I also enjoy the looks I get from people when I pull out a poker book to read while commuting to and from work on the bus.

It's the look that says, "Poker? You're still playing that?"

Yes, I am...

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Coming to an end...

Not many posts recently: the blog is on life support right now and things aren't looking good.

As for me, I've been enjoying time with my family, time with my Xbox 360, and time playing at the $25 NL 6-max tables.

I've been toying around with the idea of posting videos of me playing; however, it'll be a while before I play well enough or speak well enough to warrant posting those videos for all to see.

In the meantime, hope everyone's doing well.

Have a good one...

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