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Great Players, Great Blogs

Over the past week, I've started adding some new blogs to my daily read. I mentioned last week that I was looking to add more cash game player blogs to my daily reading in an attempt to improve my own game. So far, the results have been pretty good. I'm in complete awe at the skill level displayed by most mid- to high-stake poker bloggers. The only downside I've noticed from all my reading is that I'm probably dreaming if I think I'll be able to sit at the $1000 buy-in NLHE games in just over a year's time. Then again, I won't know for sure unless I try.

I thought I'd recap the list of blogs recently added to my blogroll. I believe that these are all well-worth your time and quite valuable in terms of improving your own poker results.

That's more than enough ado - here's the list:

  • RecessRampage: Currently playing $2/$4 NLHE along with assorted tournaments (blogger or otherwise).

  • From the Desk of the Poker Philosopher: The Poker Philospher seems to be playing $4/$8 NLHE up to $25/$50 NLHE, with some tournaments and $3/$6 PLO thrown in for good measure.

  • Watt's Poker Blog: This blog is written by Mike, a fellow Canadian poker player living in Canada's bung-hole (aka Toronto). I hate the Leafs and most other things about Toronto but Mike's blog is an exception to the rule. He's playing $25/$50 NLHE which is absolutely mind-boggling to me! Awesome stuff and I hope to attain such lofty heights myself one day.

  • I Hate My Job:GambleGambel is another cash game specialist playing $25/$50 NLHE. But he recently went on tilt and played some winning $100/$200 NLHE. Awesome!

  • Ice-Cold Poker: SubZero was one of my favourite Mortal Kombat characters (Scorpion was my favourite). But you know what? It looks like SubZero is also a fellow poker blogger playing the $2/$4 NLHE games. What's make SubZero's blog all the more interesting is that he's recently decided to go pro and try to make a living solely off poker. It's a pretty big leap of faith to go pro so early in a poker career. But for someone with ice running through his veins, it's all in a day's work.
If you are one of the bloggers listed above and you feel I've misrepresented your blog or your current skill level or stakes, let me know and I'll make the necessary corrections. I haven't had the chance to read each of the blogs above from front to back, so I might be glossing over some important points.

I have some hand histories from my own recent sessions to put up, though I'm looking for a cohesion point to tie all the hands together in a nice little lesson. Although I could go for the "look at how lucky I am" review of these hands, I think I could probably come up with something a little better. Then again, it's hard to praise skill when I keep running my AQ into my opponents' Big Slicks and still come out ahead.

Have a good one!

6 comments:

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

Literally, one year ago today, I was still playing 1-2NL. By December, I started playing 5-10NL (the $1000 buy-in). I dropped down to 2-4NL because I just converted to 6 max (in January of '08). If you take the game seriously, read the blogs of good players, study, think about your game, and most importantly, apply this knowledge, you could do well too.

Thanks for the comment and the pimpage.

Klopzi said...

Alan -

That's good to hear. I think the main thing standing in the way of a meteoric rise to success (such as your own) is that I'm married with kids. That's not a bad thing, but it does tend to prevent me from putting in thousands of hands a day.

Still, I'm glad that there's always the chance that I could find myself climbing the ladder as fast as I'd hoped if I get a little luck and a bit more time.

Thanks for stopping by!

GambleGambel said...

thanks for the props! i am quite the chasing loses master///

Klopzi said...

GambleGambel -

Chasing losses isn't my style but I don't play at stakes high enough to really care about losing.

Then again, I was playing 5000 hands a day, I might feel differently.

Thanks for stopping by!

Foucault said...

Thanks, glad you've been enjoying it! I want to echo what Alan said, because it's very possible for you to move up to much higher stakes in the course of a year. Online poker hasn't been around for that long, so if you think about it, nearly all of the successful high limit players worked their way up quickly. Brian Townsend, Cole South, and Dani Stern come to mind immediately as well-known players who have made a meteoric rise to the top. I'm not saying you can expect to crush Ivey heads up at 300/600 any time soon, but getting to 5/10 in the course of a yar is not unrealistic if you are putting in 20-25 hours a week of playing and another 10-15 reading/watching/thinking/studying.

Good luck!

Klopzi said...

Foucault -

Thanks for putting in your two cents. Unfortunately, I can only put in about 10-15 hours playing and 20-25 hours reading/studying/etc.

So maybe two years for me?

Great blog, by the way. Good luck with any other FTOPS events you plan on playing.