The Game Plan

Despite being a part of the poker world as both a player and dealer for the better part of the last decade, I am starting over.  It only makes sense to restart at the bottom and earn my way up.  I have no job, $100 & a dream.

With only $100 & a family to take care of, the only logical place to play poker is online.  Although it’s not “legal” to play online in Washington state, there are ways around it (play here–>Ignition Poker).

It is pretty difficult to make a meaningful amount of many per hour when only starting with $100, but the things I hope to learn are of the utmost importance.  If I can get to the point where these things become first nature, it will set me on track for a successful road ahead.  First, I need to manage my time playing  poker in a way that will be beneficial to the well-being of myself and my family.  Juicy game or playing outside with my daughter on a sunny day?  Sounds like it’s time to go outside!  Tired? I better go to bed.  Prioritizing poker & family time could limit the amount of time I play poker though, so I need to make the most of that time.

This means when I am playing I need to being playing to my full potential.  This requires maximum self-discipline, avoiding tilt, & staying focused, things that I have struggled with.

I am really just hoping to overcome the mental aspects of the game that I have struggled with in the past.  If I make money while I am doing that, I will be feeling pretty good about myself.

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2 thoughts on “The Game Plan”

  • Have you read The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler? It’s a must-read for tilt and mental game issues.

    The trouble with online poker is that the games are much more difficult for much less money since your competition is global instead of local. Also, not all of the skills from online poker transfer to live play, and some the habits you might build could work against you. If you want to be a professional live cash game player you should really be training on live cash, unfortunately you’ll need a bankroll much bigger than $100 for a decent shot. I use a conservative 40 buyin bankroll rule, so that’s $20,000 for deep 3/5, $8000 for short stack 3/5 or loose 4/8, and $4000 for tight 4/8. Some guys get away with a 20 buyin bankroll but I prefer to err on the safer side. It might be worth dealing for a while part time to build a proper roll while supporting your family.

    • I haven’t read it, but just purchased it. I disagree that online poker games are much more difficult. It is definitely more difficult to spot the fish though.

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