Operation: Beginner to Master
I'm fairly new to FTR, but anyone who goes into the "Beginners Circle" has probably seen me around lately. Feel free to skip to my goals if that's all you want to know, but here's a little bit about myself:
I'm 21 years old. I'm a full-time business student and I have a part-time job on the weekends. I've been pretty broke lately cause I went on a spending spree for the last two years and 3/4 of my income now goes to paying off credit cards, car insurance and gas. I've played poker for the past 5 years on and off, but I've never got into studying or learning the fundamentals of poker. I would just play with friends or deposit $20 at a time on PartyPoker and go broke after an hour of fun at $25NL.
About three weeks back, I ran into an old friend of mine who I haven't seen in years and he told me that he was raking in dough playing online poker. Another acquaintance of mine was also making tons of money from it, but he would donate most of his winnings (he has rich parents... the bastard.) Anyways, these two guys inspired me to start studying the rudiments of this magnificent game. I'm highly competitive and so I thought to myself "If these guys can do it, so can I!". And so it began...
I bought my first poker book, Online Poker by Doyle Brunson, the day I was leaving for a business trip to Las Vegas. I finished reading it on the flight and didn't really learn anything new, so I went and bought Super System by Doyle Brunson when I reached McCarran International. I was able to read a bit of it before I had reached home and I was now going to start my journey in (educated) online poker.
I initially deposited $50 on Full Tilt and started playing $10NL. I went up and down, but ended up being +$30 at the end of the night. I started googling something (I can't remember it now) and came across FTR. The more I went through it, the more I was shocked at how much information was on this amazing site. I started reading all the articles in the Beginner's Guide and started to peruse the forums. On February 28th, I decided to become an active member in the FTR community, as I believed that books, a tracker, and a high involvement in these forums would be all I needed to succeed (although now I'm considering coaching as well in the future). I started a blog (not on FTR because I didn't have 500 posts) to log anything I learned that day, to take notes on the books I was reading, etc. I haven't had much motivation to keep it updated lately cause of school work and a lack of readership, but I thought that if I was double entering stuff on here and there, I might actually manage to keep both up to date.
Anyways, my goals are pretty simple, however, achieving them will not be. I am fully prepared for the journey ahead. I must remind you that I am starting off as a pretty big noob, so if I ever say something that's wrong, please correct me. I also have a hectic schedule, so I may miss out on posting everyday, but the goal is to post 5 days/week. I will update more specific goals once I get to each particular phase.
Phase 1: Beginner to Rookie
- Learn the basics of poker lingo, odds, and tracker stats so that I can fully partake in discussions of hands, etc.
- Learn the fundamentals to decision making (if you should bet/raise/fold, how much you should raise, etc.)
- Learn the ins and outs of PokerTracker to improve my self-analysis.
- Get rid of the blatantly obvious and beginner leaks that I currently have.
- Go from a BR of $50 to $200, progressing from $2NL to $5NL and reaching the goal of $10NL.
- Finish reading Theory of Poker, Super System and one more book before I move up to Phase 2.
- Become fluent in micro stakes.
Phase 2: Rookie to Intermediate
- Master micro stakes, then learn some more advanced techniques to improve my game to be able to compete at low stakes.
- Start getting subscriptions to sites with videos, and tons of resources.
- Go from a BR of $200 to $1,500, progressing from $10NL to the goal of $50NL.
Phase 3: Intermediate to Pro
- Master low stakes. Get some professional coaching to improve my game to be able to compete at mid stakes.
- Begin to withdraw some BR to fund coaching, training, etc. (Or if I'm really broke )
- Go from a BR of $1,500 to $8,000, progressing from $50NL to the goal of $200NL.
Phase 4: Pro to Master
- Master mid stakes. Start outputting my own material in the form of essays and threads to start helping newbies and to master all facets of no-limit hold'em.
- Start withdrawing weekly winnings!
EDIT***This is my new BR plan:
I have no strict timeline to reach each phase, because I don't believe any type of education and mastery should be rushed. Even if I reach the noted bankroll, I don't think I should immediately go up in stakes if I don't feel ready to.
Originally Posted by spoonitnow
I'll be posting notes that I take when I read materials, hands of interest, tracking charts etc. Please feel free to give me feedback. Thanks for reading!