Just for anyone interested i will just discuss my history in poker, this is simply so that anyone also thinking of 'going pro' can draw comparisons between me and themselves. It might also make reading this 'blog' or 'operation' more interesting to you guys
As i have already mementioned, i deposited 20 bucks on pacific poker with the thought that as soon as i lost this i would not deposit again ( and i asure u i wudnt of- i dont like gambling when i lose). I played two dollar sit and goes, but quickly lost 17 of my 20 bucks. Then, i entered one final two dollar 5 man sng, which i won! from here i built my bank roll up to $82 over the next month or so. I remember going to use the university computers (because u can play pacific poker without a download) and playing Sit and goes, and remeber even more clearly my first 'big win'. I came first in a 40 man sit and go for $40!
Anyway, when my university yeaar finished i withdrew my massive $82 from pacific poker, thoroughly impressed with myself. I put $36 of this into ladbrokes poker at the start of the summer - the thought again being that if i lose this then i shall not deposit again. I played $2 sit and goes here and built my bank roll up to around $150. Then came my big break, i managed to win a $2 MTT for around $100. This made my BR $250 and also gave me enough weekly leaderboard points to qualify for the ladbrokes weekly leaderboard freeroll! 150 entrants, and the top 30 got paid i think. Anyway, i came about 18th for $350, i was very excited! Then about a week later i entered the ten dollar late night crapshoot on ladbrokes and came 4th for another $400. By the end of my summer holiday i had got my account up to over $1000 and officially had the poker bug.
Back at uni i obviously didnt have much time for poker, and i also was only able to play pacific poker for reasons mentioned earlier. I began to play $50 cash games on pacific poker, and after a bad start i began to win some decent money. i took shots at $100 an $200 games too, and think i made around $1000 during that term. Mainly in spare minutes in between lectures, or (more often) when i was meant to be in lectures! Over the christmas holiday (2005-2006) i made around $7000 playing mainly cash games. By the next term i was plat $600 tables on pacific poker and had made a total of $20,000 by the end of march 2006.
Then (just as i was thinking poker was an endless succession of ups) i hit my first big down. I dropped $6000 in one night at $600 tables on pacific poker on the first day of my easter holidays. Disaster! it wasnt a nice feeling, the next day i went back to $5 sit and goes and ran really well at them. It was then that i began to play about 3 tables at a time on a consistant basis.
Fortunatly, i recovered from my bad first day of the easter holidays to click a $20k profit for the month long holiday. This was mainly at cash games i think? I then took a month and a half long break from poker to focus on my exams, and i managed to get a really good degree. After my exams were finished i was able to play £100 tables on crypto. I approached this by depositing £400 at a time and playing really LAG. This was very succesful and i probably made about $3000 before i left universtiy (as my term was over).
Having finished university, me and my girlfirend decided we would go travelling round the world for 3 months from the end of march to the start of july 2007. This left me about 8 months of which i cud either get a part time job, or continue to try and improve and make money via poker. I choose the later, and am very glad i did.
I broke even for around 2 months till the start of october 2006. I was learning th game still and found it harder to control tilt during these long sessions (whereas at uni i cudnt play long sessions cos there was always something else on!). Then in october i started to play $400 Nl. For the month i made $10k, and this was a huge achievment for me. it put my total poker earnings to around $53k. Then things started to go wrong, and in a big way.
In Novemeber 2006 i tilted back the $10k i had won at high stakes (maybe $1000 tables - sometimes $2000 tables - silly i know). In fact, this regression would be a constant theme for me untill i finally matured pokerwise around feburary 2007. Anyway, from around november 1st to December 14th i lost $20k. Yes that is $20k. At this point it was looking as though i would need to quit poker and get a part time job. I needed money, and all i was doing at poker was losing it. It was on the night of december 14th that things turned around.
On that night i was down another $4k. Things were going very badly, and i was playing $2000 tables being an idiot. Anyway, All in on the turn my Queen 10 sucked out of ace ace on a Q xxx board. I hit the mircle 10 on the river. Again, if i had lost that pot, i wudnt be writing here now. I wud have still have made a decent profit from poker, but i cud not of risked any more of my money that i had won, as i already had plans for this (i.e. my trip round the world and my student loan). That ten which intially turned $1600 into $3200 went along way, as i ended the night up $16k. I was back to about $52k up. Around my peak. VERY good news!
Never again would i risk so much playing poker, i had come out of my biggest low and was ready to progress as a poker player. I treaded water for the next few months where the general trend was grind out a good profit over a week or so and then lose it all (usually around $5k) in one night - ridiculus! By feburary the 1st i was still only up $52k. I had been playing poker full time for about 8 months and hadnt really won a penny. I then made a big mental jump, i learnt to forget about what could of been had i not kept giving money back to the poker community on late night high stakes tilt poker.
I began to follow good bankroll management and play cash games. I quickly got my overall winnings up to about $60k. Then i started a campaign to turn $1200 into $100k in 2 months on cash games whilst never risking more than 5% of my BR on any one table. Obviously i failed in my mission - mainly because when i got to about $30k in a very quick peroid i started going on high stakes tables. I had matured along way, but i clearly still had work to do. Thus after some scary ups and downs (including where i avoided disaster by winning a $20k pot as a 18% chance) i withdrew around $30k profit from this operation. I had finally left behind the 7month break even peroid, and was around $90k up by the time i went on my trip around the world.
On my trip i matured alot more and i knew this would do me good for my poker when i got back. I was itching to prove just how good i am at poker, and the only way to do that is to avoid the regression - or high stakes tilt. On my trip we had a week in vegas where i won $2k.
Upon my return i quickly turned to cash games and grinded my way to $18k profit within a week using good bank roll managment. I then lost this entire $18k in an hour whilst playing too high stakes and being an idiot. Had i really not chanaged?? i was worried about this stupidity.
Fortunalty, the next two week peroid proved that i had changed. instead of playing reckless high stakes poker in an attempt to get my cash back, i simply grinded at lower stakes and took odd shots at big games when i was playing my best game. Good things happened for the next 7 days after my $18k loosing session. I won $34k in that week long peroid. Learning my lesson from times past i was careful never to leave much money in my poker accounts or anywhere online where i can get at it easily!!! And that brings me to the present. To date i am about $125k up from poker, but my BR is only $12k. I want to keep most of my money away from poker, as i believe it is important (when paying the bills as a poker professional) not to be too dependent on how u do at the tables.
Hope u enjoyed reading this little (or long) story, just thought it wud be nice for u all to read this blog and know a little something about how i got to where i am today.