Those who've played here for several years will already know me, and will also know my previous diary on here "diary of a fledgling player". That diary documented my wins and losses, but my attitude was extremely lazy and I was not developing my game as I should have done.
Now though, personal circumstances have meant that I need something to focus on in my life, and I have picked poker. So, as of 1st September I reset my sharkscope statistics and I am going to try and develop my game; who knows where this journey will take me.
This diary won't just be a list of my daily results this time either. I'll be posting questions, hand histories, and moans (probably).
What am I doing to learn? I've bought Daniel Negreanu's masterclass and am working through the course. Once complete, I intend to start working with the tools on the Advanced Poker Training website. That's in addition to playing, of course.
I actually played my first live tournament today, here are some random notes/thoughts.
- I felt extremely nervous at the start and played very tight. This sounds crazy, but it took me a while to figure out basic things such as who was next to act. Obviously I know the game, but there's a lot you take for granted online such as being told when it's your turn, and always knowing exactly how much is in the pot. It took me a good hour to get used to that, and I am still not fully comfortable yet. I suppose that will come with experience. It's also worth noting that it was a nine handed MTT, and I am used to playing six max.
- I actually started quite well, despite folding everything for the first orbit. After three orbits, I had almost doubled my stack. Given that no-one was knocked out at that point, I think I was the chip leader.
- It all "went to pot" when I made a panic move after around 70 minutes of play. Blinds were 500/1000, opponent raised from middle position to 3000. I called with KTo in the cut off. Flop was very dry, no high cards. Check-check. He bet 6000 on the turn (another brick card). For some reason, I made a crazy move and re-raised to 12,200. I honestly don't know why I did that. It was just the pressure of people watching me I suppose! He called. He then raised 3000 on the river to which I folded. Really horrific play by me, and I lost a decent chunk of my stack.
- Eventually knocked out of the tournament in around 25th place out of 50. Shoved under 10 BB's with AQo. Called by another AQo and 22. Two's held.
- A fun experience. I need to learn to take my time a bit more though. Even the basics are difficult in that high-pressure environment. There was once instance where I won a pot, and the person who'd folded to me asked to see my cards. I said no, and he got very angry which was discouraging.
Anyway, I have rambled on long enough now. If you got this far, I'm impressed.