Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Full Session

Time Played: 108.9 Minutes
Hands Played: 440
Money Won/Lost: +$0.90

Total Bankroll: $168.31

Today was a really frustrating session for a lot of reasons. Through the first 30-45 minutes I was running pretty good, and was up 38 big bets quick. It all eventually started to dwindle faster and faster, till eventually I finished only a $.90 winner. Through a little over 800 hands I'm still beating the game for 8.46bb/100, which is good, but I feel like I left a lot out there.

Towards the end I was getting sloppy and calling down hands I knew I had little to no chance winning, and found myself chasing too much. It has been a long time since I played a nearly two hour session, so it was probably just mental fatigue setting in. As I get more used to this I bet that won't be as big an issue, but its still something I have to be wary of. When I've been playing I throw some smooth electronica music on and turn the TV volume down, but perhaps I should turn the TV off entirely. Any little distraction is probably not a good thing for me starting out.

I really only have a little under 4 hours under my belt now, a little over 800 hands, so there is still a lot of work to do. I'm determined to make it happen. :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Morning Bored Session

Woke up this morning quite a bit earlier than I normally do, and since I had some errands to run a bit later I decided to not try and sleep more, so I decided to book a session this morning.

Time Played: 63.1 Minutes
Hands Played: 246
Money Won/Lost: -$0.30

Would have loved to have booked a win for the session, but ran into some fun hands that cost me a lot of chips as a big favorite. I'll post some later when I figure out how to do them on here.

Overall still very happy. Only 400 hands in, so still a lot of hands left to be played to see how well I'm really doing. Overall though I think I'll be able to do fine. :)

Day #1: Short Session, Solid Results

As I left off with my previous post I was unsure of what games I was going to play on my poker journey, and finally today I decided to go the limit cash game route. So the decision was made to start at .25/.50 limit holdem, and work my way up through solid bankroll management.

So, I got HEM purchased and got my money onto pokerstars. By the time I finally got that done it was about 1:00am, so I decided I would just play a quick session to get my feet wet. It turned out pretty well:

Time played: 49.7 minutes
Hands Played: 153
Money Won/Lost: +$17.15

Total Bankroll: $167.71 (I had $.56 when I started)

Promising results, but I know its infeasible to run this good the entire time I'm playing. Not every day will be a 44bb/100 day. As long as I continue to make the right plays it'll play out just fine.

Tomorrow I'll probably put in an actual 2 hour session since everything is already taken care of. Now its just time to practice discipline and solid poker playing. :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Laying out the plan....

I'm not unlike many 20-somethings you've come across in your everyday dealings. Shortly after graduating high school I discovered a deep seeded love for poker. The first site I ever deposited onto was, and I used to play limit poker at the library because it was played through a regular web browser. Since then I've deposited on countless sites, played a bunch of hands, but never really took things seriously. I would make half-assed attempts at putting together a bankroll, but I never did things the way I was supposed to.

Speaking of half-assing things, that would be a great way to describe my many attempts at going on a diet. I'm fat, plain and simple. I've got a litany of other health problems to go along with it, but somehow I always manage to find reasons why I need to eat fast food constantly, and down pizzas like they are going out of style. Numerous people in my life have urged me to go on a diet, and I always let them down.

Thus, the Journey to Robusto. I've finally decided that I've had it with walking around in pain all day. I've had it with depositing money onto a poker site only to eventually see it whittled down to nothing. This blog is my way of documenting my progress in both losing weight, and growing a bankroll. Its more for my sanity than anyone elses, which is why I'm not telling any of my family about it. If people happen upon this blog, or click the link from the sites I frequent to help in my learning, then great, but this is my way of holding myself accountable to my performance.

The gameplan for weight loss is simple. 6 days of dieting with 1 cheat day per week. On the 6 days of regular dieting I'll be limiting my caloric intake to 1600-2000 calories a day, while trying to limit my fat intake as well. I'm going to start eating 3 meals a day, with little snacks in between to make it easier on me. I will post weekly results for weight loss, whether I'm gaining weight or not.

The poker gameplan looks a little bit like this:

Site: Pokerstars
Starting Deposit: $150
Starting Games: It's either going to be SNGs or Full ring cash games. I'm currently undecided.

The diet starts January 3rd, so the weigh-in results will be posted before then. I'd like to get a deposit on to Pokerstars here shortly, maybe by tomorrow night. If I get it done I'll let you know how it goes. Until then, here's hoping for the best!