May 30, 2010

Welcome (long)

Welcome to the inaugural post of Brandon's blog. I hope it will be filled with interesting tidbits on life, my thoughts, philosophies, and of course, some poker.

I'll start out with a little bit of background on me...

I'm 27, married, and have two daughters. We live in California. My wife is currently a stay-at-home mom, and I'm an engineer for a Fortune 500 company who's name most people would recognize immediately. My youngest daughter has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. You can read up on the technical details here if so inclined. 

I've always been in to poker as far back as I can remember. For one reason or another (life), it kind of fell by the wayside until December of 2009. The baby's recovery period after her 2nd procedure meant lots of downtime in the ICU. It was during this time (and thanks to my iPhone) that I stumbled across the 2p2 site and forums and began soaking up everything I could find, for better or worse. I was essentially starting over. I ended up buying a couple of the classic Sklansky and/or Miller books (ToP, SSHE, etc.) and put my toe in the water by making a tiny deposit in early January and started at the bottom of the ladder in the micros. I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that my initial deposit was totally gone somewhere around hand #1238. 

I somewhat expected that this would be the outcome. Undeterred, I went back to the 2p2 forums and stumbled across a post where someone had rated a number of sites, one of which was DC. I checked out CR, Leggo, and DC, then settled on DC after the trial membership ended. If I didn't have a case of information overload before then, I definitely did about a week later. It was difficult to keep my thoughts straight with the sometimes conflicting advice of different books, forums, DC vids, etc. 

I knew that individual or group coaching was a possibility, but one that would almost universally be frowned upon this early in my "career" due to the wealth of cheap/free information out there already. The argument that such a thing would force me to commit the time required to improve was what sealed the deal in the end. It's just how I am. I reached out to BBB, explained my background, goals, etc. and he pointed me to PygmyHero.

I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect going into it, but after seeing the forum posts, hearing the podcasts, seeing the videos, etc. I truly believe anyone DC endorses as a coach is of the highest caliber. PH is no different. After only session #2, I'm already thinking about the game at an entirely different level. 

That's all for today. I can't promise daily updates but I'll try to post at least a few times a week on progress and things I think are interesting from the west coast.

Posted By brandon at 03:28 AM

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