March 14, 2010
Iâ€™m starting my poker blog mainly as an experiment; not sure if anybodyâ€™s going to read this, but my hope is that either someone finds it interesting enough to track as I develop or that I can engender some interaction with the DC / poker community for everyoneâ€™s benefit.
Iâ€™m 25 years old; currently attending dental school full-time in San Francisco, CA. I started playing poker in college at a highly social level and only got serious after starting dental school about a year and a half ago. Last year I purchased Poker Tracker 3 and subscribed to DC. Iâ€™ve hired coaches for a few live sweats and recently gotten regularly involved on poker forums. I feel my learning has literally skyrocketed in the past 12 months, with most of that growth happening lately, proportional to the time Iâ€™ve invested watching videos, reading books, and working with other players.
This past January I bought in anew with $100 on Full Tilt to start the grind and hopefully either move up in stakes or try and learn a ton (the excuse one has for not winning). YTD, Iâ€™ve basically learned a ton :). Iâ€™ve had some solid tournament gains that were negated by my ring game losses. Between tourney, cash, and rakeback Iâ€™ve run at about -1.5PTBB/100 over 100K hands or so and captured a marginal profit due to tourney play. I â€œcashed outâ€ my initial $100 (transferred it to a friend by request) so Iâ€™m able to play with profit from now on.
I decided to invest my roll in mini FTOPS, long having the urge to play some serious tournaments and extend my decent MTT streak. Aside from a few bucks in upcoming rakeback equity, I basically invested my roll in nine mini FTOPS events, including the $100+9 event #12 and the $50+5 main event. So far, Iâ€™m unfortunately 0/4 in these events, but Iâ€™m 100% happy with my play and the biggest events are yet to come.
If I happen to go busto after mini FTOPS I plan to reload a few hundred and get back to grinding at $10NL or $25NL.
I hope to post some positive updates soon as there are plenty of tournaments coming up! Iâ€™ll be on a spring break from March 18-28, so Iâ€™ll be playing quite a bit during that time if possible.
Look me up on Full Tilt as LHO2011. See you soon!