I figured this would be a great place to make this post. I just joined Deuces Cracked about a week ago, and I can say from watching just two video series (Applied Mathematics by sthief09 and Real-Life Micro No-Limit Grinder: Part Deux by WiltOnTilt) that I am definitely interested in becoming a full-time long-term member of this website. I figured now would be a perfect time to introduce myself.
My name is Joshua Darovitz. I live in the humble area of Western North Carolina, where running a red light is considered gambling. I have been playing (real money) poker for about two months at mostly Micro-Stakes ($10 NL/$25 NL), recently stepping up to multi-tabling 2 at a time while still maintaining a solid profit. My first month was (naturally) a disaster, putting me $50.00 in the hole. I have been reading the Harrington on Hold'em Series by Dan Harrington along with the books by David Sklanskly. Combined with the few videos I have been watching on this site, my profit has increased dramatically this month. My bankroll increased $150.00 so I am now in a $100 profit after the 6 days of joining this site. I average about 2000 hands a day, playing mostly on Lock Poker (I am a U.S. player, so my options are very limited).
I do not wish to bore you with my back story (but I will anyways). My goal is to introduce myself in this forum while explaining my goals for the future. I am in college, majoring in Mathematics (which I have always been a natural at simply because I enjoy doing it; who doesn't want to find out how the volume of a sphere was derived from a circle using Integration?) and Psychology (as the elusive nature of human interactions intrigues me, particularly those displayed in women which I never expect to fully understand). Unfortunately, coming up on my third year, I still had no idea where I wanted to take this education. I was then introduced to the world of No Limit Texas Hold'em by a school tournament; although I came in second to last place with a vague understanding of the rules, the educated knowledge required in the areas of Math and Psychology to play this game professionally caught my full attention (might I add in without be too conceited that I now consider it a bad beat-he drew a flush on the river after my All-In Reraise with a two pair A8o on the turn). I finally had a career path in mind that integrated not only the two subjects I was most interested in, but that I knew I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life.
I intend to watch more videos, educating myself further on the wonderful world of Texas Hold'em. I do plan on going professional, ultimately playing for a living after gaining more experience while using it as a topic for my thesis when I graduate to earning my Master's in Mathematics. I have some novice experience in the use of HUD configurations using PokerTracker, equity calculations using PokerStove and Range/Combo/Blocker percentage understandings with FlopZilla.
Later on, perhaps in another month or two, I will be interested in hiring a personal coach from this website for a period of time to fix the leaks in my game that should be starting to reveal themselves at that point, in order to gain full profit from the coaching. I also wish to branch out, meeting with other poker players on this website who play professionally to gain invaluable tips, or just discuss with other avid poker fans like me about various hands that were played to assess whether they were played well or needed some improvements. I am very open to constructive criticism, as this, in my opinion, is the best way to learn. I plan on continuing to play poker for the rest of my life for I have found a career in which I can make a very moderate income through a dedication to learning and a commitment to adapting, as the professional field of Poker does not tolerate simple gamblers or those looking for a "quick and easy" way to make money. My goal for the next three or four months is to increase my bankroll and skill enough to start playing Mid-Stakes No Limit Texas Hold'em. My VPIP/PFR currently is 28/22, so I certainly believe that I am more of a Loose/Aggressive type player but tend to give up too easily if I do not make at least a pair on the flop, leaving a leak in my Post-Flop aggressive play style that could really use some coaching.
Finally (about time, I know), I thank everyone here for your time, effort, and contributions to this website, helping those like me with the hopes of becoming a full-time No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker player. I realize you are empathetic to people in my position, having been in this position yourself at some point in your life. The professional knowledge you voluntarily share on this website deserves praise from anyone who joins; therefore, I want to elaborate on my gratitude towards your attitude in the education you provide on the business of Texas Hold'em. Thank you very much.
I apologize to those of you who sat through this (unnecessarily) long post hoping there would be some actual valid information to acquire. I hope to get all my background information out of the way so that my future posts can be focused more on how I can improve my Poker game to the professional level while your advice can be tailored around what you now know about me.
Feel free to comment, ask questions, post some insider advice or to just vent your anger at me for this post being just too damn long for no reason (which I completely agree it is). I welcome any feedback, and look forward to posting/commenting on forums in the future (don't worry moderators who are probably pulling your hair out at this point, I will monitor their length).
P.S. <---- not semantically correct in a forum I know. But any suggestions on a better poker site to play at that has more fishy players, accepts PokerTracker and is United States friendly so I can exploit those that are worse than me for an increase in my win-rate plus profit would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm not all for the tight players at Lock Poker, but Cake Poker won't accept by bank cards so that site is also out of the question. Feel free to add in any recommendations for coaches that may tailor to my specific needs/personality as well.
Oh, by the way, Hello Deuces Cracked!