The beginning of the year
Learning the rules of poker is actually one of my earliest memories is clear, and I do not know why, because I do not think I was very interested at that time, and I know I promptly forgot them. But I remember clearly sitting on the wooden floor of a row house as my aunt’s Baltimore show how to play seven card stud, explains what hand beats what, etc. I was about six years old at the time.
A few years later, I started playing Bandarq penny ante game with my grandparents. Gambling has always been popular in my father’s family. his uncle, a stand-up comedian homosexual 450-pound cross-dressing, is a real character, one that is worth its own story really, but among other things he loved gambling. She took me to the dog track when I was five years old and placed my bets for me. Pama01n Tubby has a heart as big as his belly and always extraordinarily generous with his victory, sending my grandparents on vacation or buy me a gift every time he won big at the track, but he’d argue like hell if he thinks he cheated in the penny ante poker.
Dad was the big winner on the day, but my grandmother saw to it that I always come out ahead at the end of the night. Hell lessons to teach children about gambling, if you think about it. According to my father, he grew up too poor to get any kind of allowance, but her mother gave her a quarter every week to pay for tuition at St. Joseph High School, which he used to win the expenditure of money in a poker game lunch. Then again, beside the fish pond, a poker table is probably the place where the exploitation of a father grows greatest when told the first child was born, so take it with a grain of salt.
In high school, some friends and I started a regular poker night, and it was the first time I really started to think about the game. It is the choice of a dealer with a nickel ante (sometimes met for a dime if the dealer stuck), and each game is played without limit. That’s not much matter how you do in the game, because most of the session ended with a round of seven suicide that is guaranteed to reverse the fate of everyone. But I play for pride and want to win, so I bought Ken Warren “Winner’s Guide to Texas Hold ‘Em.” I might learn something from the book, although I do not quite remember what.
The Big Game
Browsing stacks used bookstore one day, I discovered the era of the 1970s “Hoyle’s Guide to Poker”, where the author states that the seven card poker (a game that is played to make a hand of seven cards, such as eight quad more trips Kings) are increasingly becoming all anger and will soon replace the popular five card Stud version. It was my first introduction to the concept of chance, and, armed with this, I decided to sit on my grandparents’ game the next time I visited him in Florida.
It is the choice of 0.25 / 0.50 dealerships, where dealers are expected to choose some variation of Stud or Omaha and only the wife is allowed to assert a wild card, as long as the moans of their husbands. The first time I check-raised, a friend of my grandfather, a former teamster and World War II Marine, staring daggers at me and stated, “I’ve seen people shot less.” Although my grandmother closed $ 40 loss, I feel like crap the next morning.
In college I became best friends with Logan, a guy from Brooklyn who also enjoyed poker, and we were roommates sophomore through senior years. We will occasionally host or attend a poker night somewhere, usually playing for nickels and dimes, but had a good time.
The first year I blew through all the money I saved from working at 7-11 the previous summer (unfortunately I did not blow in poker), and tuition revenue swallow next summer, so the second year I was dead broke. limited my eating plan does not allow me to an average of two fancied a day in the dining room, so I’m going to explore the campus for any student organization giving away free pizza or other food in a show that night.
So when spring arrives, the only way I would see the beach if I visit my grandmother in Florida. My grandfather died the previous summer, but I know I will still be accepted at his card game. My grandmother did not do the interweb, so I told my aunt that I would kick my hostel out on Saturday and that’s when I need flight. He bought a ticket, I printed out the confirmation e-mail, packed my things, leaving my hostel (which will be closed for the next week) and spend two hours on buses and trains to get from the south side of Chicago to O ‘rabbit Airport on Saturday morning, only to have the check-in agent tells me my flight did not leave until tomorrow. I could only stare in disbelief, with two suitcases in hand, $ 25 in my pocket, empty checking account, no credit cards, and a place to sleep.
I ended up going back to the train station and give a beggar $ 5 bill in exchange for $ 2 in quarters. Do not know anyone’s phone number, I was forced to call the information, then cold call a few people I know in Chicago who does not live on campus. Finally, I got Craig, my debate coach, who let me crash on the couch.
As luck would have it, some friends of public policy graduate student who comes to poker night. The game is 0.25 ante with a $ 3 maximum bet on any road, no matter where the game dealer choose. I really want to play and there’s nothing better to do, so even though the stakes are beyond scary for me, I borrowed $ 50 from Craig to complete the $ 25 I had on me and bought in.
Interestingly, super-high stakes forced me to play well enough. Not surprisingly, the game is very loose and bad, and I played like a giant nit. I still remember taking $ 75 off Craig friend Fati in the hands of the Shipwreck Kings, when I have five Aces five Kings and 12 bets go on the road seventh before he finally just called.
Unfortunately, he played in the credits (none of these people have a lot of money, and they gamble all the time on the card, Golden Tee, etc, so they generally pass through the debt back and forth between them), and to this day, fati owes $ 97. Despite getting stiffed, however, I pocketed better than $ 150 after paying Craig back in the late evening.
After that, the game Florida is a small time I was, but I’m still very happy I played. I have been close with my grandfather since the day I was born, and the year I spent in Chicago was the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing him. He died very suddenly of a brain tumor that no one knew he had, and it was quite jarring for me to learn one night that I will never see him again. Not long after I went into the common room where the match was held rather than the person who expressed dissatisfaction with sandbagging me last year rose from his seat to shake hands grim. “Your grandfather is my best friend,” he said. “We are closer to each other than we are to our wives, and not a day goes by that I do not condemn him to leave me alone here.”
I spent most of the session until a little over $ 10, but got greedy on one of the last hands of the night, when I stated I would both ways in Stud / 8 showdown and lose the pot to rivered a 6-low. Tilt happen, and I finished the night stuck $ 3, which my grandmother replaced.
That fall of 2003, the beginning of my third year of college. Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP yet, but the first rumblings poker boom that is already underway. Logan, now my roommate, heard about the $ 10 no limit hold ’em tournaments held in the dorm room of a neighbor on Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon. Curious, we stopped and was hooked immediately.
40-50 hours of Tuesday’s game attract players, mostly fish, but in retrospect, there are some regulars who really know what they are doing. Make the final table is a sensation that rarely but unmatched for us: an impressive first beat bad in my life put me out of one of the smaller Sunday tournament in 3rd place. A very bad players who luckboxed way to pile monster and thought she was damn hot raised my big blind from the button and I flat-called with AA. I check-raised 853 arriving and he pushed straight to the 87s, only to turn 7. I was stunned, especially with the fact that the wicked turn (I do not know what are the odds that he’s chasing, I just knew I had motherfucking Aces !!!) I costs around $ 50.
Super / System
For Christmas that year, my father’s new wife (third) gave him a copy of Doyle Brunson Super / System. He lent it to me for the weekend before I go back to Chicago, and I devoured it. Doyle says everything about No Limit Hold ‘Em makes so much sense to me. I remember the cliche about the aggression of the book Warren, but Doyle gave their content and put them in the context of a coherent strategy.
Needless to say, I returned to Chicago with addiction tournament irrational and expensive for suited connectors. I clearly remember being scolded by one of the better players in there when, beginning at the final table, I raised 65s UTG, there is a re-increase in the salaries of all the players both called on the button, and I pushed from the top of both of them. He thought forever, folded AK, and flipped the hell out when all in the pocket 9, which will lose its A flopped, lift.
Spring, Logan took second place in the tournament Sunday, topping finished my second highest (third in the tournament Sunday) and my biggest cash (fourth in the tournament Tuesday). It is a record he would continue for more than a year since we both are working actively to improve our game and ended up taking one of these prostitutes.
It occurred to us that the most money will win or lose as long as the head of the tournament, and none of us had any idea what we were doing, so we have to start practicing. Since that time, we probably average an hour a day playing heads up $ 1 Freezeout tournament, sometimes starting with a pile of evenly matched but often alternately starting with 2: 1, 3: 1 or 4: 1 chiplead to simulate the conditions of the tournament more accurate. As may be clear, our goal at that time was not to make money, it’s to win the damn tournament.
our dreams were arrested at the beginning of our senior year, however, when one of our regulars is also editor for the school newspaper ran front-page story about the game and openly questioned the legality. Sure enough, the school shut us next week, and Logan and I are both angry and confused about why the winning player will draw attention to the illegality of the game. It became clear, however, when a friend of ours who are dating one of Alpha Delts passed on rumors that the newspaper editor, who is also the president of Alpha Delta, wants to start hosting a tournament at the frat and sell alcohol.
Fuck it. Logan and I boycotted the tournament and encourage some of our friends to do the same. The game never really go away, and it looked like it would be the end of a poker tournament at the University of Chicago Lapakqq
We’re looking now, though, and decided to explore “online poker” things that we have heard so much about. Too paranoid to play for real money, we opened a play money account at Pacific Poker and have some fun, though rapidly growing dull. Imagine our joy when Pacific one day down $ 25 to our account without reason! We could not cash out, of course, but why do we want?
I was seated immediately at a table 0.01 / 0.02, rose to 0.10 / 0.20, $ 25 and cashed twice before going on a run hospital to get my account up to $ 125 (for several weeks). I decided to cash out $ 50 and take a run at $ 1 / $ 2, for $ 75 is more than enough to start playing $ 1 / $ 2, right? BUSTO. I was disappointed, but did not really care, because it does not cost anything to play and I’ve cashed out $ 100.
The only thing that bummed me out was that I was out of action. Once you play for real, there is no going back to play money. Logan and I still play the game of our heads and to host poker night once in a while, but he graduated early, and it looked like I was going to spend the spring semester pokerless.
Then I heard about freerolls.
Pacific does not offer freerolls at the time, but a site called Poker Room have them twice a day, with thousands of fish fighting it out for the $ 500 prize. Registration is open an hour and a half before the tournament and filling in a few minutes. I used to set my alarm or run home from class to make it under the wire, and if I’m late, I sometimes spend half an hour click the “register” button in the hope that someone will cancel the registration and lost his seat (this is generally successful if you are patient).
Finally I cashed for $ 10 at one of these puppies, dropped $ 5.50 becomes seat 10 people and go, win it, and then blow all at $ 0.25 / 0.50 freeroll afternoon while waiting to start. Bums. Eventually I was fed up with Freerolls Poker Room and decided to see if Pacific have started to offer them. They have, and it was not long before I won one for $ 75. I will not repeat my mistake, so I started to grind it out on a $ 5 sit and walk, which has a structure that is highly profitable and preposterously soft. I certainly know a little about the sit and go strategy, but I do know that as long as I can get this clown 7 to bust out before me, a rare hard, then I can not lose!
It was a great, low variance way to build a roll (not that I know the terms at the time, but intuitively, I had no concept), but believe it or not, one tabling $ 5 sit and go get kind of boring. I crave the excitement of big tournament, but I’m afraid to drop worth $ 5 or $ 10 into something with several hundred players, where chances are I would win anything. I took a shot once in a while, and sometimes I can stretch into money, but I play the short stacks are preposterously weak tight (I’m pretty sure I’m a raise / fold AQ with like 15 BB left in the $ 5 tournament because you ‘are not supposed to call a reraise with that.)
One day, though, I realized that there is only so big tournament has limits. Day $ 2.75 fixed limit games rarely gets more than 100 runners, and I won on one of my first drawings, cashing for $ 87. As usual, I was playing a weak tight, but Pacific sucks balancing table and adjust button when players bust out , so that in the last several tables I think I dodged the big blind like 5 straight orbit, ultimately tripled by the AA, and the rest is history.
One Last Shot
Three weeks before graduation, I ran into an old friend of tournament hostel who told me that starting next week, the new dormitories will be hosting. Say I want to be an understatement. This time I approached my old foe with new confidence born of hundreds of hours of online experience. Best of all, the president of Alpha Delta has the nerve to show up, and Doyle Brunson helped me to catch:
Alpha Delta raises in middle position, I reraise 7: spade: 8: spade: he calls. Flop 5: spade: 8: Clubs: A: spade:. Alpha Delta leads out, I pushed him, he called with AK, my river 8 to KO him. She was angry, and although I now chipleader, I’m really just happy to have broken this d-bag.
As you may have guessed by now, I am going to win one of the biggest tournaments of this game has ever seen, cashing for $ 200 even. Although this might not even be enough to get me unstuck in the long run in this tournament, I was walking on air. liquor store closed, but I called a friend who lives nearby. He had a bottle of wine that we drink to celebrate, and I ended up walking home half-drunk through the south side of Chicago at 04:00 $ 200 tucked in my socks.
I never explicitly decided to become a professional poker player, and to be honest I still do not really consider myself to be one. I’m just a guy who graduated from college with no job prospects and the level of philosophy (excessive?). Actually, that’s not entirely true. All through college, I have been working for the Chicago Public Schools teaching, assessing, coaching, and finally run their debate league. I’ve also been in a long distance relationship for three years with a friend from high school who went to Boston University.
When I graduated, I was offered a full time job with good benefits in Chicago working with the league debate, which I really love doing. But I also had the opportunity to move to Boston and live with my boyfriend, that is what I choose to do. While applying for a job, I rolled out at $ 5 and $ 10 finally sat down and continued to Pacific Poker.
But no jobs are panning out, and as the people who live in Boston know, you can not really make lease (even half of the one-bedroom apartment rents) single-tabling sit and walk. I’m still doing some contract work for Chicago Debate League, maintaining their websites, among others, but it was not enough to make ends meet, and I was running out of options. Then I got the IM:
Logan: Hey, play Assurance 10K [$ 15 daily tournaments at Pacific] with me.
Foucault: I do not know.
We both build a nice pile early on, and at some point agreed that if one of us takes the first, he will give $ 500 (after a $ 2,500 first prize). Logan was broken and left to go to the library, joking that he was expecting me to make him $ 500. A few hours later I left a message on his voicemail: “Where the fuck are you? I want you to tell me if you want to cash $ 500 check. ”
Ten minutes later he called me back. “You’re fucking kidding me.”
“I swear to God.”
In the end, Logan will receive $ 500, saying it was too reckless of the deal, but I insisted on giving him $ 100. After buying their own financial breathing space for small and a lot of confidence, I bought several poker books, saw an ad for the website www. twoplustwo.com this, and the rest is history.
Once it became clear to me that I could actually support myself playing poker, I decided to start a debate league in Boston public schools like that I miss from Chicago. In the last two and a half years, I have spent hundreds of hours and dollars on this project, and I would not give up for anything. My biggest cashes even today does not give the sensation I get from winning the first poker tournament for $ 87, but I get the feeling whenever I see my students to compete in one of their debate tournament.
I can not remember who it was, but somebody in the 2 + 2 after being posted on one Should I Go Pro thread something to the effect “Everyone is dealt two cards, and there is a round of betting. Then three community cards face appeared in the middle of the table, and there betting round. Finally, the turn and river cards are dealt one at a time, with a betting round after each, and the best five-card hand wins the pot. This is what you want to dedicate your life to? ”
Poker gave me the financial freedom to do what I want, but what I want to do is not play poker. I was able to work for an organization I like wages that are not able to live, and I was able to volunteer my time and money for a cause that is very important to me. I am my own boss and I set your own hours. I do not want to do this for the rest of my life, but I do not know what I wanted to do, and when I find out,I intend to have enough money saved in Pisangqq that I should not let it become a factor in my decision..
If poker is your work, do something else with your life. Find something you enjoy doing and do you consider to be of real value to the world. You will get a lot of personal satisfaction out of it and it can help you explore career paths, build experience and make contacts that will be useful to you if / when you decide to get a real job.
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