Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

So, to a new dawn and a new day.

God I'm going to miss Rush poker. Regular play seems soooo slow now. Plus the Rush interface was so easy and intuitive... Well according to some reports no matter what happens with Full Tilt, the Rush format is a valuable asset that's likely to be sold to a competitor. Who? I just hope it's a good firm. Stars ideally.

Anyway, enough of that. So I've decided to put a small deposit (£200) on PokerStars and I will attempt to grow a decent bankroll again from scratch. I think that if I table select well then I can definitely achieve a positive win rate. I played 400k hands of micro rush as a winner (although most recent 200k was break even) and I was unable to practise table selection at all.

Now that volume is a concern I'm going to have to think about maximising the growth of my investment. I've heard that people have tried using a Kelly system before with differing results. I feel that I have many of the attributes that could make such a system work - I have no trouble moving up or down in stakes as and when it will be required. I also have reasonable tilt control. I wouldn't say I was a champ in this regard, but certainly towards the top end of the spectrum. I'm usually happy to sit out when I feel that emotions are taking over. I'll use a half Kelly system and simply move up and down as and when I move across the stake thresholds.

This should be an interesting experiment for me. I'll probably play a mixture of full ring and 6 max games and really look for the soft spots (tight 3-bettors behind, fish to my right etc).

I think it will take me time to adjust so there's no time to waste. Stars here I come!


  1. Man, I've gotten into micro PLO rush over the last few months and am totally jonesing for it right now. I did what you did and fired up 4 tables on stars, but I felt like something was wrong when nothing was happening for what felt like minutes at a time, until I realized that that was just regular poker (6 max, no less!). I'm also having a hard time adjusting to the Pokerstars user interface because, as you said, the FT and rush interfaces are just so clean.

  2. Let's hope that it's not too long before Rush is back :) European investors are buying into FTP apparently. It would be so cool if Full Tilt came back, was able to settle US player debt and put legal proceedings behind them. How did the PLO games play? I'd love to diversify but I feel that unless I can learn to beat NLHE for a good win rate there'd be little point

  3. Well, it was actually starting to go quite well once I got in the groove (which coincided nicely with the shutdown, lol). I basically figured out better starting hands and really focused on discarding decent/mediocre hands from earlier positions, which is even more important in PLO than in holdem. As you know, rush let me put in tons of volume which meant a few buyins worth of rakeback a week being deposited into my account. And as I said in my first comment, I can't get into pokerstars software, let alone the slow pace of regular poker!