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.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

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So I've finally reached 10k hands in my new sample. I'll be honest - I haven't played well enough to beat the games and I'm suprised that I'm around break even so far.

I sense that I'm making fewer mistakes as time goes on so perhaps after a few more thousand hands I can get back to winning ways, but since I'm playing at a higher limit and I have no "previous" at these stakes it could just be that a winning 25NL zoom strategy does not equate to a winning 50NL zoom strategy.

I think I'm going to mix in some non-zoom cash game tables and really concentrate on beating the fish.

Why 50NL?

After all those years playing like a nit in 10NL and 25NL games that's a good question, but the truth is that now I'm earning more money I can afford to play higher stakes. I'd like to go to 100NL soon but I wanted to give myself a run at 50NL first as a warm up. If I can do OK (read breakeven) at this limit over say a hundred thousand hands then I'll just go straight up. The rakes better at 100.


A couple of years ago I dabbled in the HUSNG games before I caught the Rush bug and I've quite fancied giving them a go lately. I'm sure there are enough weak players about that they are still profitable but the barrier to entry is that they are a totally different ballgame to full ring so I'd need to start my learning again from scratch.

But there are some great HUSNG resources out there, and the Sharkscope leaderboards prove that there is still tons of money to be made in that format.

Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that this was no brief flash in the pan and that my enthusiasm has returned for the game no matter whether I win or lose. I think I needed a year to sort my life out and now that all is good I can attempt to bring my game to the next level. GL