A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become part of. He is shown a well and his guide says "On any day except Wednesday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told the answer" .
The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down: Why not on Wednesday? and the voice from in the well shouts back: Because on Wednesday, itís your day in the well .
- If you're gonna do this, let's do it right, CMAR
So, tonight I hit the 1,000,000 hands played mark. This is only 150k hands on NL (my last 150k total).
A hand which I think would have been more fitting...but is what it is.
Here's my graph of my 150k nl hands, which has taken me like 3 months to play. I might as well say thanks to everyone who has helped me learn (and continue) to learn this game. It's so much different than limit....more exciting too. I've been able to move up quickly in NL mostly because I don't have to withdraw (although I have been lately unfortunately life has it's ways). As is normal, I've probably moved up quicker than my skill level..but who knows. I feel comfortable in the 200 and 400 games. I've not made 400 home yet because everytime I peek my head in there, it gets chopped off with a hand like the one above....but i know that happens from time to time, and I can't complain because as I've entered each level, it's gone pretty smooth thus far. By the way, I started with $250 3 months ago and played .5/.10. So, I'm proud of how it has gone, but at the same time I know that variance hasn't really kicked me in the face yet. I've not experienced any severe downswing as of yet in this game.
I've played as a pro with a family of 5. I've played for fun. I've played for a mix. I've played limit full time. Sngs full time (for a short bit) So, I feel like I've been around the game a bit. I love it and hate it all at the same time. I often wonder how you know if you're addicted when you're a winner because the game does seem to consume you a bit...even after this many hands.
Anyway, after I quit player a few years back, I never thought I'd see a million hands, but I made it there tonight and was excited to share it with the crew.
If anyone has any questions to ask about the journey, fire away.
I have a few questions. Was thinking yesterday that no one has done a "Well" in awhile and it was past time. Somehow I got distracted before I could ask for a volunteer in the Swan. You'll do perfectly.
1 - How old are you? 2 - Family of five -- so wife and 3 children? 3 - Do you play for a living currently? If not, what is your occupation? 4 - Do you have a playing schedule and if so what is it? 5 - What makes poker the most engaging to you? 6 - Best tip for a micro player who isn't brand new to the game? 7 - Oh and where do you live? Not U.S.?
Quote: This is pretty [censored] impressive. Nice job! Do you miss playing full time, or are you happy playing for fun now?
Sry about teh delay in responses. Like 2 seconds after I posted this, 2+2 wouldn't come up anymore.
I have mixed feelings about it. The game is a lot cooler without the preasure. However, the lifestyle was so nice. I spent so much time with my family and stuff...freedom, my own hours...etc. I was underrolled when I did it the first time. If I get a year's expenses saved up and a big bankroll, I'd probably take another run.
Yes. Boy in 03, Girl in 04, Boy in 05. I got snipped shortly after that.
3 - Do you play for a living currently? If not, what is your occupation?
I'm currently in water treatment. However, I'm considering going into school teaching. I have a degree in computer science and have had a ton of jobs...just don't know what to do with my life
4 - Do you have a playing schedule and if so what is it?
It's changed depending on what I'm using poker for. When I first started. I got up at 5 a.m. and played for 2 hours before work. And then played after everyone went to bed for 2 hours..stuff like that. Now I try to get a couple hours in the afternoon and a couple at night. I'm finding that the winrate in NL is simliar to limit in that the games are much better at night. No shock there.
5 - What makes poker the most engaging to you?
I think it's just the constant challenge to make the right play. Truth is, I suck at math, so I'm constantly trying to get better. I made this post which I think is a bit humorous about the game.
6 - Best tip for a micro player who isn't brand new to the game?
I made this post when I was in the limit world as well. I think it applies here as well.
Quote: yeah I remember your LHE posts about the longrun
I'm 3yrs 4months and almost 500k hands into my pokercareer, wish I wasn't so lazy
Thx for everyone's congrats.
Yeah, the long run post part I and II.
I really feel that anyone who's played this many hands has an appreciation for variance that you just can't have without actually experiencing it. I often think about how long it would take a live player to play just one month of the hands the online pro plays. What could happen in a year of a live players live is just stupid. I often wonder before the world of online poker how many truly talented players just gave up because of the abuse and aren't playing today.