One of my first posts mentions a challenge - An interesting challenge. Too summarize, one starts with a small stake, and slowly works ones way up to playing larger stakes.
On UB I started with $100. After several weeks of alternately doing well, and then tilting, I decided to take this challenge. I was down to around $50. At that time I started focusing on $.25/.50 Texas Hold 'Em. Over about a week I stated to learn the things I had read. One should generally start with quality. Bet strong hands early. Slow play judiciously. Fold when you are likely beat.
I slowly started building my bankroll to the point that I could move up to $.50/1. Once I got to $100 I was ready. Then one day I had a few hours to enter a multi-table Omaha 8/b tourney (64 players) for $10+1. I really love playing this game, and believe that generally I am a bit better at Omaha and Hold 'Em. Tournament play requires great patience as you must wait for good cards and fold often after the flop.
I got on a nice run and made the final table. Unfortunately, I had to get to the airport at 5:30 to pick someone up. The tourney started at 2:00 and I thought it would finish on time. So when we get to 3 players left (and I have a huge chip lead) I go on conscious tilt - either I would win or lose quickly. I lost, but still won $86! That and a few excellent Hold 'Em days brought me over $200 - the breakpoint for playing $1/2. So now I am a $1/2 player. I am playing some SNGs, and hope to play a multi later this week. I still play some Omaha 8/b as a great alternative game.
So what have I learned thus far (oh - my bankroll is up to $379 this morning) -
- Read, read and then reread - most articles and books have great pearls of wisdom. We however must take the time to understand what we read. Learn a few lessons, and then practice those lessons. Go into each session with a game plan.
- Patience - let the game come to you. Whenever impatience takes over, I become a Big Fish!!!
- You will win some hands on the river; you will lose some hands on the river. Poker still has luck involved. Skill puts you into position to have good luck
- Play on UB and always check to see what you opponents had in the hole when they get to the river. UB makes this easier than Party Poker (you have to ask for email to see hole cards on Party). Knowing the river cards allows you to better gauge your opponents. As you accumulate knowledge, you will better understand their betting patterns.
- Read, read and then try to learn