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Old Aug 20, 2010, 5:53am   #1
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Ok i dont consider myself a professional poker player yet I play maybe a quarter of my work schedule. I have been thinking lately about becoming a semi pro and working maybe 3 to 4 days a week (just to keep sane). But i have a pretty simple strategy and i want to know what people think. I will only be playing 1-2 no-limit spreed with a 500 max bet every street.(except for a few tournaments here and there that i like to play in) The games are usually pretty loose. I will be buying in for 100 or 200 and only once. Pretty simple strategy i have planed whatever i buy in for a double and then go home. So if i buy in for 100 and get up to 200 i go home and 200 to 400. Pretty simple with only buying in for 100 and doubling it 4 days out of the week thats a net of 1600 a month. Im 23 and single i really only need about 500 dollars to survive and pay bills month to month. Im just curious to know what people think of the strategy. Its a simple x n o's way to go?
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 7:50am   #2
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It doesn't sound like you have played seriously for very long. You should probably focus on improving your game as much as possible for now. By the time you've played enough to prove you're a long term winner you will probably have figured out what sort of bankroll management works to balance living expenses with risk of ruin.

So play to learn for now, meticulously keep track of your wins and losses and reassess in 50,000 hands.
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 7:52am   #3
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 10:13am   #4
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 11:24am   #5
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.....By the time you've played enough to prove you're a long term winner you will probably have figured out ......
.... what exactly it takes and what it is like and then make an informed decision as to if you want to go pro/semi pro

When you are winning , and easily winning such thoughts are easy to digest and enjoy. Regardless of how busy you are or how tired you are, the thought of sitting down to play seems to give you an extra shot of energy. Here you are "getting paid" to do what you love/really enjoy.

Now that stupid downswing comes, a few months of break even or to where you start thinking begging for change at the corner will bring you more profit than the hours you have put in playing poker.

How hard is it now, just as tired, just as busy and you are still fighting that down swing?

Now try to swallow and digest that...

It has broken many an aspiring semi pro player

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So play to learn for now, meticulously keep track of your wins and losses and reassess in 50,000 hands.
At that point sit down with yourself and however many extra personalities you now have from that down swing and talk amongst yourselves and see if you still want to be semi pro/pro
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What Fox said. Unfortunately, from the tone of your post, I doubt you're ready.

When you're ready to turn pro, it won't be a question of am I ready, you'll know.

I wasn't ready when I turned pro and I was very lucky to run way above expectation for late 2007 and early 2008; by mid 2008 I actually had the skillset and bankroll to turn pro but i'd been playing professionally already for over six months and had only not gone broke due to running above expectation (search my early posts at this forum for how clueless I was and how the experienced people told me I was running above EV and I didnt believe them)
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 12:13pm   #7
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i forget where this quote came from, but its why I know I won't be a pro any time soon. I know I don't have this quote exactly right either:

"Knowing you are good at something and being good at that same something involve the exact same skill sets"
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don't let these kids discourage you. i decided to become a professional poker player before i had played a single hand of real money poker.

i started out playing 25c/50c limit, and within a couple of months i was stuck over a grand at $20/40, which was the biggest game anyone spread online at the time. i had to sell my guitar, my motorcycle and most of my blood to keep myself in the game but then an old timer gave me some great advice, "son" he said "you only really need one kidney". that piece of advice changed my outlook forever, because a month later i realised i only really needed one eye too. also if you get yourself infected with aids you can make great money in clinical trials. so my advice to you is, never try to teach a pig to sing, you waste your time and annoy your pig.

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Old Aug 20, 2010, 5:58pm   #9
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Ok i dont consider myself a professional poker player yet I play maybe a quarter of my work schedule. I have been thinking lately about becoming a semi pro and working maybe 3 to 4 days a week (just to keep sane). But i have a pretty simple strategy and i want to know what people think. I will only be playing 1-2 no-limit spreed with a 500 max bet every street.(except for a few tournaments here and there that i like to play in) The games are usually pretty loose. I will be buying in for 100 or 200 and only once. Pretty simple strategy i have planed whatever i buy in for a double and then go home. So if i buy in for 100 and get up to 200 i go home and 200 to 400. Pretty simple with only buying in for 100 and doubling it 4 days out of the week thats a net of 1600 a month. Im 23 and single i really only need about 500 dollars to survive and pay bills month to month. Im just curious to know what people think of the strategy. Its a simple x n o's way to go?

1/2 no limit with a $500 max depending on the rake this should be very beatable to somewhat beatable.

here are some things to think about:

how far do you live from the poker room, can you walk there?

tipping, for the most part, dont do it not the dealers or the girls bringing your food and drink.

also 1/2 is not big enough to be your only income........
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What kind of sheister doesn't tip the waitress?

I don't agree with your philosophy of pulling the plug once you double up. Your decision should be based on how beatable the game is at the moment and not based on a generic pre-planned strategy of when to walk away. There are games you should leave immediately and ones you should stay in all night. For example, I was in Blackhawk Colorado this week and once I noticed the dealer knew every player by name and that one guy was being congratulated for winning $114K in the main event (Marcel Cole, I believe was his name), it didn't matter that I just drove an hour up into the mountains to play poker. I was done with that game.
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