Since you are here at this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to write a bit about who I am - if I am reading a blog I like to know who I am reading about, so I think you would like to know a little bit about me (if you don't - I find it a little strange that you clicked on a link saying "Who Am I?").
As you can see from my profile (at the top right) I am 24 years old and I live in Wales (A place next to England for all my American readers). I only live in a small town and the nearest casino is quite a distance away - so I am one of the 'new' type of poker players who have only ever played on the internet.
Although I played a little bit of poker at school (A type of 5 card draw if I remember correctly) I only really discovered poker a few months ago. I was watching television waiting for the baseball game to start and there was a poker show on - I was fascinated by what I saw and thought I would like to play that, after all it looked quite easy.
I spent quite a lot of time just playing for play money at PokerRoom mostly because you didn't have to download anything (A great idea and I don't know why most sites don't offer it). I did quite well - I had read a bit about Texas Hold 'em so I knew the basic theory - but I knew I was missing out on the most exciting aspect of playing poker - winning money!
Now here is where I hit a problem - I have no way of depositing money into any poker site (well, sort of) because I have no credit or debit card - so I just continued playing for play money until I bought a magazine (PokerPlayer) and realised there were tournaments I could enter for free for the chance to win real money!
I played for a few weeks in various freerolls with no success - then I read more about tournament poker on the internet and started to improve my performance. Unfortunately, freerolls don't pay any money unless you are probably in the top 5% (if that) as opposed to the top 10% of players in 'normal' tournaments.
Then I found a nice tournament that took place weekly and didn't have many players take part - perfect! I found it advertised in The Times and it was at PaddyPowerPoker. A $100 freeroll and on average about 30 people took part. In 3 consecutive weeks I finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th and so I finally had a bankroll - a small one but everybody has to start somewhere.
I wasted some of the money playing No-Limit Hold 'em until I realised I must be doing something wrong. I purchased a book, read internet poker forums, watched Poker Night Live and decided to increase my bankroll by playing poker well.
At the end of July I started playing poker seriously (even if it is at the micro-limits) and have been concentrating on playing Limit Hold 'em which I find is best at these levels. As well as this I continue to play freerolls (I love playing tournaments - even free ones where there is not much to win) and have had some success playing these at 7-card stud, 7-card stud HiLo, Hold 'em and Omaha.
So that is a little background on myself with respect to poker. Click on the links in the sidebar if you want to know more about why I play poker and why I decided to write a blog. It should be noted though that I am not a professional player - I just play poker for fun, but I find the best way to have fun at poker is to win money!
I am lucky in some respects because I have so much time for this - my hobby - because I am only a part-time student (I am studying for a MSc in Science), but I am unlucky also because I have no job (despite looking for one for a long time) and so if I lose my bankroll - I lose my bankroll and that will be it. I would be back to playing freerolls only. Hopefully though this blog will chart my success at playing poker until I have millions of pounds!!!!! Or if not that, at least a decent amount of money for a weekend break...
In any case I hope you enjoy reading what I write here,