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"Into the Storm"

 

    

            I had fully intended to start this journey immediately after posting the last entry, but I decided there was some important preperatons left to be made first. I also held out hope that the delay of more of my main bankroll being in my possesion would end. Luck for me getting some sort of start on the journey doesn't fully rely on that, because I'm still waiting for that weeks later. Certain entities are great at taking your money, but they aren't so quick to give you what they owe you. Just means more time to focus on the 2 main goals of starting at 2NL I suppose.

 

         I left the last entry talking about how my plan is to transition from primarily limit cash games over to no limit by playing a lot of 2NL early in as I adjust. While not new to NL it will be the first time I have made it a big part of my play in terms of bankroll percentage used solely for it. My plan when ready for the full scale grind is to start with 100 buy ins at 25NL (.10/.25 st

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"Time to Grind"

 

      10 years have passed since everything I had worked for was taken from me. I vowed on "Black Friday" I wasn't going to let them take my dream away. I'd be back soon enough even better than before doing bigger things. Instead I spiraled out of control trying to race my way back vision blurred by the rage and crashing to wake up finding myself in the same spot today as that dark day. A decade of life wasted without the progress I wanted that I won't ever get back. A long painful lesson that there are no shortcuts on this road. 

 

      Maybe it was a lesson I had to learn to truly prepare me for what lies ahead. That's something only time will tell. Now that my vision has cleared allowing me to be focused again it's time to take the journey. This road I see in front of me has changed a lot since 2011. I spent the past few weeks really trying to decide how to navigate this.

     

      I started the original journey down this road in 2004 playing limit hold'em cash games

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"Taking the Road Less Traveled"

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    It's hard to believe almost 17 years have passed since I first stepped foot on this road. I could tell you so many stories of great accomplishments, but then I would also have to tell you all the ways I failed to make them count. I could blame it all on a day and event poker players know as "Black Friday", but those days are behind me. I've had my chances since then. The fact I am standing here back at the crossroads at 39 is simply my own fault. The way I see it I have to choose between 2 roads I can take now.

     I could take the safe road that the majority of people take in life. Just go on to live the "normal" life for the rest of my time. It's the safest less lonely choice. The problem with this road is it leads to regret. I think about that fact very often.

     I wonder how many people have come to the end of this road to pass on wishing they traveled the opposite road. Wishing they had at least given the road to their own dreams everyt

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