Hey my name is Andrew, but I go by the name "big nem" on pokerstars.
I am new to pocket fives, but I am here to be part of the community and try and learn/share as much knowledge as I can so I can get better at this game. I don't have a job and I have very little to invest in poker, although my living expenses aren't an issue (at the moment). This provides me with the 2 most important things needed: Time and motivation. I don't mind playing at the smallest levels to help me learn the basics (I thought that I have known the basics for years, but I think i'm still missing some fundamentals). I have a small bankroll and I want to see if I can turn it into a real living. My style is naturally conservative for I am a conservative person and mathematical. I have studied a fair amount of poker math and I am a programmer so I have done some simulation type stuff as well. My best and favourite game is 9max zoom games on pokerstars.
My current goal is to get to around £3000-£4000 in bankroll so I can go to the live £1/£1 and £1/£2 games in my city which are filled with absolute idiots and crush them. (Last time I played I was able to open jam KK for 150bb and get a call from Q5s and a call behind from AJo, thats how profitable these games are).
I first learnt poker about 9 years ago, and thought I was a boss straight away! (Clue: I wasn't) and I played in some home games and a little bit of online, but nothing too serious.
Fast forward to 2011 and I decided to give grinding a try, and I tried to play NL2 and crush it, but it was I that got crushed. For about a year and a half after that I tried grinding stupid low buyin live cash games, with a little bit of success and then I chopped the big $4.40 on pokerstars for around $2700 and instantly started grinding NL50 with it (Hey, I was rolled for it right!). This did not end well, although I didn't lose too much to that. I squandered the rest of the money on having fun.
By 2013 I must have improved a little bit because I was able to crush 2NL, it seemed and I was also making a decent amount at 10NL over a small sample (80k) and at 25NL at an even smaller sample. I got up to $1200 and decided to take my bankroll to the casino to play live cash games at £100 a buy-in. I got crushed by the swings and got knocked down to £600 and I ragequit poker and had some fun with it.
I am currently grinding 2NL zoom FR, 4 tables on pokerstars, trying to master the game. I've played about 60,000 hands this year with an observed winrate of c. 4bb/100. I've tried to take a couple of shots at 5NL but i've just been devastated by run bad/playing scared/playing results oriented or a combination of the three, and have been knocked back down to 2NL. I was taking shots when I got to $100 in my account, giving myself 5 buy-ins before moving back down.
When I play 2NL I don't look at my results in HEM or my cashier until the end of the week (or after each 25k hands). I can do this comfortably because I know that I have enough money in my account to smooth out the swings and I have had a fair amount of success at 2NL before. I feel that not repeatedly looking at results helps me focus more on improving my play, both on and off the table.
I lost my big database when my pc died at the end of the last year, but I know that over the past 2-3 years I had had great success at 2NL, epic fail at 5NL (like -50bi over c.100k hands) and some success at 10NL and 25NL. How much variance is in these results, I do not know but I suspect rather a lot.
My current plan is to take my current bankroll of $74.73 (I'm not in a position to invest more at this point) and simply try and work on crushing 2NL and not even thinking about 5NL yet. As I said I have a lot of time, and I want to truncate all of my crappy decisions from the game and optimize as much as I can going forward.
I have a few questions from you readers:
1. Can it be done, or am I mental? I'm optimistic I can make it work with hard work and research
2. Should I try and learn how to play 6max at the lowest level and throw FR away. FR is where I feel most comfortable but I know the games dry up and there is a lot more learning material for 6max available, although I don't intend to play much beyond 100NL online, at least for the forseeable future.
Thanks for reading guys! :)