Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

April 07, 2010

I'm Still Alive

It has been quite a while since I wrote anything on here. That's probably because I haven't been playing a whole lot of poker. I pretty much have no bankroll to speak of at the moment. In the past few days, though, I have started to play the step tournaments over at Absolute Poker. I pretty much hate Absolute's software, but I have to admit that the setup for their steps is nice.

There are ten possible steps, starting at $0.10+$0 and going up to $2250+$100. If you win that last step, you get a $12k WSOP package. Second place gets $3550, and third/fourth place gets another chance to play that step. It's set up like that for all of the steps, too. Top two get to go up to the next step, and third (possibly even fourth and fifth) will either get to retry that level or go back down a level. I think that is a pretty good deal.

Since I have no bankroll (and by no bankroll, I mean less than $1), I started at step one. So far the competition has been less than stellar. I've taken some beats, but the prize structure being what it is, I've only lost my dime once. I'm currently on step four. If I can beat these next seven steps, that's one heck of a bankroll starter. I'm not sure how many skilled players are buying in further up the ladder, but so far competition has not been steep. I'll reserve judgment until I'm up to at least step 6, though, which is a $30 buy-in. Yes, I know there are donks at that level, but there are less.

That's about all I've been doing in the realm of poker, though. I'm playing in a (very) small home game with friends on the 17th, and next month another friend and I are going up to Atlantic City to play in a couple of tournaments. That should be a lot of fun. It's been way too long since I played in a live tournament. If you still have me in your RSS feed, Hello! And if you still come here via a bookmark, what is wrong with you? I appreciate you checking in, though. I hope everyone in the poker blogging world is doing well! I'll let you know how things go as I progress (or not) in the steps and how my trip to AC goes.

Until next time, someone drop the hammer for me.

April 30, 2009

Small Tourney Win

The past few nights I have been playing in the $3+$0.30 90-player knockout sit-n-gos. So far, these things have been great. I've played in three of them. In the first one, I finished in 3rd, and in the second one I finished in 5th or 6th. Tonight I took it down. These things are a gold mine as long as Full Tilt doesn't screw you over with the two or three outers. That's actually what happened when I finished in 3rd, but this time the odds stayed in my favor!

April 04, 2009

The Most Amazing Hand I've Ever Seen

All the money went in on the flop of course.

April 02, 2009

Da Mook!

Played in the Mookie last night for the first time in a very long time. I somehow managed to finish in third place. So rigged.



It was great playing with friends and talking with everyone. Thanks to Joanne for the shoutout on BDR! And congrats to JJOK for taking down the whole thing.

March 21, 2009

Still Playing Some

And not doing too bad, either. 11th out of over 1700. I'll take it!

December 16, 2008

It's That Time Again!

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November 10, 2008

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One of the best features of this site has got to be the Custom Bonus Ranks page. This allows you to select your type of game, the limits you play, and the type of bonus you want, and it tells you the bonuses that will best fit what you want to play. I think this would be a highly useful tool for anyone, whether you're a newbie just getting started or a seasoned online pro looking for a new site full of fish. Instead of having to surf through tons of bonuses that you may not be able to complete, the site helpfully narrows it down for you. It's definitely a great touch. It's also nice to be able to search for poker sites by player-base size as well as the network they are on.

If you're an experienced online player, you probably won't find anything here you haven't seen before (aside from the wonderful Custom Bonus Ranks tool), but it's still a great place to hunt some bonuses on sites you may not have played on before, as well as pick up some reload bonuses on sites you have. They also keep up with news in the online poker world, so this is also a good spot to keep tabs on what's going on at your favorite sites, as well as in the brick-and-mortar poker world.

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