Q: Hi weird man, who you are ?
A: I'm POKER. NO Chris Moneymaker, NO Daniel Negreanu, NO Mr. Ian Simpson ... me, me is POKER !!!
Q: Okay, some 'basics' about you personally - who the hell you are ?
A: I'm born in 1984. So just a 'comunism' baby and live in a nice Slovakia country (just middle Europe) - quite poor, but proud and we all working damn hard (low salary, but I think that is not all about the money?) I'm a programmer so quite able to understand technical things ... even more - using my brain for earning money - most of the time!
Q: Fine and what about the poker - what's your beginning ?
A: It dates back to the 2009/2010 when I start by playing on Zynga (Facebook) and know absolutely nothing about the rules and game. Start learning by 'just playing' and winning chips by "novice luck / feeling" quite often Play with spending 'play money chips' only with no real deposit ! When became virtual millionaire I just realize I should move-up ... so shifting to PokerStars first (alias: MadAdoStars) ! (because my friends tried it already and there were a chance by earn real money by freerolls, etc.)
Quite soon I install also Unibet, Full-Tilt and WillamHill. I played tons of freerolls on PS, UB, FT and with running on my old laptop with 9" display it was quite funny when pop-ups flood me and I must click (without mouse - just touchpad) like nanonoko beast! I played 3-6 freerolls simultaneously on 3 different software and that was absolutely crazy! My main 'stage' remains PokerStars for couple years and there was my first real deposit (somewhere end of year 2010) (it was huge 500eur => approximately my full month salary -> as far as I was greedy to clear 'bonus' money ...) You know - I was (still I'm) nano-stakes player so I don't need such a bankroll and played NLHE cash games with $2 most of that time ... running to $5 and very rarely (tilt-mode) with $10 buy-in. Try also popular 50-50 format (6 Sit&Go where 3 ITM double-up money) ... YES, start loosing money as far as I learned with just play ... so not a good start of my "carrier"! Cut the long story - managed to cash-out 505eur on January 2011, so was really happy as good I was Meanwhile building bankroll on other sites by playing freerolls on a regular basis and when have couple bucks, just played cash game and bust-out ... nothing so special!
Q: What about life poker ?
A: YES, playing with my friends "private league called MadAdo series of poker -> MSOP" -> NLHE 4 players, 1eur buy-in, 1000 chips, 30 min levels ... winner takes all! Later on we extends with possibility of 1 rebuy per 1 player (after elimination, HU rebuy not allowed). From beginning of this 'competition' I start to became winning player (win first one of course with making quads in HU battle - villain had a chance of making straight-flush) ... we played somewhere 25-30 such tournaments and I had decent stats (won leaderboard with most winning - but there have been couple of 4th places as well (include unsuccessful re-buy)) ... I bought chipset, special plastic cards, dealer button, timer, poker cloth ... falling in love to poker and you all know how it taste!
I played one 'bigger' tournament where was 7 players (include me) and quite 'unlimited' rebuys. Buy-in have been high-stake 3eur and after all I managed to bink (make another quads during it) and earn somewhat near 30eur! Was quite satisfied because I play with no worry, just enjoy the game ...
Q: Do you have any notable/memorable poker success ?
A: sure, like we all have some. Here are some of mine best:
1) (Jun 9, 2012) first HU: PokerStars 3466 players Limit Razz, finished 2nd
2) (Jun 30, 2012) 32 players private (CZE/SK) freeroll tournament (1 VPP buy-in as far as I know) on PokerStars: 3rd for USD 22.50
3) (Nov 18, 2012) FullTilt: achieving "Edge status by earning more than 10 Full Tilt Points over a 7-day rolling average."
4) (Nov 26, 2012) PokerStars: Buy-In: $10.00/$1.00 USD (using some 'free' ticket), 18813 players, Total Prize Pool: $188130.00 USD, 62nd place. USD 216.34 eliminated after 4-5 hours battle when defending my bb (play heavy passive) with QsAs and villain from button shove me (6s3s) and 6 on flop sent me to rail !!!
5) (Jan 25, 2013) PokerStars: Buy-In: $1.00/$0.10 USD, 14 players Super Satellite, 1st place, T-USD 33.00
6) (Feb 1, 2013) FullTilt: reaching Edge Silver status
7) (Sep 17, 2013) PokerStars: Buy-In: 1 FPP, 51 players HU format, 1st place. A USD 50.00
(Oct 20, 2013) PokerStars: ChromeStar VIP
... many many more ...
X) (Aug 19, 2016) FullTilt: Freeroll, 591 players !FLIP!, 1st place. A USD 93.75
+ there have been a plenty of bonus money from competitions on twitter + share of Jackpot deal ... I won decent money there (for sure over $300)!!!
Q: What is your favourite poker game ?
A: HORSE or Stud Hi/Lo for sure! But love Razz, 2-7 NL Single draw, PLO, Courchevel, Badugi ... maybe some more
Q: Any favourite player ?
A: Antonio Esfandiari (magician), Tom Dwan and Isildur but I like Ian Simpson too!
Q: Why posting all of this ?
A: Getting really broke last days lost many money and I don't think it is because of my wrong play (wrong decissions if you want) I know what is bad-beat and how the variance should working. Problem - real one - is that I'm getting money-scared and that mean you should probably STOP playing! I don't need restart, I need something else - need to figure it out ... thinking about replacing cash games with Sit&Gos - I have solid results there (no real statistics available) and not enough (representative) amount played ... I have also 'decent' results by playing nano MTT ... you know me probably
Okay, I should write more and more, but you probably have my story - I
'm was winning player (but consider deposits/withdraws) I know game basics, understand math, pot-odds, starting hands, strategy, ... etc. but that is still not enough! I became to loosing my money never mind what I'm doing and how I'm playing. I wanna change this process, because I never re-deposit and bust only free-roll money so far (long time ago!). Any advice will be appreciated, good luck to you all. LOVE community!
Nice blog, makes me remember my beginning too. I hope you weren't one of the victim of Full Tilt's black friday's freezing balance accident. Btw could you write someting about the legislation in Slovakia? Has Unibet the slovak gambling licence or it uses maltese as a common european one? Is the gambling market free to join-like the romanian- or a state keeps the right allowing the state established gambling firm only? And last but not least congrats to the results and I hope you will find the inspiration and the right gaming type.
@psrquack Full Tilt story: I had some frozen money there as well (but only money from freerolls maybe some nano events, cash games) ... it was up to couple bucks only and have no exact idea how many! I never deposits on Full Tilt (if I remember that correctly). I played on PokerStars and occasionally some Unibet freerolls, NL4 if managed to built a roll for it!
Here is my exact movement when FT and PS fuse together:
|Full Tilt Assets||Total Credited to your Stars Account|
|Cash, Ring Game Tickets, Casino Chips, Bonuses||$46.80 / €0.00|
|Tournament Dollars, Tournament Tickets||$5.50/ €0.00|
|Full Tilt Points, Coins||1,027.21 StarsCoin|
|Play Chips, Play Money Tickets||0|
Legislative in Slovakia contains some "black-list" of hazard providers (with no valid license I suppose) and Unibet is there present as well.
I have no problem playing so far, I'm NO depositor, so have no idea how this is working now ... I'm regulary witdraw some of my winnings and noticed no problem so far ... using mBank (Poland bank) which is my prime for years/ages (8 or so).
I will update this blog probably next week ... good luck to you all until then. We should discussing those "play / beat" nano cash stakes !!! I'm interested in strategy, tips, examples, ... we will talk about that!
When I stuck I always ask myself which gaming type I like to play the most and in which type am I good in. When the 2 things didn't match I ask myself again why I like the one gaming format and why am I so sick in that. When I got the answer I know if I should play that type of poker or I should head to the antoher format. When the 2 things match I ask about the issues of my result. Did i correctly realized the style of the table (loose or agressive, the quantity of preflop bets, free bets etc) and did I choose the best playing style or I was in another mood and skiped it. If the players style and my selected style also match then i ask myself if the loss come from the bad beats or from my leaks? Did i change my style/went too agressive after a couple of losing hands/paid too much with draws/called too much preflop with speculative hands/raised too much with almost nuts/nuts and forced everyone to fold etc. If I think i played all hands correctly then it's nothing but variance, I don't need to worry, tomorrow I will win it.
@MadAdo be careful with this Mbank account in Poland.(you never know when).. here i use : skrill/neteller/entropay/ecopayz
you see the policy of our authorities is some grotesque ...
Here is how I was running during my very "young" poker days (well known GOD-mode - just ask Ray-Unibet, he knows what is it all about):
It was all happen because "I do not care about it" if it will be for real money, river As and anyone beats me out -> we all know how it goes 0lucky (ask Mr. @Merenitsu he probably understand)
Was it a preflop allin? Btw I think setting up goals always helps. For example: I don' call it from late position when too many players alread ycalled it before unless I don't care the tourney results I want the bounty only. Will you play the UOS?
@psrquack sure AIPF, I told I don't care this one ... just play it to earn some bounties if luck turns in-front-of-me
YES, I'm thinking about some nano events from comming UOS4! But my BR poor for now, I will just see, maybe bounties help here ...
@psrquack I have you on my table (PLO freeroll 12:05 CEST) right now!
Hey, i think we should have a little discussion about this hand:
I understand that our main goal is collecting bounties, but as you can see the someone raised 2BB, another player called and you went allin. What's wrong with that hand? You can't fullfill none of the tourney goals. You can't earn bounties, because none of the players had less chips than you and the chance of triple up is also very low, because at least one of the players will have high cards too. In the theoretically case if you had a preimum hand like double suited KK, AA, you also reduce your aouts, because people aren't stupid and don't like gamble as it seems and one of them will had strong hands too. On the other hands if they also want the bounties only you give them the opportunity knocking you out, because a standard player won't fold when he needs to call 400 from his 1675 chips to knock you out. So he did the only acceptable way and try to isoliate the third player with the reraise which occours the second problem,
the third player must go allin if he has any acceptable hands (means cards which aren't to far from each other, any Ahigh flush draw etc), because he had 800 chips only and if he folds he loses the opportunity to
1, knocking you out and won your bounty
2, the triple up
3, if you won the side pot against voiHaalee he will have 800 chips the same amount without risking the allin.
So I think folding preflop was the good move in this case.