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A Picture From Back In The Day

I was looking through my pictures on iPhoto and I came across a picture of me 4-tabling $3/$6 ($600 buy-in) on PartyPoker. My stacks on the tables range from $950 to $1640. This is probably as much as I ever had on the poker tables at one time. In total I have just under $5000 on all 4 tables together ($4971 to be precise).

There may have been a time where I had more than this on the tables. When I quit I was playing $5/$10 blinds with a $1000 buyin, but I didn’t play that many hands at $1k and I don’t remember if I ever 4-tabled the $1000 tables.

It’s now almost 5 years since I last played poker seriously and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I ever made and have no regrets about quitting. It would have been nice to win a million dollars playing online poker. Perhaps even make it onto TV or play in the WSOP, but what a waste of some of the best years of my life that would have been. If you want to read a summary of my poker career, see here.

In other news, this blog’s pages views per day have dropped since I last checked them. I did get 45 views on 1 May (no idea why), but in general the blog gets 5 to 15 views a day. (The total number of page views this blog has had over its 5+ year life is about 54k and counting. Not bad for a blog I basically haven’t touched in four and a half years.)

Here’s the picture of me 4-tabling $3/6 (the blinds are $3/$6, max buy-in is $600, the game is No-Limit Holdem, 6 people per table.) I’m the player with a white block over his name. The other players have stats next to their names using the program Poker Tracker (completely legal if you were wondering and it also looks like they’ve improved the program a lot since I last used it):

4-tabling $600NL

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Writing a book on poker

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen

Lots of the top players have written books on win at poker. The current best selling poker book on Amazon is Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen. For those of you who don’t know who he is, check him up on Wikipedia or the HendonMob. He’s won almost $10 million in tournaments, although he’s only ever won a single WSOP bracelet.

I think he’s also gone bankrupt a couple of times. He’s a very loose player and he’s a favourite on TV. He’s crazy though and he’s the sort of player that goes on big swings.

Why did he write a book revealing how he plays? Doesn’t he know that this totally gives away his game and will probably make him easier to beat? He probably does know this, but thinks he can avoid it by changing his game up. I don’t know if he can.

The reason people write poker books is because they care more about fame than money. I think the main reason poker players play is not for the money but for the respect they get for winning. Being able to say I beat Phil Ivey or I beat 10,000 players to win a WSOP bracelet is better than the money.

If it was only about the money people then people would probably quit when they make a couple of million. But a poker player doesn’t really have much to do with his life so he keeps playing to pass the time. There’s also the adrenalin rush from playing for massive stakes, taking massive risks and outsmarting your opponent.

Which poker books do I recommend?

I don’t recommend playing. It’s a waste of a life, but if you want to play, reading about the game is about the best thing you can do. I recommend:

The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky – probably the best book on poker ever written.

I don’t recommend Super System by Doyle Brunson, but it is a poker classic.

Dan Harrington’s books on tournament poker are also good:

Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play

Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame

Lastly, I recommend watching the CardRunners videos. Watching GreenPlastic is the single thing that improved my game more than anything else.

Poker is a waste of time, but if you’re going to play, you might as well play properly.

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