After loosing some money in some low/micro stakes cash games and a few MTTs I was getting a little upset. I didn’t really think that these guys were better than me. I did some more searching, reading and trial and error and figured out some of my issues.
First, I think you have to establish your goals. What do you want out of poker? When I started I don’t think I could have answered that question.
Do you just want to play for fun and entertainment? If so, that is fine. Learn the basics and then go gambling. Treat it just like any casino game, over the long run you are going loose. Just remember you are just having fun.
Do you want to learn the game and gain experience with the least risk?
Do you want to become a Poker pro and do this for a living?
My goal right now is to learn and improve my game while staying break even and not risking too much. The best way to gain experience is to play.
Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) give you the most hands for the lowest amount of money. $1 MTT can get you 200 hands of play or more. The problem with MTTs is that as a beginner, it is going to be tough to finish in the money (Cash). Your gonna have alot of losses before you win most likely.
Sit n’ gos are like mini tournaments. Typically they have 9 to 90 players compared to a MTT that has thousands of players. In an SNG you are more likely to make the money, but you will not see as many hands as a MTT for the same buy-in. The other thing about SNGs is that they require a different style of play. In the beginning you play really tight, later on you switch gears and are really aggressive and some times pushing your whole stack in every hand.
Cash Games are the most expensive to play. Each hand is going to cost you money. I don’t play cash very much any more because of this.
I found that I play a mix of MTTs and SNGs. My ego can’t handle the long droughts between MTTs wins so it helps me to play both. I really only play Cash games in AC now.
If you want to become a poker Pro, your gonna have to learn someone else. You have to truly dedicated and commit a ton of time. Good players are playing 20 hours a day online playing up to 16 tables at a time. Poker is still fun for me, I don’t want to turn it in to a job….Yet.
I took a serious interest in poker a few months ago. This does not mean I just found out about poker. I can remember playing poker with my grandmother when I was 5. It was 5 and 7 card Poker. My family would have monthly Poker games and get togethers, but after my grandmother past away we never seemed to get together anymore and the games were lost.
On a recent trip to Atlantic City (AC), my brother in law really wanted to play poker in a casino. It was a little to imitating to just sit down without an understanding of hold’em in a casino worked. When I got home that night I statred reading about Poker in a casino.
A month later and I was back in AC for some fun and my buddy had played in a casino before. I soon found my self at a $1/$2 NL table in Harra’s. I would have loved to tell you that I kicked everyone but, I sat down with $100 dollars and 3.5 hours later stood up broke, but with a new feel for the game. I had few good hands and won a couple of pots, but there were some super aggressive players at the table that I really didn’t know how to handle. I also was not sure of my bet sizing, but looking back they were to small.
I came home and started reading up more on how to play poker, Hold’em, Cash games, and Tournaments. I soon opened an online poker account on Full Tilt and began testing what I had learned.
More to Come
I took a detour on my way to learning Android and Java. I have been busy working on permanent employment things and other nagging issues. I have also been working on my Poker game.
More Android antics to come soon.
In continuing my Android Programming saga.
I started doing some of the samples on the Android Dev site. At first it was pretty easy, but soon the instructions starting using terms that I didn’t understand. It was now time go back to where I should have started and learn Java. I was soon following some beginner tutorial videos, but found the Videos really skipped the Meaning of certain terms and ideas. I needed a book. Tho I am generally not a fan of the For Dummies books, the Java for Dummies (4th ed) really helped clear up some confusion I was having. I was now able to read some of the more complex examples.
I am still working at learning Java. I am working thur the book and online videos. I am also reading an Android book, but all the concepts don’t make sense yet.
I am getting there, it is a piece of cake……mmmmmmm I want some cake now,
In continuing my Android Programming saga.
On my main machine, now running Windows 7 RC I installed the following:
The Eclipse IDE
The Android SDK
The Android plug-in for Eclipse.
I set up the Virtual device and got the hello World running on the Android emulator.
I have to say that Microsoft’s polish of Vista to turn it in to Windows 7 was remarkable. I love Windows 7. After years of playing with Linux and other OS, I can say that my main machine will be Windows 7. It is fast and easy and I just don’t have the time to mess with a Linux setup. When Windows 7 releases this fall I can say that I will be buying more than one copy.
Goal: To Develop a few android programs that I really want and enter them in to Google’s ADC2.
The Problem: Other than a few programming classes in college and some basic Html, php and MySql. I am a total newbie at programming complete applications.
The biggest key idea is that if you want to program in android you must learn Java first. ( If your an expert C developer, then you might be ok too).
Learn the Eclipse IDE
Write Android Apps
Simple enough, Lets get started.