Tales Of An Online Poker Addict
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become as addicted to online poker as I had. If you are any sort of poker enthusiast at all, then you know that logging into a poker account is much
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become as addicted to online poker as I had. If you are any sort of poker enthusiast at all, then you know that logging into a poker account is much like giving a kid a bag of candy after he gets his first taste. You can play heads up, 7 stud, no limit hold β€˜em cash games, limit hold β€˜em tournaments, sit and go tournaments, regular cash games. The possibilities are endless.
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The very first site I played on had a cash, as well as free area to play poker. This is very similar to nearly all other online poker sites. Well, this one in particular had a free roll tournament, that if you won would put you in their β€œbig game” on Saturday for free. You need to understand that to me back then, the β€œbig game” was a top prize of $125.
At the time I was at a job that I did not enjoy very much, so I ended up playing in the free roll tournament when I was supposed to be doing data entry. After winning my seat, I received my confirmation for the β€œbig game.” The pressure suddenly sank in as I found myself up against 500 other players. And surprisingly most were actually pretty good. These were not the garden variety that I found trolling around the free poker games online likely calling with a 3-5 off suit, just as they would with pocket Aces. No, these were players, really good ones.
After playing tightly with the lower blinds and keeping notes (a function I absolutely love online) on certain players for several hours, I found myself getting closer to the money. The payouts after 3rd place were very minimal, so to me it was either β€œgo big or go home.’ Having this attitude and playing as well as possible I was able to make some gutsy calls. The final table held 7 other players. And as luck would have it, I had notes on 6 of those 7. Using this to my advantage I was able to systematically take them down one by one and claim the first prize of $125.
Thinking I had found my new job, and being not the humblest person in the world, I shot an email to all my friends telling them of my big score online. After doing so, I headed back to the rooms to see what I could play. Only being familiar to the free rooms, I was unaware of the level of skill some players had in the real cash games. Needless to say, I earned my poker stripes and blew the whole $125 in less than an hour, after which I began to brainstorm how I could get more money to get back in the games, any game. I thought to myself - this is probably what a drug addict feels like. And to top it all off, people were starting to call after seeing my email to congratulate me and ask how much more money I had won. My response was β€œI’m still up.” It was not entirely a lie; I was still up – on my poker high that is.
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