Deadpebble's Journey - Bore yourself rotten!
•Edited 3 years ago
My name is Tom Livingstone aka Deadpebble, DP, Trap_Door, Beeens. I am starting this thread to help me achieve my goal of becoming a full-time poker player. My work ethic to improve and become the player I dream of being is my greatest strength and I am in a position now to become the best player and person I can be (blah blah blah) You hear the same thing all the time from people I know, but one day I will look back at this and think 'Wow look where I started and where I am now'. I cant wait for that day. There's A LOT of hard work to come first though that's for sure.
I have been playing poker for about 10 years. I first started out playing £10 - £50 games in the local casino in Newcastle (whilst being in the RAF) and then ventured to playing online at Party Poker and then Pokerstars whilst continuing to play in local games. I am an MTT player, I would attribute my style to being a nitty TAG, although I do spaz out a lot because of my biggest leak. My bankroll management. More on that in a bit. I have played live cash in the casinos but have never played cash online, apart from the odd flutter. I changed my career in 2010, relocated to Reading, and started off my career in digital marketing. I now work as an SEO consultant (£30k pa) in the Milton Keynes area and reside here. I am single, have an 11 year old daughter who lives in Germany at the moment, and have commitments to see her and 'pay the bills' as such which has hampered my game and my ability to correctly bankroll manage.
My poker statistics can be seen below. My pokerstars alias is Trap_Door04. I went to the WSOP in 2013 and 2014 and played the daily deep stacks without too much success. For the first 4 months of this year I was out of work after being made redundant and spent a lot of time studying and playing poker, on a minimal budget, but had some fairly good results. I felt like I was making progress but my intention was always to get back into full time work.
Official Poker Rankings
The biggest 'leak' I have with my game is poor BRM. I have never really been in a position to properly use BRM principles. It has affected my progression because I have been too quick in the past to cash out any earnings after making various deposits and playing above the limits that I can afford within my bankroll. I have found it difficult to play 50c MTT's because I have always been chasing that big win. I realise this is negative EV and I won't ever win. This is something I can take care of with the help of a coach, a platform for learning and studying, and a routine for playing poker and progressing my game. The motivation I have for improving is unrivalled and I am willing to do anything in order to reach the highest level. Other leaks I am aware of is playing out of position, and playing when tired. I am actively working on plugging these links with working on my mental game.
I have been studying poker a lot more in recent years and have read various poker books including 'The Mental Game of Poker 1&2, Harrington on Hold'em 1/2/3, Let there be range by Tri Nguyen, and watched various training videos on Gripsed and Runitonce. I have a good understanding of EV, ICM, Hand Ranges, and I use Poker Tracker 4 to find leaks in my game, look at my post flop play and where I am losing chips, and use Pokerstove and Flopzilla.
At this stage, I am not beating mid stakes MTT’s according to OPR but I know I have it in me to beat this level and move up the stakes. I have worked on my mental game immensely over the last 6 months but because my bankroll has been so limited, I bust it regularly as I like to test myself at stakes similar to what I would play live.
On a monthly basis you can expect me to play 25 hours a week roughly, playing 6-8 MTT’s at a time. I don’t like to play more than 8 tables at once as I feel it harms my decision making. I would allow 5 hours a week study time officially, however I have time during my day job to keep in touch with the poker world. I am always on the forums trying to find insights from the best of the best and soaking up all the information I can.
I hope I haven’t bored you too much. I wanted to document where I am at not just as a potential winner, but also my capability and commitment. I am very serious about becoming a crusher. My love for the game is unquestionable. My goal is to become a professional player, but I can't do it on my own. I am not ready yet but I will be.
I will use this thread to post up hand histories, blog about my journey. Sell pieces of my action, look for backing and staking. One day I will beat this game. Poker has changed os much since I started playing. Adjusting is one of the key factors to success not just on the felts but off it as well. Aspiring to be the best player you can be will undoubtedly reap its benefits off the felts as well. I have a duty to my daughter to provide her and myself with a secure future and my god I will achieve it.
Things to do by start of January:
1. Update/Upgrade work station with new chair and Laptop.
2. More discipline, DO NOT play when tired as this creates a loss of around 20%. And does not work with the principal of win more lose less.
3. Open New bank account and deposit $3500 for bankroll
4. Set up studying and playing schedule
6. Review pokertracker and focus on the ones where I think I could of got away from it, and review decisions I made. This is for personal development, and something I will need to do more when I get higher up. As leaks in play with start costing A LOT more.
7. Plan objectives for 2015
8. Find out from pokertracker what my average profit is per week at the current level. So I can put together a projection of what my income will be.
9. Anything made in live casinos goes into my bankroll account with 20% kept for personal spending.
If I can think of anything else to add I will, otherwise good luck at the felts everyone!!