Archive for February 3rd, 2009

Tracking my online play

February 3rd, 2009 2 comments

I recently read a blog by Daniel Negreanu at A respected and world renowned pro, Daniel has decided to try an experiment by loading $10 onto a Poker Stars account (, and play at the Micro Tables (.01/.02 No limit Hold em’) and see if he can begin building a bank roll. His goal is to take that profile to a bank roll of $100,000 in three years, and he’s got some unique ideas as to how to do just that.

I found myself intrigued at the notion that a player could begin at a level of poker that I can afford, and run their bank roll to over $100k. I thought to myself, “why can’t I do that?”

Well the easy answer is, I’m not Daniel Negreanu. I haven’t ever played a live tournament for more than a $200 buy in (one time) and generally don’t play for more than $60. On-line, I usually don’t spend more than $5 on an entry fee, so my experience is far more limited. But more than that, I’m not even in the same league as a player as Daniel. Needless to say, it’s not likely that I’ll be seeing myself with one of his 4 shiny bracelets anytime soon.

But it is kind of a goal of mine. I would like to one day compete with some of the best players in the world. While I’m no where in their neighborhood as a player, I think that it would still be fun to give it a go, and see what happens. So with that in mind, I began charting my play in ring games this past week, and here are the results on my Full Tilt account:

Hands : +/-
39 $14.15
82 (-$8.00)
95 (-$4.00)
76 (-$8.00)
49 $7.85
47 $2.85
152 $10.75
102 (-$20.10)
99 $4.85
70 $2.65
139 (-$9.00)
130 (-$11.95)
98 $4.75
88 $7.05
341 $15.45
122 $2.90
196 (-$7.35)

All in all, I’ve played just under 2000 hands last week (1925 to be exact), and my balance is down $1.15. I’ve been playing at Full Tilt’s lowest limit game which is .10/.20 Hold Em’. My balance would be lower if not for the fact that I’ve accrued enough FTP’s to gather $15 in bonuses, and I also transferred $6 to play in last week’s Twitter Poker Tour on Stars. So it’s more like an all in all loss of $10.15 on the tables. Not so good.

It’s kind of interesting to see if I can make something more of my bank roll, and if nothing else, I’ve had a lot of fun just playing poker. I have much smaller goals (like reaching $100), and I’ll see about re-evaluating them if I’m able to get there. Anyway, I’ll update this a little bit on from time to time. Maybe with some luck, I’ll get to $100k before Daniel does.

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