-I'm so excited to be playing poker full time again. My last day of work at Barneys New York was on May 14th. That felt like the longest two weeks of my life (actually a week and a half). ONLY through God and His grace, could this be possible. Not even six months ago, I was applying for all kinds of retail jobs. I even applied for two Target locations. It was a very humbling experience and I am so thankful I went through it. I really didn't want to go out and get a job after being self employed for so long. Finally, I said "Lord, I trust You and if You want me at a job so be it". I followed His plan and my faith was rewarded. Philippians 4:12 teaches us through Christ, we can be content in every circumstance we're in. In prosperity and in suffering. The first place that hired me was the Walking Company. During this time, I studied the word of God and even though my job only paid me $10/hr plus commision, I felt richer with more peace and joy then when I was playing 5/10nl and collecting envelopes full of cash every week from booking sports. When I was doing things my own way, it never worked out right. When I started putting all my trust in the Lord, I've been walking in His favor ever since.
-So, what are the changes that I have to make to create long term success in poker this time around? I have thousands of hours logged, so i know i can beat the game for a good amount. The strategy aspect wasn't the problem. For me, I wasn't being disciplined with proper bankroll management and good time management. Having a seperate bankroll for poker is something I didn't do in the past and it's the main reason my business couldn't go on. Now I have a bankroll that's only for poker that produces income that i pay our personal checking account once a week. For time management, I only play when I feel good and on my A game. My friend Andrew gave me a good tip on how he does this. He plays a session for two hours and if nothing is going right, he'll change table or casino. If nothing is happening after a couple table changes, he'll call it a day. If things are going great, he'll play forever. If he runs bad he'll just quit out right. He's a player I highly respect and has been having great results for a long time now. When he first brought this to my attention, I didn't agree because i was an online multi-tabler and always just played through variance. However, with live poker being very slow and our mindset having such a big influence on the way we play, we have to be careful not to put in sessions when we're thinking negative. It takes a lot of discipline to just leave a game but it's worth it. I'll be posting results and graph screen shots as soon as I learn how to do it. Hope this helps. GL at the tables.