pokerjoker114, on Monday, March 10th, 2008, 3:02 PM, said:
Zach: Thank you very much. This is more of the response I was looking for. I do appreciate you taking the time to explain some of these things as well. I will defiantly give some thought to all the suggestions you made. To give you a little feedback on some of the questions you ask here are some answers:How long have you played: I have played poker (as a hobby) for about 15 years. The last 3 have been serious though.How long have you charted your records: The last 3 yearsHow many hours have you played: On average about 700 hours per year or 60 hours a month or 15 hours a weekAverage I agree with not knowing allot about games over 5/10 but again that is what my questions are for. I do want to move up so help pad some of these things. I do see where you are coming from too on the internet play. I have been entertaining the idea more but still not my first choice. It I did do that it would only be in a part time capacity or only to change things up a bit.Again, thanks for the response I will defiantly look more into the items you bring up.
So, 15 years is a good chunk of experience. It's good to know that you're not just one of those kids who ran well for a few months, and decided to drop out of school, etc. And 3 years of serious play is quite a bit, although it's not exactly a huge chunk, since it's live play.To put it in perspective, we'll say 30 hands per hour, for 700 hours, you're looking at 21,000 hands per year since you've started the record keeping. That's a decent sample, but it is entirely possible for someone to be running hot over that stretch, and it's also entirely possible to run poorly for that number of hands. Could you handle having a losing year? If you don't believe me, go through the New Challenge (old challenge) thread and look at some of the graphs the NL players post. These guys play upwards of 50k hands per month, and still sometimes have losing months, breakeven months, etc. It's just something you'll need to be ready for psycologically. 63,000 hands total, if you're winning at a decent clip over that stretch, there's a high probability you are in fact a winning player, so that's certainly good for you to know. Doesn't mean you can't have the monster swings.With respect to the internet play, yeah, it goes the same way. Often, I get sick of the grind of playing online all day, the same I would if I played live for a living. For that reason, I make trips to Vegas, I play a bit at the card room here, etc. I was merely suggesting it, so that you'd leave it open as an option, because playing cards every day for a long stretch will become tedious. It's very nice to switch it up a little, so it's nice to have something like this, where you can stay home with the wife, get in a few hours of work, and relax the rest of the time, etc.