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This is my first time posting a blog via Email. Let's hope this works. I didn't play any poker last night, but managed to squeeze in about an hour of play in the morning/afternoon for a $25+ run at 1/2. I had an especially good time tilting players. I sucked out on one guy on a couple of occasions, which set him up for some smack talk. At another table, the player was horrible, but still insisted that it was my luck that I was hitting draws or catching cards when the appropriate pot odds were present. That's fine with me. I took his "lucky" comment, and grew it from a seedling of despair to a full-on tilt flower. You can call me Gardener Jordan, because that was pretty much my MO yesterday. I cultivated tilt through clever rapport with unsuspecting ATMs. One of my favorite lines, which came in handy at both tables, is "Should I get you a tissue?" (Wait for a few seconds...) "Or a tampon?" That'll show them for boo hoo-ing.

This is what I love about poker. The mental aspect of it all. Winning is nice too.

I'm looking forward to meeting up for a Heads Up match against Steeler (and hopefully, DNasty) in the next couple of days. I've come to bring the pain, as a warning.

My online bankroll is at $325 or so, which is nice. I'd like to be at $400 by the end of August. It's a modest goal, but right now I can't even promise that I'll get there.

Quick note: Noble Poker has a 60% Reload bonus, so I deposited an additional $100 there. I'm working off the bonus at limit tables, following the Limit Challenge guidelines (see sidebar for link).

If you are interested in Noble or any other online casino, go to, and use referral code HighOnPoker. Or, if you prefer, use referral code TripJax or GCox25, where you get a free tampon with you bonus. Hahaha. Smack talk at its best.

posted by Jordan @ 10:48 AM,


At 12:22 PM, Blogger the new said...

The goal of $400 by the end of this month is definitely attainable. I'd be wary of playing a lot of 1/2 limit on a smaller br, though. Running cold in consecutive sessions will put a large dent in it. Even losing 2 buy-ins of 20X BB ... you know? But, I'm ultra-conservative when it comes to br vs. limits. I won't play at a limit hold em level if I don't have 300X the BB in my br.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Thanks for your comments on bankroll management. I've had issues in the past, and I wonder if you have any advice or suggestions regarding NL bankroll management.

I'm using the limit challenge structure for my limit play. If you don't know what I'm talking about, take a look at my links to Notable Posts. I got the structure from DNasty, who got it from DoubleAs. It's done me well so far. It's not as conservative as your 300x BB strategy, but its a lot more conservative than my old, "I want action!" strategy.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger the new said...

That looks like a solid structure because of the stop limit put on losses. I think that I overestimate players a lot, even at levels like 2/4, 3/6, and 5/10 -- which is absurd considering that I didn't even know how to play properly when I first made a PokerStars account, and I was surviving and making a slim profit at the 3/6 level in short-handed games.

I'm not sure what a 'proper' NL bankroll is. I've read in some forums that around 1200X the BB is 'proper'.

Of course, I have friends (who I kill in home games) that built their bankroll by depositing $100 at a time on PokerStars and playing 5/10 until they had a great rush of cards and ran it up to $500 in a night. They later lost it playing 10/20, but what can you do?

I think the 300X br is for people who are looking to play professionally. It's there so you never go sbove your head and take a bigger hit than you can afford to take. Granted, no one wants a big hit, but if you have a regular day job the sting is reduced.

For what you're doing (and for me as well) I think something closer to DoubleA's structure works pretty well. I'll still be conservative until my cold sessions stop, though.

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