Former NLHE cash semi-pro now grinding again after a long break from poker.

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Former NLHE cash semi-pro now grinding again after a long break from poker.

Hey everyone,

I'm going to add some biographical details in bits and pieces ("chapters"?) as I find time (probably once a week), but I thought it could be valuable to start a journal/thread here on the site to document some different things, like overall progress, good MTT results, and individual hands that don't merit a thread of their own.

The short version of my poker story is this: I was playing NL100 semi-professionally in undergrad back in ~2009 and then I mostly quit playing in order to focus on school. Having since explored the academic path almost to its maximum (grad school/etc), I'm returning to poker in 2018 to take a proper run at playing full-time. I don't know how much I'll divulge about why I'm returning, but the short version is: I like poker a lot and I've had enough success at it that I think it should be a significant part of my life.

These days, I'm mostly focusing on low-stakes PLO and mid-stakes online MTTs, with live MTT aspirations as well. (I also love mixed games, but being in the US my options are pretty limited: stud8 runs on ACR often enough that it scratches that itch reasonably well... but if I could play more HORSE/8-game online I'd love it... I even play Badugi & 8-game on sometimes just because I enjoy the variety of these different games that much.)

I live in the Southeast US which is a little bit of a live poker desert, but I'm within driving distance of Harrah's Cherokee, so I plan on hitting some of their WSOPc events. Similarly, a major goal of mine is an annual trip to(/near) the WSOP (which I've only done twice so far, enjoying it both times), so a lot of what I'm pursuing at the moment is a bankroll that allows me to spend as much of May-July 2019 as I can in Las Vegas, probably to primarily grind some Rio STSs, play some of the cheaper bracelet events regardless of satellite results, and grind various MTTs and cash games around town as my bankroll allows at that point.

So hopefully come ~June I'll be doing better than spending one week playing at The Orleans (no offense to that cardroom; it's just the lowest budget grinding option during the Series and I'm hoping for at least—like—an Aria/Wynn-level bankroll, haha... even Golden Nugget/Binion's I could live with), and hopefully I'll be moving up stakes in PLO over the next few months!


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