I've been a poker pro the last 10 years. I mainly played live the first 7 years of my career but due to health issues I mostly play mid and high stakes mtts fulltime on ACR and Ignition. I plan to use this thread to post updates on my goals and progress in trying to get to the highest stakes mtts, as well as stories I want to write up on how I got into poker and being a live pro for many years. Also, if you have any mtt questions I'm trying to respond to every post in the mtt section of the forums.
Now : Will post monthly results updates
Since 2017 according to sharkscope I have a 40% ROI with an avg buy in of $53 on ACR
My ROI on mtts $10-$30 116% with avg buy in of $26 over 2400 mtts
ROI on $31-99 is 34% with a $65 avg buy in over 1700 mtts
ROI on $100+ -22% with avg buy in of $165 over 400 mtts.
Now I know Im a winner at the high stakes MTTs on ignition (No re rentry and worse players). But I also dont have great records to figure out my roi and havent had any good software till recently to track it. On ACR Over half my losses at the high stakes MTTs were from shot taking in 2017 after a big score where I was definitely not a winner in the games. I've been game selecting in 2019 for the high stakes mtts, only playing the large field MTTs as the smaller field ones have a much higher concentration of winning players in them. I think my skill level is such that I should be a winner in these games, but I also know I need to get better. Mainly I think I'm getting crushed by the good players when we get to sub 25bb and Im just playing too loose preflop, theyre calling 3b shoves properly and 3b shoving vs me way more often than players at lower and mid stakes. So thats the main thing Im working on right now. By the end of the year I want to get my mid stakes ROI above 50% and the high stakes roi above 15% With a longer term goal of 30%+
My First Time
My dad would have friends over to play poker once a month. I was 11 years old and for some reason he decided I could play with them. They played nickel, dime, quarter stakes. He gave me $5 to play with (assuming I'd lose it) to learn a lesson about gambling. I truly had very little idea what I was doing. They played a lot of 7 card stud variants with wild cards. A game with dice. Something called "In between" and "7 card no peek". I just looked at my cards and tried to make what I though were good hands. By the time my mom made me leave the game and go to bed I had won $12! A fortune in my mind. I remember one of the guys, a former marine with the nickname of "Mad Dog", (who played like a maniacal lag) shouting I wasn't allowed to leave, I still had all his money.
Next month my dad let me play again. I won $15 this time! Mad dog again was not very happy when I left the table and I was banned from playing in the game after that. No lesson learned about gambling. From that moment on I held this illusion in mind that I was good at poker. That I had some special gift or talent, clearly not understanding what variance was. A few years later I watched the movie Maverick, starring Mel Gibson, who had some special ability to just magically know what card was coming off the deck and sticks all his money in on a 5 card draw hand knowing he has 2 outs to a straight/royal flush (and proceeds to slow roll the villain). Maybe I had that ability. As a senior in high school I started playing $5-10 sit n gos with friends and started buying a bunch of books. Caros Book of Tells. Super System. Caros Most profitable Holdem advice. Ace on the River. etc. I was terrible at poker, but just having the belief that I was good or that I had some weird inner talent or Mel Gibson magic led to me actually getting better at poker.
Here's that magical mel gibson scene