Posts Tagged ‘Party Poker’

Posted by baccaratguru at December 22, 2009

Category: online poker

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I am a stay at home dad to Anna, a gregarious 10 month old little girl that is the star of the show. I have had many jobs over the years, including short-order cook, butcher, and attorney. Raising Emma is the best job that I have ever had. My wife, Anna’s mom, is a wonderful woman, supportive, and doesn’t even get too upset when I check raise her with the nuts on our anniversary at the El Dorado poker room. And she went to San Diego State, not UCSD.

I have been playing poker since I learned how to play 5 card draw when I was 3 years old. I started playing in brick and mortar casinos in 1990, when most games in northern California were spread limit 7 card stud. I played off and on until 2004, when I began playing at Party Poker on a semi-regular basis.

I focused on limit holdem, because it seemed to be what most other people were playing. I had played a few times when I could not find a 7CS game in the casino, but I had little understanding of the game. I quickly lost my first 200 buy-in at $2-4, but I had a job and re-depositing was not a real concern. I repeated this several times before I went out and bought a book to learn how to play. I read Sklansky’s Theory of Poker, and realized just how much I had to learn. I went back to Borders bookstore and spent $200 buying most of the strategy books related to limit holdem. I read them all before venturing back to the tables.

I bought back in to Party Poker, and good things started to happen. I ran my bankroll up from 200 to over $5,000, mostly by placing 3rd at a 10+1 MTT with 2300 people and by being at the table when a bad beat jackpot was hit. I cashed out $4,000 and have been playing on the remainder since, which is a good thing since I quit working to raise my daughter – if I lose the bankroll now, my poker playing days are over for the foreseeable future.

So let’ see how it goes. What is important in online poker is patience and discipline, and I think I finally got these two right.

Ok we love online poker and we talked about it and why we love playing poker
on the Web. You can check our pages about Texas Hold’em poker and our reviews.

The thing is that we got a lot of inspiration and motivation to get better players
thanks to one of our idol Patrik Antonius. Patrik is a superstar of the game of poker,
both in live settings and at online poker. So here is a little bit of history about Patrik and the game of poker.

First let us be clear. As we said at other pages our favorite online poker room is Party Poker. But Patrik Antonius is a member of the exclusive team at Full Tilt Poker. No big deal, we play there occasionally as well, as this is a great place for poker as well.

Antonius was born and raised in Finland. As a teenager, his goal was to become a professional tennis player before turning his attention to poker. Antonius burst onto the international poker scene in 2005 when he finished six times in the top 15 at major tournament events that year. This included a third place at the EPT Barcelona, a second place in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and two wins, the Championship of Scandinavia and the EPT Baden Classic.

Antonius gains amounted to 1.7 million in 2005. That same year he was named “Best Hope 2005″ at the European Poker Awards. Antonius became the 14th member of Team Full Tilt, the first player to be added individually since Allen Cunningham in October 2006. The other member of the Team are Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. A great bunch
of poker friends.