New, But dedicated. Where to start?

WannabeFarhaWannabeFarha Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
Hey guys. My name is Jake, I'm new to the forum. I'm 23. I am basically looking for where to start with taking poker study seriously. I know this is a broad question but let me lay it out. I played a little home game rec poker in HS with friends for quarters. 8+ years ago. Have always had a basic knowledge of the game.

I more recently got into AP Blackjack play, counting cards, etc. Learned it well but EV and needed bankroll to sustain the variance is insane. Way to much ROR for what I have to work with. While I understand its not greatly better with poker it is better.

I am very dedicated to what I put my mind to and will put almost all my free time into whatever it is, (generally 2+ hours a day plus podcasts at work), which is what I've been putting into poker now for about 3 weeks. I have played 1 live game ($1/$3 NLHE at local casino (Busted out, shoved K Flush vs Boat)), and several freerolls on ACR and Intertops. Cashed one on ACR and consistently top 100-50 in both. I play probably two a night.

This being said my bankroll is limited but replenishable $100/month+ whatever I win and anything I can grind out online from freeroll winnings. Current bankroll $200, also expands from side gigs I.E Uber etc. At this point I am not worried about BRM until there is a real BR to manage i.e I can afford to risk my 1 buy in for the experience and chance of doubling+ it as it is my own extra money. That being said I want to be the best I can be prior to risking my 1 buy in. It will be played live not online for personal preference.

I work for myself and can work when I chose and scale my business accordingly to how much income I need so time management is not an issue and if I want to transition to earning say 1/4 income from poker and 3/4 from work I can in the future.

Basically that was a long winded way of describing my scenario so I don't seem so naive about my situation or seem totally hopeless to those that know what they're doing. I don't plan on being good enough to quit my job in 3 months but that may or may not be in my future aspirations 5+ years DTR. More or less I like to go to the casino, love the game, and love being good and working hard at what I do, and if i can turn anything I do into making money I want to do it and have fun doing it. I would love to turn this into a career at least partially but understand everyone does and only few succeed.

However I do not have the money to invest in paid training and software for this currently only what I can learn for free and practice.

I have:
2 hours daily (avg) to commit to this
However small a replenishable and disposable bankroll
A good understanding of math
The ability to learn quickly.
The dedication to commit to learning everything I can about poker.
The personality to succeed and not be concerned about other people i.e I won't feel bad about beating other ppl etc.
A very sound understanding of the basics of the game i.e I dont need to learn hand rankings and how the button works but real theory and strategy.

Where should I start? What should I be looking for? What should I be playing? Assuming I want to go from 0-Daniel Negraneu where would I start? What is a good system and progression to focus on? I have a basic understanding on starting hands, putting people on ranges, betting, etc. but it often times proves just enough to get me in trouble. What are some good goals to have? I want to be a winning player and I am at the discretion of all you fine players and teachers.

I currently listen to DAT Poker podcast, FCP podcast, (Can you tell im a Negraneu fanboy), RCP podcast obvi, and am a member here and at cardschat. I am studying every night and playing freerolls but feel like I'm spinning my wheels and falling into the category of amateur that thinks he studies by watching videos but only learns enough to be a danger to himself on the felt.

My current goals are to be a profitable $1/$3 cash game player, and dabble in some MTTs when they come to town for a break in the grind with the potential for a payday.

To anybody still reading this at this point I thank you dearly and I greatly appreciate any responses I get from basic to in depth.

PS: I love the style of Negraneu, Farha, and Dwan. They will forever be my favorites.


  • WannabeFarhaWannabeFarha Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    I do realize that CORE or PRO or even 1/2 CC would be great, just do not want to spend my only BI if I can learn a lot for free, eventually to build my BR to a point PRO or CORE can make sense. They are in my future but I want to jump start this now with what I have.

    Thanks again.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 4,433 -
    There's a lot of excellent free info on these boards. Similarly on YouTube:
    Moderation In Moderation
  • EazzyEazzy Red Chipper Posts: 1,018 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't know what books if any you have read. But a fundamental book for how you should think at the table is Professional No-Limit Hold 'em: Volume I
    by Matt Flynn,Sunny Mehta, Ed Miller

    Its not very expensive, as its an older book, and covers in some detail how to use SPR (idea first presented in this book), commitment, and how to use hand reading (range R), Equity (E) and making a plan based on those two (M) thus the REM approach.

    These 3 concepts give you the model on how you should be planning your play.

    It then also gives you a frame work on how you should study, and how to put the parts together....

    Understand range (hand reading), understand equity, and understand how to plan around commitment.... you can then look for free videos, splitsuit has some good free fundamental videos on most of these, as well as others.

    I would also suggest you get a good solid chart or table or set of articles, that give you the starting hands from position. Later you will want to add or subtract from the charts, as you get a better understanding...but it really will give you a good starting point for when you take shots at your live games.
  • JBPoyntonJBPoynton Derby. UKRed Chipper Posts: 41 ✭✭
    Hey. I’m a beginner myself so have limited advice to offer but I have a couple of things that may help.

    First try and structure your study as much as possible. Create some files in folders on your computer, ranges, preflop, postflop, betting etc. then load the up with links to stuff and copy in info that you have found, preferably rewrite it so you take it in. Build a kind of database and then pick one thing to work on at a time. There is so much free info out there it can be too much without structure.

    If you’re playing online get some tracking software. Pokertracker 4 does a month free trial. Equilab is good software too and completely free.

    Audible does a month free trial, you get a free book each month so 1 free month = 1 free poker book of your choice.

    Find Alec Torreli on Youtube. His hand of the day is really good. He explains his thought process and hand reading technique brilliantly.

    Try and record hands that you have played for later review. This is important!

  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,353 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2018
    CORE, for whatever its limitations might be, is a thorough introduction to poker, irresponsibly inexpensive, and RIGHT HERE. C'mon man.
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,353 ✭✭✭✭✭
    JBPoynton wrote: »
    Find Alec Torreli on Youtube.

    Hell no. Start with people and materials working with the basic strategy of poker.
  • JBPoyntonJBPoynton Derby. UKRed Chipper Posts: 41 ✭✭
    persuadeo wrote: »
    JBPoynton wrote: »
    Find Alec Torreli on Youtube.

    Hell no. Start with people and materials working with the basic strategy of poker.

    I know he’s a top level player and I’m sure his strategy is ultra complex but for me the way he explains his hand of the day makes perfect logical sense. I regularly watch one as part of my warm up, it just helps get my mind in the right place to play poker.
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,082 -
    Trying to accomplish those goals, while also spending $0, is a great way to waste a TON of time. Yes, you could piece together a bunch of free resources and learn many things - but do you know if the material is right? Do you know how it all pieces together? Do you know what you should learn first, second, third?

    I'll second @persuadeo's suggestion of CORE. If you aren't willing to pay $5/week to learn a game that you want to play, you cannot afford to be playing. I say this with love, not to hammer on you. But spending hundreds of hours and $0 is NOT better than spending some dollars and far fewer hours.
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  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 5,007 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Life is short, live efficiently.

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