Introduction & Study Group

ImperatorImperator Red Chipper Posts: 899 ✭✭✭
I am new here and so far I am only in for the free trial. But I am enjoying the videos so much that I think I will stay for at least another month, and who knows maybe another month after that, etc.

I want to start some kind of study group in the NYC area. I live in Astoria, Queens but am willing to travel. The study group could mostly be done by email but I think meeting when convenient would be a good thing. I would be willing to coordinate and do the organizing work.

I have a strict rule. My poker winnings must pay my way when buying poker study materials, etc. So what ever the costs of remaining on this site or starting a study group has to be paid for by poker winnings.

So far I've been playing in the home games and card rooms in New York City. I started out last year in 2015 Feb. with a $700 dollar bank roll. I was mostly playing in "Home Games" at that point, a few in the back rooms of bars. These were mostly guys having fun and the the stakes were as low .50-$1, sometimes $1-$1, but mostly $1-$2.

The guys were not good players and I did well, not because I'm good, but simply by playing tight preflop, only entering the game with a raise, and doing some basic pot-odds calculations post-flop. Nothing else.

I worked myself up to about $3,000 by playing like this and by being friendly so I got invited back to games. I like people. I like to know about people. I don't talk poker at the table but I like to listen to others talk about themselves. So I got invited back to very soft games and won little by little

Around October I felt I had made enough money to go to one of the big midtown poker card-rooms. I went. Then something bad happen. On my first night at one of those underground poker joints ("Tell them Jose sent you.") I made more than $2000 at a very wild $1-$2 game.

I'm being ironic that this was a bad thing but it's not untrue. It was bad because it made me think that I was better than I was. It was bad because it got me hooked on this game.

Since October I've been up and down in my winnings at the NYC card-rooms. I've gone to some home games in my home towns way Uptstate, New York and way downstate in Southwest, Florida (the two places I grew up). Now I have a bankroll of more than $8000 dollars. It was a good year for a weekend warrior.

The thing is I know I'm not good so I'm not quite sure how I got here. I've been reading Zac's stuff and he is actually better at thinking things through than I am. I can tell. This is not false modesty. When I play on-line in the .25/.50 micros I lose, lose, lose.

Lately I haven't been playing as much as I want to. Partly because I find the underground card-rooms in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Flushing, a little bit scary, a bit too tiring, and at times intimidating; partly because the last time I went to my usual Midtown game, 3 weeks ago I lost $800 dollars in one night and that never happened to me before. I shouldn't get scared but I did. A final reason is that these card-room games start late and go through the whole night and, in truth, I am a morning person. I like getting up at 5 am and studying poker for 2 hours going to the gym and coming home to do my work. (I'm a writer and work from home.)

I need to get to the casinos and I've never gone to play NLHE at any of the casinos. I'm that new at this game that I've only played home games and card rooms. I'm planning to go the Sands because it is closest to me and my girlfriend, who is also my accountant, wants to get me to a casino. She loves that I play poker. (What can I say... she's Korean and I'm lucky.)

And I love the game. I real love NLHE and I want to get better. I don't want to be the best worse player I want to be a decent player.

So I want a study group.


  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,082 -
    Welcome to the party Jerry! Best of luck finding a local study group =)
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  • ChipXtractorChipXtractor Red Chipper Posts: 1,193 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2016
    These things have a way of never really getting off the ground. That being said, I would love to be a part of the group if you will have me. I am a LI guy.
  • mbehr1983mbehr1983 Red Chipper Posts: 635 ✭✭✭
    I am a LL guy as well and don't have a network setup here so if be interested
  • ImperatorImperator Red Chipper Posts: 899 ✭✭✭
    These things have a way of never really getting off the ground. That being said, I would love to be a part of the group if you will have me. I am a LI guy.

    I know it is hard to get these things off the ground. Chipextractor! I listened to your podcast with Sweeney and I would be proud to be in a study group with you. You are already a celebrity with me! If I can arrange it I will. Long Island outside of Queens and Brooklyn is not in my usual hunting/gathering range but I can see what I can do.

    One thing I will do is write a little bit about the books I'm reading and the things I'm studying.

    M. Behr. Where in LI are you? How far out of NYC?

    If nothing else I will tell you guys when I'm going to the Sands or one of the other casinos.

    ChipeXtractor, I heard you go on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday? Is that right? Monday, Tuesday are often good days for me to get out of the city. Though I also want to try Thursday and Friday when I can make it.

  • ImperatorImperator Red Chipper Posts: 899 ✭✭✭
    SplitSuit wrote: »
    Welcome to the party Jerry! Best of luck finding a local study group =)

    Thank you, SplitSuit. I am a great admirer of your ability to explain poker concepts.

    I also like the way you occasionally import economic analysis into your poker training. The U of Chicago taught me one thing; economic theory is good when it can be applied in a steady rule based system. (I'm not sure it applies to real-life where "the House" is the government and the rent-seekers are the owners of capital who end up owning "the House." Remind me to stay away from politics at the poker table. and probably here. ) But poker is a good rule-based system and the more math, game theory, econ-concepts you import into your teaching the more it makes me happy. I like theory!

    Is there anything I can contribute to these forums to help out? I will want to write regularly on these forums if I become a regular member. I am a technical/science writer by trade and occasional college teacher, so I write just to know what I think.

    Let me be clear, I'm not asking for anything from you in this, just wondering what's the best way to contribute to the forums, or wherever.

    I have a feeling I'm older than most of you guys. My poker experience is mostly pre-Texas Hold'em. But I am young in this game, for sure. Thanks for the welcome.
  • dirty moosedirty moose Red Chipper Posts: 482 ✭✭✭
    Welcom Jerry! I'm over here in Maspeth.
  • dirty moosedirty moose Red Chipper Posts: 482 ✭✭✭
    Welcom Jerry! I'm over here in Maspeth.

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