Newbie on deck!!!

BrinxBrinx Red Chipper Posts: 24 ✭✭
Hello to all,

Just wanted to say G'day and introduce myself.

I feel as though I am a very late addition to the poker world as well as the community. I'm 32 years old and up until 3 or 4 months ago I'd never been exposed to any form of poker. Didn't have friends or family who played and hadn't really considered dabbling in it at all. Just seemed as though it was something beyond the scope of my abilities and I was always fearful of losing money by gambling.

And then...

Not too long ago I had to learn the fundamentals so that I could attend a social function and I didn't want to look like a fool playing at the table. Well, boy did that change things for me. I had so much fun. Didn't win anything but just enjoyed the atmosphere and the game
Fast forward 16 weeks and I am absolutely hooked. I wish that I could have started my studies in poker 10 or 15 years ago. I'd know so much more right now. (You guys probably hear this all the time).

I didn't realize just how much knowledge someone must have to win at poker as well as how much I did NOT know. It's a little overwhelming but I am enjoying the challenge and the overall process.

I stumbled across the podcast one day and that has led me here. James, you should be very proud. It's by far the most coherent podcast out there today. Although I cannot follow a lot of the content just yet because of my inexperience I am tremendously excited to learn and refine my skillset. What I have managed to understand has been extremely helpful (especially in terms of goal setting and the bigger picture).

I was gifted a Poker for Dummies book (like I said I am a novice) and am working my way through. Will look for guidance from the Red Chip Team after I am done with that book.

I work from home so I have quite a lot of time to study and set my own schedule. I feel much better knowing that I have this team and the forums to guide me. I'll try to post as much feedback and questions as I can. That way you can guage how relevant your content is and I can continue to grow as a player.

Please feel free to critique my play and everything that I post. I am a Professional Writer by trade so I have developed very thick skin over the years. Workshopping material to a forum does not phase me in the slightest. I'd just treat it like my writing.

Although I very much enjoyed the live play I think I will wait quite a while before playing at a table again. Don't have a lot of people to play socially with unfortunately. I'd rather study, learn and play online for the moment. Once I can turn a profit I might dip my toe in a low stakes live game. I am very close to Sydney Casino and frequent Melbourne a fair bit for work with Screen Australia so Crown Casino is an option also. All in all I think those two locations are a very very long ways down the road.

Once again, incredibly excited. A big thank you to James and all the contributors. I can see just how much time and effort have gone into this site. I really hope you can keep updating content and in 2-3 years from now you guys don't fade into the background as just another poker training site. I'd like to always have you there to guide me and as I better myself I plan on jumping into some coaching. I think that will help tremendously. Think that I should at least learn how to speak the language first so we can all communicate. That's my short term goal.



  • Patrick LawlerPatrick Lawler Red Chipper Posts: 108 ✭✭
    Hey! Welcome to the RCP!

    You've got a lot of catching up to do but it sounds like you relish the challenge so good luck to you!

    As well as playing the micros online you might want to try to find a really small live game local to you. I don't know if its the same in Aus but in the UK we have pub leagues that do one night turbo tourneys for like £5-£10 buyins. It's a pretty terrible standard of poker but its a good place to learn the basic concepts.

    As you say above, until you know the basics a lot of this stuff is going to go over your head. But, you're in the right place as (in general) there are no stupid questions in the RPC forum.

    Good luck and keep us updated, don't think there are many absolute novices on here so will be cool to follow your story.

  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,082 -
    Welcome to the party Anthony! I'm glad to hear you enjoy the podcast and I look forward to chatting with you about hands on the forum!
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  • BrinxBrinx Red Chipper Posts: 24 ✭✭
    Many thanks for the welcome guys.

    Patrick, great suggestion re the Pub Leagues. We do have them down here so I will take a look into what is available.

    "Good luck and keep us updated, don't think there are many absolute novices on here so will be cool to follow your story."

    This is going to be very interesting, indeed. I am going to study my butt off and hit you guys up for as much advice as possible.
  • DrTriciaDrTricia RCP Coach Posts: 190 ✭✭
    Welcome to the party :-)
  • FilthyCasualFilthyCasual Red Chipper Posts: 871 ✭✭✭
    Those poker hooks caught another! Welcome to this crazy game!

    I'll second the pub/bar league. Relatively no cost and something to do for a few hours. Great place to get a 'feel' for the game. Sure, you get what you pay for as far as the player pool goes, but if you like poker, you can do a lot worse for the cost of a few pints

    If your solely studying, it's easy to lose focus on what gave you the enjoyment, in my humble opinion
  • BrinxBrinx Red Chipper Posts: 24 ✭✭
    No, that is a very goof point. I don't want to stop having fun along the way. I know that my motivation to succeed will deteriorate if I don't mix it up a little.
  • The MuleThe Mule Red Chipper Posts: 790 ✭✭✭
    I was in almost exactly the same place as you are about four years ago.

    I was invited to a poker night by some guys from work. They were talking up how aggressive the game was (but probably not good I suspect). I knew the basic mechanics but had no clue on strategy, so I hit the internet to learn as much as I could as fast as I could, so I wasn't the dumb money.

    The poker night never happened, but here I am four years later.

    There is (was ?) a $1000 free roll at the Great Northern Hotel in Chatswood on a Tuesday night. I also had a mate who played in a pub league in Wooloomooloo. I never played poker at Star, but it seemed like rubbish. Crown is so much better. Anyway, I'd recommend play money online just to learn the mechanics, then hitting the microstakes.

    Best of luck.

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