After following Nathan William’s blog at www.blackrain79.com for a long time and running into him in a random bar in Chiang Mai (my new home), I decided to start a blog myself so I can share a little bit about my poker life and also try and help other players get better at this beautiful game of ours.
I’m from Germany and I got into poker around 10 years ago (watching the 2005 WSOP Main Event is what got me). I was just playing for fun for the first 5 years or so and wasn’t taking it too seriously. I was basically a huge nit and just played premium hands without any positional awareness. I C-bet virtually any flop and gave up if I was called or played back at. I actually think I was playing a winning style because everybody was playing so terribly around that time. I did have absolutely horrible bankroll management though. I would have like 200$ in my account and go play NL25 6-max. I would play solid and slowly build my roll and then have a standard downswing of 4 or 5 buy-ins (half my bankroll!) in a bad session. This would just flip me off and I would go on complete monkey tilt and spew the rest off at higher stakes.
Then I stumbled upon a book that made me realize just how much I had too learn in this game. It was like someone switched on the light and suddenly a lot of things started to make sense for me (you can raise K9 from the button? WTF?). I dropped down to NL2 and just grinded my way up through the limits with at least 30 buy-ins for each level.
After finishing my business studies I thought, why not give poker a try and head to Thailand for while? I was a winning player at NL25 at the time and I had been to Thailand a number of times and absolutely loved it there. Plus I knew that you can basically live there for as little as $500 (although I would say you need around $800 to live comfortably).
So I sold my stuff back home, bought a one-way ticket and I haven’t regretted that decision for a second. Right now I’m playing a mix of NL50 and NL100 at Stars and iPoker (6-max cash almost exclusively). It’s frustrating at times for sure and playing for a living can be an extremely stressful endeavor. But at the end of the day I’m playing a game for a living that I still enjoy very much and I can do it all on my own terms.
I’ll be using this blog to tell you guys about life here in Thailand and I’ll try to post some strategy on a regular basis to help you improve your games. Poker is a ridiculously complex game but with enough study and practice I feel that almost everyone can become a good player and make a decent amount of money.
Welcome to my blog and I hope you find something useful on here!