Lately I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like on PokerMoments. One reason for this is that I’ve been extremely busy at work.
Another reason is that my daughter has been suffering from complications (scar tissue) due to a ruptured appendix she had about a year and a half ago, and lately her problem has been getting worse. As a result, I’ve had to spend a lot more time caring for her.
A third reason is that I am no longer playing online poker. Part of the reason for this is that I made a New Year’s resolution not to play, and the other part has to do with the recent government crackdown on the companies, like Neteller, that do the processing of payments to online poker rooms. I have about $250 in Neteller that I am unable to withdraw because of this nonsense. Argh!
I feel as if I need to do something about this dearth of posts. After all, it would be wrong to deprive the faithful readers of PokerMoments. So I contacted an ex-student of mine who loves poker, a super smart guy, who aspires to become a professional poker player, and I asked him if he would be willing to be a frequent contributor to the site. He agreed.
This means that you can look forward to reading many more posts about a real player’s poker experiences (this ex-student has actually contributed to PokerMoments before – see here). I believe this is an exciting development, because, unlike me, this new contributor actually plays poker tournaments and cash games and for significantly more money than I’d be willing to risk. He also studies the poker books and analyzes what he’s doing when he’s playing. There is no question that he is more knowledgeable about poker than I. I’m sure his posts will be extremely instructive and insightful.
So without further adieu, let me now introduce you to Kyle Smith, who will tell you a little about himself.
My name is Kyle Smith and I am a senior chemical engineering student. My brother got me into poker when I was in high school and I have been playing in home game tournaments and cash games until I turned 21. Now I play cash and tournament games at Atlantic City. Like any competitive game out there, I always take it upon myself to do whatever I can to improve my ability at the game.
I have read “Play Poker Like the Pro’s”, ‘the Super System”, ‘the Theory of Poker”, and “Harrington on Hold’em Volumes 1 and 2”. Every table I play at, whether it is a cash game or tournament, I treat each moment like a learning experience. I make mental notes of what hands I have lost with, the hands I lost to, and how the betting occured. My dream goal would be to make it as a professional poker player.
My future blogs will be about key hands that I have played in tournaments and cash games along with my reasoning and thought process as to why I played them the way I did. I will also do my best to cite the books where I learned to play like that (so if interested by the story you may purchase the book).
That aside, my favorite professional poker player would have to be Phil Ivey. He mixes up his style of play so rapidly that it
makes it very tough to get a read on him. I try my best to adapt my style of play similar to his, but it can be quite challenging at times. I’m a tight player at the start of any table. I take my first moments of play watching the two people to my left and two people to my right. Labeling them as tight or aggressive players. Paying attention to their betting styles and how they conduct themselves. Once I get a good feel on those 4 players, i’ll start playing hands and focusing on the table as a whole.
I look foward to sharing my stories soon and hopefully people can learn and improve upon the way I played the hand or learn and improve upon my thought process.