Thursday, September 29, 2011
I was pretty shocked today to be asked by a colleague and friend just how I started out in this wonderful world of poker. It prompted me to jump to my blog and do some all needed writing. I figured it was time to mark my poker journey. Where did I come from? How did it start? What have I achieved and where have I come to? The first part of a journey is always where it starts. So where did i come from? How did my poker life begin?
Once upon a time in far away Australia there lived a lady in her mid twenties who had some wonderful kids, no partner, no money and no social life. She spent many a night at home after the children retired to bed bored out of her mind for hours on end. Not being able to afford much at all this lady pulled out an old PC and started tinkering away on it on her newly ordered dialup internet connection. She was a big reader so spent most of her nights simply reading things on various internet sites.
One day she had read enough, she couldn't be bothered reading anything else, she felt like playing games and with no man around had no one to play with (lol). She typed in the words "online games" hoping to find something like a mind games site, something like Mensa mind games. Instead of Mensa Mind Games in front of her curious eyes popped up the words "Play Free Online Poker, Download Poker For Free, Play with Real Live people." The lady clicked the link and went to the download page and after waiting about an hour for her dialup connection to download the new poker game she made an account.
The curious lady went straight ahead and found a free money table she could join. There was one she found with 1 seat available and she could see the people on it all chatting very nicely to each other. She joined the table and immediately was welcomed and asked where she came from. Poker wasn't new to her, she had seen the game played as a child and had played many a draw game but playing online poker, keeping up with these weird betting techniques as well as the chat (which may as well have been like that at a BBQ) she found pretty hard.
Over the following hours she got to know a little about the people she had joined and also those who came along as the night grew. She found out that these people all gathered daily. At one stage they pointed out that there was a very long wait line to join the table and it was always a resident friend. The young lady was pointed in the direction of the buddy list and told to add them all and find them tomorrow by clicking their name. She did just that!
The same time the very next evening, the evening after and many, many, many evenings after the lady joined the same people to play a nightly game of poker and chat with her friends about love, life and all the things that came with it. She then found a freeroll tournaments tab and wouldn't you know it! She played her very first tournament with more then 800 players and WON!
Realizing there was not only fun, but also money in online poker the young lady decided she would take a punt and play each night after her kids went to bed to see how much money she could make. Before she knew it she was playing and winning a nice $300 a week which sure as hell made her life a little more comfortable.
The kids loved the bonuses, the lady started saving and she was no longer bored out of her brain. The lady and her family lived happily ever after! Actually; they lived happily ever after until today as she writes this blog post. This is just the start of an amazing poker journey. More tales from both sides of the felt of how my life became where it is today coming up!