New project: $100nl full ring

by PokerAnon ~ April 19th, 2010. Filed under: Bankroll, Poker psychology.

I had some discussions with a non-poker player about my difficulty getting comfortable moving to $50nl FR.

3-1/2 years ago I deposited $50 on PokerStars. After a month of donking around the bankroll was down to $18, but then I decided I would be willing to redeposit in order to earn the $50 deposit bonus. I started grinding $10nl tables (buying in for 60 bbs at first). Two weeks before the end of the 6 month period I cleared the bonus, and had accumulated $200 of my own winnings to go with it. With that $50 bonus I decided to take stabs at $25nl, being willing to quit if I lost that $50 bonus. Instead I made another $100 or so before I ran into a problem trying to add more aggression to my game. That froze my bankroll at around $400 for about the next year.

It’s now 3-1/2 years since I decided to grind $10nl with an $18 bankroll, and 3 years since I took stabs at $25 with a $250 bankroll. Now my bankroll is nearing $2,500 and I’m still playing $25nl as my base game. I had a session with a coach (more on that when it’s complete) and he said that I’m ready for $50nl. It’s nice to have his confirmation, but you know, I think that I’ve known that for a long time.

In spite of the introspective, analytical nature of this blog I still haven’t been able to figure out why I play $25nl after 3-1/2 years and with a 100 buyin bankroll. I’ve got 50 buyins for $50nl, even 25 buyins for $100nl. I’ve taken some stabs, had little bits of success, but always ended up getting away from grinding and then starting back at $25nl, or even $10nl when I wanted to regain my full stack game after a period of experimentation with short stacking.

So after some discussion with the non-poker player she brought up the idea of playing $100nl. I thought, what’s the point of that? Well, if I like to do projects and try different things (my entire poker career seems to be a series of projects that last anywhere from a few days to a few months before I wander off to a new project), why not try $100nl as a project? I thought, geez, I’d better go see my doctor first to see if I’m able to survive the anxiety.

But, I’m going to give it a go. I’m allocating $200 to experiment with, but if I lose $100 the project may end; the second $100 is more as backup so that if I’m down $50 I can still play without having to only buy in with $50. It’s a very tight bankroll stab, meaning that it may very well be short lived. I’d better savor the moments while they last.


I realized that both when I started at $10nl and when I took a stab at $25nl I played with 60bb buyins for the first few sessions. I’ve avoided that short stack-ish approach lately when starting something new but I might as well apply it again in this project to simulate as much as possible.

So, starting today you’ll see me hanging about the $100 tables, looking to buy into a single table with $60. Should be interesting to see how it goes.

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