ThePokerProneurJames Ross

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What To Do With Your Poker Winnings

Managing your money and investing away from the table is important. How you handle and invest your money away from the table can have a huge factor in your poker success. I am risk adverse when it comes to my bankroll. Unlike a lot of poker players I have met and gotten to know I made a decision to pay my taxes. I understand why a lot of players don’t or are hesitant to fill
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Negatives of Dating a Poker Player

Last week we discussed the positives of dating a professional poker player. If you are a first time reader be sure to check it out. Today’s blog entry will cover just what the title says, some of the negative aspects of dating a poker player for those of you considering a career in poker.   1. Unstable income. As you can see from the graphs and monthly charts I posted for 2013 on my results
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The Pros of Dating a Poker Player

The Pros of Dating a Poker Player. Like most things in life, there are both positives and negatives when it comes to dating a professional poker player. Here is a list I’ve compiled of some of the positives.     1. They have freedom. Professional poker players have the unique and enviable ability to set their own hours and change their schedules freely. I am able to sleep in whenever I would like and can’t be
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Goal Setting vs Themes

Setting and updating personal goals has been a huge part of my success. I find it helpful to use white boards as well as apps on my phone to keep track of all my goals because It is important to be reminded of your goals visually as often as possible. I am also in the process of creating my dream/vision board. For those of you who don’t know what a vision board is, it’s a board
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Life Balance & Poker

The profitable player who’s a guppy at life! Burnt out, depressed, over eating and poor diet habits, relationship/marital problems, lack of exercise, no goals, poor financial literacy and poor bankroll management are just a few of the treacherous pitfalls I have seen bring some of the most skilled players to their knees.   This entry will examine some of the most common pitfalls I have seen many profitable players fall into: gambling, poor bankroll management, unsupported
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Positive Variance

Last week we discussed negative variance, this week we will discuss positive variance. There is no such thing as luck in poker, only positive or negative variance. Better to be lucky than good! I’m running like a god! I’m impossible to stop! I can’t be touched! I’m running clean! I can’t miss a flop! Poker gods have blessed me! When I hear players and students of mine talk like this I am not too happy
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Negative Variance

What is variance? Variance is the downswings and upswings involved with playing poker. Variance is the difference between how much money you expect to win on average over the long run and the results you are seeing during the short term.   “He is so lucky! How can I be so unlucky! I run so bad! How could that happen! This is unbelievable! I can’t win a hand! This site is rigged! They always get rewarded
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Bankroll Management $16.67 balloons to $250,000+

I am often asked, “How much money is needed to begin playing poker professionally?”, “What is an adequate bankroll?” Poor bankroll management is the number one reason on my top ten reasons players fail to excel.   I started my bank roll with just $16.67. I was fortunate enough to be able to play online at .01/.02 cent tables buying in for just one dollar. I followed Chris Ferguson’s bankroll management strategy and still do to this
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Life Before Poker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a very competitive person. Growing up I participated in many different sports: basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball and track.   At fifteen I started a LLC called JaRo Promotions, we promoted and hosted events and parties for teens. I invested a very small amount of money into the events. I printed out flyers from a home printer while  getting a friend to DJ for
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Technical concepts.

The most important technical concept I have learned and used to much success is bet fold and raise fold. This is a concept that is lost to most recreational players. They are either not aware of or simply don’t understand. The basic premise is when betting in poker you are betting for two main reasons. You bey as a bluff or for value. The concept bet fold focuses on value betting and more importantly value
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Physical tells & betting patterns.

 I recently played a hand at 2-5 NL where physical tells, betting patterns and meta game played a factor into my decision. This decision led to me winning a pot over 2k. I developed my basic skills from playing online professionally. Betting patterns and timing tells were all I had to go on. I have come a long way since the online grind and black Friday.The hand played out as follows… I was about 5 hours into a
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Exercise and Nutrition

    Exercise and nutrition both play a key role in your short-term and long-term success in poker. At my heaviest I weighed about 190 pounds, now after making some drastic changes to my diet and beginning an exercise routine, I weigh about 177 pounds. I decided to make these changes in order to be more successful at poker while also being able to play longer sessions, and oh yea, be a healthier human being.
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 Cash Versus Tournaments

People always seem to assume I play tournaments for a living when I tell them I play poker professionally. “When will I see you on TV?” they often ask. Then I have to sit and explain to them that I play cash games. If you are new to poker, you may be asking yourself, “So what’s the difference?”. There is a huge difference between cash games and tournaments. I have never attempted to play tournaments full-time.
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Moving Up Stakes

    As a professional player the ability to play in bigger games with higher stakes while sustaining a high win rate is the equivalent to giving yourself a raise. Whenever I am asked whether I think it’s better to be a $5-$10 player or a $2-$5 player, my response is always the same; You should play in the best game your bankroll allows without going broke. When playing poker you are simply investing your
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What it Means to be a Pro.

“I’m a poker player. You just play poker” To me, a professional poker player is someone who earns a living playing poker as his or her primary source of income. Semi-professionals, on the other hand, play part-time for profit while holding down “a real job”, whatever the heck that is. Being a professional is not just about having money and sitting at the tables every day, being a professional is 80% about what you do
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ThePokerProneur

To all those whom I have never met on the felt or through everyday life, my name is James Ross. This is the first entry in what I hope to be a very informative poker blog. I decided to create this blog as a means to track my progress as a professional poker player and cash game specialist . I also hope it may serve as a possible inspiration to those who wish to play professionally.  Poker is a predictably volatile game,
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