It was 2005. The game was No-Limit Texas Hold’em. I had just moved to LA a month earlier with little in my bank account, and the weekly $5 buy-in was my entire budget. I had never played, but I was a quick learner. I had to be. A win meant pizza for dinner. A loss meant Ramen noodles. A few lucky hands in and I was hooked. It wasn’t long before this little card game became my new addiction.
I studied. I watched. I read. Anything to find an edge. It helped that it was the middle of the poker boom. Every channel had a poker show, and everyone I knew ran a home game. I played whenever I could. The buy-ins got bigger, but money was just a way to keep score. What mattered was limiting mistakes and beating the game. I spent hours analyzing each hand, how they were played, and what I could have done differently. The poker gods were often cruel, and emotions sometimes got involved, but I worked to focus on only what I could control. Getting busted out was a win if I played every hand correctly.
It was 2015. A good friend invited me over for a cigar and a chat. He was working on something I had never heard of, and he knew I would be interested. As he explained the different colored lines and boxes on the screen, it was overwhelming, but I was intrigued. The comparison to poker was obvious to me. Wait for the right hand. Lose small pots, win big ones. Bankroll management is key. Find an edge.
It took a year before I decided to focus on Forex. I’ve approached it like I did poker. I study. I watch. I read. I analyze each trade for mistakes, and work on only what I can control. This website serves as a cumulation of what I have learned and as a way to keep me engaged in my continued education. It’s a poker player’s view of the forex market. If anyone finds any information here useful, all the better! Good Luck, and don’t be a Donkey.