THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A TOTAL WRITE OFF FOR POKER DUE TO PERSONAL COMMITMENTS SO THERE IS NO GRAPH/RESULTS FOR THIS WEEK
It’s that most wonderful time of the year! fa la la laaaa la laaa la laaaaaa
No not bloody christmas, that will be over and done with soon enough! The time of year I’m talking about is that wonderful time when grinders all over the planet are making plans for next years schedules and volume targets.
As I’ve never been as serious as I am now about poker, I have never made plans and goals based on any actual evidence or forced myself to stick to them. Rather I have just set somewhat arbitrary volume targets based on what I feel I can/should play, not on numbers and data.
This year however is different, I have a solid sample of games from the last 12 months+ on which I can derive a meaningful and fairly accurate R.O.I on which to base calculations on for next year. This is only part of it though as this doesn’t account for the Pokerstars VIP program and rewards.
I spent a few days this week constructing a spreadsheet in order to make this planning easier, it allows me to input my volume of games per day, for whatever buyin level, or mixtures of buyins I aim to play in a day. It then does all the calculations to tell me how many VPPs/FPPs I will collect, then converts those to $ rewards based on my VIP level and tells me how many months it will take to hit Supernova using that volume. It also takes my ROI and calculates a profit from that and the games played, then adds it all together with the bonus’ and gives me a projection of profit for a month.
Making this spreadsheet has been extremely helpful, not only in setting goals but in seeing how damaging it is to miss a few games here and there from sessions and how much small margins have a massive impact over the long haul plan for the year.
Hitting the ground running in January is imperative, I can’t accomplish everything in January, but I need to start as I mean to go on for the year, and messing up the first month will be disastrous and make gaining momentum in February even harder, and then obviously this runs into the rest of the year.
The first step to SN, is Platinum, which I will hit by the end of January, then the next large target is SN itself, which I should hit around middle-end of August with the goals I have set myself for volume. This is dependant on me sticking religiously to the targets I have set, to give you guys a rough idea of the volume I need to sustain it is around 150 games/day, roughly split between 120x$7 and 30x$15 totalling 3k games/month. This is based on a 5 day work week, and not playing evenings, as much as I love poker, I am not going to turn into someone that grinds 18 hours a day and has no social life, the point of me playing poker is to give myself a decent lifestyle and income and working around “normal” working hours, not locking myself inside 24/7.
The volume figure will drop as I transition to playing solely the $15 and fewer and fewer $7s as the higher the buyin, the more rake you pay and therefore the more FPPs you get/game. As well as my volume targets I have a list of short, medium and long term targets for the year, some poker related and some more general life stuff, such as getting fitter and healthier as I don’t want to turn into a fat bastard as I grind this year, and also because I feel it will help my mentally as well as physically. Healthy body healthy mind and all that jazz!
The biggest problem I am having right now with my plan, is a rather massive conflict of interests. Mainly Brisfest in September… I plan to hit SN mid-late August I really cannot take a month off of poker like I have done in previous years as it is extremely important that I get as much time in grinding with the SN status as humanly possible to maximise my potential returns and to make the most of the 8 months hard work in getting there. So I have to figure out what I’m going to do, it’s a really shitty decision to have to make, but one that needs to be made none the less.
2012 in review.
– Got better with results checking/results oriented mindset – allows me to focus on my game rather than $ amounts which really don’t matter.
– Increased my session duration and ability to keep focused – I can now play 100 or so games without a break in about 5 hours.
– Dealing with tilt/badbeats better – I used to get extremely tilty after a few badbeats, and either stop sessions or play like a monkey for the rest of the day just burning money. Not so much now, although still work to be done
– Managed to convey my poker goals and ambitions to people (non players) without getting defensive and actually explaining things to people to help them understand – I still struggle with this as a lot of people still see poker as luck and random gambling (online bingo), and no amount of statistics or logical explanation can change someones mind who has no interest in actually understanding the game. Deep breath, smile, nod, move on!
– Improved my self evaluation and self analysis skills – partially through help of this very blog!
– Stopped talking rubbish in the chat at tables (self imposed chat ban)- more focused, fewer misclicks
– Consistently playing 10 tables for entire sessions
– Still wasting too much $ on playing random MTT’s/cash games – this HAS to stop next year as it has cost me a lot of $ this year
– Struggle to keep motivated and focused if I miss a couple of days, it has the potential to run into the rest of the week – this also has to stop this year, there is no room for excuses or laziness.
– Tendency to compare myself to other people too much – results in feeling like crap and demotivating myself. I need to be more happy with my own progress and own goals, not comparing to other peoples. This has been an ongoing theme my entire life and I remember many a conversation had with my mum when I was younger about this very thing. This cannot happen next year, as I have a day by day, week by week and month by month plan to adhere to and this is all that matters.
I think that’s about it for this week and for this year!
Thanks to everyone that’s helped me get through this year, friends, family and poker people. Big shout out to my friend/coach Casy151, if anyone is after coaching I cannot recommend this guy enough. His blog link is in the blogroll on my mainpage.
A big big thankyou, to everyone that takes the time out to read this blog o mine. I have been really blown away by the amount of views and readers I get and also by the positive feedback and comments I have received either via the blog or from talking to people in person. I am quite humbled by it all as I really was not expecting to pickup as many followers, and started this blog mainly as a diary and way of being honest and evaluating myself more.
I really hope you all have a wonderful christmas or whatever you celebrate if you aren’t christmas inclined, and a great New Year.
Don’t do anything too crazy and have fun 🙂
See you all next year xx