Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 116/365

So, as everyone knows a week and a half ago Black Friday happened. For me personally, the first thing it meant was I snap withdrew my roll due to rumors circulating that Stars would be forever closed down. This cost me 4 days of play and put me pretty solidly behind pace. The second and more important thing is that in the aftermath, FRLHE is dead and no longer a feasible option in pursuing SNE.

I have weighed up my options over the past couple of weeks while watching how the games change. Basically I have had to pick between PLO, SHLHE and SHNLHE. I picked PLO for a few reasons. First I'm finding it interesting, its a game I've never played before and I'm enjoying the challenge. I think it has the brightest future and the potential to be the next big thing, especially now that online poker will be primarily Eurocentric. Also, the vpp rates are great and it doesn't take much mental strain, at least so far.

Thus far I've been a marginal loser in aiev, but I think that will change over the coming weeks. Already I feel certain concepts are coming together.

I've also booked my flight to Brisbane on August 2nd. Working towards getting solidly ahead again by that date should inspire me.

Numbers below:

VPP/Pace = 293,042 / 316,438

$Poker = $23,931 (I'll work out the other number next tuesday)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 102/365

Over the last week I've spent a fair bit of time working on my nlhe game. The limit games, particularly during the weekdays, really don't have enough players now to put in long days, so having another option, particularly for evening sessions is definitely good. So far I've spent some learning tax tuning my game, but I feel fairly comfortable at least breaking even at 100nl now playing ~20 tables of 6max. The benefits if I can move up are there too, as if I can put in 10k hand days (not that hard at 6max nl), and can play mostly 2/4 or 1/2, I could potentially see double or even triple pace days.

I've also been building up my vpp rate again, and whilst falling under pace for the week, the past two days have both been above pace. I'm looking forward to putting things in to practise and having a big volume week ahead, I still feel like I can get back above pace by the end of April.

Not much else to report, so the numbers:

VPP/Pace = 269,312 / 278,082

$Poker = $9185 ($22,888)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 95/365

This week I've had somewhat decent results at the tables, but have had several distractions and have fallen behind pace. I feel like since my last downswing I've really reevaluated a lot of the things I have been doing and have been making fairly large changes, particularly in terms of game selection and mental freshness. Unfortunately it's difficult to go through such reevaluation periods during an SNE pursuit year, and my vpp rate has definitely suffered. It's also put me in a difficult position with regards to finding work midyear, as now everything will need to be pushed back.

I'm definitely fresh though now, with a reasonably new month, a solid gameplan, and 3 games I feel confident grinding in. I think in many ways April may be the defining month of this year for me. If I can get back solidly ahead of pace (say +10k) before the end of the month and can make a decent amount of cash I think I will be really set for the rest of the year. I'm not going to think about breaking any records this month, just 30 days of solid poker and grinding.

Football tracking is going well, however it is unfortunately taking up a fair bit of my time. I am enjoying it though so far. Given that I don't really want to go in to the details of what I'm doing I probably won't post much on this topic any more, until I make a decision on whether or not to go ahead or not. So likely not for the next 3 weeks. After that, assuming I do go ahead, I'll just provide profit/loss etc. as I do with poker now.

Now for my March and quarterly results. Before the year started if you had asked me where I would be at this stage I would never have really expected to be here. I guess a large part of me thought I wouldn't still be going for SNE, and another part of me expected me to be crushing it. Instead I'm kind of in that limbo-ish 7/10 region. I look at it positively though, as I feel I've built a strong foundation; the idea of making 750k vpps in 9 months is so much easier than the idea of making 1mm in 12.

March Graphs etc.

Honestly a lot of this month wasn't great, but there is no point crying over spilled milk and the last week  really made up a lot of the losses which was nice.

Final results including rb:

Final results no rakeback:

To further see why March was at times frustrating, I have put boxes around downswings that happened in a single day. It's funny that I don't think in my life I've had a month with more winning days than I did in March (probably somewhere around 25/31 or so), but the losing days were just so much bigger on average than my winning ones:

March in BB:

And, first quarter graphs:

First, all first quarter hands including rakeback:

No rakeback:

 And, in BB:

 And finally, the numbers as they currently stand:

VPP/Pace = 251,535 / 258,904
$Poker = $10,497 ($22,242)