So I've been meaning to do this final update since the Stars meeting. Since then I have just been busy with other stuff and putting this off. While this blog was done first and foremost for myself to stay motivated, I really hope that at least someone finds this blog useful in evaluating whether to push for SNE or other high volume programs.
Before I begin, I feel I should start with my hands from this year. After drinking for a couple of weeks straight and coming back on epic tilt, the year got off to the start you might expect haha. At that point I switched my playstyle entirely to maximise my vpp/rate, and seem to be doing ok (probably only about 90k hands since switching, so too early to say). My hand rate is massively slowed due to not needing 1m vpps this year (going for 500k vpps), and my aiev isn't bouncing around like last year, which are both nice things. There is probably about $13-14k in rb here, but I don't have an exact rb line:
Now, without further ado, on with the epic recap (scroll to bottom to see year graphs)!
First, by month.
I actually made the switch to PLO for the latter part of this month and ran pretty good to make up for it given I was certainly a losing player back then.
This was my first month fully at PLO after making the switch, and looking back at how badly I was playing back then I must have been running pretty good. I tend to think I've always run really well when I've needed to in poker, such as starting a new game, and this was no exception.
I moved home in this month in preparation for moving city, and barely played for a lot of it. When I did play though I ran perma-godlike, which was great as it took away any stress I may otherwise have had and allowed things to all go smoothly. This was the month where I really started to get way behind pace.
My only losing month (post-rb) for the year and I really had it coming. Switching to a totally new game halfway through the year and expecting to masstable and win meant that this month was inevitable; it just came a little later than expected due to my initial rungood. I also continued to fall behind pace due to wanting to spend my last weeks in Melbourne with friends and family as much as possible.
I finally moved city in August, and was met in Brisbane with constant internet issues. I also spent a lot of the month trying to work on my game, furnishing my new place, and getting worried about how far I was falling behind pace. All these issues meant I probably didn't play my A-game much, so I can't really be too disappointed with my very mediocre result.
While my results weren't great in September, I definitely think that this month was my turning point in plo. I dropped down stakes, grinded hard, worked on my game, and it is reflected in running pretty much breakeven in aiev for my latter 70k hands or so. Unfortunately, as often seems to be the way in poker, the second I started applying myself and playing better, I started running worse and worse.
This month really shows what it is to be a rb plo player. It's just so easy to run 50 bi under aiev in a short sample, and while I may be biased I think I ran considerably more than 50 bi under true expectation here. On the other hand this month also gave me a lot of confidence in my plo game as despite running terribly in cooler spots, playing a decent amount of hands, and running way under aiev, I managed to put in an aiev profit.
This was my crazy and SNE-defining month. Knowing I had a holiday booked in December that I wanted to be done by, and Stars giving a high play promo meant I had a bunch of absolutely insane days. I definitely wasn't playing anywhere near my A-game but picked up a bit of $$ hitting the promo leaderboard a few times to make up for my table losses. Finishing the month back ahead of pace finally meant I finally knew for sure I was going to make it.
My final month involved running badly but not caring too much. It wasn't a tough month in terms of volume and led in well to my holiday. Definitely felt good to be done.
Looking at the different games I played:
The game I started of the year playing, I definitely feel I ran ridiculously bad for a lot of this, particularly at higher stakes, but at the end of the day it doesn't even matter any more.
I barely even played enough hands to be worth posting this in the end, but I did plan to play it at the start of the year so meh.
There is definitely a fair bit of tilt in this. I remember thinking about how badly I was running. It's pretty lol now looking back.
There is no question one of the best decisions I made this year was to stop playing this stupid game haha. I just never worked hard enough to get good and just used it to reduce variance while keeping vpps ticking over really.
I ended up roughly breakeven in aiev, which I guess I'm happy with given I took on a new game masstabling, learnt as I went, and had a few periods playing well under my A-game for various reasons. As a repeat SNE, breaking even in PLO can earn me a decent amount.
and finally, my totals for the year.
2011 Overall Graphs
I don't think the totals are perfect, and there is also all the bonus $ and leaderboard money, which I believe was about an extra ~$2k or so. I also managed to have a positive tournament year in the very few I did play, for probably another +$500. Long story short I think I made a little bit more than these graphs suggest.
Winnings + RB
Winnings + AIEV
Winnings (Losings lol)