Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rough week....

As a grinder, you must teach yourself to not look at the results on a day to day basis, it will drive you crazy if you do. While I have continued to put in long hours, and lots of games, which is what I had set out to do, the profit side of things this week have been kinda ugly. The thing is, even though the profit line has been going in the wrong direction, I know it will make a change in the right direction soon.

To get away from the poker for just a minute.... Just got back about 15 mins ago from a dinner at a nice little restaurant here in LA, Pacific Dining Car. The food there was very good, probably the best burger I have ever had at a restaurant. Had some crab cakes, as well as a chocolate souffle dessert that was very good as well. It was very much worth the extended drive we had to get there. We were inadvertently giving a tour of "Little Mexico" on our way there, but again was well worth the drive.

My goal for the next week is to play 100 games/day. Up to this point in the month of May, I have played a total of 1265 games. We are one day shy of half the month, and I am more than half way to where I had wanted to be this month at 2500 games. I am confident, even with a few planned days off, that I will still reach this goal, and be more profitable than I have any other month before. I have a long way to go, and it will not be easy, but I am looking forward to the challenge ;)

Have a great weekend all, and a better second half of the month, I know I will !!

Monday, May 10, 2010

This many games in a week??.....

This month has been an unbelievable month for me. Though you might be able to tell exactly how many games I've played this month by the graph, the grand total in the first 9 days is 779 games. Before I came out here to LA, I'm not sure that I ever played that many games in a whole month, and here I am doing it in just 9 days!! That's an average of 88 games a day, and at that pace, I will easily reach my goal of 2000 games this month, might even reach 2500 games if I continue to do what I've been doing just the last few days where I have been playing roughly 100 games per day.
Nick, Daniel, and Aaron have preached to me how important it is to get in your volume, this is what's important, not how much money you make each day. You put in your games, and the results will follow. I know any of you that are either part of the Elite Team, or someone that has attended a webinar, have heard any one of those 3 say this at some point. Well, I'm here to say that they couldn't be more spot on with this comment. In months past, I have not really seen big numbers in profit, because I wasn't putting in that many games. Since I've been out here, and have just been focusing on getting my games in, I have seen the profits climb as well. Look at what I've done so far this month, my average profit per game is $4, if I could put in 2000 games this month, and continue at the rate that I'm at, that's $8000 profit this month!! Who out there wouldn't like to be making that kind of money?? I know I always have, and hope to continue to improve, and boost those numbers even a bit more!
Today started off fairly rough for me, running into big hand after big hand. But, I continued to put in the games, and continued to play the way I was taught to play, and what happened?? I won my first $52 90 man SNG today, which turned a not so good day, into a very good day! It only takes one tournament to turn your profit around, and that's why it's so important to just get your games in. You never know which game will be the one that turns it around for you ;)
On a side note, it was very much a relief to score my first win in that $52...I hadn't even played 40 of them, and hit it. But in the last few days, I had come closer and closer....and BOOM!!
Never has the Star Spangled Banner sounded more beautiful, Thanks Maestro!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Best far.....

Today was a very good day for me....ALL AROUND. It started off by getting a good night sleep last night, and waking up this morning at 9am. I checked my email, then went upstairs to take a shower. After I was showered and dressed, Daniel(Bodeye) and I went to Starbucks for our breakfast sandwiches and of course a nice drink(hot tea for me). After returning, we got started on what we had planned to be a 12 hr day.

I had set a goal of 100 games today, which would be my highest daily total EVER.... After stopping about 11 hrs later, I had gotten in 110 games. I went into the day only planning on playing the 90-mans, but Daniel told me I should try a MTT, so I did. I am glad that he told me to give it a shot, cause out of 5223 players, I managed to finish 61st, which was good for about $215, not bad for a $33 buy in ;)

All in all, I was very pleased with my day today. I feel like I am playing some of my best poker, and couldn't be happier with the results I am seeing. Just goes to show that hard work does pay off in the long run!!
Below is a graph of todays results....Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

April in the books.....

So what you see above is my graph for the month of April. This month was a personal best for me in both games and profit, so all in all I was fairly happy. Let me go more in detail now.....

I made my way out to LA on April the 10th, and started grinding that Sunday on the 11th(as stated in previous blog). And while that first day was very nice from both the profit and the volume, I have had some rough patches since I've been here. Just over a week ago, or right around there, I had a hundred game stretch where I lost around 1k.....NOT GOOD!!

The thing is, most people would be completely devastated, and want to give up....not I, said me! In the world of online poker you must never give up, keep playing well, and making all the right moves as often as you can. As you can see, there has pretty much been a steady incline since then as I finished out the month strong.

Poker is a game of swings, both good and bad. It's how you deal with the bad that makes you a better player....