October was a pretty solid month, had the best results since I've started playing poker professionally in both volumes and profits. However, I was not very satisfied with my poker ethic. More than 70% of my volume and profits were from the first 11 days of the month, and I slacked off afterwards due to a long break even stretch//downswings instead of playing through it like a real pro. I really need to develop a strong work ethic so I can just grind through these rough patches a bit faster and make a lot more cheese. So in order to train my weakness ( my mentality toward swings), I've decided to stick to a schedule with less variance so I could build up my confidence. I'm going to be grinding mainly the 3.30$+R//12$ 180s in the morning with very few 36$ 180s and the $2//12$ 180 + 6$/45 at night. By sticking to the games that I'm pretty sure I'm beating and putting in tons of volumes day after day, I should be able to avoid major swings and the long break even stretch. Hopefully I can get about 5000 games in with this new schedule along with some solid profits.
Now onto my quest to Supernova. I've set my mind on reaching Supernova at around mid October after I realized how big of a difference it will make in terms of rakeback. Supernova gives a 30.8 % rakeback compare to platinum stars 22%, thats almost 9% more! It might not sound like its a lot but a 9% increase in my rakeback for my regular month would be around 250-300$, it's enough to pay for half of my rent! Anyways, I've earned close to 20k Vpp this month which put me at about 53k Vpps total for this year. In order to reach Supernova, I need 47k Vpps more by the end of the year. I'm going to work very hard during November and try to earned 27k Vpps so I can have some breathing room during December. In order to earn 27k Vpps playing the 180s I will need about 5000-6000 games so I will have no time to slack off, will work my ass off because it will well worth it when I hit that Supernova status with the Red stars =).
Overall it was a pretty fun month, JPeazy's friend Josh came in town to visit and stayed with us for the last week of October. He's trying out the real grinder lifestyle out here in Vegas just to see if he can make it and might decide to move out here with us next year, I'm looking forward to it and will need to start looking for a house with 3-4 bedrooms if Josh does decide to come back for good. It was also Snowman's birthday on the 30th so we celebrated it Vegas style by hitting the Clubs at the Palms, it was pretty crazy and everybody had a blast. I'm looking forward to another good month!
The title pretty much says it all, I've decided to go for Supernova this year and WILL most definitely reach it. I started a thread on 2p2 just to motivate myself and keep myself on track. I'm 53k Vpp short with a little more than 2 months to go. Going to try to finish the month off strong by getting another 10k vpp or so before November so I can have some breathing room. The 30% rakeback would be really nice once I get those Red stars, will definitely help me with my expenses out here in Vegas.
To be honest, I'm pretty disappointed at myself. Once again I failed to reach my goals and have nobody to blame but myself. I kept setting these goals because I thought they will motivate me, but in reality, I gotta motivate myself. I'm glad that I decided to stay out here in Vegas on my own instead of going back home, it made me realize what a mess I am in life. I've not always been like this, I use to be pretty hardworking and follow through with my goals. I guess sometime during my college yrs I became lazy and unmotivated, which explains a lot.
No more setting goals and all that crap this month, I'm just gonna grind my ass off. Have a small prop bet with Vertek and Fried Liver on who can make the most profit in sng this month so hopefully I can take that down for some extra cheese. I started this month with strong volume and results and I will make it last. Shipped a small 16$ turbo mtt tonight so I was pretty happy about that. I haven't had a mtt win in a while so it felt really good, even though its just a small one. I'm pretty fortunate to have Jpeazy and Snowman living with me because they are both very discipline grinders, and it really helps me to grind in this environment.
First things first, I failed to reach the goals I made last month, every single one of them. I'm very disappointed at myself and have absolutely no excuses, I messed up. I was lazy and unmotivated and if I don't change my attitude soon, I wont be able to make it as a professional poker player.
1.) Only played around 1.2k games on stars, 500 short of my goal.
2.) Didnt do p90x....
3.) Only played 200 games on Tilt ( which was my side project ), wayyy short here but 1k was probably not very realistic.
4.) Only generated around 4k profit instead of 6k.
New Goals for September:
1.) 1750 games on Stars. ( Same as last month )
2.) Work out as much as I can.. ( trying to be realistic here )
3.) 750 Games On Tilt
4.) 5k Profit.
Will try my hardest to reach all these goals this month.
Now onto non poker related things. The Rainman Poker mansion is officially done for now, there were only 4 of us left ( 5 including channing ) by the end of August and the rent + utilities were about 8k//Month. Nick decided that it was not worth it and we all moved out. The remaining students ( myself, jp, and Snowman ) moved into a two bedroom apartment near Strip while Nick and Channing also got one for themselves in the same apartment complex. Moving was extremely tiring and hopefully I dont have to do that again any time soon. I Finally got the grind station and internet set up today and I'm as motivated as ever to get started on the grind. Now that I have bills to pay , I gotta work extra hard to maintain my current lifestyle. I hope I can make it because I really don't want to move back home, I love being out on my own and in order to keep doing that, I must be financially successful. Anyways, wish me LUCK!
I went from grinding 2$//180 full time to grinding the 12//180s halfway through the month and so far I've been doing pretty well in these. But in about 20 days I've only managed to get in 906 games of 12//180s because of my shallow bankroll and my lack of ability to deal with downswing ( rough patches). Its tough to grind 100+ games a day when the swings are 1000$+, some days I would brick 40 games straight and be discourage to play anymore that day.
Overall I'm not very satisfied with my result this month because I feel like I could be doing a lot better, considering poker is now my full time job, playing 900 games in 20 days just doesnt cut it. There will be some changes in August, will try to put it more volume and also try some things on the side. On top of poker, I would also like to get back on track with my work out routine. Looking forward to this month!
I've recently moved to grinding 12$ 180s only because nick call me a Nit for grinding the 2s. So far I've done pretty well in them but I know that it's just a heater and I wont be fooled and think that I'm the best 12$ 180 grinder in the world. I know that downswing is around the corner and I'm mentally prepared for it. For all of you grinders out there, don't be fooled by an upswing; just treat it like another day at the office. Trust me, you will make things easier for yourself in the long run, which is what grinding is all about.
We got a new grinder in the house who arrived last night, Chris ( aka timber4483 ) from England. A very interesting guy and will be staying with us for 3 weeks. Hopefully he gets use to the house fast and start crushing the 12s.
Now to the main news, Nick is crushing the ME so far and has a very good chance in making a deep run. Everyone in the house is rooting for him and we wish him the very best.
Woke up at like 9 today and grinded till 9. A 12 hour session and I'm exhausted , gonna go knock out soon.
Wow, I have not written in my blog for so long. I guess it's not that big of a deal anyways since nobody really read it except for myself. Anyways, I had a great time in Irvine chilling with my friends and grinding poker but it came to an end. All of my friends were graduating and moving on to the next phase of their life which means we all had to move out because the lease ended in June. Although it was fun living with my friends in Irvine, I got to admit it was not the best environment for a poker player. There were way too many distractions and I couldn't really talk to any of them about my work ( grinding poker ). I was doing good in terms of volume and decent profit through pure hard work but I knew I could do better if I was in a more poker friendly environment. It's crazy because as I had that thought in my head during June, I was invited to the Las Vegas Grind house by Nick Rainey to live there and play poker. When I first heard about it, I was very excited but at the same time unsure if it's such a great idea because I've never done something like this before, to move away to another state and live with people that I've only talked to on the internet. But in the end, I figured that there is just too much I can gain from this experience and if I want to do something like this, I should try it out while I'm still young. So I decided to come out here to Vegas and see things work out.
I moved into the Rainman poker house on June 28th, 2010. It has been about 3 weeks and so far it has been great. When I moved in I met Aaron, Daniel, Foxyshazam, Snowman, Fried Liver, Chip210, Vertek, NestaRasta, Kyle Million, Chase, Channing, and Nick. Everyone was very nice and I had my own lil station set up for me when I moved in. The environment here at the poker house was exactly what I had hoped for, I've grinded more games and has been more focused than ever while I am here. At the same time, I could talk to everyone here about all the tough spots and they would understand and give me feedbacks. I felt like I've become a better poker player than I was 3 weeks ago and will keep on improving. Hopefully by the time I leave the grind house I will be able to have the ability to play the best poker at all time and make the best decision for every single hand.
I just wrote a bunch of crap in a short time so hopefully it make sense, lol. Gl at the tables everyone!
Nothing special happened today except for me winning a seat to the SCOOP Main Event [L] with 300 fpps, debating if I should play and take a shot at it or just redeem it for tournament dollars. Maybe I will ask Nick for advice on this topic.
So far this months Ive only played around 700 sng 180s. I started off really strong playing two sessions of 50 games everyday for like a week then I started sleeping late//waking up late and only play 1 session so I got to fix that. To be successful at poker, I got to treat it like a job so therefore I must have good work ethic. Many people believe that playing poker professionally gives you a lot of freedom, which is true in some sense but it also means that we have no restriction. Nobody will tell us to get to work if we dont want to, so its actually something you must be good at if you ever decide to be a professional poker player, you gotta make sure its work before play and not abuse the freedom.
Anyways, to the more interesting stuff. I've been doing poorly in the 0-5$ buy in SNG this month which is majority of what I play since I dont think i'm rolled//skilled enough to play all 12$ 180s. I'm having like a 20% ROI in these games which I'm really not satisfied with. For some reason I can ship the 3.3$+ rebuy at all. On the other hand, only 10% of my games are the 12$ 180s and I manage to ship 2 1st and 2 end place finish so far, its the only thing keeping me at a 50% roi overall. Also came really close to a 7.50$ MTT finishing 10th place losing AA to 10Qo!! Oh well, hopefully I get to raise my ROI in the 0-5$ category and keep running hot at the 12$, oh and let me ship a MTT too, that would be nice =)
So on April I decided to begin playing poker full time and take it seriously. I have been planning to do this for a while but some shit happened in my life which postpone it from happening. Anyways, I moved into my friends house in Irvine so I can get out of my comfort zone and grow some good habits here, both poker and health; Waking up early and grind, Exercise daily, and eating regularly. So far it has been pretty good, I've been waking up early, exercising and eating more than when I lived back home. As for poker, I managed to get 1800 games in during April with a lil over 500$ profits. Now I know that doesn't sound much but I don't look at it that way, to me that was a good start, the fact that I was up was good enough for me because I was still in the getting use to multi-tabling phase. I could've been up 2k if I just grinded the 2$ and 3.3$+ r 180s but I added in the 12$ in my game which I didnt do so well in last month, but I was okay with it. As I get more and more experienced I'm sure I would make more and more money. I spent 180$ of my 500 profit from April and enrolled myself in the Rainman program ( which I was originally in but kicked out due to inactivity because of personal issues ). This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a player and learn from few of the best 180 grinders in the world. I'm looking forward to this experience and will keep improving. Right now I just gotta stay positive, getting use to the poker swings//variance and learn how to play the best poker that I can every time I play.
Goals for May:
1.) play more games than I did during April, so 2000 or more games.
2.) Attend every single Rainman Webinar, and review some of my own HH to fix my leaks.