April is going pretty well so far. I am 12 games ahead of pace for my goal of 800. It hasn't been too difficult to get the games in really...
It would help if I wasn't running worse over the last 1.2k games than I have in my entire career, but what can you do. This variance is really making a man out of me, lol. I've always read on 2p2 that, "No matter how bad you are running, there will come a time where you run worse." I guess since I had played over 10k husng's without any extremely significant long-term runbad that I felt I had experienced the worst or that my winrate was so high that really long breakeven stetches couldn't happen to me. Not the case. I've never experienced anything like this and staying positive and motivated through the last 1k games has been really tough. It has made me a much harder worker, more realistic poker player, and probably overall just a better poker player. As much as it has sucked, I wouldn't take back this experience for anything. If I could have the 15k I would have made at my normal winrate over the last 1k games in my account right now and eliminate the grind of the breakeven stretch from my past, I wouldn't accept it. I really think this experience could be the turning point in my career in teaching me to put in volume and fully understand variance. (I have the HEM and pokerluckmeter graphs to back all this up I'm not just being a delusional fish =), but I'm not going to spam my blog w that kind of garbage).
One of the downsides of playing poker for a living for me personally is that I am a morning person. As much as I enjoy waking up at 7-9am and being epic productive, it just isn't as +ev for poker as waking up at 11am-12pm and going to bed around 2-3am. The games are DEAD at 200+ from about 8am-3pm ET (compared to 3pm-8am). The games are still beatable of course, but there is a huge difference between the amount of "tough" games I have to play per day if I play in the 2 different time periods. Most nights are just ridiculously soft, while at best the daytime hours are 50% tough games and 50% easy games (rare). I'm trying to get used to waking up a little later. I know this sounds like a ridiculous thing to complain about to most of you lazy poker players out there =).
I'm going to try to really get ahead on my volume over the next 10 days. The plan is to only play about 70 games over the last 4 days of the month. I want to maintain this kind of volume month-to-month, so I think it is important that I set up a short break at the end of each month to regroup/refocus.
439 out of 800 Games Played