138 Hours Played
$10,729.20 Table Winnings
When setting goals for myself, I rarely fail to set the bar inordinately high. This month was no different. While I failed to play 60 hours per week, or to stay on pace for Supernova Elite in 6 months, I am very happy with what I accomplished. I played more hours and twice as many hands as any month in the past two years. With VPP, rakeback, and bonuses I made a little over $21k this month, and after coaching it's closer to $23k. In short, January 2010 was my best month ever. So far.
But enough bragging. What have I learned? More than anything, I've verified some of my previous assumptions:
- Proper diet, exercise, and sleep are vital to performing at a high level over a sustained period of time.
- Not looking at my results makes it so much easier to relax and just play poker. (see graph below.)
- Grinding through tough sessions now makes it easier to grind through tough sessions later.
- Adding tables reduces my winrate in BB/100, but improves my hourly earnings.
- I must really love poker to not hate it yet. If you had told me as a child that when I grew up I would get paid six figures a year to play computer games and listen to Metallica, I would have been completely psyched.
- I am capable of much more than I have accomplished in the past.