After last month’s near record for cashes, I came into November thinking that I’d cut some of my volume since I had made such a huge push towards the end of October. However, even with playing less the first few days of the month, I had a bunch of huge results including a 3rd in the Merge Sunday Big Ticket which right away put me on pace for November to be a new record. So I pushed hard again but I ended up not playing much at all the last 10 days or so of the month, so I fell quite a bit short, but it was still another great month altogether.
87…. Cashes (43%)
29…. Final Tables
16…. Top 3 Finishes
$21375.85 in total cashes (37.18% ROI)
The highlight of the month was taking last month’s earnings and going out and paying cash for a new car. I’m the type of person that drives a car until it’s got huge miles on it and repairs are becoming too costly and too time consuming. We were able to get a great deal on a 2013 Honda Civic with only 36k miles on it and paying cash for it from my October results made the whole thing so tangible in my mind. The study, hard work, play good and run good is now something I can actually see…and drive!
Part of the reason I didn’t play much towards the end of the month had to do with Thanksgiving obviously but also that Lisa and I are on vacation. A part of that vacation though was the opportunity to play in 2 WSOP Circuit Events in Cherokee, NC. In my first event I was actually running great, but others were running just a bit better. I can’t remember ever having so many big hands (big pocket pairs, 2 pair, and sets) cracked by slightly better hands. I eventually busted in level 7.
My second event was the 100k gtd Deep Stack and they had almost 1000 people enter. I ended up about 420th. Had some interesting hands throughout the day including one where I had AA, after the dealer had exposed an Ace. I ended up losing that hand and then later in level 14 I busted QQ to KK to a new friend I made on this trip, Chris Hayes.
I met Chris because a bunch of my friends were staying in a cabin together near Cherokee and Chris was staying there as well. Each night after my bust-outs, I went over and spent some time with the guys and the 2nd night was a meet-up of various Twitch streamers. It was a lot of fun hanging out with John “DrewPeacoq8” Gonzalez, Cory “wildwAAland” Waaland, Derek “KillingBird” Tenbusch, Carlos “HipHop101Trivia” Welch, Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka, Chris “GutshotHayes” Hayes, Luke “Luke_Mernin” Mernin and Mark “1DullGeek” Horn.
My guess is that December’s volume will be light since as a pastor I have a lot of additional stuff going on around the Christmas holiday as compared to what the typical person might have. In any case, 2016 is going to prove to be another great year and I can’t wait to re-cap it for you next month.
Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.
Merge Lifetime Total: $ 391268.68
Career Lifetime Total: $444202.15
Career number of Cashes: 3564
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