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  1. 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.

    201…Tournaments Played
    87…. Cashes (43%)
    29…. Final Tables
    16…. Top 3 Finishes
    6…… Wins

    $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

    Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor



  2. Last week I took the easy way out and deposited a fresh $100 into my Black Chip poker.
    I feel really conflicted about it because i took the easy way out and I failed to fail.
    If I am to afraid to fail on this BS exercise or to weak to fail then how will I be able to face filer when it is going to really matter.
    Or to put it another way by gong easy on my self I take away the strength and learning that failure brings.

    So as punishment I have decided to force my self to play in at least one of these $10 free rolls every week.
    Actually just one a week unless I win it then I will play another one. I need to focus on not having any emotions while playing these free tournaments.
    I find my self having huge emotional swings while playing poker so that's something I need to seriously work on.
    Also the one I played this week I got 160ish place and its just because I gave up and stopped giving it my all.
    In some instances 160ish would be acceptable but only if I have tried my best so I think there is a lot to be gained from these.

    Wasted 4 or 5 hours this week and I am now smoking again. I know and can feel how much smoking is holding me back however quitting is on the bottom of my priority list at the moment.

    The play pin games where good to me and I had a lot of fun. Combining cash and tournament is the greatest thing ever.
    Here in black-hawk they are only aloud to do spread limit games not no-limit.
    They should totally run these cage match type tournaments so people can play no-limit cash.
    It also prevents people from doing the hit and run and actually forces them to play some poker.
    Really think this format could catch on and appeal to both cash and tournament players.

    $10 Free Roll: 160ish
    Success: +53.30

  3. I know we still have one more month until 2017, but where did 2016 go? What a year it was!

    This was by far the most exciting year for me as far as poker goes. I started off 2016 with a $14,000 upswing and started playing more live poker with immediate success.

    I was able to travel to some beautiful places this year, thanks to Intertops Poker and their small/soft live satellites. Winning packages on Intertops to both Seefeld Austria and St. Martin, I can look back and call this year a success. I met so many new great people in the poker world and have grown my existing relationships.

    I started streaming on twitch @ twitch.tv/chrisp200 in March of 2016. I usually stream at least two times a week but there were some months where I didn't stream at all. But Twitch has been such a blessing. Online poker is a bit of a lonely/depressing thing to do all the time by yourself. Twitch has allowed me to meet new people with like minded interest and give back to players starting out.

    I think the biggest lesson of the year for me can be summed up in one word. BALANCE (I'm not going to go into it anymore than that).



    Anyways, I just wanted to check in with you guys and thank everyone in this community. I have been a member of PocketFives since 2008, and while it may not be what it used to be, it is still my favorite poker community and one of the main ways I got decent at poker.

    Thanks
    Chris Perkins

    twitter.com/the_chrisp200

 
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