I hope you had a great month. I had pretty decent month so to speak. Quite a lot I wanted to discuss today with my April's review, so grab your popcorn, mountain dew and a butt plug, and let’s roll.
Play 650 MTTs - Smashed this goal, played a total of 898 games in April.
Study poker for 20 hours - Goal accomplished, studied exactly for 20 hours.
Hit the gym every day on poker days in the mornings - I would be lying if I said that I did this, due to some other real life priorities I had to skip certain days just so some stuff could be done. But that's fine, I will pick this one up next month.
Double my bankroll this month - Well definitely did not accomplish this. I will discuss this in next paragraphs.
Increase my bb/100 to 11 EV - And last but not least, my EV BB for this month ended to be 9.18bb/100. Even though I came under the goal, which is fine because my winrate shows that I am doing good in terms of the strategic concept of the game.
Double the bankroll
This was the toughest part of the month in my opinion. I started the month very poorly results wise and was running well below EV. At some point I felt really lost because I couldn't tell what exactly is not letting me get the wins I strive for, so I started losing on each session I would sit down to play. Before sessions I would open up holdem manager, look at my stats and would say to my self - 'I don't fucking know...' And this went on until my coaching session Assassinato. Once the date I so long waited for came, I was super excited, because Alex is a great coach and I've read so many recommendations about him etc. And I realised that every good thing I have heard about him is actually true. He is definitely the best poker coach in the industry. He looked at my stats and was surprised that I am not making the money that I should, so it was a challenge for him to find the 'cause' in my game that does not let me do that. Which he did, and pretty quickly, after running through various filters in holdem manager. He identified my leaks, gave a lecture how to combat that and explained why what I was doing wrong was wrong, and why the other approach is better. I had such a relief when I found that I have some serious leaks, because at that point I knew what to work on. Definitely an amazing experience, and also worth mentioning is that a session that I booked was for 75 minutes, but it lasted for almost 2 hours. The reason is because Alex is a great guy, who also likes to find out more about his students life, we also talked about random bullshits to make the coaching a more fun experience and he does not charge for that 'bullshit time', so if the coaching got of track, he compensates for that. After the coaching, within few days I got my recording from the coaching so that I can go through it again if I feel that something is missing. Overall I am satisfied in that sense.
So with help of Assassinato I was able to turn my month around drastically. At the start of the month I had a serious downer for my bankroll, not only I was able to recoup my losses but I also made a modest profit for the month. Here is my BB/100 graph for April:
You can guess at which point in the graph I got my coaching. ;)
Bye bye PokerStars
I am pretty sure all of you know the situation with the Stars. Yes, they suck ass now... Implementation of rake to rebuys/addons, changes in schedules and tournament structures etc. I seriously do not find any value playing now on Stars. Now that the most MTTs how shorter blind levels and there are no longer MTTs I liked, such as the 2R1A MTTs, I no longer wish to play there. And it is not fun playing 1k+ field MTTs with shorter blind levels, with the older structure most MTTs felt like turbos but with the new one it is even worse. So for me bye, bye PokerStars. I will be focusing on the smaller networks such as ipoker, 888, party and winning. Those networks have much better value MTTs, weaker fields and also SMALLER fields. While playing on these networks I can stack more final tables in a month than in 5 months on Stars just because the structures are much better, and benefit more the skilled players.
Play 750 MTTs
Study poker for 28 hours
Complete Craig Capurso's 30 Days Out workout
Triple my bankroll this month
Increase my bb/100 to 12 EV
I think these are pretty solid and achievable goals for this month. The reason why I am increasing the bar on the bankroll goal is because this summer I will be going to Latvia with my wife and we will be travelling for a month around Europe and I need to put some money aside for various bills, pay the travel expenses etc. I already got myself an MSI Laptop to be able to play properly while travelling.
I have seen that Party are hosting an event here in Glasgow, and I have decided to participate. I will try to play the Day 1 online so that I do not have waste time coming in to play it Day 1 live. It is a $109 event with a pretty decent prize pool of 250k, first place taking about 35k and also additional 50k if you have won a Golden Chip on Party (which I have, hehe). So, I am really looking forward for the event. Will be working hard to get there, and hopefully ship it!
That is pretty much all I wanted to discuss. The post may be long, but whatever, I hope people reading it enjoy it. :D
Good luck at the tables!