I shouldn't have made that blog update, as we came back strong to online felt and made 3 final tables last night. So now, 2020 summary and results is a big lie. I came 3rd in $30 turbo on GGpoker, 5th in $10 Winter Series on PS.es and 2nd in $33 on demand bounty builder on PS.eu. 5th place for 1k hurts a little as the tournament was obviously top heavy. I played lower stakes, less tables and felt very rusty after Christmas break, so I take it.
Goals for 2021:
- up the volume
I was starting my sessions late very often and I was playing 8-12 tables most days. I would like to increase my volume this year, and in order to do that I will make sure that I start sessions around 17:30 - 18:30 and when the confidence level is high I will play 16 tables.
I will also add some SNGs when I have less tables. I was guilty of scrolling discord and watching YouTube vids while being on 1-4 tables. When the table count is low and I am winding down, I will add couple SNGs to the mix, not to leave EV on the table. It will add up over a year.
- stick to study routines
It was a good year in that regard, but I need to stick to my study schedule and make sure I don't have days off. We have to work hard if we want to reach the top. I commit to 1 hour HH review per day + play vs solution + pairrd quizzes + poker video as my personal routine as well as being active during webinars from the stable and poker code. I will focus on 1 formation per day. Let's take Monday as the example. On that day I will study both postflop and preflop VPIPs and theory behind playing from EP. Tuesdays will be MP etc. On top of that, we will proceed with our weekly study session with the team.
Additionally, I would like to get into HU and cash games a little more. Playing both helps a lot in tournaments. All the money is up top, so having good understanding of HU is super important. At the beginning of a tournament we play over 100bb deep, and it's a stack size that tournament regs don't study much and recs punt off for infinite chips, so being more familiar with that stack size seems like a good idea. HU is the most important though, as I had 20 wins and 9 loses this year in tournaments and I felt like I could have done better.
I purchased BBZ ICM course a while back and still didn't watch the content, as I was focusing on the bundle and poker code. I need to make sure I watch that and make notes as well, as very often guys that watched it have different understanding of the situation than I do. Their approach makes a lot of sense and I feel dumb sometimes, as they watched it and I didn't, so I am not so familiar with all concepts and ranges. Luckily over 120k sit and goes played helps when it comes down to understanding ICM. Deep stacked FT however, when there is significant difference in stack sizes I am not so familiar with. In SNGs stacks are quite similar and distribution is easier to understand. In tournaments, not so much. Also, ICM model is different in MTTs then it is in SNGs.
I should also study bounty tournaments strategy. I said that for the last 2 years, so yeah...
Definitely something I ignored a little bit in the beginning of a year. I started exercising and going for a morning run from September, and I hope I stick to it. I will also try to meditate daily, but it's hard for me to do it everyday for some reason. Some days it helps me and I feel more relaxed and focused, some days it frustrates me as it's very hard to see real results and benefits from meditation. I also get tilted if I can't calm my mind for 10mins. I'm probably doing something wrong. We will learn eventually. Wim Hof breathing method is good though, I can recommend. Make sure you don't panic when you get dizzy. It's normal as too much oxygen enters your cells and the body doesn't know what is going on.
I will continue doing it as I really enjoy making others better, but I will make sure to be more selective. I started to value my time a lot more at the end of 2020.
I would like to see all players that I coach move up stakes in 2021 and have positive win rates on there.
- hopes and wishes; not goals
Results are something we have very limited control over, but I hope to be playing all 109s by the end of a year and potentially higher.
I will steadily build up my bankroll and cash out money that I make from coaching only, unless there is a massive emergency or something is really worth investing in. We will live modestly for a year or two, or however long it takes to reach high stakes.
Yes, no life goals. No self improvement BS posts. This is what happens when this game is your life.