Let's start with quick summary of December 2021.
The biggest loosing month in terms of money lost in my career, but if we look (as we should) at buy-ins lost, it's not that bad. Also, one of the lowest volume months by far. This is because of taking days off for Christmas and taking it easy in December as well as playing 8-10 tables for the most part. I definitely understand that loosing/winning more and more dollars is just the way it is when you are moving up. I'm happy with the progress I made and that my winrate didn't drop as I moved up again. Felt pretty confident in most situations. Realised how important it is to get a good table draw on high stakes, as in $200+ you can get pretty stacked table often times, and those guys put you into less comfortable spots. This is great, I really enjoyed playing pots with players that I consider to be one of the best mid/high stakes players out there, when I was grinding evenings in December. It was for sure very solid lesson and I gained ton of experience and proved to myself that I can battle and hang on. Many people feel like they are pushed around by stronger players, and it wasn't what I felt. This is most likely the nature of my play style, that is rather aggressive and rather call-happy at times. Most times actually.
average buy-in: $101
money lost: $8.7k
buy-ins lost: 86
Summary of 2021
This was very busy year for sure. A lot of work done off tables. A lot of coaching sessions done, group sessions, seminars, 1on1s. A bunch of 80 hour+ work weeks in the books as well. Great feedback received, exciting projects started and great people met. I'm super grateful.
Locking myself in the room and dating all the solvers for couple hours per day made me dream of EV and solver charts sometimes. It made me stronger fundamentally. I would totally recommend spending time like this to anyone. Try this out for a month, quarter of a year. The rate of improvement is just insane. Definitely the best decision I made during pandemic that I can think of.
Working pretty hard and spending tons of hours on poker made me realise one, very important thing. This game is so complex and everyone sucks at it. Hence our future is pretty safe I would say. People say that increase in access to solvers and other tools will kill the game. It won't. Not even close. Why? Because you need to put in time and effort to study it, and most people are too lazy for that.
It also made me realise how hard I need to work in the 2022, because I know nothing about the game. There is so many spots in which my confidence level is strong 1.4 out of 10. Poker is too complex to master it. I also understand and admire even more then before players that put in time. Players that show up everyday and make less and less mistakes on tables, because of sick work ethics off tables. This is just crazy to me how hard some players work. Massive kudos to that small group of high stakes players. I hope that someday, somehow, I would be able to do that as well.
Highlights of 2021:
- biggest highlight is by far starting my own seminars. Feedback was incredible and it makes me work even harder to deliver better content. I learn along with all the guys that trusted me and are showing up on sessions. I'm super happy receiving all the positive messages and success stories. DMs about how much it helped and how much stronger a player became because of my sessions. I just want to say big, big, big thank you for all the kind words, but at the end of the day, you did it yourself guys!
'But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.'
Morpheus, The Matrix
- another highlight is definitely finally meeting the guys that I was working with and got help from for so long. Meeting 2 of the German machines in Vienna and going together to Pokercode Festival in Bratislava.
- pokercode festival in Bratislava. Was super cool to meet most of the guys and see real faces behind screennames as well as pokercode coaches and staff. I know that you have plans to repeat it and please do so, as it was super fun.
- increasing my average buy-in from $30 in January to $100 in December.
- maintaining reasonable winrate bb/100 of 8-9bb on higher stakes.
- getting involved in staking and helping players that I trust and believe in. You guys are on the path to something great, and you shouldn't be stopping just because of small bumps on the road to success.
- on the personal level, I feel like I had very good connection with my parents this year and I'm really happy about it. It's been a harsh ride with poker and their understanding of the fact that this is what I want to be doing. It felt like they are happy about my choice now and they are big supporters. We had some emotional moments with that topic over Christmas.
- getting more self aware and grateful about many things. I don't know if it has to do with me getting more interested in topics like ufos (uaps) and cautiousness. Maybe, maybe not. Most likely it does. How long till the full disclosure??? Doesn't seem like it's gonna happen.
- valueing my time and prioritising tasks better. Biggest improvement started at the end of the year, but quickly became numero uno on the list for 2022.
I think that's most of it. I'm sure I forget plenty, but I value my time more now and don't want to spend an hour writing this post :)
Goals for 2022?
- be happy
- make others happy
- pay attention to health and well-being
- keep working hard
- keep providing value to other players
- increase average buy in
No monetary goals, no no-coffee days, no cold showers, no 1000 push-ups per day. That's it.
Peace yall and happy new year!