August 16, 2012
***So DC's blogs seem to be a little bit bugged right now so hopefully the formatting comes out correctly on this. (This is also why my last post was reposted a day ago)
In that last post I talked a little bit about how I was getting the urge to grind again now that things have settled down a bit more. It's certainly taken a little bit to shake the rust off. The month started off great and about halfway through this was what my graph (6m and HU) looked like:
Clearly, running well helps. I think that I got a bit over confident actually because of it and I think that I didn't play my best in 2nd half of the month:
So what was I doing wrong? Offhand, I think that I was playing too many tables. I have always been big into playing 4 tables, focusing, and sacrificing some volume. Multitabling is a skill just like any other skill though and with practice you can increase the number of tables that you can play profitably. This was something that I was actually working on in the months leading up to Black Friday, playing 8 and sometimes as many as 12 tables. For the majority of the last part of July, I was playing 8 tables, which I think was me just rushing to get back. Too much too soon.
I think that another big thing was that I wasn't the best about quitting when I should. I would find my in that tired/autopiloting stage and for some reason play for another 15 or 30 minutes before finally forcing myself to quit. I think that it is just another thing that will come back as I get in more experience playing regularly again.
The last thing, which may seem to run contrary to the two above problems was that I wasn't putting in enough volume. This sounds like it's the opposite problem of someone who plays to many tables AND isn't quitting when they should, but it's more of putting in sessions more regularly instead of a few long sessions spread out every couple of days. Over the last couple years I have really embraced the "don't play if you're not feeling 100%" idea and I think that I have taken it too far sometimes and left a lot of money on the table because I wasn't 100%. It turned into a copout for being lazy. So I'd play a super short session and quit if my mind would start to wander instead of training myself to concentrate anyways. So the plan moving forward is to play on a more regular basis.
Anyways, August (so far) has turned things around a little bit in terms of not playing too many tables and increasing volume:
I plan on getting at least 20k hands in this month and possibly 25k, depending on how much is HU action I can get... Also if you haven't been listening to Badugi All-Stars www.badugiallstars.com, I got a dog a little while back. His name is Oliver and he's a Shihzu-poodle aka a shitpoo.
Got to keep on the grind imo.