December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and a look back at 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

It's now a good time to have a look back at 2012.

On reflection, this year, for me, was quite a hard one. Poker wise, I played a bit in Jan and Feb but then nothing until November. Played slightly more than 100,000 hands all year and that is because of the pace of zoom tables on stars. 

Looking back at my job in the first 3/4 of the year I really had grown to dislike working there and couldn't wait to leave, I had too many hours and not enough breaks. 

My new job I am happy with, the boss is great and the students are good. I got a new Visa and a new apartment, however this time the problem is now almost the opposite to the previous job. I have too little hours and too much time off; so I'm not making enough money. 

To try to supplement this I have started doing privates and also made my own tutor business @ - any tips you have as to how I can improve the website let me know!

I read a couple of poker books and enjoyed generally not taking poker very seriously.

2013 will be a different story.

I plan on playing 3 types of games. Zoom 6max, 6max SNGs and HUSNGs. I plan on playing 50 hours a month. No profit goals, just plan on playing well and learning as much as I can about the SNG formats. I have only just recently ventured into SNGs with the encouragement of my former room-mate and good friend from back in Thailand. He completely crushes SNGs and MTTs and has done so consistently for the last 7 years and is helping me out with the transition.

I also plan on listening to Elliot Roe's poker hypnosis MP3 twice a week, I have listened to it quite a lot and it really does help. I don't think I need to listen to it before EVERY session, but I think at least 5 times a month will be good to get the thoughts embedded into my subconscious. I find this helps other things outside of poker too, so if I have a good month of poker thanks to a clearer mindset I will book a one to one with Elliot.

I already have the following but I haven't got around to reading them, so in 2013 I am going to read and review the following books: Playing the Player by Miller, Easy Game 3 by Baluga, Tournament Secrets by Little, Expert Heads Up by Tipton, Poker Hero by Rossen, Dynamic FR Poker by Splitsuit, HUNLHE by Moshman, Math of Holdem by Moshman, Quantum Poker by SixPeppers, Philosophy of poker by HaseebQ (free book from his website) and Reading Poker Tells by Elwood.

That's 11 books in 12 months, a fairly easy task. I am not sure of the order I will go in but I think the ones which look the most promising are Quantum Poker, Expert Heads-up, Tournament Secrets, The Poker Hero and Playing the Player. So I will start with those in some kind of order TBD!

That reminds me, I need to focus on ONE TASK at a time. I have a habit of multi-tasking and that is actually very very bad for learning and productivity. I'm the type of guy that opens youtube then right click open in new tab every video I want to watch and then let them load all at once. Problem is, once they have loaded, then I begin watching one, I see related videos and open a bunch of those in a new tab. Move on to next video and do the same, 5 hours later I'm still watching various random youtube videos.... a majority of which I had no intention of watching in the first place. Sound familiar...?

A list is better. You attack each single item on the list with 100% concentration and then cross it off and move on to the next item with 100% concentration. This is something I am working on.

Heath wise, my health has been poor in 2012. My Diet has been immense, food wise. On the other hand, which is far worse and hence why my health has been poor, I drank way way way too much. I think this is getting to be a problem around my gut again (the dreaded beer belly) so my Girlfriend and I are planning on a 100 days diet (...100 days, it's a Korean thing, trust me..) no alcohol, no eating after 8pm and lots of exercise. We can stick to our same diet as we eat very well, lots of fresh fruit, veg, meat and herbs and spices in our daily diet. We do eat some carbs, like brown rice, kimbap and bananas, but that is fine in the bigger picture since we're cutting out alcohol and starting to exercise. Since she can't swim or play basketball to save her life, we're going to take up squash - a game I have never played before, and that she is quite proficient in - so we can get fit together. We have some dumbbells at home so we're going to use them more too.

On the plus side for health, in early November I quit smoking cold turkey and haven't touched one since. I am starting to feel my lungs really open up, and I no longer have that smokers cough that used to accompany me to the bathroom every morning. In 2013 I plan on helping my cardio out with swimming and basketball on a regular basis, it's also a fairly good excuse to spend some time away from my gf who is ever present these days. I Love her to bits but 24/7 of woman company becomes quite tedious. Nod if you know exactly what I'm talking about here..

Other non poker goals will be to learn more Korean. I have had tutoring in 2012 and now a live in Korean GF so my Korean is much better. I have the 3 books in the Korean Made Easy Series and am now 1 and a half books through. I plan on getting through all three books and then expanding on my vocabulary with some vocab books. I'm at the point now where I can read everything, but have no idea what I am reading. By that I mean I can see a word, and sound it out phonetically, but have to frame of reference as to what most words are or mean. Take this english sounding word 'newpockom'. You call all read this and sound it out, new-pock-om, but you have no idea what it means, because I made it up. For me, this is what Korean feels like at the moment, aside from basic conversation. I am reading words correctly, so now I need to understand what exactly it is I am referring to with my words.

Anyway PEACE

And don't forget this Christmas cracker I prepared for Santa yesterday

So Cliffs

Meh overall
Had a bad job for 80% of the year
Quit smoking
Read a few books
Drank too much
Ate healthily
Learned a bit of korean
Got a new good job
Started a tutor business

Play poker, 50hours/mo, HUSNG, Zoom, 6maxSNG
Read 11 poker books
Learn more Korean, especially vocab
Do more private lessons teaching English
Get fit by swimming, basketball, lifting and playing squash.
Concentrate on one thing at a time - Make a list and cross it off one my one
Poker hypnosis regularly

Posted By Acombfosho at 05:04 AM


Tags: 2012 in review


Krankie72 posted on December 26, 2012 at 20:38 PM



YongGook posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM


Great post.
I'm going to attempt to quit smoking, how did you do it when cigarettes are 2,500 won? I'm going to try with patches and willpower.

Also want to increase my poker playing and studying with more of a goal orientated theme.

Will you be going to the APPT Seoul this year in March? I played the 300,000 won bounty last year and was the bubble boy but to be honest I was too nitty and was only just taking poker seriously.

Good luck with your goals.

Acombfosho posted on January 01, 2013 at 05:51 AM


YongGook, where in Korea are you?

I'm in Daejeon.

This might sound funny, but one day I quit smoking by Kakao talking my gf and saying "I have quit smoking now" and then watching Youtube 'stop smoking hypnosis' videos. Haven't smoked since.

I will probably play the 300k bounty at APPT Seoul this year too.

YongGook posted on January 05, 2013 at 08:37 AM


I'm in Busan.

I have quit for 5 days now and it is going alright.

I am going to try and see how much I can make between now and March and then decide on whether or not to play the bounty event. I only play 10NL online but I classed it as a special event last year and not part of my roll.

What games/limits do you play?

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