March 01, 2010
Iâ€™ve decided (at least for now) that I really donâ€™t have that much exciting to say in a blog so Iâ€™ll likely just update this on a monthly basis as kind of a month in review. Mostly Iâ€™ll review them in regards to the goals I set out at the beginning of the year.
If I had to sum up February in one word Iâ€™d use variance. Iâ€™ve been running really good since my move to FTP so I was probably due for a roller coaster of a month. The cool thing was I still had a positive month which I think is a good indication of having better focus at the tables. I know we always feel like we get bad beat constantly, but this month seemed like it had more than normal and I still managed to turn a profit. Iâ€™m not a believer in looking at the All-In equity graph, but I donâ€™t know another way to see if my gut feel is correct here. In Jan I ended up within $1 of my All-In equity. In Feb I was 10 buyins below it.
I managed to still be up about 5 buyins over 21,000 hands and ran at 2.33 bb/100 at 25NL. Iâ€™d obviously like that number to be higher, but Iâ€™m pretty confident it will be in the future. In other good news other than a bad stretch in the middle (I was sick for a while and probably shouldnâ€™t have been playing but certainly didnâ€™t have my A game) my red line was basically flat.
In regards to goals:
Session Reviews â€“ I didnâ€™t do a great job here and need to review this plan. Iâ€™ve got a few people in India that work for me now on a couple projects which has led to some early morning meetings. Itâ€™s hard to do a review when you are getting up early.
Podcasts/Theory Videos during commute â€“ I relistened to Tommy Angeloâ€™s 8 Fold Path to Poker Enlightenment. If you havenâ€™t checked out this series you should. Even if you are like me and donâ€™t really buy fully into the â€œmysticalâ€ world there is great stuff to take away from this series. I just started listening to the DC podcasts with Improva and they are of course great. Probably have to listen to each a few times to really sink in.
Forum Activity â€“ I made about 100 posts this month. I had a stretch where I wasnâ€™t very active, but also been spending some time on Skype with the micro baller group. Both activities are great for keeping your mind thinking about the game.
Exercise â€“ This has been pretty crappy this month, but mostly due to being sick for a good portion of it.
Watch Videos â€“ This was so-so. During the time I was sick I was bad, but recently started rewatching The Coaching Tree. I really like Balugaâ€™s thoughts on beating the micros and have been really trying to increasing the spots where I am going for value. (Biggest contributor to my red line flattening out IMO â€“ thin value is thin so there ends up being quite a few folds).
See you on the forums and on the tables (hopefully more so on the forums than the tables or we arenâ€™t table selecting that well).