October 31, 2010

10k month, Thanks DC

 My goals at the beginning of the month were to:

- Play 45000 hands- I ended up playing 44673, the Jimmy Fund will be receiving a check for $327.

- Make 10k- I cheated a bit here since my tourney score helped but for the month I was +5k in tournies and +7300 in cash games.

- Run 45 miles- Ended up finishing the month at 51 miles.

It's been a long time since I had a 10k month and it feels outstanding. Since cashing out and starting over at 50nl at the beginning of the year it's been a very trying experience, however very worthwhile. To struggle to achieve something and then finally being able to do it is certainly fulfilling. With the volume I put in it's incredibly difficult for me to make 10k at just 100nl. Now that I'm up to 200nl it should be much easier (knock on wood) from here on out and working the hard way to get here has made it feel much better.

When I described my situation here I was humbled by the amount of support I received from the DC members and coaches and I wanted to thank everyone for that. Both through my videos and blog it's definitely helped especially when I was struggling. While I'm not going to make it to 1knl before the end of the year, 400/600 is certainly within reach and I'd be ecstatic with that. Obviously it's going to take continuous improvement to get there and stay at those limits but I've been in much tougher spots throughout the course of the past year. In the pipe dream category I can still reach 1knl if I ship EPT Barcelona!

It's been a continuous work in progress and while one good month doesn't make a year it's a great start. Here's what I wrote in my 2009 wrap up "Also, I had it in my head that I still deserved to be a 5/10 reg." That was the worst mindset I could've had and it showed in my 2009 results. Games were very easy for me in 2008 since I had a sick coach, games were softer, and I worked hard at it. Obviously not so much in 2009. Clearing my head and starting over was the best thing I could've done and I'm not sure where I'd be if I didn't go down that path. So thanks again DC, you've been a huge help.

In addition, a pet peeve of mine. This happens like 2 or 3 times a month but  I had a break even reg come on today sits and both my tables and I said no thanks because I had 3 other really good games. He replied with that I'm bad for the games yada yada yada. For any regs reading this blog I'm not going to drop 2 or 3 really good games to play you. If nobody is playing with me and you sit I'll gladly put in a session with you but it makes no sense to go from playing 3 big losers to you just because you want to play me.

Finally I've found a new anti-tilting song. Most of my friends have been into OAR since high school and before they became pretty big. I've never joined them in their enthusiasm (although I do like some of their songs) but stumbled upon "About an Hour Ago" recently and it's my new go to song when I've had a rough session, to anyone that decides to give it a shot hope it helps. Unfortunately there are only live versions on youtube which are still pretty good.

To end this blog, it's times like this I'm reminded of something my Dad said to me a long time ago that causes me to keep a clear perspective. It was during little league and we had a very cocky kid on our team. He liked to let everyone know how good he was and was quick to point out the faults of others, we'll call him Jimmy. Well one game, he came up in a big spot in the last inning and failed, I don't remember what he did but he made an out. After the game on the way home my Dad and I were talking about the game and he said something that's stuck with me forever (I'm paraphrasing here) "The longer you're around, the more you'll see that kids like Jimmy often get up in big spots and more often than not they fail. Everything seems to come full circle in life and there will be plenty of ups and downs so it's important to be a good teammate  and person at all times. Stay humble and you won't have anything to worry about."

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“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people”

~Nido Qubein



 

Posted By bosoxx34 at 01:26 PM

20 Comments

20 Comments:

DosXX posted on October 31, 2010 at 17:51 PM

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Hey Bosoxx great post and a great blog. Congrats on the month!


SiQ posted on October 31, 2010 at 18:16 PM

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congrats on the month. great read.


FenderJaguar posted on October 31, 2010 at 22:04 PM

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grats dude.


TecmoSuperBowl posted on November 01, 2010 at 13:20 PM

Tsbbadugi

1. Congrats on the month.

2. Hey Girl is my fav OAR song (Crazy Game of Poker is nice too obv :) ). I remember going to see them in concert at Nissan Pavilion via free tix from a radio contest. I knew the DJ so I called up, I wasn't the 10th caller, but I just said "hey, it's me, can you hook me up?" haha

3. Sick quote at the end.


Ruaction posted on November 01, 2010 at 19:23 PM

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Congrats Bosoxx, it's a great achievement and I really admire you're dedication.


AMT posted on November 01, 2010 at 21:43 PM

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Glad to see you going strong man, congrats on the month! Didn't read anything about the baseball playoffs though :(


Acombfosho posted on November 02, 2010 at 15:31 PM

Korea-snsd-sooyoung

very awesome post


Hielko posted on November 02, 2010 at 15:41 PM

Bazinga

Congrats, keep it up!


WallyWattz posted on November 02, 2010 at 16:55 PM

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Congrats bosoxx! OAR is great. Been a fan since before they made it big...their newer stuff isn't as good as the old stuff though.


1BYONE posted on November 02, 2010 at 20:05 PM

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Congrats


mrmossy84 posted on November 23, 2010 at 22:17 PM

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"To end this blog, it's times like this I'm reminded of something my Dad said to me a long time ago that causes me to keep a clear perspective. It was during little league and we had a very cocky kid on our team. He liked to let everyone know how good he was and was quick to point out the faults of others, we'll call him Jimmy. Well one game, he came up in a big spot in the last inning and failed, I don't remember what he did but he made an out. After the game on the way home my Dad and I were talking about the game and he said something that's stuck with me forever (I'm paraphrasing here) "The longer you're around, the more you'll see that kids like Jimmy often get up in big spots and more often than not they fail. Everything seems to come full circle in life and there will be plenty of ups and downs so it's important to be a good teammate and person at all times. Stay humble and you won't have anything to worry about."

funny,the first half of the story sounds like someone who plays NHL '11 a lot, the second half sounds like someone who plays NHL '11 a lot with a good attitude...never throwing his teammates or anyone under the bus, always does things for the good of the team, you know who i'm talking about ;)
-dj


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