I've pulled to within 6 days of SNE pace and have been playing a fair amount amount of hands. I think I was two weeks off of pace when I returned from Monte Carlo so I've done well hands wise but nowhere near the 2500 hands a day goal I had set for myself. Inevitably, things always seem to come up and I haven't been quite as driven as last year. For example, yesterday I spent 3+ hours unsuccessfully trying to will the Celtics to a victory instead of playing. It was worth it even though they didn't win.
As I have all year, I've continued to run well this month. It's really amazing because I'm not playing nearly as much heads up and 3-handed as I was last year. I don't even feel like I played very well this month particularly during the last week, nevertheless my results have been good:
I'm heading to Vegas in 2 days and my first tournament is on Saturday. I've been watching no-limit videos every night, both cash game and tournament videos. I've also been playing 2-3 tournaments a day online although that doesn't seem to help me much since I'm usually 3-4 tabling ring games and paying little attention to the tournament. The videos are a big help though and I plan on continuing to watch them throughout the next six weeks. I've also been reading Telling Lies and Getting Paid and Positively Fifth Street to psyche me up for the WSOP.
It will undoubtedly be a grind and a battle of attrition at times. I've set the following rules to help:
-No Caffeine after 7 PM
-Exercise on days off
-Get as much rest as possible (not always easy to do between Day 1 and Day 2 of a tourney)
-Sanitize my hands several times a day (I've been sick during almost every extended stay in Vegas)
-Stay focused on making the best decision possible using all the information I have available, the rest is irrelevant
Next update after Day 1 of the 1K NL..