Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Recap

This was by far my toughest month mentally. I can't count the number of days I felt completely unmotivated. Too often I was just going through the motions trying to get my VPPs for the day. I hit about a 100K hand breakeven stretch dating back to last month that made things even more difficult. In total I put in 321 hours at the tables or just over 10 hours a day. Imagine the mental wear and tear of walking twenty miles a day, every day, for three and half months and that's likely similar to what it feels like 4-6 table poker 10+ hours a day for 3.5 months. On the bright side I'm up to 967K VPPs, only have five more days of this, and don't ever intend on doing it again. I'm hoping next year to travel to some different tournaments, using my FPPs to buy-in, and staying at the different locales for 3-4 weeks at a time while playing a more normal schedule.

I did finally break out of my extended slump, winning about 700 big bets over the last 15K hands or so. It didn't translate into a great deal of money because most of it came at lower limits. The higher limit games have been incredibly dead over the last week. In fact, I've noticed at the end of every month I've been here the games have died down. I'm not sure why but there were a lot of high limit games towards the middle of every month. In any event, it's nice to run good and string together consecutive winning days.

Good luck to everyone in September.


  1. Massive hours put in, it's impressive what someone can do when you set a really tough goal. To expect to play your A game for all this is unrealistic so don't be too hard on yourself :)

  2. I read your entire blog over the past few days. There were some very interesting posts. Great work making elite so fast after moving to Canada too.

    I was wondering if you could provide a link to the BB/100 Pre Rake stat that you're using in HEM. I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Thanks!

  3. Thanks everyone, the kind words are always an inspiration. Spasms if you want to email me at I will see if I can dig up the instructions when I get back home - it's a custom stat one of my friends wrote.