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Hurricanes, Politics, and Missed Opportunities
by dtools22 | Published Nov 01, 2012
Well it’s officially November and I can now look back on October’s goals and start checking off what went well and what didn’t. The end of October did get a little strange for me. I found myself spending about a week researching American politics, about 85% of which was geared towards learning about all the candidates running for President in 2012. I would never call myself an activist when it comes to who takes political office in the United State, but I found myself very saddened by the state of affairs in my country. On top of all that, the mega storm Sandy turned the east coast inside out for at the very least a few hours, and in some places significantly more, October ended on a rather odd note.
Since this is a poker blog I’ll get the less relevant stuff out of the way first. Politically speaking I was pointed to this website www.isidewith.com and took a simple survey regarding the issues of the day. I was rather shocked by the results and found a candidate for president that I genuinely like, Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party nominee for president. If you want to know more about him, do a quick Google search and you’ll find several days’ worth of videos and articles to comb through. If you’re a US citizen, I recommend you take the survey, you may learn something about yourself. As far as the storm Sandy is concerned, all that happened to me was the highways were all shut down so I was hold up in my apartment. Never lost power, so I just grinded online for most of the day. I lucked out there for sure since I know a lot of people that still don’t have power days later.
Ok, now to the business at hand. It’s time for me to own up to my goals for October. Here’s how this played out:
1) Goal: Build up the live poker bank roll up to $4500 by the end of the month.
Result: Yeah that didn’t happen. It’s not even close to be perfectly honest with you. I spent the bulk of my time at Foxwoods pretty card dead overall. I had some great spots, there were at least 3 or 4 sessions where the action was crazy. One such session there was a player that had run up his stack so much, he colored up to a $1000 chip, put it on the table, and not counting that chip he still had everyone else covered by a good $400 bucks. He was also 3 barreling 9-high so it made for an entertaining night. Sadly I go no piece of him.
2) Goal: Log 25,000 hands of online poker.
Result: I pulled this one off, even turned about a 3 buy in profit over the 25,000 hand sample. The biggest news from this is that I’ve really gotten a much better grip over my online game and I think this next month I could really get into high gear grinding on Carbon. I think it could be realistic to hit $25NL by the end of the month, with the help of rakeback of course.
3) Goal: Log 25 visits to the Foxwoods poker room this month.
Result: Fell quite a bit short, only managed 18 visits. I can realistically blame 2 of them on the hurricane since all highways in MA and CT were closed but that still leaves me 5 trips short. Just a time management issue to be honest and one I think can easily be corrected.
4) Goal: Have a strong showing at the World Poker Finals.
Result: Um…I’m really not sure. I didn’t play in any of the actual World Poker Finals events, but I did get into 3 tournaments during the series, with a fourth maybe happening this weekend. I had one deep run where I finished 3 spots shy of the money and the others just lost a few key flips to end my day. On the whole, I think I played OK not great. There were a couple of spots that could have been better, but they weren’t high profile, big decisions. That said, even the smallest hand means a lot more in an MTT so certainly some cleanup work to be done. That said I think for really not having focused on my MTT for the past year I’d say I did reasonably well for myself.
5) Goal: Build up the online poker roll to $400.
Result: Fell a tad short, finished up the month a little under $370, but I like how my game has improved and developed so I feel very positive about the upcoming months.
6) Goal: Post at least 8 blogs this month.
Result: I posted only 3, again more a time management issue and something easily fixable in my opinion.
So overall, I didn’t really live up to the standards I set forth. Having said that I’ve learned quite a bit from this little exercise and I plan on continuing in November with a similar goal mentality. This certainly does help me focus in on what exactly it is I want and the step I need to take so at the very least it’s been a constructive way to focus my efforts. I’ll post up my November goals after the weekend.