Life Shouldn't Be A Fuckin' Grind

I will never be a poker pro, but my lifetime poker ledger is positive and I think that's something to be proud of.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Year is Over

2008 is almost over and it was definitely not a successful year for me pokerwise. I'd venture to guess that including home games, a couple of casino trips and some sporadic, low-stakes online play, I lost somewhere between $500 and $1k in 2008. Almost certainly my worst year of poker since I started really taking the game seriously. Then again, I guess I was never able to get over the hump and really take my game to the next level. I can still beat micro stakes games populated with really bad players, but I continually get knocked down when I try to get much about .5/1 online. I'm more or less break even at best in SnGs and MTTs right now and of course, as always, I suck at NLHE cash.

I got stoxtrader's Winning in Tough Hold'em Games for Christmas and I intend to go through that a couple of times in the next few months trying to really understand the concepts. I expect 2009 to actually be a pretty busy year for me with various Air Force training classes and possibly my first real assignment by the end of the year. Hence, I doubt I will have a lot of time to put in a lot of hands of poker or really improve much. My goals therefore are modest. To show at least a 10% ROI in SnGs and MTTs when I play them, to grind my ~$200 online roll up over $1000 and show a profit of at least 1BB/100 at 6max LHE. I'd like to be rolled for and playing 1/2 6max by the end of the year, but I don't know how attainable that is with the time that I will have to invest. I also hope to avoid leaks like playing NL cash online and or shorthanded HORSE. I do think that I have an advantage at full-ring HORSE if I play tight ABC poker, so I may play a bit of that for fun, but nothing too serious. Most importantly, I hope to continue to learn to control tilt and get good enough at 6max that I can play it regularly.


  • At 5:07 AM, Blogger goooooood girl said…

    your blog is very fine......

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger yvesmfarges said…

    Neat Blog ... don't worry about a bad 2008. I am in the same boat (flintsword) with an awesome 2007, a soso 2008, and so-far-great (!) 2009 (thanks to very positive. Your point about the long term is exactly right but I would not throw the idea of becoming a great poker player out quite so fast. Your Blog shows you are on a learning curve ... most poker players are *not*. This learning curve inevitably leads to a serious player, in time. So take it as encouragement and happy new year! Great Blog

    Yves aka 'flintsword'

  • At 5:54 PM, Blogger TheCinciKid said…

    Hey Flint, thanks for the kind words. I certainly still hope that I will one day be able to take it to the "next level." For now though, I'll have to be content trying to improve my game at lower stakes with the time I have to invest.


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