January is in the books and it’s time to do the first month review of the year!
Honestly the PCA experience was much much better than my previous WSOP main event experience! Overall the PCA is a tournament with more quality, a better schedule and a better venue where you have plenty of room to walk around.
I ended up losing on the 2nd day of the event while I was at the TV table
I talked about what I was thinking during that hand on my facebook page:
After talking with some players about the hand and thinking about it a bit more, I think that the right play is to check/call the turn and check/fold the river on either an Ace or a King.
I made a big mistake and in tournaments a single mistake puts you out of the tournament very often!
Then I had some free time and I took some photos to share a bit of the Bahamas experience with my followers:
(Also played some basketball with other members of Team Online)
I would also like to share a video with the Fireworks that PokerStars offered to their players during the Party to mark the start of the season:
I came back to Lisbon on the 14th and I didn’t spend much time resting, since I have some big goals for this year!
I played some tournaments during the month and I got a great result on the 19th!
I ended up winning a bit more than the winner (Stefan Jedlicka) because we made a deal when we got heads-up and I had more chips at that point.
Unfortunately during the rest of the month I didn’t manage to get any deep runs in tournaments and I lost a decent part of what I won on the $82. Never the less it was a great start of the year for someone that only plays a tournament from time to time nowadays!
On the other hand, getting back to the hypers wasn’t easy at all!
I haven’t played them for more than 18 months, the $74s were full of regulars and if I really want to make Supernova Elite this year I have to become a winner again very very quickly…
Very quickly I realized that a lot of my game plan from 2010/2011 wasn’t going to work in 2014. The players nowadays play much better than 2-3 years ago and the leaks are more subtle most of the times.
The bright side was that I had a very open mind about how to play and I searched for the best play for the most common situations and how to adjust my ranges when the variables change.
I ended up losing $814, but if you take into consideration the 68% return on rake that I get for going for Supernova Elite I still finished up $2191.6
If you add that amount to the money I made playing tournaments, it ended up being an excellent month, specially taking into account that I could only play online half of the month and I spend most of that time studying!
I got 27.4K VPPs
I think that it’s important to mention that until I reach 1 Million VPPs this year, I have to get a minimum of 50k VPPs/month to maintain the status and I can only fail that threshold two months!
Unfortunately I already missed that minimum VPP requirement in January, so I only have 1 bullet left…
On the bright side, if I managed to get 27.4k VPPs in a month where I could only play online for two weeks it and I spend most of the time studying, then the chances of making 50k+ VPPs/month look good!
My plan for the hypers for February is this:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Study 2 hours, play 2 hours and get 1-2K VPPs/day.
Saturday: Study 2 hours, play 6 hours, get 5-6K VPPs.
Sunday: Play 8-12 hours, get 10K VPPs.
Or maybe by playing all those hours during the weekend, it doesn’t qualify as a part-time job after all…, but now seriously, the main reason for managing my time like that apart from grinding I have other goals this year! I want to spend 16+ hours per week working on my book, at least 4 hours working on free content for my followers and I also want to have some time to work out and take care of my health.
It’s really hard to manage everything and sometimes things just don’t go as I plan, so it’s perfectly normal that once or twice per month I have to take an extra day off my regular schedule to rest or just to do stuff related to my sponsorship.
It’s just the way things are and it’s going to be a pretty tough year for me with lots of work ahead, but I think that as long as I’m focused and working hard it’s fine and I hope that it’s enough!
I wish a great February to everyone that follows me!