Friday, December 01, 2006

HOME SWEET HOME

Sometimes you have to play to your strengths, and seeing as though I’ve been winning regularly online for the last year, I thought it best to focus my attentions on my online cash.

Of course, it’s always fun to play a few festivals, but when you are looking to maintain a bankroll, you have to supplement those tourney entry fees via a source of some kind, and eating into my bankroll probably isn’t the best option.

But now, after playing my first session last Thursday instead of taking a potshot at the £500er at the Midland Masters, I’m now back into the swing of things after a 3-4 week hiatus. What’s more, my bankroll is already starting to look healthier, and if I want to stump up the buy-ins for these festivals, then I must make sure that I’m simultaneously sourcing the payment from my online activities at the cash table.

I haven’t published my online results since I started working for blonde (which turned me semi-pro instead of pro), but I suppose there’s no reason why I shouldn’t. So, since recommencing my online career, here’s what’s happened:

Thu 23rd Nov = +$439.19
Fri 24th Nov = +$41.85
Mon 27th Nov = -$81.12
Thu 30th Nov = +$314.97
Fri 1st Dec = +$207.89

So that’s a gross profit of +$922.78 at a rate of $132 per/hour (7 hours).

Although not massive showing for five sessions of $1/2, I feel as though the profit I have churned out this week is due to tweaking the most important skill an online poker player can possess – discipline.

Instead of playing for 2-3 hours, I’m now reducing my session to just 90 minutes. As a result, I have avoided those unforced errors that I was making towards the end of my session.

Of course, a total of 7 hours play isn’t much, but $922.78 per week is more than enough to live off, plus I was hampered by work, the live update at Walsall and entertaining my other (better) half. I’m sure that if I committed to playing a full week, I could easily increase that figure to a few thousand, which wouldn’t be bad for the $1/2 level.

As well as limiting my session time, I feel I am concentrating harder on the game at hand in the sense that I’m not surfing the net simultaneously, chatting to people on msn or watching the box. Also, if I am feeling lack-lustre, then I end the session early, which is what I did on the Monday when I was losing. I was clearly making silly mistakes and uncharacteristically bad judgment errors, so accepted that I wasn’t in the correct frame and mind and simply quit, which is something that I was failing to do previously.

All in all, the key here is that after a huge blip a few weeks ago and a disappointing momentary venture into the tournament arena, I have now returned to winning ways with a new vigour. I feel confident and revitalised and am assured that I am playing well and reading the play better. I have also improved my discipline, which whilst strong, was always vulnerable to hitting the odd hurdle.

Now, if I could just find the time to play more sessions…

3 Comments:

At 9:33 AM, Blogger SodaPopKid said...

In cash an hour for me is now the Max, just enough time to settle in and focus. Any longer and the mind drifts and so does the bankroll.

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger snoopy1239 said...

Hi sodapopkid

It's the same for me, shame I learnt the hard way...

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger mftpg said...

Hi, Recent addition to the blogging world just going through my reading list and adding links. Just linked to you - be great if you would add my blog to your list.
I am also at blogspot;
http://plan3tgongpoker.blogspot.com

Cheers, Mark

 

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