Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The 3 Month Trial.... a little bit closer to becoming an FPP Pro..

It seems like a long time ago since I made my first ever blog post. I talked about 2011 and pursuing SNE. In actual fact that was only 2 months ago and a few things have happened since...

1. I purchase table ninja and was amazed at what I had been missing for the previous years that I had been multi-tabling. Yes, I know, I must be the last person not to be using a script add-on to make life oh so easy. To be fair I only ever played 8 tables max and that was do-able manually. But, never again..!!

2. I now play 20 tables every time I log-in to Pokerstars and this generates a lot of FPPs over my sessions.

3. Last month I purchased a new 24" monitor and got rid of one of my 19" monitors, so I now have one 24" + one 19" screen with 10 tables visible, double stacked.

4. I have resigned from my role as a Business Analyst for which I worked at over the last 4 and a bit years. I Leave on the 28th of this month.

So, what's next??

In September I will enrol at a college to complete my ACCA accounts qualification. I have passed 10 units out of 14 and will finish the last 4 on a full time basis by December. I will then be a Qualified Accountant.

This gives me June, July and August with nothing serious to do.... so i will become a full-time FPP Pro for a trial period. I will play a minimum 3x 2hr sessions every day. 20 tables will be the order of the day with the following line up:

12x NL100
6x NL200
2x NL400

That means that I sit down with $3,200 each session. I will set my bankroll at $9,000 for this Trial.

I aim to reach Supernova VIP status by 10th June and when i reach that level i will have access to all items within the Poketstars Store including the higher Cash Bonuses.

I will target one $4,000 cash bonus each month. I worked out that it will take around 7hrs a day and 25days to make each bonus.

So, come the 1st Jan 2011 i will have a decision to make:

1. Go back to work as a qualified accountant
2. Become an FPP Pro and chase SNE

hmmmmm..... watch this space....


Controlling TILT.... Take it like a PRO...

You know the scenario, you pick up the pocket rockets in MP and make a small raise.... The guy on the button re-raises you and everyone else folds around back to you... you pop it up a bit more and your opponent moves 'all-in' to your delight...!! Yeessss..!!

He turns over 3h 3s and you are totally shocked... but not really as its NL100 and you've seen it all b4 from the gambling DONKS.... The flop comes down Qh 7d 4h and your looking cool for the double up. The turn is the Kh giving him the unlikely flush draw plus his 2 extra outs (3d, 3c) but you should still be good... Then BANG..... The River... The 6h...... hes sucked out big style and hit the flush... and Stacked your sorry ass.....

RAAAAAAAAARRRR.... Your mad and want to smash the screen..... TILT is kicking in and as your playing 20 tables this could be a dangerous period if you lose control... so what do you do??

Easier said than done but you have to take it like a PRO. The best players would not even flinch at this scenario and just carry on playing normally immediately. Luckily for me, my TILT control is very good, but even REGs can lose it especially if happens over and over again in a session or a day or day after day.

So, what can you do to re-gain emotional control?? first of all i take a deep breath and smile... the chances are that if he doesn't 'hit n run' you will probably win your money back within 50 hands.... Try to relax... If you TILT you could lose many hands in a short space of time by making ab-normally large bets to try to win back your loss. My advise would be to change gears in the other direction, i.e Tighten up a bit for around 10mins or so, then resume your normal playing range.
If you really have lost it then leave the game for an hour or so until you are calm, then resume play

Long-Term Target = Eliminate TILT completely

Stay Cool and GL

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Quest for Supernova VIP.....

Achieving a High VIP level on Pokerstars and the associated benefits has never been on my agenda. I only ever reached Platinum Star and played for fun really.

I now play 20 tables simultaneously and this year will be the first time that I make achieve Supernova VIP status, hopefully sometime next month.

Here is my progress so far:

Monday, 3 May 2010

Equality and Freedom.... The Democratic Way...

The right to vote is a precious one and in the UK anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to vote.

The UK General election takes place on Thursday 6th May 2010 with the incumbent Labour Party in danger of losing power.

So, why do a massive proportion of people choose not vote?? Is it the complexity of the polices, apathy or another reason. We all want to make an informed choice but as we all know from the recent expenses scandals that politicians cannot be trusted..!!

I will not be voting due to my experience as a voter in the past. The first time i voted was when i was a student. I was excited, informed and looking forward to a new government. As a student one of the most important issues for me was educational funding. I made my vote partly based on this issue. However the winning party changed their stance when they came into power and i was extremely disappointed... Studying the manifestos is all well and good, but there is no guarantee that any party will stick to the plan..

The main issues we face today are: Economy, immigration, defence, crime, health, education, housing, pensions and transport.

I wonder if there would be any major difference with who ever leads us.... hmmm... We live in the UK and are generally well off compared to many people abroad. Its unlikely that you would starve while in engalnd 2010... I think that i am luckier that most on planet earth and living in a top 20 country. As a planet we need to share the wealth and share the love... If i make it as a pro poker player, i will certainly give something back to the less fortunate

So, 3 monkeys.... choose one.... or choose none...
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