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Courtney Gee says goodbye to 9-5 jobs through the magic of poker.

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One of the best things about PokerStars is their creativity when it comes to rewarding people for playing on the site.

Last year they started VIP Club Live, a series of parties for PokerStars players taking place in major cities around the world. This summer they brought the party to my neck of the woods: Vancouver.

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Trip Report: Analyzing My Play at WPT Montreal

Created By: Courtney Gee
21 May 2013
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog
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Editor's note: Get up to speed with Part 1 of this trip report here.

Day 2 of WPT Montreal started with 302 players remaining. 73 players were scheduled to cash and I thought there was a chance the bubble would happen before the day was over, so I was hoping for another long session of poker.

My table was tougher than the table I left at the end of Day 1. I had a couple large stacks to my left, and there was someone I knew to be an online pro to my right.

It wasn’t an extremely tough table, but there weren’t any blatant donators like there had been at my first table.

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When I made the decision to postpone Malta, I started looking into alternate smaller trips I could take in the spring or summer.

I found out about WPT Montreal, a $3.3k tournament at Playground Poker, and it seemed like a slam dunk. People always say that May is a great time to go out East, and I’d never been to Montreal before.

It was also just a 5 hour flight to get there, which seemed perfect for a short vacation without too much hassle.

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Last time I talked about earning money for a three-month trip to Malta. Because I wanted to give notice to my landlords at the end of the month, I had to make all the money necessary for the trip in March.

The pressure was on.

I’m not saying it’s Murphy’s Law or anything, but let’s just say that March did not go well.

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Moving to Malta and Making Poker a Priority

Created By: Courtney Gee
15 March 2013
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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Since making it a goal to play 30+ hours per week, I’ve found out how bad I have become at organizing my time. I’ve also realized that poker has never been my number one priority, even after I quit my job to go pro.

I’m always talking about how I don’t play enough hours of poker, and a big reason for this is that I don’t make it a priority.

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Emotional Stress, Big ROI, Advice for Moving Up

Created By: Courtney Gee
08 February 2013
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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January was a mixed bag for me. If you’ve been reading my other blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a lot to deal with outside of poker.

Someone very close to me is battling alcoholism and things took a turn for the worse late last year. For the last couple of months, I have basically been trying to make sure that she doesn’t die.

Helping her out has been very time consuming, but the biggest impact on me has been the emotional stress. Even when I’ve had some spare hours to play poker, it’s sometimes been very difficult to focus.

Emotional stability is extremely important when it comes to playing well and I certainly haven't had it these past two months. I took a lot of days off in December and January as a result.

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Courtney Gee: More Volume and Higher Stakes in 2013

Created By: Courtney Gee
17 January 2013
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog
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The theme of 2012 was definitely “did not play enough”. I did a rough calculation of the hours I played last year and it probably averages to 15 hours per week at the most, which is pretty sad.

The main problem I had in 2012 was not knowing which game to play. I spent the first part of the year trying to play mainly 6-max turbo SnGs, but those games got really tough.

I wanted to play an average buy-in of ~$220, but I ended up dropping down to an ABI of around $120 before I stopped playing. I just wasn’t +EV enough (if at all) with the number of regs that were in each game, so I had to stop playing.

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Courtney Gee LAPT Peru Trip Report (Part 2)

Created By: Courtney Gee
13 December 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, Tournament Trail
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Catch up with Part 1 of Courtney's trip to Peru here.

I’m a really light sleeper and my hotel room was (once again) extremely noisy, so I slept even more badly the night before Day 2 than I did the night before Day 1.

Having slept around 10 hours in the past three nights, I went to the casino feeling like a zombie on Day 2 of the LAPT Grand Final.

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Courtney Gee LAPT Peru Trip Report (Part 1)

Created By: Courtney Gee
10 December 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, Tournament Trail
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I somehow went all of November without blogging here. I meant to write before I headed off to Peru for the LAPT Grand Final mid-month, but the writing never materialized. But, better late than never, here I am with a tournament trip report!

For those that don’t know, the LAPT Grand Final was a $2.5k buy-in held in Lima. I played a few satellites trying to win a package to the event, but the closest I got was 2nd place in one of the $22r 3x turbos (which are insanely frustrating, by the way).

In the end I made a small profit playing the satellites, but I had to enter the tournament using FPPs.

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Explaining Heads-Up Hyper Turbo SNGs by Stakes

Created By: Courtney Gee
29 October 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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I haven’t talked much about my experience with heads-up hyper turbos yet, so I figured I’d do that today.

If you follow my Mental Game Blog, you’ll know that I’ m currently playing buy-ins between $100 and $300. I played mostly $60s and $100s for all of September, and then I added $200s at the start of October. I started registering for $300s just a few days ago and have only played a handful.

Because bankroll wasn’t much of an issue for me, I was able to go from playing $30s to $300s between August and now. I often read people asking about the differences between buy-ins while moving up, so I thought I’d briefly share my thoughts about it.

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This blog entry is going to be a pretty positive one since I’m happy to report that I'm still playing heads-up hypers. I haven't played a ton of games or won a ton of money, but I’ve learned a lot since the last time I wrote.

I had several big leaks when I first started playing HU. Probably my biggest problem was calling the turn and then folding the river when I should have just folded the turn in the first place. It was so bad that my friend and I named it the "Courtney Leak".

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Courtney Gee Takes on Heads-Up Hyper-Turbo SNGs

Created By: Courtney Gee
04 September 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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So I changed games again. Last time I mentioned that PLO was a temporary solution while I tried to figure out my next move. I never really expected to play it long term (although a girl can dream).

You might have already guessed that the main problem with PLO cash games as a long term solution is the variance involved. While I didn’t research the variance possibilities myself, my friend did a bit of scouting. We estimated that with my volume, I could easily run bad for an entire year. Losing money for a year? I’m gonna go ahead and say no thank you.

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One thing I’ve learned about playing online poker for a living is that you have to be flexible because things are always changing. Always have a backup plan in case things don’t go as they should. Never put all your eggs in one basket.

Black Friday showed that the state of online poker can change dramatically overnight. I saw many lives get turned upside down as a result, and I feel lucky that I didn’t have to experience the problems many American players faced.

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I haven’t updated this blog in forever mainly because I haven’t been playing poker. A couple weeks into June, I had a standard downswing and found myself tilting a lot worse than usual. I decided that I needed to take a short break, and then a short break turned into two weeks and counting.

I’ve spent the last two weeks relaxing, enjoying life, and doing things that I actually want to do. I think a lot of people view poker as a glamorous dream job, and people are often really impressed when they find out I play it for a living.

The truth is, though, that it’s not glamorous for most of us. For most poker players it’s a grind.

Don’t get me wrong. I feel very lucky to have the choice to stay home every day and play a card game at my computer. I love games. I love poker. It’s just that while there are plenty of upsides, there are also plenty of downsides.

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LAPT Peru, WSOP and Tough Games Online

Created By: Courtney Gee
24 May 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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Well I didn’t win $100k playing SCOOP! I’m definitely surprised since it seemed like a sure thing after that dream.

I didn’t get to play as much SCOOP as I would have liked, mainly because most of the tournament start times were too early for me. To start playing poker by 8 am seems like such an unlikely accomplishment that I am almost considering relocating for WCOOP later this year.

A couple things will have to come together to make it happen, but it doesn’t seem like a terrible idea.

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I was glad when May started because a new month always seems like a fresh start. I played just over 1,200 SnGs in April and ended up losing the most money I’ve ever lost in a single month of playing poker.

This seems strange considering I used to play MTTs and you would think that I would have had my biggest losses back then. It also seems strange because I moved to SnGs to avoid big downswings, and now I’ve lost more money than ever before!

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So … about that “Running Hotter than the Sun” entry. I think I might have jinxed myself!

It appears that $8k downswings at the stakes I’m playing are quite standard as I’m in the middle of another one. Unfortunately it means that I am losing quite a bit this month so far, as I’m currently running at around -2.5% ROI over ~1k games.

I will probably only play a couple hundred more SnGs this month, so chances are pretty much zero that I’ll end up positive for the month.

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Moving to 6-Max SNGs Plus an April Prop Bet

Created By: Courtney Gee
11 April 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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I definitely have some catching up to do in this blog, so I thought I’d write a post to update my progress for the year so far.

It’s Tuesday night and I should be grinding, but games are dead so I have some extra time.

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Happy April! I realized just now that I let all of March go by without updating this blog, and I definitely didn’t mean to do that!

I’ve actually had so much to write about the past few weeks, but I couldn’t seem to sit myself down and get it done.

Last time I wrote, I said that I was going to run a little experiment: I was going to avoid looking at my online poker results for a week. The experiment took place well over a month ago, but I suppose reporting the results late is better than never.

The bad news: I didn’t last a week. I have a couple excuses for this, but I’ll spare you.

The good news: the experiment still lasted five days, and it was wildly successful!

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Long time no blog for me! The last time I wrote, I mentioned that I was about to start playing poker again for the first time in a month. Getting back to the grind has been a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

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I’ve been enjoying a much needed break from poker the last month, but it’s about time to get back on the grind.

In fact, I hope to have played a session by the time you read this.

I have been carefully considering my poker goals for 2012. I want to challenge myself and strive to do well this year, but I also don’t want to set goals that are unrealistic.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right balance. To be honest, I have no idea what I should be expecting of myself at this point.

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2011 Year in Review – Courtney Gee Poker Blog

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30 December 2011
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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Happy holidays! I hope everyone has been able to take some time off to enjoy their friends and family this month. Life has been crazy for me, but I really wanted to try to post this before the year ended.

Where poker is concerned, 2011 was a pretty interesting year for me. I went to PCA, played on the Big Game, and went to the WSOP for the first time. While none of these get-rich-quick schemes worked out for me, they were great experiences and I learned a lot.

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Six Days from Supernova! - Courtney Gee Poker Update

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09 December 2011
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, The Online Grind
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It’s that time of year! Christmas lights are going up, grocery stores are playing merry music 24/7, and the malls are a nightmare. Oh yeah, and all the grinders are online trying to cram in as many games as possible before the year ends. 

Right now I have 91,551 VPPs, which means around 6 full days of poker until I hit Supernova. I play a lot of half days, though, so I probably won’t hit it until December 18th (which is, coincidentally, the day of the giant Sunday Million).

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Where has the month gone?! It feels like November just started when, in reality, it’s actually almost over.

It’s amazing how quickly time can fly when you have too many things to do!

The VPP grind continues. I’m on track for the month so far, having earned 13.6k VPPs to date.

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So I’m done playing liveaments and back to the online grind. Last entry I wrote that the games would be getting a lot tougher from now until the end of the year thanks to the Supernova and Supernova Elite grinders. This has been very true and perhaps even worse than I expected.

The SnGs just have a crazy number of regs right now. I have never had to game select so meticulously before. Saturday during the day was particularly terrible, which makes sense since all the grinders were online to play the Supernova freeroll. I feel like I spend more time game selecting than playing poker.

This is what I get for deciding to earn all my VPPs in the last third of the year. You can bet that I’ll be done grinding by this time in 2012!

I earned a bit of money in October. Here was how it ended up:

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