Well I ended up playing four days of poker last week, but only 3 days were spent online. I got convinced to spend the other day at a brick-and-mortar playing 1/3 NL, although I can’t complain much about it because I made a couple buy-ins.
Here were the numbers for the three days I played:
# MTTs: 101
Net result: +$6,873.00
It was definitely a good week. On Tuesday I concentrated on small fields and had quite a few little cashes, including a $27 KO win that I was particularly happy with.
I lost a bunch of money on Saturday but then I had another great Sunday that included ten cashes. Considering I only played 41 tournaments, that’s a high rate of cashes. I won the afternoon $44 turbo that day for $6.6k.
Sunday capped off a very nice month that saw me run pretty hot! Here were my total numbers for July:
# MTTs: 329
Net result: +$8,736.69
The net total doesn’t include rakeback or bonuses, so my take home is a bit higher.
And to wrap up the stats, here are the numbers for 2011 so far:
# online MTTs: 1620
Net profit (online MTTs only): $20,695.53
Once again the total doesn’t include live wins or bonuses or rakeback.
I am quite happy with the yearly net profit considering it’s ~40% ROI and very likely higher than expectation. I am obviously not so pleased about the volume, but I won’t get into that yet again.
I have a couple goals for August. My poker-related goal is to play 650 tournaments. This should be pretty easy to do if I don’t skip any playing days and play four days per week. It will be difficult to do if I take any extra days off, though, so it will be a good exercise in discipline.
A friend of mine recently asked me if I ever reward myself for making my goals. I don’t, but his question made me realize why doing so can be very good. Even if it’s just a small reward, having a reward makes your goal more real (for lack of a better word).
It’s really easy to set a “goal” but just not bother with it because there’s no reason to care whether or not you achieve it. If there is a reward in place and you don’t achieve it, at the very least you think to yourself, “Well I don’t get my reward because I didn’t achieve my goal.” Just thinking this to yourself can be enough dissonance to motivate you to achieve it next time.
I think it also works the other way for when you do achieve your goal. Rather than just patting yourself on the back for a job well done, you get something tangible for it. Even if the reward is just small, I think it helps cement the good feelings associated with achieving the goal.
Anyway, enough rambling. I’m going to find a sweet upscale restaurant to go to as a reward for playing 650 games. My other goal for August is to eat much healthier throughout the day, especially on days I play poker. This is getting long, though, so I’ll talk about that next time. Good luck at the tables!