Courtney Gee: More Volume and Higher Stakes in 2013

Published On: 17 January 2013 / Modified: 29 June 2018
Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Courtney Gee

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.

I barely played any hours at all in the summer, pretty much taking two to three months off. I’d go to my computer, see the games were bad as usual, wait a few hours to see if they got better, then take the rest of the day off.

Some days I played 18-man SnGs, but I didn’t really enjoy playing those. I even played some PLO cash, but that didn’t last long.

I started playing HU hypers at the end of August and I really think it revitalized my poker career. I had dreaded playing poker every day in the spring and the summer; it was a lot of waiting around, it was boring, and my expectation wasn’t that good.

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Courtney plans to play roughly 40 weeks of poker in 2013.

But now that I’m playing HU, I feel motivated to play almost every day. I also feel more motivated to get in hours.

My lack of income last year caused my savings and bankroll to suffer slightly, unfortunately. In 2012 I ended up spending around $20k more than I made playing poker.

I had a lot of things to pay for, so it certainly wasn’t a good year to take so much time off. The one positive is that I made the same amount of money last year as I did in 2011 except I played fewer hours, so at least my hourly went up.

New Resolutions for a New Poker Year

Most people are optimistic when starting a new year, and I am no exception. I made only a small profit playing HU hypers last year, but I improved quite a bit as a player. As long as I keep working on my game and putting in hours, I think this year will be a lot better.

Once again, my main goal for 2013 is to put in a suitable number of hours (which I clearly failed at doing in 2012). I’ll be aiming for 30 hours of playing a week and then a few extra hours per week for review.

Realistically, I’ll probably end up taking around three full months off poker, so I’m planning to play around 40 weeks.

Other than my goal for hours, my only other goal for this year is to move up to $500 hypers at some point. I’m not sure how long this will take me, but I suspect it might be a while. The reg battles can get pretty fierce at the $500 buy-in level, so I will need to increase my bankroll quite a bit if I want to move up and stay up. I definitely don’t expect to accomplish this during the first half of the year.

So that summarizes my 2012 and outlines my two goals for 2013. What are your poker goals for the New Year? Leave a comment and let me know.

I’ll be back in a couple weeks with an update on how hypers are going for the start of 2013. If you are interested in reading post session updates, please follow my other blog as I try to update every day I play. Until next time, good luck at the tables!


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Courtney Gee 2013-03-17 18:29:22

Hi Jay, thanks for your comment! Sorry for the late reply; I didn't notice it until now. I've actually just played PLO and never tried PLO8 before. It seems fun and maybe I'll give it a shot sometime soon :)

Jay 2013-02-26 20:33:56

hey Courtney. great blog, my suggestion is why don't you try the other games of poker. I completely switched to PLO8 and I enjoy playing poker again. its less stressful I think. I feel like there's too many regs playing the higher no limit holdem games and its harder to beat these days. I feel like with all the training sites out there, there are too many people figuring out hold em. i tried normal PLO but i feel like im not very good at it. but with PLO8 people give lots of action and its safer to play as there is a high hand and a low hand to play. its my 2cents. gl at the tables.

Courtney Gee 2013-01-19 19:41:40

Hey Hank! We're actually thinking of going to EPT Berlin and then staying in Europe somewhere until EPT Barcelona. If we do that, it will mean missing WSOP, but I'm not a huge fan of Vegas anyway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some run hot to make this happen!

As always, thanks for reading!

Hank 2013-01-18 15:45:56

Excellent response as always Courtney. You seem to have a better handle on your game and where you want to be in poker this year. Best of luck as always to you. Any plans for you and the husband to go to the World Series this year?

Courtney Gee 2013-01-18 15:38:03

@Luigi Godal - Fair question! I started building my bankroll around 8 years ago, so I have had a lot of time to increase it :) I made my first thousand playing micro/low stakes SnGs, and then I started playing MTTs. Over the years I've been able to accumulate a decent bankroll after some good MTT cashes.

I agree that I could have played better on the Big Game. I think it's pretty common for poker players to look back and wish they had done things differently or that they had had a little more skill than they did at the time. The only thing I can do now is work hard to make sure I have no regrets in the future!

@Luigi sucks - Thanks for the support and the chuckle :)

Luigi sucks 2013-01-17 17:53:25

lol Luigi what a hater. did she inherit her money what an asshole question gfy

Luigi Godal 2013-01-17 17:38:01

How have you built your bankroll btw? Did you inherit a lot of money or just beat all the regs up to the stakes you play nowadays? I respect the fact you probably grinded all your way up but having seen you playing in the Big Game, you gave the impression of a weak-tight amateur (Not trying to be harsh, if you reviewed your Big Game I bet you'd even agree on this). I just wonder how you got to where you are, what distinguishes you from the average reg? Better folds? More value extraction than most? Better bluffs? Mathematical edge in push/fold?

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