Tuesday, 8 February 2011

India, 2011 and Future Plans


For those unaware, I have recently returned from an extended 5 week holiday in India. The trip was amazing, and it was really nice to zone-out from poker and be immersed in a completely different culture and lifestyle. It definitely helps to put everything into perspective at any rate. Although I won't detail too much about the trip, I'll add some photos at the end of the post for those interested.

So now my new year has finally started. After a few withdrawals and a bad first Sunday back online, my roll is floating just above $20k at the moment. This is plenty for my schedule at the moment which is focusing primarily on midstake euro comps up to $100 freezeout. I'm really putting in a driving effort to have $10k worth of buyins a week online and maintaining a 50% roi. Although I am finding it increasingly difficult given my current bankroll to get in $2000 worth of buyins per night.

I'm kind of at a cross-junction with this. On the one hand you get the sickos like Mement_Mori which have $10k+ buyins on any particular day and can mass multi-table (like 30 tables+) at once with a relatively high average buy-in. This is obviously brilliant as he gets in amazing volume and seems to consistently do very well. However, I simply don't think I'm capable of playing that many tables profitably. I much prefer having a mix between 6-9 and really focusing on every decision I make trying to decipher, given the information available, the best play. I just feel that if I start upping the table numbers any more, I'll go further into auto-pilot mode and my ROI will drop. I'm sure I'll inevitably tighten up a bit which is also never a good thing in MTTs...

So I think I should start putting in some longer sessions to try and reach this $2k buyin per day. I'll try a 4pm-midnight registering time period and see how that suits me for a while.

In terms of live tournaments, to be honest I'm pretty fed up with them. It's probably because other than a UKIPT score a year back I've really not ever had a really deep run in the money of a big event. I kind of feel like although the buyins are higher yet the standard of play is lower, they are extremely time-consuming especially considering opportunity cost of playing online at the same time, you have to factor in a lot of expenses (travel, accommodation, food), and they aren't that great especially when you seem to get semi-deep but miss the money in every comp you play :p

So I think I might just stay local in Nottingham for the first part of the year especially up until Vegas and really limit the amount I play live. Then when I hit Vegas in the Summer, I'll be dying for some live action and really get my A-game back on and hopefully win big money!

Until then, I'll just enjoy the online grind and really try to get in decent volume and hope that the poker gods bless me by pushing a little run good this way too. Only a few months until Vegas now and I'd love to have a solid bankroll for when I go over there...


  1. Beautiful photos. That trip must have really put things in to perspective.
    Good luck with the grind.

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