I will start by updating on last few days, then actually review February as a whole then look onto March.
Last Wednesday I was 6 tabling 25NL and I found that it was too much for me. I would autopilot and I realised that my fundamentals aren't good enough to autopilot profitably. I would be thinking about ranges correctly but not have enough time to make a decision and therefore end up spewing. I didn't know the right decision and so I concluded that I had to: a) move down to 10NL and b) stick to 4 tables.
I then went up to my friends' University for 4 days and had a really good time, went out every night and drank a lot of the day. I had a really good time and it was nice to have a break from poker. I played one session of 200 hands the day I got back then slept for 11 hours, I played again today for ~200 hands then called it a day because I am still really tired.
Looking back on February and my previous blogs I am pretty disappointed with it. I spent the first half of the month changing sites and games. I did learn from this but it is annoying as it takes time away from putting in volume. My current database is only from 13th Feb and I am annoyed that I don't have my entire database from when I started this current bankroll back in December 2010. It would be nice to see how I am doing without bonuses or ******** however I have no idea. This is my graph from mid-Feb to now:
As you can see I end the month down 1BI but I am considering it a break-even month because I am up from some random MTTs by a close amount, I lost like $7 playing PLO2 but I had a few bonuses. I am frustrated with myself for the lack of volume but also the HUGE swings. The first half of the graph was all 10NL then the huge upswing was 25NL then the next downswing was 25NL and I broke even for rest at 10NL. I think I need to enforce a better stop loss to avoid such big swings from one session.
This month I think I have had about 2-3 losing ~4 or 5 BI sessions where I played so bad that I didn't even want to review the session because my play was so retarded or silly mistakes. This is clearly a huge leak in my game and something that I need to plug. I would rather have a -10BI month where I can say I feel I played well throughout than break even and say I played shit for a few sessions. I have a theory that there is enough variance in poker even if you are playing "perfectly" so its extremely silly to add to it by not playing well.
I could go over some of my February goals but I pretty much failed them all and some were somewhat unrealistic. Anyway my bankroll is now a tiny bit under $490, I am expecting ~$70 in ******** on 10th March.
This month I really want to improve a significant amount in my poker game, results and volume. I want to look back and be able to be happy with the poker work I have done throughout the month, rather than the shit feeling I have now looking back at February. This month I am going to concentrate on staying focussed in my sessions and putting in a lot of volume, I want to put in more hands than I ever have before. I don't know what my current most is for a month but I would guess it is less than 15k hands.
[ ] Play more than 20,000 hands
[ ] 95% of my sessions have 3BI stop loss, I can resume after at least hour break
[ ] Finish bonuses on PartyPoker and move back to 55% ******** site
[ ] Note take and finish 2 series on Deuces Cracked
[ ] Semi-regularly (few times a week) post in strategy threads in uNL forums
[ ] Keep reviewing sessions with poker buddy
I will update this post as I complete my goals by "checking the box" [ ] will become [x] if I complete a goal.