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Brocky Rank 17
Rank 17

Morning fellow sadists.

I've decided to make a new thread as the first post in my old one isn't really reflective of where I'm at in poker at the moment.  A very brief introduction, I'm 27, from the UK and I've recently quit my job to play poker full time.  I primarily play the 25 euro heads up games on Unibet, with some higher stakes mixed in as and when.  I'm lazy by nature but there comes a time in your life where you really need to step up and put the hard graft in.  I think people who don't play large volume or even poker at all completely underestimate the mental toll that playing long hours, especially heads up where you're involved in every hand, can take on your mind/body.  My girlfriend definitely doesn't understand but that's for another time Cheeky  In order to combat the high levels of procrastination I often have I've decided to start streaming in order to keep me focused on the task in-hand.  I really enjoy interacting with others and hopefully can teach some of you heads up novices a couple of things about the game.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my goals for 2019 (super ambitious):

  • 3,000 heads up SNGs per month/36,000 for the year.
  • 8%+ ROI at the 25s+.
  • Minimum of €72,000 profit as a result.
  • Stream a minimum of 5 times per week.
  • Have one person subscribe to my Twitch channel in 2019.
  • Qualify for at least two live events.
  • ZERO sports bets, casino game bets or high stakes poker tilts.

 

These goals are going to be ridiculously hard to complete for multiple reasons.  On the poker side, 100 games per day is a long day albeit achievable but those days where I can't play will really impact the volume meaning I'm obviously going to have to put in more than 100 most days just to stay on track.  Then you have to balance in that this means more tables simultaneously and this will only have a negative impact on my ROI (pretty sure 8% is going to be tough to maintain).  On the non-poker side, I'm a gambler, always have been and probably always will be.  I hate to think of how much money I've wasted on bets but 2019 is the year to be super disciplined, put the measures in place so that it makes it harder to do something stupid and just remember that going back to work 9-5 is the last thing in the world I want!

For reference, I played just 3,834 €25 HU games in 2018 with a 7.98% ROI.

There will be daily updates and I will likely do a weekly recap of the goals to see how the progress is going.  I am happy to answer any questions either here or on Twitch and I appreciate all of the support that the community offers, you really are a great bunch.  

My Twitch is www.twitch.tv/dianeabbottpoker (if you have Amazon prime I will gladly accept the free Twtich subscription you get with that Wink )

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Silver1 Rank 16
Rank 16

FirstSmile

GL mate.

Gonna follow your blog, really like it! And don't put to much pressure on you so that you risk a burn out or get unmotivated. Truly the understand the mental aspect you describe in HU games. If you play almost every hand there is no chilling like in a 6max cash game even if you  multi table.

What are your methods to combat eventual mental and tilting times when you are in a period of bad run? Asking due to that I’m interested to see how others deal with it.

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GotWhatItTakes Rank 18
Rank 18

I will definitely follow your blog! Massive respect for quitting your job and pursuing this full time.

What is your take on the rakeback situation on Unibet? Do you take a look at the challenges from time to time and play accordingly or don´t you notice them at all?

 

NO MORE HALF-MEASURES.
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Brocky Rank 17
Rank 17

@Silver1 wrote:

FirstSmile

GL mate.

Gonna follow your blog, really like it! And don't put to much pressure on you so that you risk a burn out or get unmotivated. Truly the understand the mental aspect you describe in HU games. If you play almost every hand there is no chilling like in a 6max cash game even if you  multi table.

What are your methods to combat eventual mental and tilting times when you are in a period of bad run? Asking due to that I’m interested to see how others deal with it.


Thanks mate.

I wanted to get into walking/the gym as part of the new year process and was debating which time of day I should go but your question has sparked a thought that maybe the perfect time to go is when the cards aren't falling my way.  I'm sure some fresh air and an hour away from the computer can only be a good thing.  

If im honest i don't know how I'll deal with it apart from that.  I've had many, many downswings over a 10 year period but they still hurt just as bad as the last.  I think it's important to remember that this variance is why I have the opportunity to make a living from poker.  If there were no variance, recreationals would never play.

 

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Brocky Rank 17
Rank 17

@GotWhatItTakes wrote:

I will definitely follow your blog! Massive respect for quitting your job and pursuing this full time.

What is your take on the rakeback situation on Unibet? Do you take a look at the challenges from time to time and play accordingly or don´t you notice them at all?

 

Cheers bro. 

The unibet rakeback structure can be very good but only if you're playing the highest stakes.  At my level it's barely noticeable and I'm not really a fan.  I also don't like the challenges, I can't check raise someone if they're never betting in position for example.  I can't flat a king out of the big blind if they're not raising pre-flop.  One discard per month is far too low.  

I tend not to even pay attention anymore, the pop ups really get on my nerves as well.  If I were playing the 200s I would probably look but it's not worth the bother below the 100s I would say.

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MetalWolf Rank 18
Rank 18

Very much looking forward to this. Many moons ago I played poker pro with no job and you’re right the mental strain is often unbearable but it’s such a feeling of a achievement. Where I went wrong is reasons you mentioned. I am a massive gambler and I can keep the sports book under control but the casino games are a whole different story, in particularly slots. Will possibly be your biggest achievement if you can complete the last one on your list. From the limited time so far I’ve had the pleasure of playing live with you and watched your stream I have no doubt that your poker ability is more than good enough to achieve the 72k profit as long as you can keep disciplined. 

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TDW Rank 14
Rank 14

Good luck!

Risky move to quit your job for fulltime poker, but seeing your stats from 2018 you can do it Smile

Will be interesting to follow your progress!

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GR1ZZL3R Rank 22
Rank 22

@Brocky @MetalWolf For me personally it's great for us micro players to see the ups and downs of a pro from their perspective, not too many "high rollers" seem to join the community chat, too busy making money I guess. We are all human so have our own tilts, and I see it time and time again that the casino or gambling in whatever form is the downfall of many, it certainly used to be mine, so all I can say is discipline is absolutely the right word. Best of luck in every department of every challenge, and you've already opened some good discussions. Smile

It Is What It Is
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Silver1 Rank 16
Rank 16

@Brocky agree, throwing around some weights in the gym or a walk outsides are two good actions that are doing well. Just changing focus for a short period can work well to get a mental boost!

Keep up the work and glad that my question came right in timeSmile

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