Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Warming Up-April Review

Since my last blog post, I didn't log very much volume at the tables but did manage to increase my winnings at 200nl zoom. I continued to study and work on my game and HUD and now I feel comfortable enough to put in a heavy grind come May.

April Results:

I'm happy with how I played over this small sample size...the most important thing I think is how comfortable I felt towards the end of the month. It can always be a bit dicey when you first start playing with a new player pool and you're essentially readless on everyone. I mean, it's tough enough to get reads on players in Zoom obviously so when you don't even have any HUD stats to rely on you just have to try to play a solid fundamental overall game plan. I think that my sample size is too small to draw any hard conclusions but I did feel that once I began to accumulate some stats on the regulars that I also started to feel more confident in my decisions and it became easier to rationalize some of my plays.

I'm actually really stoked for May. Part of the reason why I eased off a bit in terms of volume towards the end of April was because I'm trying to get mentally prepared for May and the rest of the year. Like, I'm still really confident that I'm going to get SNE this year despite being on only 92K VPPs! I'm confident because I know that I have what it takes in terms of logging the heavy hours and I'm averaging a vpp/hand rate of .40 at 200nl zoom, which is a rate that nits such as myself only hear about in mythical fairy tales.

I'm still fairly undecided about what games that I'm going to be playing for the rest of the year. I'm going to start by 4-tabling 200nl Zoom, that much I know, but I'm not sure exactly when I want to try and move up stakes or add more tables or if I want to experiment with regular tables as well. My plan in March was to try and move up to 500nl Zoom aggressively but now that it's essentially taken 2 months to earn enough for a 5-6 buy-in shot, erasing 2 months "work" in an hour doesn't sound particularly appealing anymore. There's a lot to be said for taking some pressure off and just grinding away regardless of results so for that reason I'm not sure if I see myself playing higher than 200nl in May but we'll see. Long story short, I'm not sure.

The SCOOP will be happening starting May 4th! I'm very excited for this and am planning on playing all of the L events (hopefully do well on the overall leader board :)) and basically all of the NLHE M events. I'll probably post my full schedule before the series starts once I print it off. I'm not exactly confident in my MTT game or my chances of shipping one of these but I always enjoy playing in these tournament series and look forward to grinding a few tournaments on the side of my cash games.

In non-poker news, I got some good news from the doctor about my ankle yesterday. I saw the x-rays and it looks like my fractured fibula is completely healed! The bone looked great and I got the green light to do some physical activity. I've been itching to get back to the gym but I'm not sure exactly when I'll start doing stuff again because my ankle is still fairly sore...the doc said that ligament damage can lag behind the bone healing so that seems to be the case with me. Regardless, I was happy to learn that walking on it while broken for 5 days and then throwing some shapes at the wedding in Mexico didn't seem to leave any permanent damage.

I'm going to take of the rest of the day off to relax and watch a boatload of sports tonight. I think that there's THREE game 7's tonight in the NHL playoffs, as well as game 5 in the Raptors/Nets series. My couch and I will be getting to know one another very well...

Alright, that's about it for now. The alarm will be dusted off and put to work tomorrow...get ready to see a whole lot of frosty012 at the tables!

gl at the tables!


  1. Congratzand gl with ur goals in may!

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