Friday, 31 December 2010

December and 2010 wrap up

December - awesome
2010 - EPIC

Played a decent volume last few days to put December at £2.2k including rakeback and bonus. Well I say December, more like a week and half of proper graft, working out at a very healthy £60 per hour on 20 winning sessions out of 23.

The share portfolio rallied late today after a poor post Xmas period, with the major holding XEL finishing 2010 at 383.5p - a nice ~420% from the 70p I first bought at.

2010 has been a very successful year for me, not just financially but on a greater whole, soul-fulfilling way too. I'm not in the mood for a waffle (see my January posts this year for that kind of stuff!) but the frame of mind I started to distill at that time has grown and developed with good application this year, and I feel great going into 2011. I am very excited about what the next year will hold, and the short term next five years in general. This promises to be a life forming time and I can't wait to see what the future brings and how I can hopefully continue to have a positive assertion.

I hope you can look back on 2010 with half a big a smile as I can, and I wish you all the very best for 2011 - make it happen!

Happy New Year everyone :-)

Friday, 24 December 2010

December coming to an end...

I've not done what I set out to do in my last post - have only just finished my first session since the last graph. Thankfully it was a nice winning session of £400+ back at NL100. So Dec is looking good despite poor volume. Work has been pretty manic, a fairly busy social schedule and then all the Christmas rigmarole I was being a tad overly optimistic!

I hope to be able to play a fair bit before New Years as I've still got a bit of bonus left to clear and I'd really like to end the year on a high. Not that it isn't already. XEL shares have made me a shit load more money, with some more nice gains across the rest of the portfolio too. This should continue into the new year as nearly all my companies have been seriously delayed with the harsh winter in northern Europe. Passive income feels so good, I really envy people who can live off it. Hopefully 2011 will see some big strides towards it!

Anyway I hope to log ~15k more hands in Dec, clear the rest of my bonus, bank a £2k poker month to take into the new year and set out some new plans.

I didn't do any poker achievement aims for the year, more just a general approach and mindset, which overall I feel has been excellent. Yes I've slipped here and there, but this has been the most consistently focused I've been and it's been by far my most successful year. Yes a £28k score helps, but even discounting that 2010 has been great. I had two months where I logged a minor loss, one of which where I barely played. Totting up poker has amounted to ~£46k for 2010 not counting December yet, and would be £18k tax free without the EPO score. Share dealing has been absolutely ridiculous run good since my first purchase in July and I'm currently holding £20k in profit.

Writing all that down makes me wonder where it's all gone. That is an awesome year! I think a few £thousand has gone on developing my new physique for sure! Feels good to have bought a flat and have something solid (which again should hopefully grow) as all my cash is floating around in cyberspace and is just a number on a screen! When that extra digit appeared on my ISA balance though that certainly felt good! Roll on the next one... :-)

Anyway hope you all have a great Christmas, I'm going to enjoy some family time and get fat(ter)! Wishing you and yours all the best :-)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Rush Week roundup

Grinded the NL50 RUSH tables this week for the FTP Rush Week promo. Graph above includes $500 Black Card bonus and the $250 for getting 1k points per day in the week. So all in all a pretty profitable week at NL50 - over £50 per hour - good job too as I am really poker-skint at the moment.

As you can see...cliffs from the graph: I WILL MAKE YOU FOLD!

I decided to make some very general observations and create a gameplan from there. Basically, RUSH was a nitfest this week. So I should be able to define ranges well, and the vast majority of the time you miss anyway. So phrase for the week was 'bombs away' and I tried to win every pot. Will definitely have to tone this down when I move back up.

Didn't include the EV line as was too much clutter, but it was $10 under the winnings line. So I ran average, which is a good job as playing as aggressive as I did could easily have been messy. I'll take average!

The bit around 21-24k hands looks like I forgot how to play poker. Well basically, I did. That was me playing on Saturday after a house party at mine on Friday night. I left playing really late and had to grind for a few hours outside of happy hour, which seemed like a lifetime with a sore head. Job done though and I didn't bleed too heavily. Started off on a big loss today but managed to claw back a win and round up the week nicely.

I've seen a few people 12 tabling RUSH and as I only play 4, this is quite intriguing. Will have a play with Tableninja and see what I can get going, afterall I've paid for the full version which I'm not using atm.

Will have a couple of days away from the tables now I think, but still hoping to post 70k+ hands for December, definitely going to put a good shift in. Can't wait for the market to open in the morning, weekends are boring!

Good luck all :-)