I've decided to make a lot of changes in my life, as far as 2010 goes. Including:
1) Drastically cut my social life
2) Deprive myself from traveling
3) Increase my stress level
4) Decrease the fun of playing poker
All in the name of making as much money as possible.
I hope to attain the SNE level on PokerStars during the next 12 months. The main reason is listed at the end of the following synopsis of my year that was 2009... feel free to skip the next little bit, it's more of a journal entry than anything else.
In early January, I decided to move to British Columbia Canada, to live with a fellow FTR member known as 'TwoSmeets.' The first time I met him was at the airport upon my arrival. The two of us plus his younger brother 'benzooka' rented a house in buttfuckidaho, set up a wireless connection, and grind the shit out of the place. We were there for 3 months and had a great time. Snowboarding, video games, and playing poker was the name of the game. I didn't actually start getting my ass into gear until the last 2 weeks because I was having too much fun just dicking around in the all-sausage house.
I visited Vancouver a couple times before my month long stay in April. A friend of mine from Victoria was able to hook me up with a great deal at a hotel in the heart of downtown for as long as I wanted. So, I stayed in this $450/night hotel for 4 weeks for only about $2000. Walking to Edgewater casino, Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant, and the Vancouver Aquarium were very common activities during this time. I also took the float planes back and forth to Victoria a bunch of times.
Two other guys I met on FTR include: 'sweetlemon' and 'd0zer.' Apparently I went to the same high school as them. Anyways, we met up in 2008, and in May of 2009, I attended sweetlemon's wedding in the Dominican Republic. d0zer was his best man, and god damn it was such a gongshow. Can't wait to do it again somewhere sometime with those two. I've also met countless other FTR members in 2009, but I'm not going to try to name them all because they are all too good of people to forget one or two.
In May, I went to Las Vegas for 4 weeks. I came back home with just as much money as I went there with, so I'd say it was a success. It was my first time to Sin City but not my last. I played in event #4 at the WSOP and got my ass handed to me. Fantastic trip overall. I went with a guy I met through TwoSmeets who happened to meet him on PokerStars, named Adrian. If you happen to meet him and get to know him well, he'll be the first and most frequent person to let you know how many more bb/100 he gets than you. He's by far the best online and live player I've met. I've learned a lot from him and hope to continue that trend into 2010. I live in the Toronto area and in July I took the train to visit him in Montreal. Sorry I couldn't be there this past weekend buddy, hope it was a blast!
September was a month for Ottawa with family. The first of two visits was for my Great Grandmothers 100th birthday. The second was for a funeral for my Uncle Rupert. I love visiting with friends and family I haven't seen for a while, so long as it's for happy occasions. I'm not very close with either relative but I sure wish everyone I knew lived in the same city.
In November, I went back to Sin City, this time for two weeks. Brutal trip overall, although I had some great nights. I came down with the flu for the second half and spent/lost $6k overall on the trip. Again, went with Adrian.
Also in November, I bought my first home, in Oakville Ontario. There was no way I could possibly get a mortgage from any bank with my source of income, so my parents stepped up to the plate and cosigned their life away. I can't thank them enough. It's a 3-story townhouse, 3 bedrooms, 2 washrooms, small kitchen, badass basement for live poker with the boys. Last night was our first game there and it turned out awesome. I look forward to BBQ's in the summer in the backyard and being able to rent out a couple rooms on the upper floor. I wanted a place close to the local College in hopes of a small second income to help pay for this place. Which leads me to my main drive behind SNE 2010: Mortgage to be paid.
2009 was truly my favorite year to date. I owe it all to family, friends, and the poker community that is FTR. TYVM
I'm currently still playing on a laptop in my housecoat. I plan on purchasing a couple of 20-24" monitors along with a desktop, to maximize efficiency attaining VPP's. Please, any advice is greatly appreciated regarding multi-tabling setups. Also, advice with SNE in general is welcomed all day everyday. I'm torn between Stacked and Tiling. Pretty sure I'm going to do 20 tables to begin. BTW, I still play 200NL FR (wow it's been too long).
I'm thinking of doing two and sometimes three 3-hour sessions at 6 days/week. I hear PokerStars plans to change their VPP program in a way that (rumor has it) I will need to play 8% more hands on the year than SNE required in 2009. I really hope the WSOP ME is still an option as far as the 100k VPP gift goes. The way it works is: You buy into the ME with FPP, Stars puts clothing on you, and ships 100k VPP (excludes FPP value and not sure about milestone value). If this is a carry over option, I will gladly knock off 10% of my VPP for $10k worth of FPP.
To increase motivation, I've decided to take action @ 3-1 against me achieving SNE. Example: I bet $100, attain SNE, receive $300. Or fail and lose the $100. I hope I'm wording this correctly. The following bets have been placed:
TwoSmeets: $1000 @ 1:1 (first player to reach SNE ships the other $1k)
sweetlemon: $100 @ 3:1
d0zer: $200 @ 3:1
Kingnat: $100 @ 3:1
Bbickes: $800 @ 3:1
killsaids: $300 @ 3:1
I have zero plans for 2010. So why not make SNE? Who knows how deep this goldmine that is online poker will go. Might as well make the best of it while I still have the chance.