Poker goals 2019

LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
What are your poker-related goals for 2019?

Remember you want them to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-boxed.
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  • LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
    Personally I have the following goals:

    Studying
    - Achieve a 2.5:1 play/study ratio over the whole year. So for every 5 hours I play I want to study 2 hours. At the end of every month catch up with studying if I'm falling behind.
    - When watching YT videos on poker, pay 100% attention and take notes.

    Before and after playing
    - Develop a pre- and post-session routine. Requires some trial and error but I want to figure out what works for me.

    Mental game
    - Read Mental Game of Poker. No idea what's in there but I'm assuming there will be some goals stemming from that too.

    While playing
    - Take a couple minutes break after every hour.
    - Mark/note hands where I'm confused or unsure or which are related to the topic I'm studying.
    - No more half-assed sessions on the couch in front of the TV. Dedicate to playing my A-game (hopefully part of what I'm going to do pre-session).

    Red Chip
    - Join CORE once I finish reading the Grinders Manual
    - Be a more dedicated member of the forum. Concretely: hit 1k posts.

    Results-oriented
    Technically not goals, but I'd like to have achieved this by the time 2020 comes around
    - Beat 10NL online
    - Have my own proper bankroll for €1/€1 live rather than splitting action
  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
    I've been thinking a lot about my goals for 2019 as well although I didn't break them down into categories. Also, some are not poker related, but improve other areas of my life which I think makes it easier to play good poker so I included them as well.

    1. Play 500 hours of live poker: This averages out to under 10 hours per week, which is very doable living 7 minutes from the casino. I averaged 8.7 hours a week in the six months I was playing seriously to close out 2018.

    2. Maintain Study Time: I study far more than I play currently, having a job that affords me a ton of down time with bosses who value presence over production. Maintaining the 15 hours a week minimum that I spend working through CORE, reviewing hand histories, doing math exercises, for a full year. By mid-year, I want to begin a pro membership and this will entail a thorough understanding of CORE concepts. (This could change based upon point 6!)

    3. Take a Shot at $2/$5: I actually need some help here. I do not think I have the sample size to have a meaningful hourly win rate at $1/$3 but I made more money than I lost in 2018 by a fair margin. It seems gauche to share the number, but I was a winning player overall in 2018. At what win rate and what hand volume should I consider a shot at $2/$5?

    4. Go To Vegas: I've never been to Vegas before and it's somewhere I would like to go play this year. I will plan to go out for the RCP meetup if not before.

    5. Read 75 Non-Poker Books: I read a lot as is but my reading tapered off a ton as I played more poker. I want to change that since I think being well-read helps out a ton in life as well as poker, and also I just enjoy reading. (Mostly a history, biography guy but if anyone has recommendations, send them my way.)

    6. Find A New Job: As pointed out above, my bosses just like to see people at their desks and don't really care about production. It frustrates me, being a high performer. So I need a new job. And I'm committed to finding a good one this time rather than just a different one.

    7. Flop More Sets: Just kidding. (But it would be nice!)
  • LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
    Read 75 Non-Poker Books:

    You read a book every 5 days :random :random :random
  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
    I did in 2017; in 2018 I played and studied poker in some of the time I would have been reading and "only" finished one a week ;)

    I have a 2 hour round trip commute on the train so I have a ton of time without cell service which promotes a ton of reading haha
  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,382 ✭✭✭✭
    For me action > goals, so I don't have any goals. I just plan on working on improving my habits/process every day both on and off the felt.

    Happy new year and good luck with your poker goals.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 1,758 -
    I stopped setting myself professional goals a few years ago when I noticed they'd funneled me down a path edged with 100 ft stainless steel walls covered in axle grease. That said, if I were to have a 2019 poker goal it would be "enjoy playing poker."
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  • Michael EMichael E Red Chipper Posts: 90 ✭✭
    2018 was a good year...but low volume!
    I'm a football coach and our team went to the State Title game which really limited the poker hours!

    2019:
    Take a year off coaching to focus on poker
    Play 1200 Hours (100 per month)
    March: 2/5 NL as my bread and butter
    June: 5/10 NL when the pro's go to Vegas :)


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  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
    Woah $0 in tips? You aren't popular in your room, huh :P (I assume you just did not log them haha)
  • Michael EMichael E Red Chipper Posts: 90 ✭✭
    Woah $0 in tips? You aren't popular in your room, huh :P (I assume you just did not log them haha)

    HA...Yeah...it's a net cost of the game like rake so no.
  • rickmfrickmf Red Chipper Posts: 103 ✭✭
    Improve my showdown win rate is number one. start plugging leaks. tighten up a bit. Just started with pokertracker this month so primarily looking to learn a lot this year that i can take to the live games.
  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 116 ✭✭
  • Michael EMichael E Red Chipper Posts: 90 ✭✭
    blindraise wrote: »
    Go fulltime

    I'm going full time too...but keeping my day job! The best hours to play are when I'm not at work..so I look at work like poker income boosters :)
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 3,824 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smarter goal: don't go full time and just be better at poker.
  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 116 ✭✭
    persuadeo wrote: »
    Smarter goal: don't go full time and just be better at poker.

    I hate my day job. I love poker. Idk, maybe its a pipe dream but im going to do everything I can to chase it.
  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 116 ✭✭
    Michael E wrote: »
    blindraise wrote: »
    Go fulltime

    I'm going full time too...but keeping my day job! The best hours to play are when I'm not at work..so I look at work like poker income boosters :)

    Haha nice. I wish I could go fulltime in poker while keeping my day job. For now im using my day job to supplement my daily needs and instead of buying that new 4k tv or getting those fancy rims im going to insert every available dollar into my bankroll and try to make it grow. Good luck to you sir.
  • jfarrow13jfarrow13 Red Chipper Posts: 1,245 ✭✭✭✭
    Last year, poker "goals" led me to a path of self-destruction and almost cost me my relationship. Lol, so I think this year I'll put poker in a box with video games, golf, and other recreational hobbies: strive to be good, but ultimately enjoy the game. I lost myself last year in win-rate, the money, and viewing poker as a "cash cow", and when I started to run/play bad, it turned really ugly for me to where I shelved poker for 5 months, only returning to play .05/.1 online, which allows me to enjoy the game and stand up and leave whenever. I'd love to be able to return to the live setting at some point in my life, but certainty not in 2019.
  • CactusCardsCactusCards ArizonaRed Chipper Posts: 90 ✭✭
    2019 Poker Goals:
    - Playing my 1st WSOP event (Big 50 - already booked rooms, etc this is happening)
    - Make an effort to play live more, where I can.
    - Complete CORE by EOM February
    - Stop my perpetual self destructing habit of stone bluffing once a session in a hand I have no business in. .
  • LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
    Two months have passed, time to check up on how I'm doing with my goals.
    LeChiffre wrote: »

    Studying
    - Achieve a 2.5:1 play/study ratio over the whole year. So for every 5 hours I play I want to study 2 hours. At the end of every month catch up with studying if I'm falling behind.
    - When watching YT videos on poker, pay 100% attention and take notes.

    Play/studio ratio has been going great. Right now it's cruising at 2.8 because yesterday I just happened to play a long session. I find that it really helps me get my ass to study.

    I still watch a lot of YT videos but mostly for entertainment purposes, so I haven't been taking notes. I don't consider it studying. I think I'm going to scrap this goal.
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    Before and after playing
    - Develop a pre- and post-session routine. Requires some trial and error but I want to figure out what works for me.

    I created a pre-session checklist (with help of the CORE lesson) which I think covers all aspects to get to play my A-game. Will refine it as I see fit.

    Post-session I don't have anything yet.
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    Mental game
    - Read Mental Game of Poker. No idea what's in there but I'm assuming there will be some goals stemming from that too.

    Haven't got around to this yet
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    While playing
    - Take a couple minutes break after every hour.
    - Mark/note hands where I'm confused or unsure or which are related to the topic I'm studying.
    - No more half-assed sessions on the couch in front of the TV. Dedicate to playing my A-game (hopefully part of what I'm going to do pre-session).

    Break taking: been going well! Every hour I play live I get up and take a short walk/bathroom break. Online same thing.

    As for writing down hands, that has been going much better too. Whenever I stumble across a sizing issue or weird line I write it down right away the next hand. The CORE lesson was fun and helpful!

    Half-assed sessions... sadly they are still there when I'm playing online. However, I have been working on a pre-session routine which, if I stick to it, should stop that.
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    Red Chip
    - Join CORE once I finish reading the Grinders Manual
    - Be a more dedicated member of the forum. Concretely: hit 1k posts.

    Joined CORE! On the forums daily, usually reading all threads and commenting in the ones where I feel like I can give advice or to ask a question.
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    Results-oriented
    Technically not goals, but I'd like to have achieved this by the time 2020 comes around
    - Beat 10NL online
    - Have my own proper bankroll for €1/€1 live rather than splitting action
    [/quote]

    Haven't played 10NL enough to say anything about beating it. Took down a microstakes MTT which will help with my bankroll for €1/€1 down the line.

    Overall I think I'm doing fine. Studying more than ever and committed to playing better and involving myself in the community.

  • MichaelBMichaelB Red Chipper Posts: 139 ✭✭
    Great thread. My own goals are simple. 500 hours and $10,000 profit.

    I don't start and end on the calendar year though, I go with the tax year, which in my country is the end of June. That way I can more easily know how much I've made for the year on top of my actual income.

    So far I've played 365 hours and have won $8,352, which is a pretty amazing result when you consider that the first 150 hours of that were break even.

    Poker wise, I want to keep learning by doing things like watching videos and reading and commenting on forums like this one.

    My game has improved by leaps and bounds over the last 6 months, and I attribute that to not only just long-awaited run good, but also that I've been making serious, conscious efforts to experiment on the tables with the concepts I've been learning about.

  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 116 ✭✭
    @MichaelB

    Wow, congrats! Id wish you luck but sounds like you dont need it ha
  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
    blindraise wrote: »
    Go fulltime

    I just had 2 months between jobs after I was burned out and needed a change. I played a ton of poker. I have 0 idea how people grind week after week, session after session.

    There comes a point where a casino at 2 in the morning where your loved ones are all asleep and you won't see them awake for a third straight day and it gets really lonely.

    I love poker, too, but I would say find a job you like more that allows you to work on your poker game so that you can make a choice between two things you like. Based on my very brief experience grinding it out, making a choice to play poker solely because you hate your job has a chance to make you start liking the game less.

    I'm truly excited to play tonight for the first time in a while.
  • NYCRyNYCRy Red Chipper Posts: 324 ✭✭✭
    edited March 1
    Michael E wrote: »
    blindraise wrote: »
    Go fulltime

    I'm going full time too...but keeping my day job! The best hours to play are when I'm not at work..so I look at work like poker income boosters :)

    This is absolutely without a doubt the way to go. I played 100hrs/month in 2018 on top of my regular job. You don't choose to go fulltime in poker. When the time is right - it chooses you.
  • Doug HullDoug Hull RCP Coach Posts: 1,684 -
    Little late, but this is shaping up to be the year of PLO for me. It is now my main game.
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  • LeChiffreLeChiffre NetherlandsRed Chipper Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
    How did that happen?
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 1,758 -
    LeChiffre wrote: »
    How did that happen?

    Pretty sure it's the current quality of play in Vegas in 1/2/5 PLO games.
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  • jfarrow13jfarrow13 Red Chipper Posts: 1,245 ✭✭✭✭
    @Jordan Power Almost all enjoyable recreational hobbies lose their shine when you consume them at abnormally high rate. Variety is the spice of life, and I think a balance of hobbies is where poker should fit in for most people. Of course, some people are built for it, but I think most of live pro's of this site may attest that they only play 20-30 hours a week, and then have a lot of outside hobbies or interests that take their mind off the ups and downs of the game. @persuadeo ...is poker even "fun" for you anymore?
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 3,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

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