Day 38 Progress Report

Ooook, so day 38, nearing the end of November, seems like a good time to take stock of where I’m at and make sure I set goals for the rest of the month that put me in a position to be successful.


Days Left (counting today since it’s 7am): 36
VPPs needed: 248,816
VPP/day: 6911.56
Rake/day: $1256.65

^This is technically the math, but it seems real unwise to shoot for the bare minimum. I need to be ahead, b/c I never know what can happen. The volume may not be there some days, my brain sometimes just absolutely needs to rest, sometimes I make a mistake in diet and I can’t focus for as long. Things happen. Something could happen in my personal life or with my health, and any of these things could make playing on any one specific day suddenly a monumentally harder task than it would otherwise be.

I think it’s wise to schedule a full day off once a week. I also would like to aim to be done on the 30th so I can prepare for new years (shave my beard and get a haircut perhaps) and it allows me 24 emergency hours. I also want to take off Xmas, or at least do 1/2 days on Xmas Eve and Xmas. Volume might not be there those days anyway, although games should be good.

For that reason I’m going to plan as if there were only 28 days left in my challenge:
VPPs needed: 248,816
VPP/day: 8886.29
Rake/day: $1615.69

Looking at this I’m just gonna set my VPP counter for 10,000 a day. I’ll keep in mind that 8886 is a reasonable pace but I’ve been getting ~9500 on days I really push and I usually feel I can keep playing on those days if I needed to.

When I get in the zone and my unconscious brain sorta takes over and I’m just flowing and clicking, I feel like I can play seemingly forever. I usually stop playing because I feel that I’ve done enough for the day, I’m happy with my accomplishment, and perhaps I fear my play is starting to deteriorate. With this bet being a 47K swing for me, I think I can keep pushing a bit more in those situations.

It’s very hard for me to get over my in initial resistance and get into a session. I am working to accept that I’m going to be in my chair, in front of the computer, for hours and hours. I am embracing the grind, but it’s hard to do sometimes. Once I get past that and I’m just content to be there clicking, I need to keep clicking until my body says it’s time to stop, b/c that state is hard to get to and I can’t always count on when I’m going to get to have it. It’s much more enjoyable to put in massive volume in that content flow state than one of reactivity or resistance.

Day 27: Q&A and TiltBook Contest Winners

Freeroll winners are as follows:

vinn $10 – Day 16 – Taking responsibility for your brain chemistry.

“thanks for sharing i didn’t know so many things can affect the way you think and the brain, guess you learn something everyday they say…i don’t drink much people do think tha’ts the only way to have fun..i do get angry to when gettin rivered i think any poker players does haha …as for ppl being depressed i think it’s a way the person thinks are in charge of making yourself happy i believe …are you studying to be a psychologist ?..watching your video is going to make me think more about gettin angry and how i am going to try an take care of my brain more to thanks alot”

Johnan1988 $15 – Day 16 Taking responsibility for your brain chemistry.

“Though i generally agree, i have to make a point. If i had to be so focused how everything has an impact on me, i wouldnt do anything else. Sometimes its just better to NOT care about everything so much and just live…”

kipishaz $25 – Day 18 Progress report

“How many tables have you been playing and how does that influence your A game. Couse i seem to loose focus, when im playing too much tables. there is not much space left to think, and do something out of the blue. you (me) just try to do best line every game you play and after some time it looks like the other players seems to read you well. how would you suggest to solve this kind of problem? Thank you.”

Thanks everyone who participated 🙂


Day 18: Progress Report

Ok, so I have 56 days left to reach Supernova Elite. Here’s where I’m at:

SNE Progess with 56 days left

  • I need 355,773 VPPs in 56 days.
  • That divides out to 6353 VPPs/day
  • I earn 5.5 VPPs per dollar I pay in rake, so I need to pay $1155 a day until the end of the year.
  • When the challenge began this number was $1017 a day, therefore I’m about 15% behind.
  • My results have been decent tho.
  • Results by stake on day 18

  • I still need to work on my math for 6m turbos in a lot of spots. Pretty fortunate to have been such a big winner in them last year playing off intuition.
  • It’s actually really exciting to be playing Turbos feel very plus EV already while at the same time seeing tons of room for improvement.

I don’t want to cut it too close b/c I may need a day off for my brain. I also want to do some stuff on American Thanksgiving/Xmas/New Year and the volume may not be there on those days anyway. For that reason I’m going to set my daily counter to 7500 VPPs. I’ve debated with the idea of adding in some $300 turbos or the odd 3-fish $200 hyper but I think negative results in those could really shunt my momentum. I’m gonna just try to do more Turbos math and play more $200 Turbos so long as they go decent enough. Been looking up so far this month but I try not to get caught up in results.

Graph for Nov on Day 18

I’m more happy that when spots come up I understand them, or I understand that they are an area I’m still working on. I either know what lines I’m taking or I know what kind of lines I’m developing and what areas I still need to math out and make decisions about away from the table. That’s my positive momentum. Greater understanding and less confusion. I just posted the graph b/c you guys can’t rail my thought-process, but really momentum is ALL about the process.



Day 17: Free Money Still Alive!!

I posted a freeroll in my Thread on 2+2 yesterday and somehow no one has got it yet. The spot is the bubble of a 6max hyper with the shortie sitting out. I jam ATC on the button and a seemingly angry semi-regular decides to make a call I’m not sure is good. Here is the spot. $10 if you can guess what he called with, bonus $5 if you can guess my exact hand.

Dat Call Freeroll

Please post your guesses in my 2+2 Thread!

No video today. Got to wake up and watch my boy Jay Farber faceroll the WSOP Main Event Final Table!! He’s heads up with the chip lead tomorrow. Jay’s been an awesome friend in my life and I wish him all the luck in the world!