Including rakeback I reached the cool million! My friend did manage to save my old HEM database after quite some work, and I got the new hands imported aswell. Have to keep the EV line showing, otherwise it wouldnt be as pretty. Playing almost 200k breakeven hands ftw.. Just shows how much variance there is in the game. Altho it's not quite that much as the early alltime high was kind of fake because of the really big 100/200-200/400 pots and it easily fluctuated 200k in a session. Sucks to think that I was just as likely to win over 1.5mil had the variance gone the other way. It's still just a bit of a dissappointent as at one point of the year it was looking extremly good, and even though I tried not to hope for too much I was fairly sure I was gonna go 1.5m+ if not 2m. All in all I'm happy with the results, my initial goal was to hit 500k online after taxes, so i cant complain. Just a bit over half of this years winnings are fulltilt/stars so in reality I won around 700, a little more. Then when converting that to euro, minus all the live tournaments and a little online (I won the party highroller early this year for like 24k euro, took a third in the prima sunday for like 5k euro?, so not completely sure if I'm down in tournaments online, but might be as I played some of the big ones on stars and fulltilt) it's nowhere near 1million anymore :).
The biggest pots growed quite alot since last year,
biggest pot lost: http://www.pokerhand.org/?5861119 307k, considering everything I can't see any other way of playing the hand, and actually end up getting it in quite good both pf and postflop.
biggest won pot: http://www.pokerhand.org/?5861131 165k, same as above, with the gutshot and backdoor FD I'm actually 38% against urindanger
The biggest dissappointment was the live tourney results. I'm ten times the poker player today than what I was when I won the EPT Copenhagen almost two years ago. Altho back then I handn't played much PLO yet just NLHE, while after the win I haven't played almost any NLHE cash, tournaments on sundays every now and then in attempt not to get too rusty. At one point this year I was playing a ton of the nosebleeds and a normal EPT main event even felt a bit too small which is kinda scary, something I never thought was possible no matter how high I'd play. Because I haven't played that much of those games anymore for the last few months that effect has gone away, but I can definitely understand guys like Ziigmund and Antonius not being to motivated for these tournaments. I'm still confident I've got a decent edge in all the EPT tournaments (except for maybe some of the highrollers in the tougher places), but one goal for next year is definitely to work on my NLHE tournament game. There is a lot of good training videos out there so it shouldnt be too hard, and I think the spots really don't get that complicated, just need to put in the neccessary work, and hope to run good and get better results next year.
One could even argue I shouldn't be playing those those to begin with, as I've written before with all the expenses of living, hotel and travels(and the time spent), my EV is way better just staying home in front of my computer grinding out the online PLO cash games. But the main reason I want to keep playing the live tournaments is for the change. It really helps your motivation to grind online if you every once in a while travel and actually get to play poker without sitting in front of your computer. Also the tournaments are usually located in some nice places, so there is other things to do once you bust out of the tournament. Secondly there is some hidden EV if you manage to do well - the sponsorship deals. Thirdly nothing beats the thrill of being at a final table (or close to it) in one of these big tourneys, even though with the big fields nowadays, one could expect on average to reach around one final table a year if even that if you play the tournaments actively.
My goals online next year will be 500k$ in winnings and at least 200k hands. Why so low? Thinking back at this year it has been a bit too stressful. I've had a ton of evenings where i've been stuck and just decided to play the whole night and then force myself to stay awake til next evening so my sleeping schedule wouldnt get too fked. 380k hands is wayy tougher to put in when you are just playing 3/6€ / 5/10$ and bigger, compared to something like plo100 where you could like 16 table and get it done easily. Also I'm starting to reach a point financially where I cant justify putting myself in too stressful spots just for the money. Oh and obv don't mean I have nearly as much as I'd like to have someday in the future ;). Just gonna try to work out a little and enjoy life even more. But whatever, after the first upswing on fulltilt next year I bet I can't stay away from the soft 200/400 game...
I've really been killing the 5/10-25/50 games this year, winning almost 1.3 million over 370k hands. Unfortunately I did not run so good at 50/100+:
But it's fine, maybe next year...
I've gotten many requests and have been considering getting into a little coaching next year aswell. My strength would def be getting a NLHE player adjusted to PLO as that's how I also started, especially some spots where they don't play aggressively enough and some where they wayy overestimate a weakish (ex top2) hand. Haven't done any yet and it obv depends on the rate if I'll even bother or just grind myself. It'd probably have to be somewhere minimum of 400€ hourly, you can pm offers here,2+2(Jeans) or pokerisivut(Jeans).
As for now I'll try to play less and start to relax for christmas times, unless there are some really big fish playing, like Far Away Boy or Likeihadnuts. I'm leaving for Bali the 26th, gonna be awesome to get someplace warm, and perhaps finally try to learn to surf!
Gl at the tables and try to enjoy the holidays