As you can see by my graph, this year has been filled with some pretty brutal variance.. but since I am still up, all is good. If any of you have followed by Youtube series called "Leveling Up", you have witnessed some pretty awful run bad repeatedly. I am actually glad (masochistic?) that I didn't just crush it and fly up through the ranks. It's good that some of you out there witness what it is like for a pro player in the every day grind. It definitely is a hard way to make an easy living.
Currently, I am playing 100NL and 200NL, the Bovada bankroll is about $3,200. I plan to take a shot at 400NL very soon, exciting stuff! If you all remember, I took a brief shot last year but lost a few flips in a row and found myself playing on some scared money. That is no way to be, so I made a decision to cash out and rebuild once again, iron out some kinks, and prepare myself both strategically and mentally for another try.
Needless to say, it has been an interesting journey. The most exciting thing that happened this year is I met a couple of guys that play a similar style of poker as me. We have been doing study groups together and talking about poker in general a ton. Not only have I helped them improve, the experience has forced me to examine my own game in ways that are virtually impossible alone. I can honestly say, that my game is the best it's ever been and at least 10 times better than it was when I wrote Automatic Poker.
I guess that is the whole point of what I am doing right now. I am "researching" my poker game and trying to become the best I can which will in turn lead to the writing of a much better second book. (Advanced Strategy). And while my game has been good enough to beat 100NL and even 200NL for a long while, I simply have not yet felt qualified to have any business writing an advanced book. I mean who am I? A lowly small stakes player.. advanced indeed. lol
But hold tight, ye of little faith. I feel like I am close.. very close to breaking through and becoming a mid-stakes or, dare I say, even high stakes reg very soon. I no longer feel like I am on scared money, and as $120+ pots are now the norm, I am at peace no matter what happens. My real life job has been great, so there is absolutely no pressure to "perform" in the poker world. I now play mostly for fun, and any profit obtained along the way is just plain gravy.