re: Poker & Poker Targets for 2007
This is a really good thread and a great train of thought for me to be thinking about. For me, my goals for 2007 are probably going to have less to do with specific achievements and more to do with finding a rhythm.
I find I have the "ability" to play good poker but I don't always do it. 2006 was the first year that I played poker online, and it took my game to a much higher level than before when I'd just been a home-gamer. 2006 was also a decent year for my overall P&L, as though I had big losses in addition to some big wins, it looks like I will come out (slightly) ahead, having grown my bankroll to a nice level and made some withdrawals after busting out a few times.
But 2007, for me, is going to be about getting into a groove. I found I played 2006 in cycles: I would play some decent poker, start good, get better or eventually run hot, make some money, and then play too much and bust out.
So for me, here are my goals for 2007:
1) Strictly adhere to the "Chris Ferguson" rule of bankroll management (no more than 5% of your roll at the table at one time, cashing out if that <5% turns into >10%).
2) Stop gambling. Whether it's playing the occasional blackjack
, or playing poker when I've stopped being my math-oriented self, I want to stop gambling altogether. [I am defining gambling here as taking unnecessary or unskilled risks, not as games of chance. Clearly I will still be playing poker!]
If I can do those 2 things and that's all I accomplish in 2007, I will be a happy player. Daniel Negreanu says that there are 2 dimensions to poker, being a good player and being a good gambler. He's seen guys who are neither (not a good place to be), guys who are both (he's certainly one of them), guys who are good gamblers but not players (I guess they don't play at all?), and guys who play well but don't gamble well. I identify myself a little too much in that last quadrant, and I'd like to move closer to the "both" category.
If I accomplish that and I get to pick some specific goals, they'd be:
a) Make the cash in a major tournament, like the Sunday Million.
b) Pick up stud poker.
c) Win enough to take my bankroll off the table and then double it (I guess this is 200%).