Monday, February 6, 2012
Canada: Trip in Review
I accomplished my personal goal of earning 50k+ at SNGs for the trip. I had a few bumps and turns on the way, but I got there and that's what counts. I put in 775 hours of playing time which puts my hourly at $66. I don't think I could have expected much more than that playing the games I did. This is especially true considering I put in <20 hours of study time for the whole trip. I'd consider this the equivalent of getting straight A's without doing any homework or studying for exams.
Unfortunately the trip wasn't without its shortcomings. I ran awful at sportsbetting, staking, MTTs, and Razz. All of which are investments I consider to have positive expectations at. My most recent endeavor was taking a shot at playing higher stakes Razz last night. I'm not going to sit here and beat myself up over it. For the most part I've played it safe in my 4 years as a poker professional. A little too safe at times, so I do believe I deserve to be able to take shots at games I feel that I'm profitable at.
This recent descent has me thinking about what's possibly next after poker which is a scary thought. There might not be a scenario where this comes up, but with online poker being non-existent in the US as well as new legislature being talked about in Europe it's definitely a possibility. If that were the case I'm not sure what I would do. I would probably either go back to school or find some job in investing which really is a much bigger gamble than poker is.
I also have to figure out what I'm going to do after my time here in Canada is up. I'm not a person who likes to make plans in advance. I like to be able to go wherever the tide takes me. This is one of the main reasons why I enjoy playing poker for a living. I have the freedom to do what I want, when I want, wherever I want to be.
I planned on writing the majority of this post about my recent shot-take at Razz, but my mind got sidetracked. I don't plan on playing much more poker for the rest of my time here in Canada. I'm going to use my free time to continue investing in new players as well as think about what I would to do with my life.
I'm really glad I came to Canada. You could even say that I wish I could stay here longer. I met some pretty amazing people, which is lot more than I can say about living in Vegas. Everyone here seems to be some cool character out of book. It really has been a surreal experience.
I hope everyone is having an awesome 2012 so far. Best of luck in February!