In my journey to make a living playing poker, I've decided to set some goals for myself, both long and short-term.
My short-term goals for the year include playing at least once a month in a Hold'em tournament at the Horseshoe Casino, building my bankroll on Full Tilt, participating in the forums on Full Tilt and Two Plus Two and blogging regularly about my progress.
Some of my long-term goals are to improve my skills at multiple variations of poker, to play annually in the WSOP Circuit Event at the Horseshoe casino, play in one of the small buy-in events at the WSOP (which I have planned for 2012), and to derive some sort of income, however modest, from poker.
Over the past year, I have made a few small steps toward my goals. I made my first deposit on Full Tilt, and despite a few ups and downs, and not playing as regularly as I'd like, I was able to increase my bankroll by 65%.
Some of my best results include:
3rd in a 180 player NLHE SnG, 7th in a 468 player NLHE MTT, 2nd in an 89 player HORSE MTT, 5th in a Stud/8 MTT, 2nd in a 90 player NLHE KO SnG with 9 KOs, 1st in a SnG with a buyin well above my bankroll guidelines, 2nd in another 90 player NLHE KO SnG, this time with 10 KOs, and 5th in a 70 player Stud MTT.
My most recent accomplishment is having finally won the year-end league tournament at Starsky's, the bar where I play regularly.
My first tournament of the year at the Horseshoe will be this Sunday. Hopefully I'll have some good news to share.