Sunday, December 23, 2007

Review of 2007

Whilst I have a few minutes spare (a real rarity these days) I thought it might be a good idea to see whether I managed to meet any of my objectives for the year.
All the comments in red, I posted at the end of 2006.

At this point, I am still undecided about my career, do I make poker a more prominent part?

Well the answer to that was a resounding no from a playing sense, I have played less poker in 2007 than in 2006, although I have also started up my Poccer business, so I guess that makes it a more prominent part.

At the moment if you look me up on the internet on poker pages or the Hendon mob web sites, you will see no record of me, I have never cashed in a big live tournament.

Well thankfully that is no longer the case, thanks to the caribbean tournaments in December I now have a record!

My wife Rachael also made it on to the database as well, so that was a nice bonus.

Objective 1) – Cash in a major live event.

I only played one major event the EPT in Dortmund, so the answer to this one is a fail on that front, however the two tournaments at the carribean poker classic enabled me to achieve the main objective of making the databases, so I am going to take the overall objective as a pass. Grade B+

Objective 2i) – Make the final table of the £40k

Definite success here. I have not played it that often but I do now have 3 final tables to my name. Grade A

Objective 2ii) – Win the Sunday £40k

Well this is no. I did manage a 2nd place and you can't get much closer than that. So a good effort, but improvement required. Grade C

Objective 3 MTTS) - To win 10 online tournaments in 2007

Well I just made it
1 x £12k Gtd
1 x $20k Gtd
1 x £6k Gtd
1 x £2.5k Gtd HH
1 x £2k Gtd
4 x $4.5k Gtd
1 x $3k Gtd.

Thanks mainly to the $4.5k which was clearly my favourite tournament!

To Final Table in 40 online tournaments

Another just about, I have 43 that I have recorded, so thats good enough to pass this one.

10 x 1st
6 x 2nd
7 x 3rd
5 x 4th
4 x 5th
3 x 6th
3 x 7th
1 x 8th
1 x 9th
3 x 10th

To cash in 20% of all tournaments played

I have not kept good enough records this year to count this one effectively, but I am confident I have comfortably achieved this.

To achieve a profit of £40k

Well this is a fail unfortunately, unless there is some major miracle over the couple of days that I have left to play this year.
Also this combines all play not just MTTs.
I am currently £300 ahead of last year, at £32.5k. So a definite no, but it would have been a lot worse without September, October and November which generated 55% of my profits for the year.

Overall I have to very pleased with my online MTT play and look forward to continuing this next year.
Grade B+

Objective 3 STTS) - To achieve a sharkscope profit of £5k
To move my sharkscope ROI to 5%
To move my £20 & £30 sharkscope ROI into positive territory

Oh dear, big failure
I still have not got my STTs into profit, let alone make £5k. I will keep trying on this, but accept, I do not have the game or the patience to get this into this region. I will continue to try to move into positive territory, but thats about the extent of my realism in Stts.

My ROI is still -2%,. so a long way away.
£20 & £30 still a way to go.
Overall Fail, Grade D

Objective 3 Cash) - To achieve a profit of £5k
To make a profit of 500 big blinds at each level I play
.15/.25 - £125
.25/.5 - £250
.5/1 - £500
1/2 - £1000
2/5 - £2500

I did ok when I played cash this year, but did not play to the extent I envisaged nor keep seperate records of my performance.

Objective 4 Qualifiers) – These are vital for my plans in 2007, I must play in more live events.
This list will be a ridiculously tough target to achieve and I will have to play occasionally on unfamiliar sites to achieve it however these are my aims.
Feb – EPT Deauville
Mar/Apr - Monte Carlo Millions
May - GBPT Nottingham
Jul - WSOP
Aug - UKPT Luton
Sep - EPT Barcelona
Nov - CPC (or equiv)
Jan - Aussie Millons

Well that was a failure of the biggest proportions! I was not geared up to play these events. Simply I was not able to commit enough time to play these and I was not successful in the qualifiers I did play. I played in the EPT Dortmund and whilst I went to Vegas and the Caribbean only played in small side events. No Grade Achieved!

Objective 5) Defend our Bad Beat dream Team title.

We gave it a damn good go, but ended up in 2nd place.

My next objective is to find a flat screen HDTV to spend my winnings from last night on.

I even failed on this one! All winnings have gone into a new house and starting up Poccer.

All in all its been a good year, I achieved my ambition of making a poker database.
I have not had the time to play anywhere near as much as I would have liked to, but thats part and parcel of it being a hobby and having a full time job and a family to look after.

Every so often I have the desire to try and make more out of this hobby, but lets be honest for a second, there are some incredibly talented players out there and I am quite simply not in their league.
I don't rule out the possibility of playing in some live events this year and with a lot of luck (of the good variety) who knows what might happen.
I have already booked my trip to Vegas in the summer, so I will certainly being playing more live poker next year.

The other thing I would like to do is build up the Poccer business. I get a lot of pleasure from seeing people enjoy playing poker in an environment that is friendly and played in such great spirit. I promise you, you will will enjoy these if you come along. There are a number of people who have played in these events that are very talented people and I would like to help them where possible and see what we can do with them in this wonderful world of poker.

I have always thought of myself as a better teacher or coach than a player, so I am considering a poccer players club this year. Mostly it will depend on how much time I can create.

I also would like to say a big thank you to all my friends both new and old that I have met through playing poker, there really are some nice guys out there amongst the bad reputation that certain players get.
To everyone I play against 2008, good luck to you all.
If anyone is interested in getting involved in Poccer from a playing side or wants to find a medium to play more live events, please let me know.

If I can do anything to help or advise anyone, also drop me a line. Equally if you just want to tell me where to go, then thats allowed to. Nobody can be everyone's cup of tea!!

Merry Christmas poker players of the world.
I hope you have a good one.



Jamie McNally said...

Nice one Clinton!

Let me know if there is gonna be a POCCER event in London. Sorted my team and believe it has a great mix and in with a great chance of doing well. Couple of semi Pro footballers in there which will help. If POCCER doesn't come to London, we will be attending one of the other events!

Best wishes for 2008


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a very good year and all the best for 2008.

Anonymous said...

You're an inspiration. Well done, and good luck in the coming year.