Monthly Archives: January 2013
Whats up people!! Rocmar87 here…
I was originally going to make a video blog, but i thought that i may just do a written blog while i’m at home in the UK, and maybe save the video blogging for when i have a major update!
I do have a few things however that i want to speak about. Firstly i’m now back in the UK. I flew back from Australia to spend Christmas and new years with my family, I will be going back to Australia within the next month or so. I then plan to go to Costa Rica to meet up with some other players and hopefully be in a situation to play the WSOP main event.
Hopefully some other members of Whynotgrind decide to travel to Costa Rica/Vegas with me as they are both poker based trips!!
Goals for 2013
I think that these are goals that A LOT of players would benefit from. Firstly my routine at the moment is literally wake up, jump straight on the computer and start to play poker. I’ll play until I feel hungry, go and make myself something to eat, then jump straight back online and continue playing. Before I know it it’s been about 7 or 8 hours and I’ve just been playing consistently. I’ll then take the dog for a walk in a poor attempt to make me feel like I’ve done some exercise then I’ll come home and play more poker. Obviously In Australia when I’m with my girlfriend life is far from this as I do a lot of things with her, but in the UK when I don’t have my GF with me, this is literally how I live excluding the occasional meal with friends or family or nights out with friends.
Needless to say living this kind of lifestyle with n0 routine is really unhealthy and I’m very aware of the toll its taking on me physically. I’ve clearly put on weight, which I’m trying to do a lot about. I’m not in TERRIBLE shape, but certainly not the ripped up mofo’ Iwould like to be
Another leak of mine is that I have NO days off…… I love grinding, so it doesn’t feel like work to me…. It’s something that i enjoy. Seven or eight months ago i used to have a really strict schedule. On Monday i would not touch or think about poker, Tuesday i wouldnt’ play but i would just study poker for a few hours… watching HUSNG tutorial videos and going over hand histories, and I’d then spend the rest of the week playing solid poker. However now I don’t want to give myself a routine or a schedule and restrict myself. If I feel like playing poker, I don’t want to not be able to just because its Monday and it’s my ”day off”
So here are some of my goals for 2013!
- Join a gym and get in shape
- Have some structure to my days
- Have at least 1 day off per week
- Legal stuff (for those of you that know me personally you will know what i mean by this :p )
- Play WSOP main event in Las Vegas
Ill keep you updated on these as the year goes on (And I’ll expand on the ‘lawyer stuff’ later in the year)
Baked chicken, broccoli and sweet potato… Also notice my purple poker pyjama pants
I’ve also always really wanted a professional grind zone and have finally set one up…Here’s a picture!
I’m currently on my biggest ever downswing. I wont talk about figures, but to me its a substantial amount of money. It’s not really affecting me too much mentally though, and I have some of the best players in the heads up community around me making sure I keep in check… All i can do is continue to play my best and hope for the big upswing to come sooner rather than later!
I will say that I’ve never ran as bad, and I say this because my EV line relative to my downswing is the biggest gap that iv ever experienced…each game feels like cooler after cooler after suck out after cooler (you get the picture)… but i mean when you stand back and look at the bigger picture…It doesn’t matter if i have had a rough month or two, I can still do everything i wanted before the downswing, can still play the same stakes I want, so no point in dwelling on it, just move on and focus on the future!!
I also got an amazing staking deal. I didn’t intend to be staked this year, but i got offered such an amazing deal that i literally could not turn it down. TEAM 651 stake me and if you are looking for a stake, hit up the link below!!!
Thanks for reading guys. I’m going to have 3 or 4 days off from poker following this big downswing. I’m going to review my games and go over them to see if i am leaking money anywhere (and im sure there will be a few spots where i may have played different if i was running well).
Thanks so much for reading and good luck at the tables!!
We are now halfway through the first month of whynotgrind but unfortunately as a group, it hasn’t been the start we were hoping for on our journey to making 1 million in 2013. There is however many positives to take from our start!
Moca choca89 is running way under ev at the moment so all he has to do is keep doing what he’s doing and it’s more than likely he will have a nice upswing coming his way as he currently plays the biggest games in the group with an average stake of $816.
Millz_uk and Rocmar87 have put in the most volume from the group and are on track for supernova elite. Both got off to great starts but have run into some bad variance. Despite this Millz_uk is 17th on the leader board 36-100 dollar level and has actually put together the “best 100 game streak average profit” this year and Rocmar87 is 12th on the leader board 36-100 dollar level.
Flippetyflop has an average stake of $405 and has an roi of 2.7% so it’s a good start from him considering he took the first week off poker to recharge his batteries after his insane late supernova elite surge last year.
From a personal perspective it has been a decent start to the year, although it could of been a great one!
I went up to Nottingham with Flippetyflop and a friend to play the 300 pound, £150,000 pound guarantee, two day event. It got 787 runners and to cut a long story short, I made day two as a short stack, eventually finding myself with a stack of 1.1 million chips @ 20k/40k with 22 players remaining
With 50k for first prize I unfortunately lost over half my stack as I got outran by aq when I was holding 10 10 with a short stack was also allin with a8. The pot would of put me in contention as I would of had around 2 million chips and I never recovered from that eventually coming out in 21st place.
Despite this disappointment I had to move on and I have grinded a lot since then and I’ve done decent with a few highlights. I’ve come 2nd in a $25 dollar 6 max hyper mtt, also coming 4th the next day in the same mtt, with the lowlight of the past week losing 16 heads ups in a row. My graph will give you a clearer indication of my year so far.
Hello my grinders, wannabees and friends. This is my first post for the WhyNot Grind blog, I will be posting all blog posts on this site and on my own. http://www.mocachoca.com
2012 Ended with me achieving Supernova Elite which in the world of poker is pretty big, less than 1,000 people have achieved this ever. Considering the millions of poker players it’s a very tiny %. It’s a little up the pyramid but still not quite Illuminati status so I won’t brag too much about it.
I have been catching up a tonne in London and now am really ready for the new year, and really focusing on the important things such as: Making money, building a stable future, maintaining poker success, maintaining a good relationship, getting the clothing brand out there and last but not least furthering myself as an artist. I guess there my new years goals.
I am now part of a group called whynotgrind. Basically the lads from the ends want to make a $million in a year between 5 of us. Guess it’s mainly something to motivate, grind hard, keep focussed etc. I feel we have a strong possibility to make this goal. It means me probably making around $300k so it’s a nice target, I have done it one year before so if I focus hard enough I should be able too do it again.
I hope everyone had a good 2012, I hope you guys like the blogs this year. I will try and keep as active as I can. Enjoy the 1st episode of in the new Video blog series: Moca Choca I Grind Whynot.
Happy new year people.
WHYNOTGRIND WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK 1
January 1st- January 7th
Our first week of grind hasn’t gone too well as a team with us being down $-17,997 in total. It’s been a pretty amazing week for both Rocmar87 and Millz_UK posting 6.5% and 4.9% ROIs respectively.
Moca choca had a very bad run at 1k’s against Ossedede, whilst Flippety hasn’t put in much volume following his last minute Supernova Elite grind in the last week of December.
The next week should see an increased level in volume and hopefully all 5 of us can have a winning week!
We’ll also have a Moca Choca blog very shortly for you guys….stay posted!
* Graph below has been edited to include Millz_uk + Rocmar87s FTP results for the year.
So 2013 is here!
If you’re reading this it’s a certainty that you are somebody who uses Facebook, where if you’re like me you’ll have a dozen friends who proclaim ”NEXT YEAR IS MY YEAR” before monotony rears it’s ugly head and they spend the entire year bemoaning their luck until the next new years eve.
There is something though about the new year that does bring hope and promise. Critics denounce it as just being another day, which in reality it is but if it evokes a new found passion and motivation is this really a bad thing??? As a poker player I find that often my life doesn’t always run in cycles, or in a set pattern, but even for myself on a day to day basis it’s easy to lose sight of your goals, with each day seeming to blur into the next.
I think the new year should be served as a time of reflection, but also as a time to get excited about new challenges/set yourself some goals and try your best to not let setbacks and obstacles along the way get in the way of that. The REAL challenge comes in trying to maintain the same positive attitude that most of us have in January, and making it last over the whole year.
From a personal perspective 2012 was in some ways the best year of my life and in other ways the worst. In my years I’ve been a professional I’ve always managed to achieve more success than I done in the year before and I’m hoping that continues for next year. I managed to go abroad 5 times, meet a lot of new people, some of whom have become good friends. On the downside the breakup of a 7 year relationship contributed to a lack of form/volume during the end of summer/autumn, with a death in the family also having a weird effect on me even if I didn’t like to show it in public.
Towards the middle of the year I went on a serious health kick and managed to lose 10 pounds in a matter of weeks before having cartilage issues on my knee which I’m going to have an operation on before the end of January. I can’t wait to get back into football!
Due to me currently being as hungover as **** I’ll keep this short, but as is customary I’m going to write my list of goals for 2013. I’d be happy with achieving 80% of them, and I’m going to take a few weeks off in poker to set the wheels in motion. (pun intended)
Go abroad at least 8 times
Be on the roads driving by May
Get a few hobbies
Lose 2 stone in time for Vegas in the summer
Widening my social circle to more non poker playing friends.
Eat in restaurants Less
Join a football team
$650k (including bonuses)
Pace my volume well over the year
Have a husng stable by the summer.
World Series ME + Heads up Event
I wish all of you guys luck with your goals, whether they are poker or non poker related.
To steal and slightly alter a quote from one of my poker idols...remember the year is a Marathon not a Sprint!!!
2013 is here
We have come to a group decision to include MTTs towards our yearly profits. We all share a passion for the ‘big bink’ aspect of MTT’s and seeing as we will be having MTT sessions once or twice a week we felt it will give a more accurate reflection as to how we are doing for the year.
This can either work out beneficial in one of a good score or two could help towards the goal of $1,000,000, or alternatively a bad run from a few of us in MTT’s and it could have an adverse affect on the groups results.