2013 poker is coming to a close. This round of the Beast is almost wrapped up. I’ll play little poker after the 15th as I’m not competing in the last round of the Beast. I’m going to take some time off with the family. I’ve put in more volume in over the last 12 months of play than I ever dreamed. Here’s a recap of my poker playing since October 2012.
September 2012: The Beast started in August, 2012. I didn’t participate for the first two months. The Winning Poker Network contacted me to see if I’d be willing to play on webcam in their new Beast competition for the month of September. I said no, “I get a bit crazy with this type of stuff, and I don’t want to disappear from the planet.” They asked again, “Come on…just one month. We need people who will commit to this webcam idea.” ok…ok
I spent the last couple weeks designing a setup to masstable on Americas Cardroom. At midnight of the last day of September, I was flying through hands. Adrenaline rushing. I hadn’t put in serious volume since Black Friday. Honestly…it felt great to masstable again. After taking in a nice purse for the month, I decided to run it again…and again…and again…and again…
I didn’t stop until May 1st, 2013. I wanted to finish Poker’s Postflop Course Part 1: The River, spend time with my kids during summer break, had a trip to take in Vegas for a book interview and meeting, etc.
Come August, I was ready to start again, but too many commitments for that month, so I waited until the September round. Midnight, August 31st, I was rolling again.
In October, WPN changed the competition to a two-week competition instead of a monthly competition. You’ll see in the table below, this required more hands per month. While grinding over the last year, I had a few notable occurrences: Once, I played 135K hands over 3 days, once I played over 61,700 hands in 19 hours, and once I hit the bad beat jackpot. Here are the numbers for the last 10.5 months of play since Oct 1st, 2012.
|4 Months Off|
|Dec 2013 (2 weeks)||210,000|
The Beast has been a great opportunity for me. This is the first time in my 9-year career where I can truly say I worked hard to take advantage of my abilities. Previously, I just popped in enough hours to pay the bills and would then screw around with hobbies I enjoyed.
I know 2014 will bring some changes to the Beast, so only time will tell what that year brings to me. I’ll likely hit the 10 million hands played milestone. Also, I’m hoping to finish Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2 before 2014 is over. So, I may need some time off to finish that project. Regardless, I get the feeling it’s going to be another interesting year.
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