This year didn't bring anything new, but regular rollercoaster. It's always long period of bad cards followed by a period of lucky hands. When you compare/sum both cycles you get your totals. It was really bad for a few weeks in April. I had ten losing and only two winning sessions. Starting May 7th, in 34 sessions I lost only 10 times and won 24 times. Only one los was over $500, but I won 11 times over $400.
I played 13 local tournaments and went to Tama, IA for Heartland Poker Tour event. I cashed only once, and for the first time I have negative balance for tournament play. In 79 cash game sessions I spent 491 hour for an average of 6 hours per session. The most hours I played was in March 135, but only 44 in January. Monthly average is about 80 hours, or 20 per week.
Chart shows that my cash game is positive, but still I made just one half of what I planned for the year. Thirty-seven times I won less than $500, 12 times won over $500, and once won over $1000. Fourteen weeeks were pozitive and eleven negative.
I had 28 losing sessions, and seven times lost less than $200, fourteen times lost between $200-500, and six times lost between $500-1000, and once lost over $1000. In the past, most of my loses were less than $200. I have to go back to that and control the number of re-buys when I see that cards are not going my way. My biggest lose was at Potawatomi when I lost every big pot with good cards. I flopped a set of jacks and kings and lost both hands. I had pocket aces three times and lost all three. That was the most unlucky day of the year.
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