I arrived Saturday night from Japan. The journey was super-tiring and I even had to be in Europe a lot of time waiting for the connection flight that was late due to snow. I'm still a bit jetlagged... like waking up at 3 in the morning feeling hungry and awake :'( As for food, my first meal after coming back was a soup and a grilled fish with baked potatoes... I like japanese food a lot as long as it's not raw, but my stomach doesn't get along with it... So I was dying for a meal "à la portuguese" :)

On Sunday I decided not to play, even as I was seeing games at the lobby with 5-6 non-regulars. Holidays are holidays and I need to rest and plan 2011. In January I'll start again with more strength!

Katerina and I decided to spend Christmas each one with their family, since above all this is family time. After eating japanese food for two weeks, the idea of spending Christmas in Portugal and eating nice codfish on Christmas Eve, goatling on Christmas, etc etc is sooooooooooo appealing! eheh

In relation to Poker, I think this is a good time to look behind and take a look at the numbers of the last 3 years. The graphics are only referring to sngs above $1, so they do not take into account the sngs where I payed the entry fee with FPPs, since that is considered part of the rakeback. Or to put it in other words... they are graphics pre-rb.

Graphic 2008
Numbers 2008

#sngs: 15,069
AvgRoi: 7%
AvgStake: $16
Profit: +$14916
Rake: $18,239

Graphic 2009

Numbers 2009

#sngs: 30,683
AvgRoi: 1%
Profit: -$10,441
Rake: Aproximadamente $200,000

Graphic 2010

Numbers 2010

#sngs: 87,410
AvgRoi: 1%
AvgStake: $94
Profit: +$44,143
Rake: $179,537

2008 was when I finished my studies in September and started playing professionally. I had excellent results at the stakes I was playing and I managed to reach SuperNova.

2009 was the year that I decided to reach SuperNova Elite, I was positive for the biggest part of the year, but the last 2 months I was still missing $50k in rake and I lost around $30k playing high stakes sngs to be able to reach my goal. I finished the year negative on sharkscope, but considering the benefits of SNE it was still a good year, and much better than 2008 on a financial level.

2010 was a year that was quite different, cause I started being a member of team online and I also played some live tournaments, as a result of the packages that I had from SNE. As I didn't know what exactly PokerStars was expecting of me and I didn't know what to expect out of live tournaments, I ended up spending a big part of the year without well outlined goals. I invested some time to play the hyper-turbo satellites and everything turned out well, with me having even better results than in 2009. It's also worth mentionning that I earned more money, playing around 50-60% of the hours that I played in 2008. Or in other words, I increased my hourly rate and my quality of life, having more time to do the things I like.

For whoever is not familiar with what I'm talking about... the advantages of being Supernova are equal to 33-48% of rakeback and Supernova Elite 63-64% of rakeback. You can get more information here.

Where I have been losing money, are the online mtts. But it's normal... I can't expect good results when I only play tournaments with many players only after having worked 8 hours. Basically... I'm exhausted when I start playing them, which is why I can't get any big results. However, in 2011 I'm going to cut down on the online mtts since they don't fit in my working plan.

This post was a bit more based on the numbers, but I think that if we know how to read the numbers they tell us interesting stories and that's the kind of reading I was trying to give you.

I hope you liked this post. I still need to think a bit better about my goals for 2011, but when I have a concrete plan I will share it on the blog. If I don't write any posts in the meanwhile, I wish Merry Christmas to all readers, full of presents and joy :)

Many Royal Flush for everyone! ^^


Daleroxxu said...

Merry Christmas bro, have a good one!


enzoen said...


Unknown said...

200k of rakeback on 2.009???
R u sure André?
How could it be?

Andre said...

Daleroxxu: merry christmas!

enzoen: Felicidades!

Elcanalla: I said $200k on rake, not rakeback. Its the money I spent on rake to make SNE.

Unknown said...

Aww, ok man.
Cu at the tables ;)