2011 Resolutions

1rst January, 2011

In 2010 I talked a bit about goals. It's not that I haven't been achieving the goals that I set for myself, but I've never had goals that were outlined in detail. During the biggest part of the year I didn't know if I would make it to SuperNova Elite in October, December or if I would make it at all. I didn't know what to expect from live tournaments, main events, side events, etc. I also started playing the hyper-turbo satellites in March and I didn't know what to expect from those either.

2010 was a year of experimentation, maturation and consolidation!

for 2011 I have a group of well defined goals and a work plan to achieve them, based on my experience. It's going to be my 3rd full year of professional Poker and my 2nd year as SuperNova Elite and member of the PokerStars Team: Online.

In this post I'm going to talk about my 2011 resolutions. It's possible that some variables will change and in that case I'll have to change them during the year.

2011 Resolutions

-Attain 1M VPPs (SuperNova Elite) until the end of September
-Attain 1.25M VPPs until the end of the year
-Earn $100K+ pre-points at the sngs at PokerStars
-Donate 10% of all the money I earn to charity

The past years I got close to 1M VPPs. This year, I want to optimize the value of the points and not lose the 5x multiplier of SNE in October. After that for the last 3 months of the year, I'm going to slow down a bit and play to get the next milestone of $10K of the 1.25M VPPs.

As for charity, I have the money from the FPPs of 2010 set aside. I'm waiting for the responsable of the institute to contact me in order to transfer them the money. In 2011 I want to contribute more, for that since the beginning of the year I'm going to put aside for charity10% of what I make.

I think I'm making more money in a consistent way playing sit-n-gos than MTTs. Another advantage is the schedule, cause I always know what time I start and what time I stop playing. For those who play professionally that's very important! Even so, I'm going to play the M.E. of the WCOOP, since it's offered to the SNE from PokerStars, but I don't plan to play much more than that.

The plan for now is to play the sit-n-gos hyper-turbos of $74, that are substituting the old ones of $88. It's going to be more work, since they give less VPPs, but we have to work with what we have. It's not necessarilly the most fun format to play during a whole year, but there are a lot of advantages for whoever plays professionally. It's good to play a big volume and get consistent results probably on a monthly basis or at least every three months. They also don't take longer than 10 minutes, so they allow a bigger flexibility as far as time is concerned.

This year I'm going to try to take 15 days of holidays during the summer and 15 days of holidays in December, so I keep that in mind in my plan for 2011.

As for the live tournaments... I will probably play 4 EPTs: the final, Vilamoura, Berlin and Barcelona. Maybe I will also play the m.e. of the WSOP, but I haven't decided yet, cause it requires a lot of travelling time. For now, I don't have plans to play any more tournaments in Portugal. The only goal is to have a bigger self-control at the important moments.

About the rest...

Personal Resolutions

-Going 3x/week to the gym and lose 10KG+
-Get a driver's licence.

If you have a blog, I suggest you too write about your goals.
It helps you achieve them. :)

Once again, I wish to all the readers a happy new year!

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