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My last post got me to thinking more about some specific goals for 2007 and I think I may actually have a few goals now.

I have been kicking around shooting for a specific $$ amount in 2007, but that can get stressful - especially if you miss big milestones/targets. Instead, I am going to set a few general goals for myself. (In no particular order)

1. Earn enough from poker to pay for a majority of the major renovation/addition that we are planning in the beginning of 2008. - This is going to be my biggest motivator this year. We have been kicking around tearing down/building new vs. a partial teardown/renovation/major addition and have decided on the addition. I have a lot of ideas for what we are going to do and the better the year, the bigger the addition. (not really, but it sure will help)

2. Do not take money out of my online bankroll (maybe a little quarterly or at the end of the year only). - I think this has held my game back more than anything else. I have a tendancy to withdraw funds as I need it or as my online bankroll gets over a certain amount, then dropping down levels when I have a bad run. By leaving the money online, I will be able to move up levels quicker and more comfortably.

3. Have 25/50NL become my regular game (properly bankrolled). - I think that this is acheivable and goes hand in hand with my first two goals.

4. Play more cash games and less tourneys. - Even with the occasional big score, cash games are way more profitable than tourneys. I am not going to stop playing tourneys completely, because (in my mind) they are a necessary break from the grind of cash games.

5. Win a seat to the WSOP Main Event/Cash in the Main Event. - Hopefully, I can win my seat again this year. I had a great time at the WSOP last year and want to go back. I would really like to cash in the main event since I am now 0 for 3 cashes in big live tourneys (although one (2003 UB Aruba) shouldn't count because I was clueless back then - TJ even told me so)

6. Win a seat to the UB Aruba Tourney/Cash in the Tourney. - My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves in Aruba in 2003. I wasn't able to even take a shot at winning a seat to the tourney since then because of different happenings in life.

7. Average over 5PT/100 in all cash games over the course of the year. - I am not sure if I will be able to achieve this at the higher limits, but it is what I am shooting for.

8. Final Table/ finish top 3 in a Sunday Major/FTOPS/WCOOP. - This one may be a little difficult because I won't be playing many tourneys, especially on Sundays.

I may add to the list if I think of any more over the next couple of days.

For now, I am going to concentrate on playing the 15k hands at each level (2/4, 3/6, and 5/10) and see how things pan out from there.

Good luck (belated) to everyone in the new year.

2 responses to "2007 Goals (after some more thought)"

  1. I have been reading your blog for close to a year now and find it really fun and interesting.

    I have a Q: Are you a full time professional player? From what I have gotten from reading your blog is that you play on the side to make extra income, is this true?


  2. Thank you.

    You are correct. I have a full time job and two kids, so my playing time can be limited. I usually wind up playing on my laptop after the kids are in bed.