July was epic. August was outstanding.
On the heels of back-to-back $35k+ months, I felt pretty damn good. And rightly so. Each time I sat down to play, everything seemed to go right; Bluffs got through, value bets got called by worse, my hands held in most of the critical all-in situations, and I even was able to outdraw my opponents at a greater than usual frequency. Most importantly, the balance in my cashier kept going up.
Well, not so much.
When I first told my girlfriend about what I did for a living last year, I said “I’ve never had a losing month.” At the time I thought it would reassure her that I was financially stable, but I later found out otherwise. In her mind, not having a losing month didn’t necessarily equate to a comfortable living. No, she thought I was angle-shooting her — as I could have only made a few pennies in a particular month and technically that would mean the month was profitable.
In September, that’s how I can best measure my profits. Pennies. 11,100 Pennies. On one hand, that IS a lot of pennies. Unfortunately it’s only $111 dollars (Yay math!) and considering I worked about that many hours, I earned roughly $1/hour. It’s a far cry from August when I made over $250/hour. Sweatshop wages for the loss!
So what happened? Dowwwwwwwwwnswing. I bricked pretty much all of my MTTs, ran $8k below EV in SNGs, and another $11k below in Spins. In total, that’s $19k under EV, which incidentally is my new record for most under EV in a single month.
Despite that, I remain rather upbeat. And there are many reasons to feel that way: EV remains solid, VPPs are coming along nicely, and even during the worst run of my life I somehow turned out a (barely) profitable month.
Cheers to October, only 340,000 VPPs until Elite!