New Years Resolutions and Goal Setting
1. Are you one for making New Year Resolutions? Why or why not?
Some years ago I was asked if I believed in setting goals and I will refer to these answers before sharing my resolutions for next year.
There is often a lot of discussion within the poker community about whether you should set goals or not, and that tough goals only create negative pressure. I agree that it’s difficult to find relevant poker goals that are based around results because a lot of this is down to short term variance. If you only set the goal to win the WSOP Main Event it’s probably not going to help you. On the other hand I believe that not setting any goals at all is sometimes only a bad excuse to keep maximum freedom and flexibility (also known as laziness!).
The total freedom of a professional poker player’s day is the biggest upside but also the biggest threat. I don’t know many poker players who honestly claim they’re very organised and efficient but most of them agree they often have periods of laziness. I suspect a lack of goals is one of the reasons for this.
In poker it’s always possible to find quantitative goals like hands played, average hours per day of grinding etc. I also think it’s important to define improvement areas in your poker game to focus on. By having these kind of targets you could always follow up when you are on the right track and feel good about your month even without big winnings, knowing that long term the effort will be rewarded. More importantly, you could also be more realistic about a winning period where you were lazy but just lucky.
The overall ambition is to be more productive! That’s my resolution for next year!
I was a little lazy last year so I will do more of everything in 2016
- Play a lot online on 888poker both cash games and tournaments
- Around 20 live tournaments including the WSOP
- Make two trips to Las Vegas for live cash games
- Play live poker in Macau for the first time.
- Participate and promote poker in the new Reality TV Poker Show Girl Got Game, – not to forget I want to win it
- A big live tournament win
- Keep up with gym/ crossfit /dance
- Another double up of ”followers” on different social media
- Get more daily and weekly routines and stick to them
- Associate with people who are focused and supportive
3. Looking back on 2015, what was the best part about it for you poker-wise?
Playing live cash games was by far the best poker-wise for me this year. I never spent a lot of time doing that before because of the few hands you can play compared to online poker. This year I found some poker gold mines that I didn’t know existed before! The value of the games you can find in some casinos is amazing.
4. Did you meet your goals for 2015? Why or why not?
This year I missed some of my poker goals. 2015 was not a good live tournament year for me. I ran bad in some live tournaments and could have played better. I also played less hands online than planned due to a little lack of discipline every now and then. I was too easily distracted and found so much other funny things to do..! Good thing I made new very good friends from different parts of the world.
5. Where do you see the game of poker going in 2016? What sort of things would you like to see happen in the industry?
We have seen a positive development of live poker lately. In 2015 many live events have shown record numbers and every sign is that we will see even more records in 2016. It’s a positive circle, when one event is successful even more players want to attend next year.
888poker continue to expand and I really like the new online tournaments like Crocodile and Volcano and the increased guarantees.
It would be nice to see a shot clock in more live events. We will have this in our live cash game in Macau, Girl Got Game. I also would like to see more deregulations of poker in the US and a big online poker boom really taking off in China!
I wish you all a happy and successful new poker year!