Its been a while since I have last updated my progress and how I responded to my terrible January run. I took a proactive step and reinstated my membership wih Cardrunners a day before they announced that Brian Townsend is joing them and charging an extra $5. Score! I get to keep my membership at the current $20 level for the next 6 - 12 months.
After watching about 4-5 hours of videos over the last week or so I have realized how far off of ABC poker I was in January. I lost sight of all the things I did to kill the micro limits on my way up. I had gotten sloppy and complacent in January and Cardrunners helped me get back to basics. Cardrunners teaches a Loose Aggressive game and although its not my style I need to open my game up and take control of more pots if I want to keep moving up and turn my slump around.
I am now opening more pots for the Button, CO, and CO + 1 that I may of limped/folded in January. I am actually thinking through my decisions at the table and not going on auto pilot as I did in January. It was an eye opening experience looking at the videos and thinking to myself how bad I was playing and that I didn't realize it until now. I was running bad yes, but I shouldn't of tanked as bad as I did and this month I will prove that I can turn things around and build my bankroll back to pre-january numbers.
I am up around $250 for Febuary so far and I've only played about 1500 hands. It feels good to be back on track! I am trying to clear a bonus at Red Kings Poker right now which is on the OnGame network and I'm half way there with 2 weeks left to go. If I get that $310 while breaking even or even sustaining my normal winrate I should be back to pre january levels by mid march.
Morale of the Story: If you find yourself in a slump and running bad you have to think critically about your play. Think about each decision that you make and take an extra 2 seconds to make your clicks to make sure you have a plan of attack every hand you are in.
Goal: Currently my VP$IP is 14% and Preflop raise is 4.5% I want to get these numbers to:
VP$IP = 18%
Preflop raise = 9%