After noting in my last blog that life is a rollercoaster (at least according to a very bad song), things kept looking down for me. As I got back into the online grind, a downswing (or actually more of a sideswing, that is, a prolonged breakeven patch) that I've been going through since the end of January continued.
In the last blog, I put up my lifetime graph for online mtts (missing a few sites like Bodog not properly tracked). At that stage, my graph for the year looked like this:
It was against this backdrop that I went into town to meet David Lappin. Lappin's a great man to turn to on these occasions as apart from the fact that he understands variance better than anyone else I know, and has a similar aversion to downswings, and can offer tons of perspective and sage advice, he's also pretty much the only person I know in poker that understands that sometimes all I want is someone who will shut up, humour my complaining and whining and forecasting that the end is nigh for all of us, and let me blow off steam.
After my mental health check up with Dr. Lappin, I got home late but in time to start a mini evening session, and promptly won two tournaments, one on Stars Fr and the other on Ipoker. Over the next week, I won another three online tourneys and a few Marbella sats, and clinched my third PocketFives triple crown (but first since 2011). By the end of that spell, my revised graph for the year looked like this:
I think when you're young you tend to think "There's a first time for everything". I guess it's natural to give the first time you do everything, anything, a special importance. Experience teaches us that we get better at pretty much everything with practise, so first times tend to not have the same importance in retrospect. They simply represent a start.
In a few weeks, I head to Vegas with Daragh Davey and Jason Tompkins. Lappin is again taking the sensible route and staying home to feast online at the time of year when it is traditionally the feastiest. Next year I may make the same decision (I noted on a Vegas blog once that every year in Las Vegas, it's Last Vegas for some of the Irish contingent, even if they generally don't realise it themselve at the times), but for now I'm looking forward to giving this year's WSOP my very best shot.
After Vegas, I intend to focus even more on online, and to cut back on all other distractions. I have already started cutting back on my coaching, staking and other commitments, the better to focus entirely on my own play. Like everything else, there will at some point be a Last Ever Blog, and I probably won't even realise it at the time. Who knows, this might even be it (I doubt it though: I imagine I will think of something to blog about in Marbella or Vegas).