Paying my way through Med School with poker - 2012
hey, i'm nick, and i'm in 4th year of medical school in sydney, australia. been playing poker seriously for about 2yrs years now after picking the game up at home games during high school. i'm a fairly low-volume player - i can really only play weekends/holidays because of study load, but i've been a fairly consistent winner at the games for the last 2yrs.
i had been working as a swimming instructor on weekends for the first 3 years of med school, but decided to quit at the beginning of this year. the job was fun, but my shifts were awful - 7.30am-1.30pm saturday+sunday; gave me no time to sleep in or relax really (i am 8-5 at uni 5 days a week). so i decided to quit and step up my poker volume in place, seeing as i enjoy poker far more and my hourly was more than comparable. would never ever consider dropping out of uni for poker - i enjoy it way too much and would be killing my future, not to mention wasting alot of hard effort i put in both to get accepted into med school and to pass my first 3 years.
buttttt - things haven't quite gone as planned. got back from trip to europe in first week of jan, started crushing 100nl for about a week and then **** hit the fan. have pretty much not won consistently since mid-jan and i'm in the worst downswing i've ever had - dropped about -30bi's/-$2,700 between 100nl/50nl. it's been really quite demoralising coz i've had to move down and now with no cash flow other than poker, it's starting to hurt haha.
on the plus side, i went and got myself some coaching (which has really helped) and i feel like i'm totally in control of my game despite me still losing. coaching can't really help you avoid those 1-outers in 3b pots or set<set situations. i know things will turn around soon if i keep playing like i am, but i want them to happen quicker haha.
so for obvious reasons i'd like to turn this around to start earning some $$$ so i can live haha. i have bigger goals in sight though - at the end of the year i'm planning on living in Germany for ~6 weeks to study at a hospital there (all med students have an elective placement at the end of their 4th year, where they choose a hospital and do a 6 week placement there), and then afterwards would like to spend the next ~6 weeks travelling around Europe with mates until the new uni year restarts in Feb 2013. so i need money for that. by that point before i leave, i also would also like to have enough money earned to buy myself a laptop. i'm just running a beasty desktop at the moment, but having a laptop will give me the ability to keep grinding while i'm o/s, and both pay off the laptop and earn from it through poker. would be pretty sweet if buying something like a laptop actually earned me $$$.
i plan on playing at least 250k hands this year (more if rush poker comes back), with some live poker every so often. the star has such soft 1/2 games it's not even funny. only problem is rake is insanely high (10% with $10 cap + $5/hr table charge) and transport there is either too long or too costly if i drive and park. so you have to absolutely crush these games (which isn't hard) and run like Jesus to beat them long-term.
my goals for the year are pretty simple and straight-forward -
-get back to 100nl+
-play majority of my volume for the year at 100nl+ (don't wanna be stuck at 50nl)
-keep working at my game - vid's/coaching etc.
-play my A game as much as possible
-earn enough to travel comfortably O/S in 2012/13
-earn enough to buy laptop for O/S travel in 12/13
-pass all my 4th year rotations (paediatrics, mental health, obstetrics/gynaecology, oncology)
-keep fit, active and healthy
-chicago bulls win 2011/12 NBA championship and st. george dragons (NRL team) win 2012 premiership
2011 graph -
2012 so far -
plan on using this thread to keep me motivated and track my progress. will post garphs+hh's periodically plus any q's people have.
so here goes nothing - let's hope for some rungood!!!!
Re: Paying my way through Med School with poker - 2012
lol. never easy this game. played extremely well (imo) this weekend, yet still can't escape that variance. i feel like this DS might be turning itself around tho which is always good - would just like results to come faster.
this week -
lol. can't say much about this hand, but pretty standard for me.