gogogo AWice, rooting for you! Looks like first SNE is going to be hard to achieve but I believe I read somewhere you didnt want to volume it up no matter what just for that and seems like a sensible decision.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Alex for a poker magazine this morning. I asked for 15 minutes of his time, and we ended up chatting for two hours. He's an extremely smart, articulate and motivated guy, and if there's anybody who can complete this challenge then I am sure it's him. All the best!