June 22, 2012

Winning the Sunday Supersonic...

My apologies for the gap since I last updated my blog, I was just concentrating on playing for a while. Perhaps it had a little something to do with the disappointment in being rejected for PokerStars Team Online, as that motivation is one of the reasons I keep this blog. It also took me a while to get around to making the video that I've posted below, and I wanted that to be the feature of my next (this) blog post.

For those of you who don't know, I was fortunate enough to win the $215 Sunday Supersonic on PokerStars a month ago. It by far exceed's my previous online tournament win ($5,745), and live tournament score ($16,000) as it was $51,303 FTW.

Actually, though, I only ended up taking ~$22k after clearing make-up and shipping the other half to my backer. I had an ongoing deal where I was staked for $40+ MTTs only over the past year or so. In many ways, it was a bit of a leak of mine. It wasn't that I needed to be staked money-wise, it was more of a mind-set thing. It allowed me to grind $109 Turbos alongside my normal SNG schedule, without getting too beat up about the variance in them.

In some ways, it seems silly. I never encountered more than a $6.5k downswing, and I generally just kept sending my backer some money here and there. But then again, I've always liked the steady earnings of playing SNGs, and was aware of my own attribute of not dealing with big swings very well, so I don't regret doing it, although I have decided to grind them on my own dime for now and see if I can handle the added variance (I will be listening to The Mental Game of Poker Audiobook soon, that ought to help!)

So I was of course ecstatic to win a Sunday Major, and it felt like the first time for ages where I had a decent amount of spare cash. I've since invested in a new car (nothing too fancy, it's an '09 Toyota Corolla Verso for jetting the children around in), a new corner settee for the living room, and a new dining table. So pretty ridiculously sensible purchases really, but then again I am married and a father of two now so I suppose it comes with the territory.

It was cool to be able to watch a recording of my final table victory on the PokerStars client for the week after I binked, and I thought it would be good for my blog if I recorded it and did some commentary over the top. So here is my final table performance (with all player's hole cards exposed):