Sunday, 30 December 2012

I'm Supernova!


Hello everyone!

I just finished my last poker session for 2012. I should normally go back home since it's already 2:00 a.m., but I couldn't wait to share the news: I'm Supernova!



I finally reached my goal of 100.000 yearly VPPs. As you probably remember, I was missing something like 47.000 VPPs in the beginning of December so it was a pretty ambitious goal to begin with. I practically had to make in a month as many points I made through the rest of the year. Well I did it, and now it's time to celebrate!

Not only did I do it slightly ahead of pace, but I also got great results. December was by far the best month I've ever had. I think there were a lot of factors that contributed to that. First of all, it's that part of the year where people want to spend time with their families and loved ones. So I guess there were quite a few good players that decided to take some time off. Secondly, some people (like me) where probably chasing the points and possibly had to play higher stakes than what they normally do even though they are not necessarily good at them. Adding to that were the extra tournaments that were running for the upcoming TCOOP which helped increase the traffic. And last but not least, I was running good. :D

But let's not waste more time, here's the graph for the month of December:



I'm so happy for these results like you can't imagine! I've always heard of people having crazy months but it always seemed distant, beyond my reach. I never thought it was possible for me to have results like this. It feels awesome that all the work I've put in until now is finally paying off.

Also, this puts things in a different perspective. Out of all the years I've been working in "traditional" jobs, there wasn't a single year when I earned this amount of money. To think that I made in a month more than I previously earned in a whole year is... I don't know how to explain it. It's beyond words I guess.

And of course I know that not all months are gonna be like this and that this was an exception. I sometimes have some bad thoughts creeping in like "What if I was running crazy good and these results were completely undeserved?" But the thing is, I know I worked hard for it so I'll gladly take any help luck can give me and try to block any negative thoughts.

December has been pretty crazy schedule-wise. The first week I woke up early (around 10 o'clock), and took my time to enjoy my morning coffee. Then I busied myself with the house chores and I'd have lunch with André. I'd only go to the office after lunch, study a bit and then start playing. The thing is, I was playing until later and later every day and as a result I would wake up later on the day after. Slowly, my schedule got converted to what it is today: I wake up around 16.00-17.00. For your reference that is sunset time. There were days where I literally saw no daylight. Vampire style full on! Then I'd have a morning (?) coffee, get ready and go to the office. On my way there I'd grab lunch and dinner that I would later eat whenever I felt hungry. I stayed at the office until 3.00 and sometimes even 5.00. Of course when I got back home I couldn't fall asleep right away, so there have been days when I'd only go to bed at 7.00. At least then I got to see the sun! :P As you can imagine, it's not the best schedule for a human being to have but the truth is all the good poker conditions aside, most of the time I was 3-6tabling. And that's a really really low number of tables if you're trying to reach 47k VPPs in a month. So the only way you can make up for it is to spend sh*tloads of hours in front of the computer. Pardon the expression! Not to mention that I rarely got to see André cause he was obviously living like a normal person so we would only spend like 10 minutes per day together. And we live in the same house!

Anyway, that's all over now. All I need to do is to somehow switch to daytime schedule and enjoy my 2 days left of 2012. Adding January 1rst, I have a total of 3 days to rest! Wow!

Ah, I almost forgot. One of these crazy days (or crazy nights to be more exact) I played another MTT. Did you know that they have a $109 tourney starting at 4:00 a.m.? I sure didn't! That's why I forgot to unregister and had to play it. These people at Pokerstars they really organize tournaments for every taste! Anyway, I was really pissed at myself cause I was finishing my session and was planning to go home when the MTT popped up in my face! And if it starts at 4.00 go figure what time it's gonna finish.... I seriously consider to ignore the $109, turn off the computer and leave. But I'm not that good at wasting money so I decided to play. Fortunately, it paid off cause I made another final table!


Towards the end we were getting short so the game was right up my alley. I called a shove from another player with my pocket Jacks and he showed AJs which puts me ahead but... Unfortunately he hit his flush. Whatever, I still played my best and another final table is something I'm quite happy with! :)


I'll try to not make a habit of playing MTTs all the time. I have a lot of margin to improve in this, but I think I'm getting better...

Before I go and since this is my last post for the year, I'd like to share with you my annual graph of 2012:




2012 was a very different year. Full of ups and downs, as most of them are, but I never expected back in January that I when working in the offices of a big company that I would end the year as a full time poker player. I'm very excited to see what 2013 has in store for us!

I wish you all to enjoy the rest of the holidays and have a great 2013! :D

31 comments:

  1. great job.... I hope 2013 will be a even better year.

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    1. I hope so too! We'll just have to wait and see! :D

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  2. Congratulations, amazing results!! The hard work is paying off, I hope you have a better 2013!

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  3. Nice work ! I remember when i played the $3.50 and the $7, and you were one of my villains :)

    Happy new year 2013 !


    Rainmy

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    1. Hi Rainmy! Thanx! It's been some time! What are you playing these days? Whatever it is, I hope you're doing great! Happy new year! :D

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    2. Im playing tourneys. Who knows if i'll back some day to play the hypers.

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  4. Grande Feito.. espero ver vc SNE ano que vem!!

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    1. Heheh...! Sounds tough, but only time will tell!

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  5. OHHHHH yeah baby i like this! I followed all your progress since satellite sunday storm... THAT BATTLE for the SUPERNOVA!
    congratulations for That, GG :)
    GL in LIFE and be happy on 2013!
    FB

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    1. Thank you Fábio! I wish you all the best for the new year! :)

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  6. Well done :)
    Goals for 2013?
    Enjoy the holidays and happy new year!

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    1. Hi Strac! I'm planning to make an entire post with my plans for 2013... Probably after the PCA.
      Happy new year to you too! :)

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  7. Parabéns!!
    Major feat to grow so much in a year.
    I would like to chat with u im going to start playing hypers this year after playing cash for a couple years now. Since u'r going to work on your game i know u must be pretty busy but if u have a couple of minutes how could i contact you? or should i put my email here?

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    1. Hi Luis! Overall, I encourage people to leave me comments on my blog about any questions they may have since other people with similar doubts can also benefit from the exchange of opinions. If however, you insist on contacting me in private, I guess you can send me a pm on facebook.

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    2. I couldn't find u on facebook, but here it goes, im a reg/fish at 20nl but can't evolve more than that and after seeing your amazing performance i would like to try hypers, any tip you could give me is good but my idea was some semi-coaching, i would play x sng per week/month and would give you x% in exchange of 2or3h month of coaching or advices (or just a flat price would be ok for me also), since you whent from 0 to poker this year :D you are well aware of the best way to start from scratch and the steps to evolve. Anyways i know u probably have other plans and all, but before anything else, trough pm or something i would like to tell you my history before you say no :P

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    3. Hi Luis,
      I'm very easy to find on facebook, I'm acoimbra's gf, doesn't get easier than that! :P

      I will soon be making a post about my plans for this year, but as you'll see it's gonna be pretty hectic and I won't really have time for coaching... Thank you for your interest though! :)

      About tips... There's nothing that I can say that is more complete than what I write here on my blog. I started blogging when I was playing the lowest stakes of hypers I could find so I suggest you read those posts and leave me any questions you have, should be enough to help get you started!

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  8. WOW Kat! Well done!

    Que percurso fantástico! Mereces isto e muito mais, pela dedicação! Que prazer ler este relato tão intenso. Posso calcular a tua sensação e entusiasmo de dever cumprido e objectivos atingidos!
    O André deve estar tão orgulhoso de ti! Eu estou! :)

    Votos de um 2013 pelo menos igual a este e se possível melhor ainda, a nível profissional e pessoal.

    Beijos!

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    1. Muito obrigada Alexandra por essas palavras tão bonitas! Desejo-te um 2013 super feliz com tudo de bom! (E com uma visita a Lisboa porque já estamos com muitas saudades tuas!)

      Beijinhos!

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    1. Ουάου, πρέπει να είσαι ο πρώτος Έλληνας που μου αφήνει σχόλιο. Σ'ευχαριστώ πολύ Σπύρο! :)

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  10. Hi Katerina, ive actually seen u at tables before, im not a regular at Hypers but if i want to play a torny like sunday million i usually try satellite it and think thats where i seen u.. and i didnt know u was acoimbra's gf..

    Congratz on Supernova, something i wish to achieve one day, ill follow your blog from now on, good luck.. and same to Andre on his 100k challenge..

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    1. also amazing grind this month, them graphs are amazing..

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    2. Thank you! I hope you achieve all your goals! :)

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  11. katerina parakolouthw to challenge tou acoimbra kai se ena vid etyxe na dw to home office opou anefere kai sena pou eisia supernova...pros megalh m xara eida oti eisai ellhnida..pragma spanio ellhnida kai supernova mazi...hthela na se rwthsw to acc sou sthn ps einai katerina289? an nai sto official pou exeis ligo kerdos einai epeidh paizeis cash h hyper turbo sng h paizei kati allo? pantws oti kai na nai s eyxomai panta kerdh

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    1. Γειά σου Νίκο!

      Χαχα, ναι κάνω κατά καιρούς κάτι σπέσιαλ εμφανίσεις στα βίντεο του André. Το VIP status μου δεν είναι και τόσο σπάνιο, νομίζω έχουμε κάμποσους Supernova από Ελλάδα! Ναι το nick μου είναι katerina289 αλλά αυτό που είπες για το official και το κέρδος δεν το κατάλαβα... Δεν ξέρω τι εννοείς με το official. Τώρα αν το κέρδος είναι πολύ ή λίγο, αυτό σχετικό είναι και εξαρτάται από την προοπτική του καθενός! Πάντως παίζω αποκλειστικά hyper turbos, δεν ασχολούμαι καθόλου με άλλα format προς το παρόν. Χάρηκα που πέρασες από το blog μου, όσο να 'ναι σπανίζουν οι Έλληνες που έρχονται προς τα δω! Εύχομαι και σ'εσένα ότι καλύτερο! :)

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  12. Great results. I am a bit amazed by your ups and downs. I guess this is the poker pro life.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, poker has inevitably a lot of ups and downs and the format I chose is more swingy than the average but it's fine as long as the ups outweigh the downs! :)

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  13. very good, grande jugadoraaaa, exitooossss

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