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Money, VPPs, body fat, and investments in 2012

teampokerstarsonlinelogo.PNGI will start by telling you my goals for 2012

1. Make as much money as possible
2. Reach 2 000 000 VPPs (2x Supernova Elite)
3. Go down to 15% body fat
4. Invest my money with double digits returns.

Going for 2M VPPs and spending some time on the gym has been consuming most of my time and the little I have left, I choose to spend with my girlfriend.

I've been writing some posts at www.acoimbra.pt in Portuguese, since it's easier for me to write in my native language, but that hasn't left much time for English writing here or my English blog. I will try to write more often and I apologize in advance for my English mistakes.

During the first two months of the year I played around 12000 hyper-turbo satellites on PokerStars. I like the format of these because it attracts a ton of casual players and the games are pretty fast.

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I was down around $37,500 at some point and came back to up almost $2k at the end of February. The variance can be crazy, but since the games are so fast, I can play a ton of them, so it kind of evens things out.

The good thing about being Supernova Elite is that with all the cash bonus and milestones they give to the players, I always have a guaranteed salary no matter what!

Regarding my VPPs...

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I started very slow this year, not playing a ton of hours or games, since I was a bit out of shape after Christmas holidays and the PCA Bahamas trip. Slowly I got my game together and found what works better schedule-wise.

I have 300k VPPs at the moment, but I think that I can get to 500k vpps by the end of march and be back to the correct pace.

My current plan is to play up to 16 tables at the same time, which is not as much as other players like Jorj95 that plays like 40 or 50 games at the same time, or nanonoko that plays like 24.

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16 tables is what I feel comfortable with and I'm only really racing myself anyway
Regarding my schedule, I plan to play 30-40 hours per week, which involves everyday from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are my "holidays". For me, it seems more profitable to play on Sundays than Fridays.

The gym has been going well, My technique has been improving quite a bit and I've been able to lift more weight too. It will be a bit tough to reach my goal, since I had like 22% of my goal on the beginning of the year.

I've been trying to eat as healthy as possible. My latest goal was to try to completely cut out caffeine and teaine. I learned about decaf green tea when I was talking with fellow Team Online member WizardofAhhs and since then, I changed from regular green tea to decaf green tea. The result? I've been sleeping a lot better and waking up with more energy in the morning. Awesome!

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Last month I stopped working at home and I moved into a small office to work. It has been great and it feels a lot more natural to work. Working at home on Sunday when everyone else is either sleeping or having fun is not the best thing motivation-wise, trust me!

I will post some photos soon. Apart from that, I've been teaching my girlfriend how to play the hyper-turbo satellites. Regarding investments and monies...

I feel like investing is a big part of being a professional poker player, since I don't know how my future is going to be, or if I'm going to be able to work at the pace I work now in the future. So, last year I started doing some research on real estate and I started buying properties to rent. My goal is to get some cash-flow and not really worry about selling after buying, I just buy to keep.

This year my money plan is to distribute the money I make from Poker like this:

  • 10%: Charity
  • 65%: Investing
  • 25%: Expenses
  • I also feel like charity is very important, since there are people that can't really fight for themselves in this world and the process of helping these people is very fulfilling for whoever takes it. As well as a great learning experience that can translate later in making a lot of money, since in my opinion, the best way to make a lot of money is helping a lot of people.

    PokerStars as well does a great charity work, helping some projects on a regular basis and always helping the most needed during the big natural crisis.

    Feel free to ask any questions here or on my personal blog and I will try to reply to all.
    Also, if there is a subject you would like me to talk about in any future post, or you are curious about something regarding me, go ahead and ask.

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