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The Plan.. err My Goals


Northville Downs 1/3 PLO 4pm on Sundays!

At 4 pm on Sunday’s, Northville Downs will have a 1/3 PLO game with a $300 max buy-in.  I will be there this week (probably around 5 pm  so come get you some Caveman Cash and free burgers!  This Sunday, February 17th, 2013 Proceeds benefit the General Fund of Wayne Chamber of Commerce License# M79352.

The Plan

Let me start with, “I DON’T PLAN!”  Want to hear God laugh?  Tell him your plans.  As an alcoholic and addict most of my life, I finally decided enough was enough after running my second marriage into the ground and I got clean and sober.  Close to 6 years now and loving life.  With that said, I found that ‘planning’ just doesn’t work for me.

So instead of plans, I’m going to make a few simple goals for this year.  (Yes, I’m a little late getting to them)

Goal #1:  Take it easy

Don’t go crazy trying to make a living playing poker.  I am married to The Poker Spouse who writes an blog about living with someone trying to become a poker pro.  My wonderful wife has a great job and is able to support the family with many hours of OT (love you babe) and just one paycheck.  I don’t NEED to make $2000 per month playing the game I love to survive.  It would be nice but it’s not required.

Goal #2: Bankroll Management (BRM)

Really this should be number 1 on anyone’s list, but with going broke because I wasn’t thinking about Goal #1 I am trying to switch things up.  I am not starting this year with a big bankroll.  It will take a lot of discipline and I’m going to stick to this.  You hear a lot about 2%/5% for BRM from reading forums and watching videos online.  Basically, you shouldn’t spend more than 2% of your bankroll on a tournament entry or 5% for a cash game buy-in.  While the 5% rule is hard to do when the lowest stakes in town are 1/2, I plan to strictly stick to the 2% tournament rule.  (So no out of state tourney’s until I grind up a decent BR)

Goal #3: Game Selection

Select games that are most profitable.  Easy to say, hard to do.  If I run down to the casino to play for the day, I should keep an eye out for those games that I think will be profitable in one way or another.  If the table I’m on isn’t going as planned, find another table with some people you know you can beat.  I have to stop thinking that I can beat any game I sit at.  (yes, I think that sometimes and I should know better)

Goal #4: Study, Study, Study

I need to keep moving forward.  In order to do that, I must continue to work on the game.  This may include reading more books, forum surfing and possibly joining a training site.  I hope to dedicate at least a few hours each week studying.

Goal #5: Move up in stakes

I have no time frame on this one.  When the time is right, I will move up.  If I work hard at the first 4 goals, this one should happen on it’s own.

Now to begin!

Now that I have my goals written out, I have something to shoot for.  It’s out on the web for all to see.  When I post something stupid about what I plan to do, I hope you all call me out and say, “How does that help you reach your goals you idiot?!?!?”  I know my wife will!


The Author

Scott “Caveman” Miller

Caveman has played various forms of poker in Maryland and Michigan for 25+ years concentrating on No-limit Hold'em over the last 9. He has 7 children/step-children and a granddaughter and is married to the most wonderful woman in the world! Outside of family and poker, he donates his time to charity work with the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield and The Serenity Club in Waterford.

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  1. Your best goal is #2. The others have good intentions but unless you draw a line in the sand, how will you know if you met your goal. In my experience, your goals will not drive the proper behavior unless you set a target and measure your progress towards that target.

    May I suggest just adding study 2 hours a week and keep a log to see if you can meet that. You can include discussing hands from sessions with other players as part of your study time.

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks Frank. I didn’t think of keeping track of my studies but will do that too. I should have also added a goal of keeping excellent records as well.

      The first goal is more to keep me from playing too much or trying to hit the big tournament events too quick. I don’t have to play everyday just to feel like I’m out there doing something. The website can keep me busy in my downtime from the tables.

      I should write a progress report every month or so to make sure I’m still keeping up with the goals as well.

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