“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” – Abdul Kalam
One of my biggest life leaks is my inability to set any meaningful long-term goals. In fact, I’m really great at (or bad for) starting projects with plenty of zest and ambition, only to let my ADD-riddled brain whittle its way into inevitable boredom and defeat. Slow progression towards an objective that doesn’t reap the benefit of immediate results must be a subconscious personal phobia. I’m actually sitting here, trying to reflect on a time in my life which I set a long-term goal and achieved it, and I’m drawing a blank. (Except the time I set a week aside to earn all the achievements on NHL 12 many moons ago). In a cliché New Years Resolution, I am making a goal of making more far-sighted goals and sticking to them. Check that one off my list, inherently, with this chase for Supernova.
I took a brief hiatus from poker in December, and explored what it is I actually play poker for. The time off the tables forced me to ask myself a number of important questions about whether I actually enjoyed the game. Is poker just an ends to a means and nothing more? Do I actually enjoy 12 tabling micro-stakes enough to do it for hours upon days upon weeks, etc? What do I want to accomplish with poker? “He clicked buttons. Over and over and over,” doesn’t seem like something I want written on my obituary, and personally I love the idea of travelling the world and playing EPT events, winning a WSOP bracelet, playing the Aussie Millions and just taking in all of the wonderful experiences living the poker lifestyle grants. My journey, like every other poker hopeful, starts today with the privilege of being able to play 20 tables, 8 hours a day online. It truly is a blessing to live in a country where I am able to wake up, turn on my computer, and make money doing something I truly enjoy. That’s where Supernova chasing comes in. It’s more than a monetary reward, it’s more than an accolade. It’s validation that my long hours of clicking buttons isn’t just for a bottom line, or a chance at poker super-stardom. It’s about self-actualization and being able to say, “I’ve worked long hours to achieve something of worth, I am an expert in my field.”
Pokerstars, like every poker site in existence, relies on taking a portion of every pot (called rake) to pay for operating costs. However, to their frequent players, they give a certain percentage of that back – along with plenty of other benefits, including huge freeroll tournaments, a VIP shop with extravagant gifts (including a Porsche Cayman), and plenty of money back in the form of FPP (frequent player point) bonuses and live tournament tickets. By reaching the second highest tier of the Pokerstars VIP ladder, I will be earning plenty more than the profits I make on the tables, and that makes my job of turning some money into more money a whole lot easier.
Enough boring theological shit, I’m here to announce an important goal in the new year. Supernova Elite. Minus the elite, okay. Just Supernova. Lots of benefits of making this tier, and it’s something I wanted to do last year, but last year was a bad year in general, on and off the tables. I feel focused, ready, rolled, and more patient with the swings poker and life may bring to achieve this goal.
Here you go, graph fiends. January starting off with a bang. I’m up profits, but honestly that’s been the least of my concerns. I really want to start off strong and get to Supernova this year. #VPPhunting