James' Bankroll Challenge & 2019 Goals UPDATE #1!
We are just over ¼ of the way through 2019 and I figured it’d be a good time to check on my year goals and catch up a little bit on what we’ve been up to.
The first thing to occur in 2019 was the release of our Spin & Go course over on the PokerStarsSchool website. Nick, Eva & I spent a lot of time making sure we put out one of the best courses for beginner poker players into the world of spin & goes and I think we really hit the mark, we have gotten a lot of positive feedback, along with many requests on doing more content around Spin and Go’s.
During the making of the course we really got along with the brilliant people at PokerStarsSchool, so it only made sense that we continued our working partnership. You can expect much more collaboration work in the future!
What quickly came apparent to Nick and myself was that there was a lot of demand for Spin & Go content but not really much out there for people to get their hands on. Since that point we have dedicated vast majority of time focusing on this format. We’ve created a bunch of free strategy videos on our YouTube channel , stream them regularly and are currently working on a whole section of the main website dedicated to Spin & Go’s, which will be finished later in the year.
Outside of Poker and OP there has been very little time for much else. :( Luckily we recently traveled to Berlin for TwitchCon, then afterwards to Spain for a vacation which I was really looking forward to - expect to see a vlog about those adventures soon!
At the end of this month Eva & I will be moving to a house out in the English countryside. This will be the first time in my life where I’m not living in a city or a town and to be honest I’m a little apprehensive about it. If there’s anything I’ve learnt over the past few years however, it’s that you never know if you don’t try and I’ve always wanted to live in a house with a garden and lots of space. This will be my first time doing a lot of things (half of the reason why I’m so nervous about it) but I’m definitely excited and will hope to share that side of my journey with you all.
It’s now been 4 months since I set myself the years goals and overall I’m pretty happy with the results so far.
Health: Achieve goal weight of 65kg+ 15% or less body fat
Current weight: 57kg
Bodyfat %: unknown
New bodyweight: 60kg
Not a huge change in weight but still going in the right direction, given that I’m also going to the gym on a semi regular basis I’m happy with how things are going and i’m fairly confident that I can hit 65kg by late October. After then it’ll be a question of bodyfat on which I have done next to no research on. I will start to think about that when I’ve gotten close to my weight goal.
Twitch: hit 10k followers
We’ve almost hit 4k followers on Twitch. Given the new partnerships we’ve been making in the past few months I’m pretty confident we can hit this goal. I’m really happy about how consistent we’ve been with our stream and I hope that will continue.
YouTube: reach 2k subscribers
This one has been a complete surprise to me. To be honest YouTube has been the area that we’ve neglected the most but we’ve gone from 150 subs to 640 in that time frame. It looks like the main reason for that is our Spin & Go videos, so we will make sure to continue that mini series as its proven so popular.
Bankroll: hit $30K
Of course there was always going to be one goal that’s falling way behind and it’s clearly this one for me. We have over doubled the bankroll but even at that rate of growth (which is harder to do the higher limits you play) we’d only hit around $20k for the end of the year. When I break down the winrates for the games played, the only winrate that I wasn’t happy with was for 6+ Hold’em and I only played a small number of hands there.
It’s pretty clear to me that the main problem has been the volume of games played. If I am realistically going to hit $30k by the end of the year the volume will need to increase by about 4x the current. It might sound very hard to do but given how most of my playing on stream has only been 1 table at a time I still think there might be some hope. I’m going to need to play around 60k hands per month if I want to give myself a real chance.
So there are three ways that I’m looking at to increase volume
Increase number of tables during stream
Increase playing days
Increase hours played per day
During the next 2 months it’s going to be difficult/next to impossible to get any kind of routine set down thanks to moving home, so I’ll be focusing on this at the beginning of June. In the meantime most of the time I’m playing on stream will be at least 3 tables to help bump up the volume some and I will look to try and stream a bit longer than usual on my stream days.
Overall I’m very pleased with how everything is going so far and I hope 2019 has been good to everyone reading this. Hope to catch you again in July :)
See you at the tables and on stream!