Here's a brief month by month assesment of the year from my perspective:
Went to brighton for the gukpt festival week. Stayed in possibly the coldest hotel ever, and cashed only once in a rebuy event down the rendevous. Probbaly enjoyed the social side of the tour more than the poker finishing down quite a bit.
Online things went ok with a cple of sat wins, but overall nothing spectacular.
Cant remember much else from jan.
Went to walsall for gukpt week with no success whatsoever. Played poorly all week and drank far too much. (pattern appearing for those observant)
Also had a much needed break in lanzarote with the gf, capped by spurs winning the league cup i had a wicked time.
Had a nice score down the empire in a 500 event for a few k. It was really appreciated as things hadn't been going great in the year so far.
Gukpt week in the vic was another bad week for moi.
Online things were just average.
May have been to dtd this month but can't remember any worthwile results, was starting to really like that place by now though.
This month was kinda crazy. Went to dtd for the norweigan poker champs, i can still remember the hangover(s). Great week even if pokerwise a non starter.
Played my first Gala events in nottingham and cashed twice. The main event was a sickener though when i really threw away a chance of a great score by letting my ego get in the way, still was very happy for mr keys with his 2nd place.
The mad poker month concluded with manchester gukpt week. I played very badly this week and again enjoyed the social side of the tour a bit too much, still had a great time.
This was a real grind of a month online. Spent countless hours trying to qualify for the wsop main event online(unsucessfully), playing stt's and mtt's all day long to build a decent roll for vegas. Managed to fit in a week in newcastle for the gukpt week which passed by again without success. Had a minor cash at the gutshot festival and won a live sat there for a small wsop package which i sold.
Managed to take down the 100 rebuy on stars in a chop, which helped boost my vegas roll.
Vegas was everything it always is, and i more or less loved it. Just wished id played a bit better. Did a couple of chops in smaller events but left my A game truely at home in the bigger ones when i played badly tbh. 5 weeks was a bit much perma in a hotel and im not sure id do that again. Won a last min wsop sat which was a real bonus. Playing the main for the 3rd year running meant a lot to me. Getting to day 2 with a reasonable stack was gr8, my day2 performance still hurts.
Made some good friends over there though and i still miss the place. Roll on june 09.
Luton gukpt week went badly, played horribly in the main event and my game was in a real crisis of confidence. Bankroll wise i was struggling too. For the first time in a while i wondered if poker was right for me.
Gutshot's last festival week was enjoyable without any results.
Wsope main event went well on day 1 with me bluffing joe hachem and getting a nice enough stack. Day2 was a disaster from the get go, i just cldnt stop bluffing and was getting picked off easily enough. I am determined to play better in this next year, i want another big ft, and why not this one again?
Gave the gukpt bolton a miss, the first one id missed in months, but a rest was nice.
Failed to sat into the ept london which hurt and also had to miss the thanet gukpt due to roll reasons. A very quiet month pokerwise spent mainly online with mixed results, things were def a little stale.
Flew to miami for the cpc cruise and had a great time, poker and a holiday rolled into one is always goooooood. No real results on the boat, but my game was better than ever imo. Confidence was back.
This month has flown by. The luton cash at the start of the month was as important to me in someways as the Wsope 07 result. Moneywise it was just as important, and confirming my newfound confidence was vital. Live poker has def got my juices flowing again.
Also this monnth confirmed to me what i already knew, that i need to stop boozing so much. So in the new year im gonna have some serious time on the wagon and def hit the gym a great deal. Lifestyle choices are going to be made in more detail. I may even get a real job next year, if only to learn the real value of money again.