2019 was easily the best year of my life.
I spent the 1st half of the year focused on building the content for LearnProPoker (LPP). I still played a lot of local 400's+, and made some decent final tables, like the $1600 Wynn Championship, but I spent the majority of my time building LPP.
Developing the content to live up to the quality and style I expect for the site has been more demanding than I ever could have imagined. In fact, knowing what I know now, I likely wouldn't have ever launched LearnProPoker. The 67 total videos we have represents more than 700 hours of work for me alone, and many more hours of work for my business partners Gary and K.L. (highhands89).
The support we have received, and the feedback I have gotten has been incredible. I am deeply thankful and appreciative of all of it. I am glad the site has been able to help so many improve their game and help them have good results! It makes all the work we have put into it worth it.
The rest of my 2019 poker year was incredible. I made my first-ever WPT final table, taking 6th place in the Aria Summer Championship, to start my summer grind with a bang. Over the course of the summer, I had 11 WSOP cashes that included a 3rd place finish out of 2400 entries in a 1k, for a $154k cash.
Once the summer grind was over I spent a few weeks visiting family in the mid-west and working on the site once we were back in Vegas. But, when September rolled around I decided it would be a great idea to head up to Toronto and play a WCOOP schedule and stream it.
I was fortunate enough to start off the week strong with a dual WCOOP Final Table sweat on my 2nd day of streaming, getting 2nd place in 2 events with over 1000 people watching. One of the cashes was a new career-high score for me of $196,000!
To celebrate such a great year, and our anniversary, I spent October in large part on vacation with my fiance in Japan. We had always wanted to visit, and it was a truly amazing trip.
In November the PokerMasters were in Vegas. 10 days of events ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 in buyins, playing against the best players in the world for the title of PokerMaster and the Purple Jacket. I played 8 events. Going into it I had 0 expectations, I hoped I wouldn't brick everything, and was excited to be able to compete at that level in such a prestigious series.
I far out preformed my hopes and ended up winning Event #2, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, for $186,000!
I was overcome with emotion after the win. Being victorious on that stage vs such a difficult and legend filled field was the type of win I had dreamed about since I was a teenager.
My 2019 By The Numbers:
From my numbers above, 2019 was my largest year of buy-ins, cashes, and profits ever. With 640k in buyins, over 1mil total cashes, and 400k+ in profits. I am deeply grateful for how the year went, and cannot express that enough to those who helped me get to where I am today.
A new year, a new decade!
After such a big 2019 for me, and decade overall, I don't know how the next one could realistically top it. That being said, I am going to do my best to try!
I'll be working on lots of LPP content, and will continue to grow the content and community. I'll be bringing a lot more of the style and quality of content that our members have been enjoying, and doing my best to help our members make 2020 the poker year they've always dreamed of!
Some of my 2020 Goals for LearnProPoker:
The above goals are the things I'm confident I can get done with LPP. There are many other things we are working on for the site, and we are very excited about what the year will bring!
My Poker Goals 2020:
Most of my poker goals above are things I am extremely confident I can achieve this year. The only ones that are really reliant on variance being kind to me are $1mil cashes, #1 in MN and Bracelet 2. I think for poker it is important to have goals that are achievable and don't require you to run well. The best goals focus on studying well, playing volume, and improving as a player and person.
I know that my continued success is going to be reliant on my ongoing dedication to improving as a player. I've always believed stagnation is equal to regression when it comes to poker and I give you my word that will never happen with LearnProPoker.
I hope your 2019 was a success, and I hope we all have a fabulous 2020!
Thank you for reading and best of luck at the tables.