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PokerGoals

Many players set goals for themselves when it comes to playing poker. I've set many goals for myself in the past: some were met, others cast aside. The true genius of goals is that they provide a means of focusing on your game. Meeting an arbitrary goal can do wonders for your game, your confidence, and your bankroll.

You'll find a list of PokerGoals® that I'm going to work towards clearing (or unlocking to borrow the Xbox 360's terminology) below. There are four categories of PokerGoals: Career/Bankroll, Cash Games, Single Table Tournaments, and Multi-Table Tournaments.

Each of these categories contain a number of different PokerGoals. Clearing a PokerGoal is worth a certain number of PokerPoints® that will be added to my overall PokerScore®. Each category of PokerGoals (except the Cash Games category) contains 1000 available PokerPoints that can be earned and added to my PokerScore. The Cash Games category will offer 250 general, non-game-specific PokerPoints as well as 250 PokerPoints for any one specific type of poker. For instance, 250 PokerPoints can be cleared via no-limit hold'em; 250 more for fixed limit hold'em; 250 PokerPoints for pot-limit Omaha; and so on.

My PokerScore is a completely arbitrary (and some would say meaningless) number that I'll track on this site's homepage. It will provide me with a quick glance at my overall progress as a well-rounded and successful poker player. If I can earn all possible PokerPoints, I would most definitely be ready to become a full-time professional poker player. That being said, many of the PokerGoals that I'll be creating will be extremely difficult to clear.

There are a few more things that I'd like to mention before we get to my actual PokerGoals:

  • The list of PokerGoals will change over time as I add PokerGoals to my list. Any such additions will always increase the total number of PokerPoints available by 250.
  • Completed PokerGoals will be date-stamped to provide a clear, chronological view of my successes as a poker player.
  • Unless otherwise stated, PokerGoals may be completed at any buy-in level, any game, or any table stakes.
  • This page will be linked to my hompage in the "Now Playing" section of the right-most column.
  • The following acronyms will be used throughout the PokerGoal list:
    • No-Limit Hold'em (NL)
    • Fixed Limit Hold'em (FL)
    • Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO)
    • Fixed Limit Omaha Hi-Lo (O8)
    • Fixed Limit 7-Card Stud Hi (7S)
    • Fixed Limit 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo (7S8)
    • Fixed Limit Razz (RAZZ)
    • Fixed Limit Triple Draw (TD)
    • Mixed games such as HORSE, HOE, HOSE, HO, and HA (MIXED)

PokerGoals Cleared: 14 / 202
PokerPoints Earned: 75 / 2000

CAREER & BANKROLL
PokerGoalPokerPointsDate Cleared
Win $100 in 1 day - do not count rakeback or bonuses (1 hour min.)511/25/08
Win $500 in 1 day - do not count rakeback or bonuses (1 hour min.)10
Win $1000 in 1 day - do not count rakeback or bonuses (1 hour min.)20
Win $5000 in 1 day - do not count rakeback or bonuses (1 hour min.)50
Win a $50 pot511/09/08
Win a $100 pot511/10/08
Win a $200 pot1011/10/08
Win a $500 pot20
Win a $1000 pot30
Earn $50 rakeback in 1 month5
Earn $100 rakeback in 1 month10
Earn $500 rakeback in 1 month15
Earn $1000 rakeback in 1 month25
Clear a bonus511/08/08
Make a purchase in the Full Tilt store5
Make a purchase in the PokerStars VIP store5
Increase bankroll by $500 in 1 month.512/01/08
Increase bankroll by $1000 in 1 month.10
Increase bankroll by $5000 in 1 month.20
Increase bankroll by $10000 in 1 month.50
Earn $10000 in 1 year (include bonuses, rakeback, and winnings)100
Earn $25000 in 1 year (include bonuses, rakeback, and winnings)150
Earn $50000 in 1 year (include bonuses, rakeback, and winnings)200
Earn $20/hr or more - do not count rakeback or bonuses (50 hours min.)10
Earn $50/hr or more - do not count rakeback or bonuses (50 hours min.)20
Earn $100/hr or more - do not count rakeback or bonuses (50 hours min.)35
Play poker on 5 consecutive days (5 hours min.)511/09/08
Play poker on 15 consecutive days (15 hours min.)10
Play poker on 30 consecutive days (30 hours min.)20
Have a winning month at the tables (10 hours min.)512/01/08
Have 3 consecutive winning months at the tables (30 hours min.)15
Have a winning month immediately following a losing month (10 hours min., must win back more than what was lost)10
Donate $500 from bankroll to charity of choice.10
Donate $1000 from bankroll to charity of choice.20
Donate $5000 from bankroll to charity of choice.50
Cancel plans to play poker in order to spend time with kids.511/08/08
Cancel plans to play poker in order to spend time with wife.511/20/08
Wife encourages you to play poker without any prompting or hinting.511/09/08
Wife cheers you on after a MTT or STT win.511/05/08
Wife consoles you after a devastating loss or poor session.5
Wife congratulates you after a solid cash game session.511/07/08
Random stranger asks you if you're going to play in the WSOP5
SINGLE TABLE TOURNAMENTS (STTs)
PokerGoalPointsDate Cleared
Play 10 or more STTs in one session5
Play 100 or more STTs in one calendar month10
Win 3 or more STTs in one session15
Accidentally register and play a FL STT when you meant to play a NL STT
0
Win an accidentally played FL STT.5
Win 3 STTs in a row15
Play a STT blind (i.e. without looking at cards)
5
Win a STT blind (i.e. without looking at cards)15
Win 5 consecutive STTs when making it to heads-up play.10
Lose 5 consecutive STTs when making it to heads-up play.5
Lose 10 consecutive STTs (fail to make the money)5
Win a STT by open-shoving every hand; fold or shove otherwise.5
Win a STT with a 100% VP$IP10
Earn $500 in STT winnings10
Earn $1000 in STT winnings20
Earn $5000 in STT winnings40
Earn $10000 in STT winnings70
Play a NL STT (buy-in $50+)5
Play a NL STT (buy-in $200+)10
Play a FL STT (buy-in $50+)5
Play a PLO (or O8) STT (buy-in $50+)10
Play a Razz STT (buy-in $50+)10
Play a MIXED STT (buy-in $50+)10
Play 7S (or 7S8) STT (buy-in $50+)10
Win a NL STT (buy-in $10+)55
Win a NL STT (buy-in $20+)5
Win a NL STT (buy-in $50+)5
Win a NL STT (buy-in $100+)10
Win a FL STT (buy-in $10+)5
Win a FL STT (buy-in $20+)5
Win a FL STT (buy-in $50+)5
Win a PLO/O8 STT (buy-in $10+)5
Win a PLO/O8 STT (buy-in $20+)5
Win a PLO/O8 STT (buy-in $50+)5
Win a PLO/O8 STT (buy-in $100+)10
Win a Razz STT (buy-in $10+)10
Win a Razz STT (buy-in $20+)10
Win a Razz STT (buy-in $50+)10
Win a 7S/7S8 STT (buy-in $10+)10
Win a 7S/7S8 STT (buy-in $20+)10
Win a 7S/7S8 STT (buy-in $50+)10
Win a MIXED STT (buy-in $10+)10
Win a MIXED STT (buy-in $20+)10
Win a MIXED STT (buy-in $50+)10
Play 100 NL STTs5
Play 50 FL STTs5
Play 50 PLO/O8 STTs5
Play 20 Razz STTs5
Play 20 7S/7S8 STTs5
Play 20 MIXED STTs5
Play 500 NL STTs15
Play 200 FL STTs15
Play 200 PLO/O8 STTs15
Play 100 Razz STTs15
Play 100 7S/7S8 STTs15
Play 100 MIXED STTs15
Win 20 NL STTs10
Win 50 NL STTs20
Win 100 NL STTs30
Win 20 FL STTs10
Win 50 FL STTs20
Win 20 PLO/O8 STTs10
Win 10 Razz STTs10
Win 10 7S/7S8 STTs10
Win 10 MIXED STTs10
Win 50 PLO/O8 STTs20
Win 30 Razz STTs20
Win 30 7S/7S8 STTs20
Win 30 MIXED STTs20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 100 consecutive NL STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 100 consecutive NL STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 20% over 100 consecutive NL STTs.20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 50 consecutive FL STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 50 consecutive FL STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 20% over 50 consecutive FL STTs.20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 50 consecutive PLO/O8 STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 50 consecutive PLO/O8 STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 20% over 50 consecutive PLO/O8 STTs.20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 30 consecutive Razz STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 30 consecutive Razz STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 15% over 30 consecutive Razz STTs.20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 30 consecutive 7S/7S8 STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 30 consecutive 7S/7S8 STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 15% over 30 consecutive 7S/7S8 STTs.20
Maintain an ROI of 5% over 30 consecutive MIXED STTs.5
Maintain an ROI of 10% over 30 consecutive MIXED STTs.10
Maintain an ROI of 15% over 30 consecutive MIXED STTs.20
MULTI-TABLE TOURNAMENTS (MTTs)
Play 100 multi-table tournaments (50+ players)10
Play 500 multi-table tournaments (18+ players)20
Satellite into a $200+ buy-in tournament.10
Cash in three consecutive MTTs.10
Cash in 50 MTTs (18+ players)10
Cash in 100 MTTs (18+ players)20
Cash in 200 MTTs (18+ players)40
Earn $1000 or more playing MTTs10
Earn $10000 or more playing MTTs30
Earn $25000 or more playing MTTs100
Win a first place prize of $1000 or more.25
Win a first place prize of $5000 or more.50
Win a first place prize of $10000 or more.150
Make 10 final tables (50+ players)10
Make 20 final tables (50+ players)20
Make 50 final tables (50+ players)100
Make the final table in an MTT with a buy-in of $50 or more.20
Make the final table in an MTT with a buy-in of $200 or more.50
Win a freeroll tournament (100+ players)10
Win a PokerStars FPP tournament10
Win an MTT with a buy-in of $1 - $910
Win an MTT with a buy-in of $10 - $1920
Win an MTT with a buy-in of $20 - $2930
Win an MTT with a buy-in of $30 - $9940
Win an MTT with a buy-in of $100 or more150
Play a Blogger tournament.5
Make the final table in a blogger tournament.5
Win a blogger tournament.15
Get "hammered" out of a Blogger tournament by an opponent's seven-deuce offsuit5
Be the lone chipleader in an MTT for at least one full hand (500+ players)5
Make money by staking a player in an MTT5
Refuse a deal at the final table.5
CASH GAMES
GENERAL GOALS
Earn $1000 in cash game winnings - do not include rakeback or bonues5
Earn $5000 in cash game winnings - do not include rakeback or bonues10
Earn $10000 in cash game winnings - do not include rakeback or bonues20
Earn $25000 in cash game winnings - do not include rakeback or bonues40
Earn $50000 in cash game winnings - do not include rakeback or bonuses60
Win 5 consecutive cash game sessions5
Win 10 consecutive cash game sessions15
Lose 5 consecutive cash game sessions0
Lose 10 consecutive cash game sessions0
Average $20/hour playing non-holdem cash games (min. 30 hours)10
Average $50/hour playing non-holdem cash games (min. 30 hours)25
Average $50/hour playing NL and FL cash games (min. 30 hours)10
Average $100/hour playing NL and FL cash games (min. 30 hours)30
Put an opponent on tilt by hitting a one- or two-outer on the river; opponent must sit out out or stack off within two orbits of getting rivered.5
Get challenged to a heads-up game by an opponent.5
Accept an opponent's challenge to play heads-up and win10
NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM
Have 10 winning sessions at $200 NL5
Have 10 winning sessions at $400 NL5
Have 10 winning sessions at $600 NL5
Have 20 winning sessions at $1000 NL (or higher)30
Play 10K hands at $200 NL5
Play 10K hands at $400 NL5
Play 10K hands at $600 NL5
Play 30K hands at $1000 NL (or higher)20
Winning player at $200 NL over 10K hands10
Winning player at $400 NL over 10K hands20
Winning player at $600 NL over 10K hands40
Winning player at $1000 NL (or higher) over 30K hands100
LIMIT HOLD'EM
Have 10 winning sessions at $2/$4 FL5
Have 10 winning sessions at $3/$6 (or $4/$8) FL10
Have 10 winning sessions at $5/$10 FL10
Have 20 winning sessions at $10/$20 FL (or higher)30
Play 10K hands at $2/$4 FL5
Play 10K hands at $3/$6 (or $4/$8) FL5
Play 10K hands at $5/$10 FL10
Play 30K hands at $10/$20 FL (or higher)20
Winning player at $2/$4 FL over 10K hands10
Winning player at $3/$6 FL (or $4/$8) over 10K hands15
Winning player at $5/$10 FL over 10K hands30
Winning player at $10/$20 FL (or higher) over 30K hands100

NOTE: A cash game session is defined as a period of one hour or more spent playing at one or more tables. The hour-long session need not be contiguous nor must it be spent at one table (i.e two thirty minute sessions spent at two distinct tables would be considered a session).

4 comments:

kurokitty said...

This is a novel idea but I worry that if you try to stick to it you may sacrifice value in situations, since you will be focused on making $100 for a day and maybe skipping out an situations when you might lose a $200 pot but have a 60/40 edge, say.

The overriding "score" for any poker player should be profit and bankroll. This is simple enough.

You could configure your scorecard to "Unlocking" rewards for your family when your bankroll gets to a certain point.

If you do adopt a score system, you should have negative values as well, for example, minus points for terrible play, for chasing the river, etc.

Positive points can come from losing pots although you made the right call or have come out of a 5 buy-in downturn.

Good luck!

Klopzi said...

Kurokitty -

The biggest problem that I've had with poker has not been with playing it safe and make good decisions in terms of my bankroll or improving my game. My biggest problem is that my game tends to break down or I lose the desire to play poker when I get pushed out of my comfort zone.

Although many of my goals focus on making good, winning decisions at and away from the tables, many of my PokerGoals are meant to push me into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory. Much like a person suffering from ophidiophobia undergoing aversion therapy, I'm forcing myself to do something I would usually avoid; however, I'll be doing under my own volition and with full knowledge of the types of feelings that I'll encounter from the experience.

As for negative points, I don't ever want to punish myself for making mistakes or bad plays. Everyone chases, everyone makes bad bluffs, and everyone sucks from time to time. Why punish myself for being average in this regard?

My PokerGoals are designed to identify certain leaks in my game and to keep me motivated in a game that can be quite boring from time to time. My PokerGoals will help me take the "money" out of the equation and force me to view poker as a game or hobby instead of a means of income. Of course, the money will come in time but I can't worry myself about that.

I hope this answers your questions.

Thanks.

SirFWALGMan said...

Why do you have goals like "Lose 10 consecutive STTs (fail to make the money)" I mean is that really a goal? Do you want to focus on achieving that? heh.

Klopzi said...

Waffles -

Not every PokerGoal is something to strive for - some are unfortunate by-products of playing online poker.

As awful as it is to lose 10 consecutive STTs, it is something that any online poker player will go through at one point or another. And that's why it's a PokerGoal.