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From the Oxford Dictionary:


a person engaged or qualified in a profession:
professionals such as lawyers and surveyors
a person engaged in a specified activity, especially a sport, as a main paid occupation rather than as a pastime:
his first season as a professional
a person competent or skilled in a particular activity:
she was a real professional on stage

I often read the blog of André Akkari, an excellent tournament poker player, who like me, comes from a poor origin and made his way in life by means of hard study and hard work. His chosen walk of life, that of a professional poker player, brings high risks and high rewards but requires an incredible amount of discipline and patience. One thing I really like in his blog is that he stresses very much the hours of study you need to have alongside with the hours of playing. I am following his new series "How to become a true professional" (in Portuguese of Brazil).It starts with 2 hours of study daily and two hours of play. Starting with the lowest available micro STT's and playing those for 45 days without going up levels, no matter if you double the bankroll or not.

What I like about this "exercise" is not exactly the formula, but the discipline. Playing only one type of game for a month and a half, everyday for 2 hours,  at the same buy in levels and never changing the plan until you complete the whole 45 days requires a lot of discipline. The start buy in is 1,50. In the first week, one table, the second week, two tables, the third week, three tables, the fourth week 4 tables at the same time. 2-3 hours a day everyday. Not to forget, two hours of study everyday as well. At the end of the 45 days there should be a volume of about 1500 STT's of 1,50 buy in. That, of course, in the case it turns out to be profitable. This is really hard!!! I do love the idea and the discipline required to do it, so I'll do it.  I'll be blogging the results as well as interesting situations in the challenge thread and here at the blog.

My start week will be next week on Monday 19/08/2013.

When I started this challenge with the premise "30 to 30.000" I took the wrong approach, which is to be results oriented, and I set some pressure on myself as well by playing with a deadline to have a certain amount of money. Wrong approach, I admit, and I am ready to keep learning to walk towards the right direction.

My analysis for this first semester of 2013 has a positive balance, but there was no strict structure and disciplined application of a well-thought plan in it. So the results are to be expected: sometimes winning 500 dollars, sometimes winning 20 or 40 dollars, losing many buy ins and playing high variance games, playing too many different types of games... and the really good results, the results which really matter, are still not there. 

I would like to be with my bankroll at a higher level at this point of the year, but it's not, neither will it be at the end, so I am forgetting about this 30 to 30.000 ideal and concentrating on each and every little baby step.

This has been a good semester in many ways, some meaningful victories, on poker and and in my life as well. I have moved to a much bigger house, ready for a fresh new start in a new city. This brings so much positive energy. I have made new friends here at PSO, have a true sense of community after the Time Vault Project started. The many tournaments organised by PSO makes playing poker a very pleasant experience, chatting with known names and learning from players and instructors who are at a higher level in poker.

My objective in poker is to be a professional poker player. There is a long, hard road and I intend to follow it until the end.

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