2020: A New Hope

A new year has arrived and with it, the promise of a blank canvas.  It is officially time to start over and get going. 

While I definitely have specific goals in mind for this coming year, I also find it important to look back to the major accomplishments (or lack thereof) in 2019.

2019 was a very uneven year for the animals of Nitty Kitty.  The biggest development was the redesign of this website and the development of a new poker t-shirt, the Run it Twice Mice.  The poker apparel world was taken by storm!

The shirt was released just in time for the 2019 World Series of Poker.  However, unlike a wildly successful 2018 filled with multiple final tables for friends and one bracelet for Steve, 2019 provided the worst results in recent memory.

At the same time, my own game provided mediocre results, with a marginal win rate.  Looking at my graph shows that I maxed out in June.  As a limit holder player, I can’t help but think of the six months I spent playing breakeven, destroying my essence. 

With that in mind, I’ll take the sage advice of a friend and zoom out to feel better about myself, as the past five years show steady growth.  I’m just going to ignore the breakeven stretch between early 2017 and today 😐

All of this leads us to 2020.

I have reason to believe that 2020 is going to be good.  A special PokerGo episode will be filmed in January featuring a few of our people.  A few months after that, spring will be here and a whole new opportunity at the World Series of Poker.  Lastly, I turn 40 in October and I’m already trying to figure out how to handle a special get together in Vegas for friends.  People, I have plans.

All that being said, this year’s success will depend in part on my planning.   Therefore, much like I had done in the past (on the old website) it’s time to list some goals for the coming year to both hold myself accountable and get it on the record.

First, I need to play more.  For the past two years, I have found myself playing less often.  Furthermore, when I do play, I find myself tapping out early.  I am a winning player in my game and I am throwing money away by not putting myself in the game as often as possible for as long as possible.  It is time to get the volume back.  

Part of that involves my biggest goal of 2020:  bring back the Tuesday game. 

The Tuesday game was a home game that started over a decade ago, allowing a group of random friends to play cards and bust each others balls.  From its modest beginnings, the game became more serious as it developed and eventually turned into a home game featuring multiple WSOP Bracelet winners battling with a bunch of random dorks.  As everyone has gotten older the meetings have dramatically decreased and 2019 only had one meeting.  I am putting this on myself.  2020 will be the year that we bring back the Tuesday game.

Lastly, I need to work on this site more.  The poker t-shirts will continue to be released so there is no reason to not promote and expand.  There will be more content.  More updates.  More testimonials.  More blog posts.  We will cement ourselves as the best poker t-shirt option in the world. 

This will be our year.