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2016 SMART Poker Goals | Q&A | Smart Poker Study Podcast #6


Sky Matsuhashi

on January 15, 2016

I tell you my 2016 Poker Goals in this Q&A!

Download and listen to this episode as you follow along below.


Q&A – 2016 SMART Poker Goals | Podcast #6

Today I discussed my 2016 Poker Goals at the request of Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous.  Here's the email:

Hey Sky,

I enjoy your show.  You did a podcast about SMART Poker Goals, and you mentioned one of your goals is getting to an $18,000 bankroll.  What other goals did you set for 2016?  Thank you, Anonymous

Thanks for sending that in, Anonymous!  My goal changed a bit after I posted episode #2, so here it is with my two supporting SMART goals.

My Goals

Goal 1:  By December 31st, 2016 I will be a regular at 200NL cash games online with a bankroll of $20,000, and taking one daily shot at 400NL.

Goal 2:  By December 31st, 2016 I will have spent a total of 520 hours studying poker over the course of the year (10 hours per week). This will not count time spent coaching students.

Goal 3:  By December 31st, 2016 I will have played 225,000 hands of poker across Cash, SNG’s and MTT’s.

Please go back and listen to Podcast Episode #2 to hear all about setting SMART Poker Goals.  Each of the goals above meets the criteria for SMART poker goals:

    • Goals need to be specific, detailing exactly what you intend to accomplish
    • If you can’t measure them, how do you know you’ve achieved anything?
    • Goals must be achievable and not impossible; you should feel stretched and challenged by the goal, but it can’t be so obviously out of reach that you were doomed from the start
    • Your goal needs to matter to you. Goals that fit in with your overall aim in poker are more likely to be hit and to be supported by those around you.
    • We all know that any task expands to fit the time allotted to it, so a goal without an end date could take years to attain.  Deadlines add a sense of urgency.



Podcast Challenge

Choose a monetary poker goal for 2016.  Remember to make it SMART.  Then make 2-3 additional goals that will help to support that first SMART poker goal.  Right after you do this, email me at so I can follow along and encourage you with your progress.


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