Monday, August 29, 2016

Comfort zone

I freely admit that I'm not in my comfort zone when I'm putting up $100,000 a tournament. That's what I did last November, and it worked out really well; it's what I've been trying to do again, and it's not working out so well this time around. Accordingly, I'm going to drop down in stakes to my comfort zone, which is $50,000 a tournament. If I'm still in the red for the year when November rolls around, I'll raise the stakes up to my discomfort zone again :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    13     4        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    46     3        0


delta: $-200,000
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,034,440
balance: $9,800,804


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Another kind of rebound

Over the course of my career, I've defined at least three different kinds of poker rebound. I'm sure you'll forgive me if I have the temerity to define yet another :-) In earlier incarnations of the definition, I was fixated on the requirement that a rebound be a losing session followed by a winning one. Pas du tout, now say I :-) My latest definition of poker rebound cares only about the profit differential between two consecutive sessions; as long as the second session showed a greater profit than the first, that qualifies as a rebound, even if both sessions were losing ones. By this new definition, I had a great session last night. I had a rebound of $456,400, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    29     2   184800
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   157     1   171600
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    10     5        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    55     3        0
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   118     3        0


delta: $-43,600
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,234,440
balance: $10,000,804

Friday, August 26, 2016

Riding the big horse

Last night, I decided to ride the big horse. That is, I moved up to the $100,000 BI+EF level. I kept getting bucked off, and kept getting back in the saddle again :-) Profit-wise, I had the fifth worst session of my career, losing a cool half a million play dollars. That represented 4.74% of my career balance at the start of the session.

Have I lost my marbles? No. I just had a hankering for bigger stakes. Did the big loss cure me of this hankering? No again :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6    76     5        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    10     6        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    30     5        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    16     5        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    25     4        0
SNG   NLHE    88000 12000       6    39     3        0


delta: $-500,000
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,349,640
balance: $10,044,404

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Never underwater

Last night, I cracked the $800,000 barrier in SNG 8-game. I'm going to try to hit $1,500,000 by the end of the year. It's good to give yourself stretch goals :-) I hold a unique distinction in SNG 8-game, which I'm sure I'll never be able to duplicate with any other poker style/flavor - I've never been underwater in it. I won the first two tournaments I entered, and haven't looked back since.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    13     815  216   310        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    62     977  243   127     2320
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   163       6    2     2    92400
MTT   NLHE      870   130       6    37     669  168   197        0


delta: $41,720
Sit and go 8-game balance: $805,410
balance: $10,544,404

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hiding in plain sight

Just before starting this post, I registered in a sit and go 8-game. I've discovered that I still need to register early for this poker style and flavor; last night, I had to wait over an hour and a half for my table to fill up. The good news is, I made the money (so it was worth the wait :-)) I played some MTTs while waiting, which is what I'll do tonight, too.

Every so often I like to look at the ordered list of my average deltas by poker style and flavor. When I did so this morning, SNG 8-game came out on top, with an average of $8,117 won per tournament. Second place went to cash game NLHE, with an average of $6,648 won per session. The top place position for SNG 8-game was a surprise to me, but shouldn't have been; it's been hiding in plain sight for a while :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       6    18     838  216   379        0
MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    56      70   18    22        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       6    44     734  192   128     1915
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   176       6    2     2    92400


delta: $37,315
Sit and go 8-game balance: $763,010
balance: $10,502,684

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Show me the money

Last night, after missing the money in four straight MTTs, I decided to start Movember early :-) Accordingly, I entered a $50,000 BI+EF SNG 8-game, and came in first. I never can seem to make up my mind about whether I like SNGs or MTTs better; the only thing I know for sure is that I hate cash games.

It's very liberating to play for big money! In a single SNG, I cut my 2016 deficit by a third. I really need to focus on playing more SNG 8-games. Maybe those tables have started to fill up faster on PokerStars than they were the last time I set myself this goal; at any rate, last night I lucked out by finding a table with five players already sitting down, so I had no wait at all. I'm hoping for something similar tonight.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    18      86   18    45        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       6     8     749  192     -        0
MTT   Horse    4350   650       8    30      78   16     -        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       6    12     595  150   350        0
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   159       6    2     1   171600


delta: $109,600
Sit and go 8-game balance: $720,610
balance: $10,465,369

Monday, August 22, 2016

Razz raspberry

I definitely have some 8-game holes I need to patch up. The most glaring one is in Razz. Last night, I shed 1,284 chips on a single razz hand, and hit the rail. I never should have gone to showdown. Yet again, I treated a razz hand as if it were a deuce hand, which is a real no-no. Back to the drawing board :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    64     907  243   143     1956
MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    23      86   18    39        0


delta: $-4,044
MTT NLHE massive balance: $67,995
balance: $10,355,769