Sunday, September 24, 2017

Poker oxygen

Last night, I made the money in an MTT-R NLHE again. This time, I joined the tournament before any cards had been dealt. That helped a lot, and I'll try to do that again tonight. Why did it help? It gave me more poker oxygen. There are two types of poker oxygen, and both have the ability to keep you alive. They are:

1. oxygen in chips
2. oxygen in time

In last night's case, it was oxygen in time.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   103      84   18    16   432000


delta: $182,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,560,500
2017 balance: $18,492,150
balance: $29,909,980

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tournament ofer

On Wednesday night, I had a tournament ofer - that is, a tournament where I didn't win a single pot. Fortunately, tournament ofers don't happen to me very often; this was just my third MTT-R NLHE ofer in 161 tournaments. Once again, I joined a tournament late in its registration period, which is a pretty dumb thing to do. The reason this time? I'd been playing chess online prior to poker, and it was late enough at night that I couldn't afford to be too choosy.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    23      69   15    39        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,378,500
2017 balance: $18,310,150
balance: $29,727,980

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Over two million in the hole

With last night's loss, my blue distance has once again surpassed the two million play dollar mark. I think of that as being over two million in the hole, even though I have a huge profit this year, since I always want to keep growing my overall balance. The deepest I've ever been in the hole was $3,543,654, almost exactly one year ago on September 22, 2016. By that yardstick, two million isn't so bad.

One pattern I've noticed recently, that I need to address, is that as luck would have it I've been joining MTT-R NLHEs deep into their late registration periods. I need to just say no to joining if there are less than twenty minutes left in the late registration period; we'll see if I can stick to that resolution :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    26      60   12    40        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,628,500
2017 balance: $18,560,150
balance: $29,977,980

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shove fest

The one tournament I played last night had a lot of bingo players - i.e., players willing to go all in with practically any two cards. Of the 28 hands I played, at least one player went all in in all but four of them. It was a real shove fest. I consider it a mild achievement that I survived the late registration period without hitting the felt, and even managed to win one pot. Unfortunately for me, I'd joined the tournament a little too late, given the style of play, to be able to last much longer than that.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    28      44    9    23        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,828,500
2017 balance: $18,760,150
balance: $30,177,980

Monday, September 18, 2017

Career low added on percentage

The first 32 rebuy tournaments I played, I added on every single time. In my most recent 32 rebuy tournaments, I've only added on 18 times. My current added on percentage, 65.82, is a career low. There are two big benefits to not adding on:

1. if you don't make the money, you'll have lost one less bullet than you otherwise would have
2. if you do make the money, you'll have made one more bullet in profit than you otherwise would have

To justify adding on, you must have both of the following beliefs:

1. you believe you won't make the money without the additional chips
2. you believe you will make the money with the additional chips

The times when you'll truthfully hold both of these beliefs simultaneously are few and far between; I expect my added on percentage to continue to fall.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   107      60   12    11   382000


delta: $182,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,978,500
2017 balance: $18,910,150
balance: $30,327,980

Friday, September 15, 2017

Big slick goodbye

Last night, in the only MTT-R NLHE I played, I hit the rail with a big slick. That made me curious to find out how often that's happened; the answer is seven times. Big slick goodbyes aren't as brutal as aces outs, but they're not far behind.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    42      70   15    41        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    58     364   96    72    36300


delta: $-183,700
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,796,500
2017 balance: $18,728,150
balance: $30,145,980

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Longest "never above water" MTT-R NLHE

Back in my cash game days, I often used to look at the bar chart of my stack size over the course of the previous night's session when trying to come up with a topic for my blog post. Being stumped for what to write about tonight, I reverted to that device. What jumped out at me immediately was that I was never about water in last night's tournament. That got me to wondering how many times that's happened to me in MTT-R NLHEs, and where last night's tournament stacked up in the futility stakes. Here are the answers:

1. I've had 18 "never above water" MTT-R NLHEs so far
2. last night's tournament wins the futility stakes, since it lasted the longest of the 18

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    78      76   18    30        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $17,996,500
2017 balance: $18,911,850
balance: $30,329,680