Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hybrid tournament result

Last night's tournament result was a hybrid - it was both a whaleback and a freefall from the peak. I'm not sure how rare that is; probably marginally rarer than a freefall from the peak, which isn't that rare at all. As you can see, I really had to strain to come up with an angle for tonight's post. It was a really mediocre session. Hey, they happen :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    48      83   18    42        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,875,500
2018 balance: $8,167,000
balance: $53,680,260

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Milestone

Last night, for the 150th time in my career, I made a profit of at least $200,000 in a single session. In those 150 sessions, my total profit was $103,804,877. In the other 2,335 sessions I've played, I lost a total of $50,063,359. There's no clearer illustration of the power of the big hit. You can fail much more often than you succeed and still make an eye-popping profit. Once you've experienced this paradox long enough, your definition of success changes. Here's to many, many more losing sessions :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    77     101   27    12   355000


delta: $205,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $42,025,500
2018 balance: $8,317,000
balance: $53,830,260

Friday, May 18, 2018

64 or better

My average percentile in MTT-R NLHEs is a squeak over 64. I've remarked before that this is considerably below the average percentile for making the money in MTT-R NLHEs, which hovers around 77. Nevertheless, these tournaments are massively profitable for me, since my making the money percentage is a very healthy 33.5.

All this is by way of finding something positive to say about the mini slump I'm in. In my last four tournaments, I've had a percentile of 64 or better. My all time best such streak is 6 straight. Therefore, I know I'm playing well, even though I don't have anything to show for it. Big bucks are coming my way - I can hear them :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    57      59   12    18        0


delta: $-100,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,820,500
2018 balance: $8,112,000
balance: $53,625,260

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fingerfehler

Tonight, I clicked a button in the PokerStars client by mistake. It was the Collect button in the Cashier window. I was just trying to close the window, but goofed. The result? I increased my balance by 15,000 play dollars. It's a matter of pride to me that I haven't had to rely on getting free chips in this fashion since the first few months of my online poker career, so this fingerfehler was a little embarrassing. It won't happen again :-)

In other news, both Phil Hellmuth and Mark Cuban think the recent ruling in favor of sports betting bodes well for the return of online poker in the U.S. I certainly hope they're right!

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    72      71   15    25        0


delta: $-200,000
fingerfehler on the Collect button: $15,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,920,500
2018 balance: $8,197,000
balance: $53,725,260

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

yafftp

Last night, I suffered yafftp - yet another freefall from the peak. I missed the money, but not by much. I lasted the seventh longest I ever have in a futile cause - 92 hands to be precise. I got much too frisky on one hand near the end battling one of the big stacks, and lost half my chips as a result. My blue distance has now ballooned up to $624,000. The great thing about MTT-R NLHEs is that such seemingly large deficits can be erased in a New York minute :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    92      62   15     0        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $42,120,500
2018 balance: $8,397,000
balance: $53,910,260

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The time bomb of escalating forced bets

In the MTT-R NLHE tournaments run by PokerStars, there are no antes at the beginning. That's really nice, while it lasts :-) Looking at the bar chart of my stack size over the course of last night's session, it's easy to pinpoint where the antes kicked in. There's a long line of hands where my stack is essentially constant, but then you see it start to fall regularly starting at hand 33.

You might think, given the title of this post, that I don't like escalating forced bets, but the reverse is true. I love them! For me, they're what most allows my poker skill to come to the fore. What I hate about cash games, in fact, is that they don't have escalating forced bets. I haven't played a cash game since October of last year.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    74      70   15    19        0


delta: $-100,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $42,370,500
2018 balance: $8,647,000
balance: $54,160,260

Monday, May 14, 2018

Out like a lamb

In contrast to some recent bad beat goodbyes, last night I went out like a lamb - twice. In the first tournament I played, I was an 11.36% dog after the turn on the final hand. In the second one, I was an 18.18% dog. Thankfully, I didn't fire too many bullets :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9     8      76   18    54        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    20      56   12    34        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $42,470,500
2018 balance: $8,747,000
balance: $54,260,260