Friday, September 30, 2016

Lord High Everything Else

The title of this post is almost identical to that of my post from April 26, 2014, which was "My Lord High Everything Else"; here's what I had to say then:

I never saw a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado", but learned about the humorous title of one of its characters from a colleague at a former company, when he was describing the career arc of a high-ranking executive in that company. According to my colleague, the executive had progressively gained more and more power, until he finally became "Lord High Everything Else".

In that post, I was ascribing the title to cash game no limit hold'em; that explains the "My". This time, I'm ascribing it to myself :-) The reason why is that last night, that's what I became in the MTT NLHE I entered. I just kept growing my stack, moving up and up until finally I was the chip leader. I made the final table, then made it to heads up. In the end, I had to settle for second place. I won the most play money I'd ever won in an MTT - $815,600. It was timely, too, since I'd lost $200,000 earlier in the session in a cash game. For the first time in my career, I cracked the 99th percentile barrier. I may never play another massive again; there's serious money to be made in $10,000 BI+EF MTTS. Needless to say, I'm very happy with my performance :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 104 hands and saw flop:
 - 10 out of 13 times while in big blind (76%)
 - 8 out of 13 times while in small blind (61%)
 - 29 out of 78 times in other positions (37%)
 - a total of 47 out of 104 (45%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 10 (50%)
 Pots won without showdown - 6

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game  45000  5000       6    50      61   12    18        0
MTT   NLHE     8700  1300       9   164     750  153     2   815600


delta: $555,600
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,613,037
balance: $10,468,105

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My next goal

Poker players can be very goal-oriented, and I'm no exception. My next goal is to return to the golden ratio in cash game no limit hold'em. The last time I was hitting it was on April 27th, 2015. Right now, I'm at +49; what that means is that I need to win 49 more than double the number of my upcoming losing sessions in order to reach the golden ratio again. If I played a cash game NLHE session every night for the rest of the year (including tonight), which would be 94 sessions, I'd need to win 79 of them (or 84%)  in order to get back to the the golden ratio this year. That's a tall order, but I'm gonna go for it :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 99 hands and saw flop:
 - 6 out of 13 times while in big blind (46%)
 - 5 out of 13 times while in small blind (38%)
 - 18 out of 73 times in other positions (24%)
 - a total of 29 out of 99 (29%)
 Pots won at showdown - 6 of 8 (75%)
 Pots won without showdown - 4

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

SNG   8-Game    870   130       6    25       6    2     6        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    19    1244  315   427        0
MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    58      89   18    26        0
MTT   NLHE     4350   650       6     4     127    -     -        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    26    1030  279   442        0
KO    NLHE     4350   650       9    40     256   54    32     5140


delta: $39,001
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,813,037
balance: $9,912,505

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A mighty big stick

The last two sessions I've played, I've joined a cash game table with a maximum starting stack amount of 500,000 play dollars, and have bought in for the max both times. 500,000 is a mighty big stick to wield, and it allows you to speak very softly :-) So far, I haven't come remotely close to going all in; with such a big stack, that's a good thing. For a good portion of the session, I had three tables going at once - a $1,000 BI+EF SNG 8-Game, a $5,000 BI+EF MTT 8-Game, and a $5,000 BI+EF MTT NLHE. I really enjoy having to make snap decisions, and then making them :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 55 hands and saw flop:
 - 5 out of 7 times while in big blind (71%)
 - 2 out of 7 times while in small blind (28%)
 - 9 out of 41 times in other positions (21%)
 - a total of 16 out of 55 (29%)
 Pots won at showdown - 4 of 4 (100%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

SNG   8-Game    870   130       6    57       6    2     4        0
MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    90      86   18    11     8040
MTT   NLHE     4350   650       6    31     285   72    95        0


delta: $94,797
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,762,176
balance: $9,873,504

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

No better feeling

It still amazes me that I'd been playing online poker for more than 6 years before I tried my first MTT. For pure poker enjoyment, nothing beats MTTs. For me, there's no better feeling in poker than making it to the final table of an MTT, regardless of what the payout is. Last night, for just the second time in my career, I made it to the final table of an MTT NLHE. I've made it to 21 MTT 8-game final tables.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 85 hands and saw flop:
 - 9 out of 15 times while in big blind (60%)
 - 7 out of 16 times while in small blind (43%)
 - 13 out of 54 times in other positions (24%)
 - a total of 29 out of 85 (34%)
 Pots won at showdown - 7 of 10 (70%)
 Pots won without showdown - 9

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4350   650       6    39      82   18    40        0
KO    NLHE     4350   650       9    38     269   54    39     4950
MTT   NLHE     4350   650       6   238     234   60     3    53900


delta: $75,673
MTT NLHE balance: $99,868
balance: $9,778,707

Monday, September 26, 2016

Saved by zero

Last night, I had a spin and go gorge-fest. I played 18 of them. I can safely say that I've had my fill of them for the foreseeable future. My spin and go balance is now exactly zero, and it's a telling number. I've played 102 spin and gos in my career, and it's clear that if I can't make a profit in that number of tournaments, I'm never going to make a profit. So you could say I've been "saved by zero" from losing money on spin and gos :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    43     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3     6     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3     2     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    32     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    30     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    21     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    18     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    16     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    11     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    12     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    20     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    14     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    45     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    53     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    13     2        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    21     1    40000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    37     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    19     2        0


delta: $-60,000
Spin & Go no limit hold'em balance: $0
balance: $9,703,034

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Taking spins for another spin

Last night, I decided to take spins for another spin - that is, to give spin and gos another shot. I decided against them when I realized I'd never win without the spin. So why am I trying them again? Two reasons:

1. they're a lot of fun to play
2. I don't have to win without the spin

Playing a spin and go is like poker bonsai; it's poker stripped to its bare essentials. There's a lot of power in that.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   L27Lo    4350   650       6     6     0        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    11     3        0
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    14     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    15     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3     8     1    20000
Sp&Go NLHE     9000  1000       3    13     1    40000


delta: $45,000
Spin & Go no limit hold'em balance: $60,000
balance: $9,763,034

Saturday, September 24, 2016

One hand to rule them all

One of the wonderful things about poker is that if you play long enough, fantastic things will happen to you. You just need to wait; if you wait long enough, you can't help but be rewarded. Last night, I had one of the shortest, but definitely the sweetest, cash games of my career. Not only did I have my best single cash game, I had my best single cash game hand. On hand 15, I won a pot worth $449,253, $294,202 of which was o.p.m. (other people's money). This obliterated my previous best cash game hand, where I won a pot worth $276,0007, $176,647 of which was o.p.m. My profit of $295,394 for the cash game edged out my previous best of $262,204.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 16 hands and saw flop:
 - 1 out of 2 times while in big blind (50%)
 - 1 out of 2 times while in small blind (50%)
 - 3 out of 12 times in other positions (25%)
 - a total of 5 out of 16 (31%)
 Pots won at showdown - 2 of 3 (66%)
 Pots won without showdown - 0

delta: $295,394
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,632,596
balance: $9,718,034