Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Apockalypse Now

Last night, in the last tournament I played, I finally made it back under the lights again. That's always a wonderful feeling! Three hands stand out in my memory. In two of them, I was dealt pocket sevens; in the third, I was dealt pocket eights. In each case, the hand held up, and my stack received a much needed chip infusion. Since pocket pairs are colloquially called pocks, I'm going to nickname that particular tournament "Apockalypse Now" :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    46     154   42    86        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    38     473  114   287        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    31      58   15     -        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6   169     390   96     4   262700


delta: $122,700
MTT NLHE balance: $1,932,848
2017 balance: $-145,175
balance: $11,272,655

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Phantom bubble

As I've had occasion to mention before, memory is a funny thing. Things you could swear happened to you at the poker table must survive the cold hard light of truth - in other words, the hand histories. Last night, after playing my final tournament of the night, I was convinced I'd just been the bubble boy, missing the money by a single place. I thought I'd had to make a really tough decision on my last hand - whether to call all in for a small amount, or fold. Clearly, I called; if I'd folded, it wouldn't have been my last hand :-) Instead of being a single place out of the money, I was actually eleven places out. Miles away.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    50     511  132   130    27700
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    52     177   48    44    71000
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    39     494  132   251        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    41     111   30    41        0


delta: $-41,300
MTT NLHE balance: $1,810,148
2017 balance: $-267,875
balance: $11,149,955

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pan fail

With last night's loss, I think I've achieved another personal first. I'm currently in the red for the year in every style and flavor combination I've played. Call it a pan fail :-) I'm reasonably sure this has never happened to me before, at least not if I filter to three combinations or more played, and 5,000 hands or more played.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    34     156   42    81        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    62     111   30     -        0
MTT   NLHE    44000  6000       9    16     217   45   105        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT NLHE balance: $1,851,448
2017 balance: $-226,575
balance: $11,191,255

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Onefer

Clearly, an ofer is a bad thing and an allfer is a good thing. What about the fers in between, though? It all depends on how many tournaments you play. Last night, I had a onefer. I made the money in the first tournament I played. If I'd quit at that point, I would have made a tidy little profit. However, I decided to play a second. I failed to make the money in that one. If I'd quit at that point, I would have had a small loss on the night. However, I decided to play a third. Even though I didn't make the money in that one either, I'm glad I played it, since I set a personal best of sorts. I played the most hands I've ever played in a tournament where I hit the rail before the late registration period ended - 56. A dubious distinction, but still a distinction :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    60     154   42    27    97000
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    12     105   30     -        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    56     107   30     -        0


delta: $-53,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,001,448
2017 balance: $-76,575
balance: $11,341,255

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Allfer

The very best antidote to an ofer is an allfer. An allfer, as you might guess, is a session where you make the money in every tournament you enter. Last night, I had an allfer. Granted, I only played two tournaments, but still :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    64     513  132    67    46600
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    84     522  132    50    52900


delta: $59,500
MTT NLHE balance: $2,054,448
2017 balance: $-23,575
balance: $11,394,255

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ofer

Last night, I struck out. I came up to bat four times and whiffed each time; that's known as an ofer. This got me curious to see how many times I've had an ofer in MTT NLHE. The answer is 54, out of 223 sessions. Not great, but somewhat to be expected. If I cull the ofers where I only played one MTT NLHE in the session, the number is a more respectable 39.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    35     135   36    44        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    48     479  114   195        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    39     115   30    52        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    16     385   96   162        0


delta: $-140,000
MTT NLHE balance: $1,994,948
2017 balance: $-83,075
balance: $11,334,755

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Approaching the target average percentile

I decided quite a while ago that the proper way to deal with percentiles is to average them. The question then becomes, what should your target average percentile be? The answer is simple - at a minimum, it should be the average percentile of the first place which is in the money. I decided to see how I'm doing in that regard. The answer is, quite well :-) Of the 417 MTT NLHEs for which I have the requisite data, the average percentile of the first place which is in the money is the 75th. My average percentile for these same 417 tournaments is the 74th. I'm within spitting distance :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    25     524  132   275        0
MTT   NLHE    87000 13000       6    65      77   21    27        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    78     148   36    27    93000


delta: $-77,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,134,948
2017 balance: $56,925
balance: $11,474,755