Saturday, October 21, 2017

Second worst six bagger ever

Let's face it, to have a session finish in the top 2 all-time for any category is an achievement, whether or not it's a positive one or a negative one. Last night, I completed my second worst six bagger ever. Here are the top ten:

 $-1,819,525 2017-08-13 2017-08-18 (1)
 $-1,374,770 2017-10-14 2017-10-20 (0)
 $-1,330,147 2015-08-19 2015-08-24 (1)
 $-1,315,400 2017-08-29 2017-09-04 (2)
 $-1,295,500 2015-08-20 2015-08-25 (1)
 $-1,265,700 2017-08-28 2017-09-03 (2)
 $-1,228,525 2017-08-14 2017-08-20 (2)
 $-1,216,000 2017-08-08 2017-08-15 (2)
 $-1,203,812 2015-08-21 2015-08-26 (1)
 $-1,191,608 2012-07-17 2012-07-22 (2)


I've now failed to make the money in 9 straight MTT-R NLHEs. My career record losing streak in MTT-R NLHEs is 10 straight. If I don't get on my horse, I'm going to set a new all-time negative record.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    43500  6500       9    24     105   27     0        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    60      56   12    22        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    30      52   12    34        0


delta: $-300,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $18,133,500
2017 balance: $18,968,580
balance: $30,386,410

Friday, October 20, 2017

Twelfth worst session ever

When you've played over 2,000 sessions of poker, as I now have, it's a pretty big deal to have a session which is within the top 20 in a category, since that represents the top 1%. Last night, I had my 12th worst session ever, losing half a million play dollars. Despite that cold hard fact, I was actually playing quite well. I feel like I'm due for a big win one of these days.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    36      85   18    48        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    44      71   15    43        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    70      61   15    17        0


delta: $-500,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $18,383,500
2017 balance: $19,268,580
balance: $30,686,410

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Never say never

Last night, for the first time in over a year, I played a cash game. It was a very unusual situation; I was essentially forced into it. For the first time in my nine years of playing on PokerStars, they had some sort of software problem with the play money tournaments, and none were available. If I wanted to play any poker at all, it would have to be a cash game. I love poker too much not to play, so I bit the bullet. All my prejudices against cash games were reconfirmed, not too surprisingly. I'm happy to say the glitch has been fixed, and I'll be able to play tournaments again tonight. Yeehaw!

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 58 hands and saw flop:
 - 6 out of 8 times while in big blind (75%)
 - 2 out of 8 times while in small blind (25%)
 - 16 out of 42 times in other positions (38%)
 - a total of 24 out of 58 (41%)
 Pots won at showdown - 2 of 7 (28%)
 Pots won without showdown - 5

delta: $-24,770
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,673,317
balance: $31,186,410

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Erroring out

In computer parlance, erroring out is when a program realizes it has reached a state from which it can't continue, and exits with an error condition. In a poker tournament context, erroring out is what I call it when I make a fatally bad decision, and hit the rail as a result. Last night, I errored out when I went all in after the flop, on a non-rainbow board. A non-rainbow flop is one where at least two of the three cards are of the same suit. You should never go all in on a non-rainbow board, since if you get called, there's a good chance your opponent will be on a flush draw, and you'll be flipping for your tournament life. Although I made this error last night, funnily enough, I didn't actually lose to a flush. But that's beside the point :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    57      62   15    31        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $18,883,500
2017 balance: $19,793,350
balance: $31,211,180

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Loss portfolio

This poker year, in addition to building an impressive win portfolio, I've also built an impressive loss portfolio. I've lost more play money this year than in any previous year - $29,926,900, to be precise. Let's just round that up to 30 million. If I keep up this pace, I will have lost over $37.8 million by year's end. However, I will also have won over $63.6 million :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    61      65   15    39        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $19,033,500
2017 balance: $19,943,350
balance: $31,361,180

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thrown off the bus

Close to four years ago, firmly embedded in my lengthy cash game phase, I wrote a blog entry entitled "The middle of nowhere"; here's how it began:

Playing poker can be likened to being on a long bus ride. You want to stay on the bus, and go as far as you can. Sometimes, though, you're forced off the bus, dropped off essentially in the middle of nowhere.

Hitting the rail (i.e., exiting a tournament) is much worse than hitting the felt (i.e., losing your initial stake in a cash game), and the feeling you get is correspondingly stronger. Instead of feeling like you're being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, you feel like you're being thrown off a moving bus :-)

I got thrown off the bus in the second tournament I played last night, missing the money by one measly spot.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    22      65   15    39        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    95      47   12    13        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $19,233,500
2017 balance: $20,143,350
balance: $31,561,180

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poker trifecta

It's rare to get dealt the same hand twice in a row - this should happen only once every 1,326 hands. It's even rarer to get dealt the same hand twice in a row, where the cards have been dealt in the same order. This should happen only once every 2,652 hands. These odds are very similar to hitting a trifecta in a 14 horse race, which is 1 in 2,184. So let's call getting dealt the same hand in the same order twice in a row the poker trifecta. Last night, I hit the poker trifecta in style - I was dealt the hand As Ad twice in a row. I won the first time, and had a chopped pot the second, since my opponent had been dealt the other two aces.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   126      52   12     7   543000


delta: $393,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $19,433,500
2017 balance: $20,343,350
balance: $31,761,180