Friday, January 20, 2017

Poker fondue

Playing an MTT has some similarities to eating fondue. For one thing, everyone has to share. For another, there's only so much fondue to go around; it never gets replenished. However, poker fondue is definitely the strangest fondue you've ever heard of :-) Let me enumerate some of its peculiarities:

- the bread is in the fondue; the only implement anyone wields is a bare fondue fork
- participants probe into the fondue, looking for the bread
- it's a free-for-all; no one takes turns
- if you're lucky enough to spear a piece of bread, you gain energy when you eat it; not only that, your fondue fork magically grows larger
- having more energy and a bigger fondue fork enables you to push aside the smaller forks of weaker participants, making it easier for you to secure your next piece of bread
- the longer you fail to secure yourself some bread, the less able you'll be to secure it

Last night, once again I saved my best MTT for last. There was nothing cheesy about it :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    30     116   30    40        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6   104     404   96    22    78400


delta: $8,400
MTT NLHE balance: $2,523,548
2017 balance: $606,400
balance: $12,024,230

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The late train

For the last three sessions, my final MTT NLHE of the session has been the one where I made the largest profit. That makes me wish I could somehow skip the early sessions and go straight to the final one each time :-) One bad habit I have yet to eradicate completely is joining a 9 max when that's the only MTT in the offing. I did that to start out last night's session, and lost $20,000 in very short order. I vow not to be that undisciplined tonight.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    13     694  144   304        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    11     154   42    97        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    30     407   96   208        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6     3      78   21     -        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6   115     362   96    28    64600


delta: $-95,400
MTT NLHE balance: $2,515,148
2017 balance: $598,000
balance: $12,015,830

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baby blue

It's been a long time since my overall balance has been in the blue. To be exact, since February 10th of last year, when it reached $12,966,294. My streak of consecutive sessions out of the blue has now reached a whopping 278. My longest prior such streak was 189 sessions. My overall balance blue distance is currently $855,064. About the best that can be said about it is that it's under a million.

Last night, I had something colorful to celebrate - I got my MTT NLHE balance into the blue. Since it's only a subsidiary balance, it's only a baby blue, but I'll take it :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    10     790  162   335        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    34     158   42    46        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6   235     134   36     2   554000


delta: $434,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,610,548
2017 balance: $693,400
balance: $12,111,230

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Double quads

It's hard to get quads (four of a kind). Of the 17,687 hands of MTT NLHE I've played so far in my career, I've only gotten quads 16 times. That's less than a tenth of 1 percent. Imagine my surprise when I not only got quads last night, I got them twice. What's more, both quads were in the same MTT! If that's not being smiled upon by the poker gods, I don't know what is. On the strength of my double quads, I got under the lights again, and finished in fourth.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    49     159   42    46        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    56     491  114    93    36000
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6     8     139   36     -        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    23     519  132   228        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6   137     138   36     4   409000


delta: $255,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,176,548
2017 balance: $259,400
balance: $11,677,230

Monday, January 16, 2017

Stopping the bitch

This it the third time I've used this blog post title. Rereading the original post, I realize I can't improve on it, so I'm going to be lazy and quote it in its entirety:

Memorable quotes are powerful. The proof of their power is the very fact that you remember them, years, or even decades, later. When I was trying to think of a title for this post, I knew I wanted it to relate to the fact that I finally stopped my losing streak. It was a bitch of a streak. That sparked the memory - years ago, Cedric Maxwell, a great Celtics player, said that the Celtics were not going to let Bernard King, a great Knicks player, score at will on them - Maxwell said they were going to "stop the bitch". His choice of words struck me forcefully at the time I read it, and it strikes me equally forcefully now. In one breath, he was praising King, and at the same time claiming that the Celtics would shut him down - and incidentally implying that this would largely be due to his (Maxwell's) defensive efforts.
 
Last night, I stopped the bitch. After tying a personal record streak of nine straight tournaments out of the money, I finally got back into the money again.


Last night, I stopped the bitch. After setting a personal record streak of eleven straight tournaments out of the money, I finally got back into the money again.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    43500  6500       9    43     181   45    26    59000


delta: $9,000
MTT NLHE balance: $1,921,548
2017 balance: $4,400
balance: $11,422,230

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Personal best losing streak

It's never a good idea to talk about a winning streak while it's still in progress, since that might jinx it. I'm curious if the same applies to a losing streak :-) In the hope that it does, let's talk about my losing streak in MTT NLHEs. On Friday night, with 5 more failures to make the money, I set a new personal best - I've now lost 11 MTT NLHEs in a row (and I may not be done yet). My previous personal best was 9 in a row. I came very close to making the money in two of the MTTs in that streak, and had the bad luck to hit the rail when an opponent hit a two outer in one of those two. I would certainly have made the money if my 95.45% chance of winning that hand had held up.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    37     518  132   178        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    60     136   36    38        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6     8      76   21     -        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9     9     604  126   203        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    42     400   96   159        0


delta: $-160,000
MTT NLHE balance: $1,912,548
2017 balance: $-4,600
balance: $11,413,230

Friday, January 13, 2017

My kingdom for an orbit

Sometimes, you know you're going to make the money in an MTT. Other times, you know you're going to just miss making the money. The closer you get, the more it hurts not to make it. It really hurts to know that it you could just drag your sorry poker carcass around for one more orbit of the table, you'd make it, but there's no way in hell to do it, since you don't have enough money for the blinds. That's what happened to me in the second MTT I entered last night. My kingdom for an orbit :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    30     441  114   231        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    44     113   30    32        0


delta: $-70,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,072,548
2017 balance: $155,400
balance: $11,573,230