Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Backing a loser

I made the money last night in large part because I backed a loser. Why would I do that? For the simple reason that it was the right thing to do. On hand 57, I was short stacked and in the big blind, starting the hand with just 1,775 in chips. The ante of 125 chips plus the forced bet of 1,200 chips meant that I was compelled to commit roughly 75% of my stack to the pot before the hand had even begun. I was dealt seven five offsuit, a terrible hand. However, I knew that I could never fold it, since so many of my chips were already committed. I had to live or die with that hand. Luckily for me, I lived, winning the main pot of 12,675 with a full house of sevens full of deuces.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    68      89   18    16   379000


delta: $279,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,222,500
2018 balance: $7,499,000
balance: $53,012,260

Monday, April 23, 2018

A shocking number

Looking at the bar chart of my stack size over the course of last night's second tournament, it was easy to see that it underwent a freefall from the peak. At the end of hand 98, I had 61,810 in chips, which was the most I ever had in the tournament. After that, however, I failed to win a single pot. I got curious about how many times that's happened in my MTT-R NLHE career, so I wrote a utility to find out. The answer was shocking - 112 times in 531 tournaments, which is a squeak over 21% of the time. Who knew?

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    32      69   15    48        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   125      53   12     7   569000


delta: $69,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $40,943,500
2018 balance: $7,220,000
balance: $52,733,260

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Making lemonade

Last night, when I couldn't readily find an angle to write about Friday night's session from, I decided to give up and play some chess instead :-) Tonight, there's nothing for it but to find an angle. I decided the best one would be to discover the most positive thing about the session and write about that. Kind of like making lemonade out of lemons :-) Here goes ...

The most positive thing about Friday night's session was that when I was card dead in the first tournament, I knew it. I only saw 3 flops in 28 hands, which is the third lowest seeing the flop percentage of my MTT-R NLHE career.

I don't know, seems like this lemonade needs more sugar, wouldn't you say? :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    28      67   15    48        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    48      85   18    46        0


delta: $-450,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $40,874,500
2018 balance: $7,151,000
balance: $52,664,260

Friday, April 20, 2018

Consecutive fall ins

A very rare thing happened to me in last night's session - I survived two fall ins in a row. That's pure luck, plain and simple. It's rare to survive one fall in, so surviving two in a row is a real outlier.

In other news, I made it back into the blue. If I keep up this pace, I'll make a profit of over 25 million this year, which will take my overall balance north of 70 million. Poker life is sweet :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    63      88   18    15   411000


delta: $311,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,324,500
2018 balance: $7,601,000
balance: $53,114,260

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A stampede of cowboys

Last night, I was dealt cowboys (pocket kings) 3 times in 38 hands. That means I was getting them at 17.45 times their normal frequency. freq-y :-) Unfortunately, that didn't translate into making the money; I hit the rail when an opponent hit a straight on the river. To add insult to injury, I'd been dealt a big slick, and was an 85.71% favorite to win the hand after the turn.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    38      49   12    31        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,013,500
2018 balance: $7,290,000
balance: $52,803,260

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Inevitablue

I've been running hot lately. When you're running hot, you know it, and see no reason why it can't continue. You play with confidence, and that begets more confidence. Since I was so close to being in the blue before last night's session started, I was pretty sure I'd get there. You could say it was inevitablue :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    26      85   18    59        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   113      61   15     8   505000


delta: $255,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $41,213,500
2018 balance: $7,490,000
balance: $53,003,260

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One rung to rule them all

As proud as I am of the frequency I make it under the lights, I'm just as proud of what I do once I get there. I generally ladder up. My ladder up average is just a squeak under one rung. Last night, I got under the lights again, and laddered up one place from 6th to 5th. That gave me an additional $199,000 in profit. Not too shabby :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   116      68   15     5  1037000


delta: $937,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $40,958,500
2018 balance: $7,235,000
balance: $52,748,260