Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dubious top ten

The most play money I've ever lost per hand in a session is $25,000. That was a cash game session where I bought in for $50,000 and hit the felt on hand 2. Strange as it may seem, in both sessions when I lost more than a million play dollars, the amount lost per hand was more respectable than that - $4,367 and $2,247. Last night, by losing $1,622 per hand, the session made it to the top ten on that particular all-time list (number 8) - a dubious distinction. It certainly didn't help that for the first time ever I entered an MTT NLHE with a $100,000 BI+EF. This was due to impatience; no $20,000 or $50,000 was in the offing at the time, and I didn't feel like waiting.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     2        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    14     513  108   173        0
MTT   NLHE    87000 13000       6    10      65   18    37        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    22      47    9     -        0


delta: $-172,500
MTT NLHE balance: $2,289,148
2017 balance: $317,250
balance: $11,735,080

Friday, February 24, 2017

The 9 max inflection point

Looking at the bar chart of the payouts of a 9 max MTT, the stark reality is that you're essentially an also-ran unless you make the final table. In the 9 max I played last night, the payouts for the players who made the final table comprised 61.99% of the prize pool. Surely you're a chump to join such a tournament - right? Actually, it all depends on how good you are. Once you've made the final table a number of times, you start believing you can do so on a fairly regular basis. That's certainly the case for me. The final table is the inflection point - if you can get to it, you're going to make some serious cash. The 1st place prize last night was a whopping $2,002,600 - more than 100 times the buy in plus the entry fee. That's what I'm talkin' about!

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     1     6375
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    80     692  144    16    62700


?delta: $46,575
MTT NLHE balance: $2,459,148
2017 balance: $489,750
balance: $11,907,580

Thursday, February 23, 2017

.38 special

This is the third time I've used this blog post title. This time, I'm talking about the ROI I made when I hit the bottom rung of the pay ladder in the one MTT NLHE I played last night. Of course it was a 6 max; if it had been a 9 max, I would have lost money :-) I have the sneaking suspicion this is the best bottom rung ROI I've ever had; sometime soon, I'll verify if this is true. Unfortunately, that will require some manual labor; since PokerStars doesn't save the pay tables in the hand histories, I save them via screen captures.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     3        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    40     386   96    89    27600


delta: $5,100
MTT NLHE balance: $2,416,448
2017 balance: $443,175
balance: $11,861,005

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Winning in absentia

I was bound to win a Power Up tournament eventually. I did last night. Ironically, I wasn't around to see it :-) The PokerStars client crashed just after I went all in with top pair and top kicker. When I started the client up again, I was taken to the main lobby, instead of to the Power Up table. It only dawned on me what had happened when I checked my balance and noticed I was about 6K richer. I really hope PokerStars can get rid of the glitches which are causing the crashes. In the meantime, though, I'm determined to deal with them.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     1     6375
MTT   NLHE    43500  6500       9    25     135   27    32        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    46     561  117    80    23100
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    20     350   72     -        0


delta: $-63,025
MTT NLHE balance: $2,408,848
2017 balance: $438,075
balance: $11,855,905

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Power Up isn't poker, but it's fun

Despite the constant crashing, Power Up is actually quite fun to play. However, it isn't poker. For that reason, it'll never be more than an interesting diversion to me. MTT NLHE is, and will remain, my main game. The last fun-and-pokeresque-but-not-poker game I tried before Power Up was SkillBet. I played it for about a week, then never returned. I'm guessing Power Up may share the same fate.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     2        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9     6     418   90     -        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    31     251   63    79        0


delta: $-42,500
MTT NLHE balance: $2,475,748
2017 balance: $501,100
balance: $11,918,930

Monday, February 20, 2017

Evermore and ever better in vain

Today PokerStars sent me an email thanking me for playing Power Up, and asking for my impressions. I told them about the annoying crashes, but also about what I liked about the game. For the time being, I'll start every session by playing one Power Up tournament, before switching over to MTTs.

Not counting Power Up, last night I had an evermore and ever better session, but it was all in vain;  didn't make the money once. I think the steady improvement bodes well for tonight's session, though.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     3        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6     6      78   21     -        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    37     738  153   179        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6    87     111   30    37        0


delta: $-122,500
MTT NLHE balance: $2,515,748
2017 balance: $543,600
balance: $11,961,430

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Alpha tester

PokerStars is currently alpha testing a new game they've developed, called Power Up. They've invited some of their play money players to be alpha testers. I got an invitation, and played my first Power Up tournament on Friday night. The PokerStars client kept crashing on me, forcing me to restart it continually. Bugs like this are to be expected in alpha software, but that doesn't make them any less annoying.

Power Up is essentially a mashup of NLHE with online games where players use special powers to change the outcomes of a battle. With all the crashing of the PokerStars client, I was only able to invoke a power successfully twice. Both times, it was the power that lets a player nuke one of the board cards. I have to say, it felt great to invoke this power! Both times I used it, I nuked a queen.

I'll give Power Up another try tonight.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

POW   NLHE     2125   375       3     ?       3    1     2        0  

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    86     514  108     0        0
MTT   NLHE    45000  5000       6   108     120   30     9   162000


delta: $198,000
MTT NLHE balance: $2,635,748
2017 balance: $666,100
balance: $12,083,930