Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Farewell, my shovely

I've now played nearly 1,000 MTTs of one style or another, and I've only come in first twice. What this means in practical terms is that 99.8% of the time, I'm going to lose the final hand of a tournament. I'm going to get all my chips in the middle, and then go bust. I often go back to the archives to look at the final hand of a tournament, to see if I got my money in good. If I did, that's a "Farewell, my shovely" situation. This translates roughly to:

1. I had a hand good enough to shove with
2. I shoved accordingly
3. I ended up losing the hand, but have no regrets

Last night, the first two tournaments I played were "Farewell, my shovelies". In the first one, my final hand was pocket kings. In the second, my final hand was KQo (king queen offsuit).

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    43500  6500       9     4      58   12     -        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    43      69   15    52        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    60     333   84    58    40700


delta: $-179,300
MTT NLHE balance: $2,601,668
2017 balance: $9,143,525
balance: $20,561,355

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Approaching 50

On Sunday night, I played my 48th MTT-R. I'll hit 50 either tonight or tomorrow night. 50 is a small sample size, but it's big enough for me to know that MTT-Rs are a colossal poker profit machine for me. There's no guarantee they'll stay that way, but I'm going to ride this revenue rocket as long as I can :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    70      73   15    20        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $8,483,000
2017 balance: $9,322,825
balance: $20,740,655

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fastest 10 million

When I started this blog, I didn't know for sure if I'd ever achieve my original goal of winning a million play dollars. When I achieved it, I had to think of other goals to shoot for. One was to see just how fast I could win a play million, now that I knew it was possible :-) The fastest I've ever won a play million is in a single session, and I've now done that six times, including last night. With last night's bonanza, I decided to figure out how fast I've ever won 10 play million. The answer? 154 sessions. To be precise, the most recent 154 :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    57      87   18    46        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   202      79   18     3  2209000


delta: $1,909,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $8,633,000
2017 balance: $9,472,825
balance: $20,890,655

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Third largest single session loss

The title of this post says it all. Last night, I had the third largest single session loss of my career. I fared worse than I had in 99.86% of all the sessions I've ever played. Does this worry me, though? Not a bit. Why not? For the simple reason that I was playing well. Simply put, I'd rather play well and lose than play poorly and win.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    78      84   18    25        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    43      65   15    37        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    76      61   15    23        0


delta: $-650,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $6,724,000
2017 balance: $7,563,825
balance: $18,981,655

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trigger happy

Before last night, the most bullets I'd ever fired in an MTT-R was 7, and I'd only done that once. For some reason, I got trigger happy last night, and fired 9 bullets in the only tournament I entered. That's clearly way too many. The best proof of that is that although I came in 11th, I still lost money. I wagered $450,000, and only won back $401,000. I promise my trigger finger will be less itchy tonight :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   142     106   27    11   401000


delta: $-49,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $7,374,000
2017 balance: $8,213,825
balance: $19,631,655

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tumble dry

During a tournament, I like to keep track of how well I'm doing compared to the other players. The PokerStars software makes this very easy; there's a tournament lobby window which is constantly updating how many chips each player has and where that places them; the players are listed in descending order of chip count. One interesting side effect of all this "lobby watching" is that I've gotten to know who the habitual MTT-R players are. I'm one myself :-) I've gained a healthy respect for these players, and keep close tabs on where they stand. Another interesting side effect is that because I keep an eye on them, I really get a sense of how tournaments put everybody through the ringer; no one is spared. It's like we're all socks in a laundromat dryer, taking turns being on top of the pile, on the bottom, and anywhere in between. We tumble dry, until we tumble out of the tournament :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    59      66   15    20        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $7,423,000
2017 balance: $8,262,825
balance: $19,680,655

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Extrapolated profit: 18 million

2017 has truly been an outlier year for me, poker-wise. Prior to this year, it took me over 8 years to amass 11.3 million in profit. In the first half of this year, I've already made an additional 8.5 million. My extrapolated profit for the year is 18 million, which would bring my overall balance to nearly 30 million. These are the best old days!

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    93      94   27    25   211000
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    43      69   15    15   324000


delta: $235,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $7,673,000
2017 balance: $8,512,825
balance: $19,930,655