Saturday, July 4, 2015

43

For many years, my favorite number has been the number 43. I recognize that it's a lucky number. This is not to say that I understand why it's lucky; it's simply an acknowledgement of its specialness. Long ago, I told my oldest friend about my predilection for this number. Initially, he thought my notion was laughable. However, after seeing the number come up numerous times in auspicious circumstances, I think eventually he was won over to my way of thinking :-)

My favorite number and my favorite poker flavor are currently linked. I've now made the money in 29 of the 66 MTT 8-game tournaments I've played. Friends and neighors, that translates to a 43.94 percentage :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    66    18     5790
SNG   8-Game  45000  5000       6    33     6        0
MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6   125     5    24270


delta: $-29,940
MTT 8-game balance: $182,840
balance: $9,125,362

Friday, July 3, 2015

Aces out

Last night, in the first MTT I played, I was dealt rockets on my final hand. I was an 80.81% favorite after the flop. I was an 81.82% favorite after the turn. However, I hit the rail when the river card made a straight on the board, and an opponent had a card which gave him a higher straight. That'a a brutal way to exit a tournament. I'm dubbing it "aces out" :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    50    30        0
MTT   HORSE    4500   500       8    25    42        0
MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    89    15     4680


delta: $-10,320
MTT 8-game balance: $162,780
balance: $9,155,302

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Worst MTT first hand ever

Last night, I set a new personal worst; I lost the most money I've ever lost on the first hand of an MTT. It was a total outlier, more that 1.5 times as big as the second worst first hand on the list. At $800, it was more than half of my starting stack of $1,500. What happened? It's simple really; my opponent had a polarizing betting pattern, and I just didn't believe he had the goods. In other words, I went with my read, but my read was wrong. Hey, it happens :-) I'd rather be true to my read and lose than wimp out before reaching showdown.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   HORSE    4500   500       8    13    59        0


delta: $-5,000
MTT HORSE balance: $-34,160
balance: $9,165,622

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The green light

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


I believe in a green light too, albeit a different one from Gatsby's :-) My green light is the freedom to play without restraint which comes from having made the money in an MTT. The only way to win an MTT is by betting; you can fold your way into the money, but it's impossible to fold your way into a victory. Last night, after making the money in an 8-game, I chased a flush. It didn't pan out, and I lost a huge percentage of my chip stack. However, I don't regret chasing a bit; had I won that hand, I would almost certainly have made the final table.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    89    15     5140
MTT   HORSE    4500   500       8    38    23        0


delta: $-4,860
MTT 8-game balance: $168,100
balance: $9,170,622

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My first HORSE final table

At long last, I achieved my first HORSE final table. Since HORSE tables seat 8 players and 8-game tables only seat 6, you'd think it'd be easier to make a HORSE final table than an 8-game one. For me, at any rate, that isn't the case. I think where I shine in multiple game tournaments is in the fact that I'm decent at every game, and even excel at some. That means that the more games there are, the bigger the advantage I'll have. Since 8-game has more games than HORSE, that gives me more chances to encounter opponents with holes in their play that I can exploit. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I think I've finally found my poker niche, after nearly 7 years of experimentation. It feels good to be home :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    70    16     5080
MTT   HORSE    4500   500       8    75     5    22020


delta: $17,100
MTT 8-game balance: $167,960
balance: $9,175,482

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stop-time

In tap dancing, jazz, and blues, stop-time is an accompaniment pattern interrupting, or stopping, the normal time and featuring regular accented attacks on the first beat of each or every other measure alternating with silence or solos.

source: Wikipedia

In poker, stop-time is the moment in a multi-table tournament when the money bubble is just about to burst. In this moment, you should rarely call, and never bet or raise.

source: neostreet

Last night, I didn't take the good advice I give above. We were down to 19 players, and 18 places would be paid. So it was definitely stop-time. However, instead of stopping, I kept playing, and played myself right out of the money. The irony is that I was dancing with the one who brung me; I never would have made it to the final 19 without having made some gutsy bets along the way. So I decided to make one more gutsy bet in stop-time. It's really hard to remember not to play when playing's what got you where you are. It just doesn't feel right. I'll try hard to remember next time I'm in stop-time :-)

buy_in entry players hands place winnings

  4500   500       6    86    19        0


delta: $-5,000
MTT 8-game balance: $167,880
balance: $9,158,382

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why I prefer 8-game to HORSE

When I'm really short-stacked at an 8-game tournament, there are two poker flavors which routinely save my bacon: no limit hold'em and deuce to the seven triple draw lowball. You can really build your stack in a hurry when playing these flavors. HORSE is missing both of them. That's the main reason I prefer 8-game to HORSE. I won't refuse to play HORSE, but given my druthers, I'll take 8-game.

Last night, I played two 8-games and one HORSE. I didn't come within a country mile of the money in any of them, more's the pity.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    24    52        0
MTT   HORSE    4500   500       8    23    47        0
MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    60    41        0


delta: $-15,000
MTT 8-game balance: $172,880
balance: $9,163,382