Sunday, February 18, 2018

yabg

It's been awhile since I coined a new "yet another" acronym, so let me introduce yabg; it stands for "yet another big goodbye". Last night I had one. I was dealt a suited big slick, called to go all in on the river, and lost to a pair of fours. For the record, I was a 48.55% underdog before the flop, a 57.78% favorite after the flop, and a 43.18% underdog after the turn.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    48      63   15    37        0


delta: $-250,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $35,949,500
2018 balance: $2,226,000
balance: $47,739,260

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The big goodbye

I first used this blog post title on March 2, 2016. Here's an excerpt of what I had to say:

There are several ways to exit a sit and go tournament. You can go out with a bang, a whimper, or something in between. Personally, I like to go out with a bang :-) I call that the big goodbye. My definition of a big goodbye is when the absolute value of your final hand delta is the largest absolute value of any of your hand deltas in the tournament.

I no longer play sit and gos, but the concept applies equally well to MTTs. However, I'll tweak it a bit. My new definition of a big goodbye is when the absolute value of your final hand delta is the largest absolute value of any of your negative hand deltas in the tournament. By that definiition, I had a big goodbye on Thursday night. Big goodbyes are not a bad thing at all; they show you have heart, and are willing to take a big risk for a big reward.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    67      72   15    24        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $36,199,500
2018 balance: $2,476,000
balance: $47,989,260

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Into thin air

I first used this blog post title on August 20, 2013; here's an excerpt of what I had to say:

I haven't read Jon Krakauer's 1997 nonfiction bestseller "Into Thin Air" yet, but it's on my bucket list. It has a hell of a title, and I have no qualms about using that title for this post. In poker, you're traveling into thin air when you stop winning pots. Won pots supply you with the oxygen you need to survive. Without them, you're a goner.

I still haven't read the book, but went into thin air at the poker table again last night. I won just one pot in 39 hands. I was surprised to discover this, since I wasn't playing badly. The truth is, you don't have to play badly to get a result like this, although it helps :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    39      56   12    38        0


delta: $-300,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $36,399,500
2018 balance: $2,676,000
balance: $48,189,260

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tiny fields considered harmful

Even though the money up top in MTT-R NLHEs is gigantic, the field sizes are never that big. Of the 335 I've played to date, only one topped 100 entries. The average field size is 65. Last night, I played in a tournament with a tiny field - just 25. Only 5 places were paid, which meant you could make it under the lights and not actually make the money. I didn't even make it under the lights :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    62      25    5    15        0


delta: $-150,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $36,699,500
2018 balance: $2,976,000
balance: $48,489,260

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The invisible flush

Boards which support flushes are easier to spot, generally speaking, than boards which support straights. Sometimes, however, they're devilishly difficult to spot. Last night, I hit the felt for the first time when I failed to spot that the board supported a flush. The board was as follows:

9s 9d 8h 5s 8s

I missed the flush support for three reasons:

1. it was a backdoor flush (i.e., it required running cards on the turn and the river)
2. the first flush card was in the window, as far as possible from the other two flush cards
3. I was distracted by the fact that the board made two pair

The upshot? I was beaten by an "invisible" flush :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    64      58   12    22        0 


delta: $-400,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $36,849,500
2018 balance: $3,126,000
balance: $48,639,260

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cowboys into the sunset

This is the second time I've used this blog post title. I hit the rail in the only tournament I played last night with a very strong hand - pocket kings, aka cowboys. I rode those cowboys into the sunset :-) An opponent with AQo (ace queen offsuit) flopped aces up, and they held. Whatcha gonna do?

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    47      65   15    35        0


delta: $-100,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $37,249,500
2018 balance: $3,526,000
balance: $49,039,260

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Little fire

This is the second time I've used this blog post title; the first was on August 31, 2012. Here's an excerpt of what I had to say:

The title of this post applies to the final tournament I entered last night, and also to me personally. My name, which is a Welsh one, translates to "little fire". Last night, in the final tournament, my stack dwindled down at one point to a very little fire which should have been easily put out by my three opponents. All they needed to do was briefly cooperate to stamp out my little fire, then go back to being competitors. However, they failed to do so.

Last night, I got under the lights. When I made it to three handed play, I was a huge underdog. One of my opponents had 339,575 chips, the other had 191,338, and I had just 28,087, a meager 5% of the total. My little fire should have been easily put out by my two opponents. All they needed to do was briefly cooperate to stamp it out, then go back to being competitors. However, they failed to do so. By laddering up from 3rd to 2nd, I made an extra $624,000 in profit. I'm back in the blue, baby!

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   177      65   15     2  2654000


delta: $2,454,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $37,349,500
2018 balance: $3,626,000
balance: $49,139,260