Saturday, July 23, 2016

The optimal number of sit and gos per session

After four years of sit and go no limit hold'em experience, I can tell you the optimal number of sit and gos to play per session. Actually, that statement is misleading. The only thing I can tell you with confidence is the optimal number of sit and gos to play per neostreet session. That number is four. If I haven't made a profit in four sit and gos, it's highly unlikely that I'm going to make a  profit by playing additional sit and gos in that session. When you've been in the sweetness for a long time, however, it's especially hard to convince yourself that it's time to quit. I couldn't do that last night, and lost an additional $100,000 as a consequence.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    23     5        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    47     2    92400
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    74     2    92400
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    20     4        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    31     3        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    28     5        0


delta: $-115,200
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $3,100,840
balance: $10,653,929

Friday, July 22, 2016

Back in the black

When you play sit and go no limit hold'em, you can make money in a hurry. Last night, I had my third "in the sweetness" session in a row, and it was the sweetest of the three. Like the first two, I played four tournaments. Like the first two, I made the money three times. This time, however, I came in first all three times. Not only that, they were consecutive firsts. On the strength of those results, my 2016 balance vaulted back into the black. I got curious to see how many times I've had three firsts in a row, and ran the numbers. I remembered doing it once before. As it turns out, I'd done it four times before. Not too shabby :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    41     3        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    68     1   171600
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    60     1   171600
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    83     1   171600


delta: $314,800
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $3,216,040
balance: $10,769,129

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sweeter still

Last night's session was even more successful than the one before it. As before, I played four sit and gos. As before, I made the money three times. This time, however, I had two firsts and one second instead of two seconds and one first. My back to back session total of $392,000 clocks in at number 25 on my career list of back to back session totals, putting it into the 98th percentile. All is right with my poker world :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6   104     1   171600
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    57     2    92400
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    20     4        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    83     1   171600


delta: $235,600
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,901,240
balance: $10,454,329

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In the sweetness

Last night, I was in the sweetness. As a rule, the right thing to do when you're in the sweetness is to keep playing until you fall out of it. The longer the sweetness lasts, the more invincible you feel :-) This will sound silly, but I swear it's true - you actually begin to feel like you'll never fail to make the money again, all previous experience to the contrary. It's a sweet delusion :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    97     2    92400
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    36     2    92400
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    73     1   171600
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    10     6        0


delta: $156,400
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,665,640
balance: $10,218,729

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My poker ATM

Imagine if ATMs worked like this:

- you could only withdraw small amounts
- you could only withdraw when enough other people were simultaneously trying to withdraw at other ATMs
- after entering in the amount you wished to withdraw, you had to wait an indeterminate amount of time before the machine would give you your cash

They wouldn't be very useful, would they? Funnily enough, I've just described what it's like trying to play any type of sit and go other than no limit hold'em on PokerStars. Is it any wonder I keep coming back to sit and go no limit hold'em? It's the only sit and go flavor which acts like a true ATM. You can go up to it at any time, withdraw any amount you like, and not have to wait for the machine to give you your cash. You gotta love it :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    43    1058  279   358        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    36     912  243   340        0
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6    28       6    2     6        0
SNG   NLHE    44000  6000       6    72       6    2     2    92400


delta: $-9,600
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,509,240
balance: $10,062,329

Monday, July 18, 2016

Opening up the spigot

In the last two sessions, I've wagered 164,000 play dollars. In the 31 sessions before that, I wagered just 143,000 play dollars. It feels great to be wagering big amounts again :-) There's something very liberating about it. It's not like I'm throwing caution to the wind, but I'm definitely unburdening my poker soul.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       9    14    1131  279   557        0
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6    54       6    2     4        0
MTT   NLHE      870   130       6    37     766  192   183     1399
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   110       6    2     2    92400


delta: $-8,201
Sit and go 8-game balance: $649,010
balance: $10,071,929

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Off the dime

On Friday night, I finally got off the dime, moving back to sit and gos and higher stakes. I eased my way into it by starting with smaller stakes. My goal now is to bring my 2016 balance back into the black by playing a steady stream of $44,000 buy in SNG 8-games. If I haven't achieved this by November, I'll take a page from last year's playbook and start playing $88,000 buy in SNG NLHEs.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      870   130       9     8     783  189   400        0
SNG   8-Game   8800  1200       6    37       6    2     5        0
SNG   8-Game    870   130       6    51       6    2     4        0
SNG   8-Game  44000  6000       6   158       6    2     2    92400


delta: $30,400
Sit and go 8-game balance: $656,610
balance: $10,080,130