Sunday, November 19, 2017

Best two bagger ever

On Friday night, I picked up where I'd left off the night before. Once again, I made it super deep in an MTT-R NLHE. I came within an ace of coming in first again. When I got to heads up, I had just over a quarter of the chips in play. 57 hands later, I'd fought back to where I had just over half the chips in play. I felt certain I was going to win, but it wasn't mean to be. On my final hand, I was an 86.36% favorite to win the hand after the turn, but my pocket eights got counterfeited on the river, and that was all she wrote. My back to back deep runs gave me my best two bagger ever; I won an aggregate $5,929,000.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   196      59   12     2  2559000


delta: $2,459,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $29,656,500
2017 balance: $30,012,455
balance: $41,430,285

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lord High Everything Else

Last night, I was Lord High Everything Else. For the third time in my career, I came in first in an MTT-R NLHE. It's a lot of fun being the lord, even though it has little to do with you. It mostly has to do with being annointed by the poker gods. They taketh away, but they also giveth. Last night, they gaveth until it hurt :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game  45000  5000       6    22      27    5     -        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   130      50   12     1  3570000


delta: $3,420,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $27,197,500
2017 balance: $27,553,455
balance: $38,971,285

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Revisiting an old friend

I revisited an old friend last night. For the first time in nearly half a year, I played an MTT 8-game tournament. Although I didn't make the money, I came within shouting distance of it. I had a lot of fun playing poker flavors other than hold'em. You can't make a lot of money playing 8-game, but you sure can have fun. I'll keep that in mind :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    43500  6500       9     5     128   27    39        0
MTT-B NLHE    87000 13000       9    16     221   45   111        0
MTT   8-Game  45000  5000       6    88      62   12    18        0


delta: $-200,000
MTT 8-game balance: $-317,830
2017 balance: $24,133,455
balance: $35,551,285

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Second best one session rebound ever

This is the second time I've used this blog post title; the first was on November 26, 2011. Back then, I thought a rebound of $70,500 was big news. It turns out that's puppy food :-) My $550,000 rebound last night brought my overall balance back into the blue once again. All's right in my poker world.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    99      59   12     6   758000


delta: $658,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $23,727,500
2017 balance: $24,333,455
balance: $35,751,285

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Too frisky by half

For the first time in a long time, I played friskily last night. I was too frisky by half :-) I know why - the huge cash infusion of the night before made me feel like the world was my oyster. That's always a dangerous feeling. I lost a whopping $550,000, which made it my ninth worst session ever, worse than 99.61% of all the sessions I've played. Tonight, I aim to play a lot tighter.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    29      59   12    29        0
MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    50      53   12    32        0


delta: $-550,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $23,069,500
2017 balance: $23,675,455
balance: $35,093,285

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ridiculous ladder up

I got back into the blue last night in a big way, and in rather a ridiculous fashion. When the final table of nine players began, I was in seventh place, with just 6.29% of the chips in play. When it came down to six handed play, I was in sixth place, with just 2.63% of the chips in play. When it came down to five handed play, I was in fifth place, with just .16% of the chips in play. When it came down to four handed play, I was in fourth place, with just .58% of the chips in play. Finally, when it came down to three handed play, I was in third place, with just .36% of the chips in play. That's as far as I got. Now that's what I call laddering up :-) There's no way I could have done this without the active participation of my opponents. I should have ended up in sixth place at best; all they had to do was silently collude to make constant small bets which wouldn't affect their stacks materially, but which would force me to go all in to stay in a hand. My 2.63% of the chips would not have been long for the world, and they would all have guaranteed themselves a slightly bigger payday. However, they failed to do this. Even worse, some of them committed the cardinal sin no big stack should ever commit in this situation - they went all in against a bigger stack. Not just one opponent did this, and hit the rail. Not just two. Fully three opponents did. By virtue of this foolish behavior, I made $1,458,000 more in profit than I had any reason to expect. I understand why they did it, however. They were playing to win it all, not to ladder up. That's completely honorable, if somewhat misguided. I had no illusion that I could ever win it all, so I was more than happy to ladder up :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9   116      59   12     3  2332000


delta: $2,232,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $23,619,500
2017 balance: $24,225,455
balance: $35,643,285

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A turn for the worse

I never like hitting the rail in a tournament, but I really dislike hitting it when I was a favorite after the flop. That's what happened to me last night. I was a 66.26% favorite to win after the flop, but was a 22.73% dog when the turn gave my opponent a straight. I ended up two places shy of the money. In other words, I bubbled the bubble :-) Thankfully, I'd only fired two bullets.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT-R NLHE    43500  6500       9    58      66   15    17        0


delta: $-100,000
MTT with rebuys NLHE balance: $21,387,500
2017 balance: $21,993,455
balance: $33,411,285