Friday, December 2, 2016

Waiting for my rocket to come

The song "Curbside Prophet", by Jason Mraz, begins with these words:

I’m just a curbside prophet
with my hand in my pocket
and I’m waiting for my rocket to come


I know just how that feels; when I play MTT NLHEs, I'm waiting for my rocket to come, too. By rocket, I mean a really big cash. The biggest cash I ever had in an MTT NLHE was for $865,600, on September 29th. All I need is one more rocket like that in order to ensure myself of a profit in 2016. I'm waiting :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    11     382   81     0        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6     7     198   48     0        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    31     232   63   116        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    51     508  108    99    18400
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    65     426   90    51    24600


delta: $-57,000
MTT NLHE balance: $760,148
2016 balance: $-439,534
balance: $10,260,830

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Deadline

Today is December 1st. Counting today, I have a maximum of 31 sessions left in the year. Within that time, I'm going to do everything in my power to get my 2016 balance back into the black. To that end, I'm going to include my 2016 balance in the coda of every post, to keep it in the forefront of my mind. I've never had a calendar year where I didn't make a profit, and I don't intend to start now :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    40     631  135    50    30100
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    92     270   72    14    68000
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    85     340   84    67    35700


delta: $73,800
MTT NLHE balance: $817,148
2016 balance: $-382,534
balance: $10,317,830

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Funny money on the runway

Last night, in the final MTT I played, I had a personal first. I landed on the first inch of the runway in an MTT where over 100 players were paid. In other words, I came in dead last of the paying places. Even though I made the money, I ended up losing money on the tournament, since the payout was less than the buy in plus the entry fee. Ergo, funny money on the runway :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    16     852  171   302        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    64     368   99    34    59000
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    28     718  144   294        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    37     448  114   193        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    23     647  135     -        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    51     376   96   154        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    36     498  108   108    17200


delta: $-63,800
MTT NLHE balance: $743,348
balance: $10,244,030

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

16k the harder way

As I wrote in my post "16k the hard way":

When I start the session with a failure to make the money, I know that each subsequent failure will make it that much harder for me to turn a profit.

In the session I was writing about, I failed to make the money in the first three tournaments I played, but was able to recoup my losses and make a small profit by cashing in the fourth one. In last night's session, I didn't achieve profitability until my seventh tournament. Strangely enough, I ended up with almost the identical small profit.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    16     487   99     -        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6    52     447  114   165        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    65     318   81    66    34000
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    34     604  126   120    17900
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    44     249   63    88        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    38     487   99   147        0
MTT   NLHE    17500  2500       6   143     331   84    10   104200

delta: $16,100
MTT NLHE balance: $807,148
balance: $10,307,830

Monday, November 28, 2016

The first foot of runway

In an earlier post, I compared making the money in an MTT to landing an airplane. I actually had a particular airport (and runway) in mind when I made the analogy - Logan Airport in Boston. To land on the runway I'm thinking of, planes have to approach over water. This can be disconcerting to the passengers, to say the least :-) It's hard not to get the impression that the plane is coming in too low, and will hit the water first. Last night, in the final MTT NLHE I played, I thought my plane was coming in too low. I held out as long as I could; when I eventually hit the rail, I had to wait a bit to find out what my place was. This was due to the fact that multiple players from multiple tables can hit the rail in rapid succession. As it turned out, I landed essentially on the first foot of runway :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    13     835  171   378        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    19     590  126     -        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    20     316   81     -        0
MTT   8-Game  45000  5000       6    46      73   18    29        0
MTT   NLHE    16500  3500       9    42     651  135   195        0
MTT   NLHE    18000  2000       9    47     265   72    71    31000


delta: $-119,000
MTT NLHE balance: $791,048
balance: $10,291,730

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Movexit

On Friday night, I had the fifth worst session of my career, delta-wise; I lost over half a million play dollars. This was enough to convince me to stop playing sit and goes immediately, before November ends. I call this decision Movexit, since it puts an abrupt end to my Movember :-)

Looking at the numbers, I take some solace from the fact that I actually came out in the black in my latest foray into the high variance world of sit and gos - albeit for the paltry sum of $55,625. I renew the pledge I made not so long ago to play MTT NLHEs exclusively for the rest of the year (and hope I can hold myself to it this time :-))

Truth be told, I'm breathing a sigh of relief, and really looking forward to MTTs again.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    41     4        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    31     5        0
SNG   8-Game  17000  3000       6    91     3        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    23     5        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    21     5        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    83     1   331500
SNG   8-Game  17000  3000       6    63     5        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    27     4        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    30     5        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    17     5        0


delta: $-508,500
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,198,340
balance: $10,410,730

Friday, November 25, 2016

Futile half century

The most memorable feature of last night's session was the number of hands I had to play in the SNG 8-game I entered, only to come in last. The 51 hands were the second most I'd ever played in such a situation; I call them a futile half century. You know you've joined a talented table when it takes that long for anyone to hit the rail.

In other news, an opponent accused me of making a foolish call and then lucking out by hitting a flush on the river to beat his straight. What he failed to realize is that I'd made a better straight than his on the turn. I pointed out the error in his thinking :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    23     3        0
SNG   8-Game  17000  3000       6    51     6        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    64     3        0
SNG   NLHE    85000 15000       6    86     2   178500


delta: $-141,500
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $2,666,840
balance: $10,919,230