Saturday, February 6, 2016

All y'all chips are belong to me

I've said this more than once before, and I'll surely say it more than once again - one of the reasons that poker is the greatest game ever invented is that no matter how long you've played it, you can still experience personal firsts. Last night, I experienced such a one. For the first time ever, I won a sit and go by taking out two opponents on the final hand. All y'all chips are belong to me :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      900   100       9    37    1258  315   511        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    56       6    2     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    52       6    2     1   175500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    35       6    2     5        0


delta: $119,000
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,571,300
balance: $12,618,794

Friday, February 5, 2016

Exiting with my boots on

Recently, I was reading about Doc Holliday on Wikipedia. Here's a passage which struck me:

Holliday is reported to have asked the nurse attending him at the Hotel Glenwood for a shot of whiskey. When she told him no, he looked at his bootless feet, amused. The nurses said that his last words were, "This is funny." He always figured he would be killed someday with his boots on.

Last night, I exited the MTT 8-game tournament I entered with my boots on. On the money bubble, I decided not to try to fold my way into the money, but to go out (if I were to go out) with both guns blazing. The flavor was 7 card stud limit, and I called all in on sixth street with two pair, tens and fours. The opponent who'd put me all in hit a two pair of aces and nines with a nine on the river, and I was gone from the tournament. Luckily for me, someone at another table hit the rail before I did, so I made the (pitiful) money.

Tonight, I'm going to look for a massive field MTT NLHE of the 6-max variety. If I can only find 9-maxes in the PokerStars lobby, I'll scratch that idea.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    60      94   18    18     5490
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    89       6    2     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    33       6    2     4        0


delta: $-5,010
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,451,300
balance: $12,499,794

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stellar blue percentage

Last night, with another meat and two veg session, I got my overall balance back into the blue. My 2016 blue percentage is a stellar 45.16 (14 of 31 sessions). Already, I have nearly triple the number of blue sessions that I had last year. My highest blue percentage of a completed poker year is 31.23 (79 of 253, in 2011). In addition to my goal of wagering 60 million play dollars at sit and go no limit hold'em this year, and making my largest yearly profit, I'll try to better 2011's blue percentage. Anything north of 33.33 would be awesome :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    62     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    36     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    96     1   175500


delta: $214,500
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,456,800
balance: $12,504,804

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pocket queens X 2

Last night, I had pocket queens twice. The first time I got them, I got crippled in the massive field MTT NLHE I'd entered to start the session. It was the most massive field I've been in so far - 1,464 players. I was up against two opponents, and was a 68.44% favorite after the flop, but one of my opponents hit a set of eights on the turn and they held up. I won a minuscule side pot of 26 chips from the other opponent; that allowed me to play one more hand before hitting the felt.

The second time I got pocket queens, I was playing a sit and go NLHE. This time, they held up, and I went on to win that tournament. From famine to feast :-) One thing I'll try to avoid the next time I join a massive field MTT is the 9-max variety; I just didn't happen to notice it this time. 9-max has much more variance than 6-max.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   NLHE      900   100       9    14    1464  387   933        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    37       6    2     1   175500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    40       6    2     4        0
MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    23     100   24    69        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    21       6    2     5        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    63       6    2     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    15       6    2     5        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    23       6    2     6        0


delta: $-36,000
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,242,300
balance: $12,290,304

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Keeping my MTT hand in

I really enjoy playing MTTs. However, they're certainly not a profit machine. Even though I've decided to devote the bulk of my 2016 poker year to sit and gos, I want to keep my MTT hand in. Accordingly, last night I started the session by playing an MTT 8-game. I made the (pitiful) money. Tonight, I'll start out by playing a massive field MTT NLHE. It's a great feeling to outlast hundreds of players, and that's just what I intend to do :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    81      88   18    11     8510
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6     5       6    2     4        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    13       6    2     6        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    21       6    2     3        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    19       6    2     4        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    60       6    2     1   175500


delta: $-70,990
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,272,300
balance: $12,326,304

Monday, February 1, 2016

Best 100 session stretch

It's always a good thing when your most recent session is part of a stretch of sessions in which you've achieved a personal best. That was the case last night. With the modest profit I made, I set a personal best for profit made in a 100 session stretch - over 5 million play dollars. Here are my top 10 100 session stretches (the numbers in parentheses are winning sessions):

$5,225,630 2015-10-16 2016-01-31 (65)
$5,200,130 2015-10-15 2016-01-29 (64)
$5,167,630 2015-10-11 2016-01-25 (64)
$5,104,130 2015-10-13 2016-01-27 (64)
$4,928,630 2015-10-12 2016-01-26 (63)
$4,919,630 2015-10-14 2016-01-28 (63)
$4,639,546 2015-09-30 2016-01-14 (65)
$4,619,777 2015-10-08 2016-01-21 (63)
$4,519,660 2015-09-29 2016-01-13 (65)
$4,515,130 2015-10-10 2016-01-24 (63)


January 2016 is now over, and was my third best month ever, profit-wise. I made 1,696,930 play dollars. If I were somehow able to duplicate that performance every month, I'd make over 20 million play dollars this year. I certainly don't expect to do that. What I do expect to do, however, is have my best poker year ever :-)

style flavor buy_in entry players hands place winnings

SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    35     4        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    74     1   175500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    63     4        0


delta: $25,500
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,346,800
balance: $12,397,294

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Two meats, one veg

On Friday night, I had a two meats, one veg session. When you're playing sit and go no limit hold'em, the more meats in your diet, the better :-) However, my most memorable hand of the night was neither a sit and go hand nor a no limit hold'em hand. Instead, it was an MTT 8-game hand of the deuce variety. As you may have guessed, it was memorable due to the fact that I came out on the losing end, in an especially painful fashion. In deuce, there are many different ways to lose a hand. The most brutal way to lose is when you have a very fine low, but your opponent has a low which is infinitesimally better. That's what happened to me. My low was an 8 7 5 4 3, and the winning hand was an 8 7 5 4 2. I'm sure such nearly identical deuce hands at showdown can happen no more than one time in a hundred.

style flavor buy_in entry players hands entries paid place winnings

MTT   8-Game   4500   500       6    31      82   18    46        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    65       6    2     1   175500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    28       6    2     3        0
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    55       6    2     2    94500
SNG   NLHE    45000  5000       6    54       6    2     1   175500


delta: $240,500
Sit and go no limit hold'em balance: $4,321,300
balance: $12,371,794