September 22, 2008

1 week turbo STT marathon...

I have just completed what can only be described as an epic one week marathon to cash as many times in single table NLHE tournaments as possible. This came about due to a promotion on Boss Media that was offering cash prizes to the people that earnt the most points.

Tournament specification:
*10 entrants
*€20+2 buy-in
*1500 starting chips
*3 minute blind levels

In each individual tournament...
1st = €100 and 5 points
2nd = €60 and 3 points
3rd = €40 and 2 points

After an incredibly grueling week, playing a good 10+ hours a day and often 6-7 tables at a time, I managed to earn 1139 points in 1075 games. This was good enough for 2nd place in the leaderboard, and a €2000 prize. Leaderboard is below:

1 €5,000 Matias K 1371
2 €2,000 James A 1139
3 €1,500 Joao C 1082
4 €1,000 Juha-Rauno L 831
5 €650 Ingo M 680
6 €450 Jon H 657
7 €300 Patrik S 649
8 €250 Janne A 471
9 €200 Soren L 461
10 €150 Tero S 409

I've never played so much poker in one week, and I'm thankful it's over, but I am pleased with my accomplishment. Although I didn't make much more than the €2k prize, as only rakeback and a deposit bonus ensured that I made a profit in the actual games themselves, it has helped me get into a good frame of mind after being "all over the place" as I was saying in my last post. Perhaps it's not the easiest money I've ever earned, but perhaps winning this money feels particularly good because it was hard-earned.

I had a real rough start to the week when I took a big dip of up to 60 buy-ins as I apparently struggled to get to grips with the format of the tournaments. After the first day though I started to play them optimally and over the course of the next 5 days I gradually grinded my way back to the break even point. Sadly the last day I had 15 buy-in downswing thanks to a rough day of cards where I kept running into aces yet never being dealt them.

Still, I was able to pip my nearest rival to 2nd place on this last day so nevermind. I was never really in contention for 1st place, that guy was a sicko to have been able to play any more than I did, I'd played a good days worth of games than me.

I catalougued the week long crusade on blonde poker, and that thread is here should anyone be interested: Click here

Will keep you posted on what I intend to do now, but a couple of days off is definitely needed after staring at a screen all week!

I do know that I will be playing the World Heads-up Championship in Barcelona in a months time, more details on that at a later date....

Cheers for now!...

September 12, 2008

All over the place...

Since my last post things seem to have gone all way-ward.

I took a couple of weeks off at the end of August to go on holiday in Lanzarote. I was intending to play a little while I was over there, but there was no internet connection as promised so that didn't happen.

I seem to have jinxed myself with a post on Blonde Poker about how Heads-Ups were going well and how my hourly rate was looking good. Since I made that post I haven't been able to get going with heads ups. I had a couple of fairly big downswings, but managed to get things even...the first two times. A few days ago I suffered a big downswing and haven't played heads up since, I think I need to get my head straight before I go back there.

Also I've been messing around with other forms of poker which I don't know where it's going. This was initially for the rake race on Boss...until I saw even 6-tabling mid-stakes limit for mental hours per day wouldn't see me make the top 5 so I quit after one day. However it was profitable so I have looked into it on iPoker. However in 10,000 hands I have only made $500, 5 tabling $2-4 to $5-10, plus about $300 rake for the second half of hands. It's such a tedious form of poker I'm not sure I want to pursue it, but I might for the short term.

I might also migrate to playing Full Table SNGs for a week due to another promotion, but perhaps the same thing will happen with that as happened to the rake race.

In the midst of all this I played the £300 main event at Dusk Til Dawn's Monthly 1-2-3 Festival. Mr Matt Dale was kind enough to put me in as the first installment of a "thank you" for reaching an astronomical milestone in rake. Sadly I couldn't return the favour as I bust out in the second level. I was enjoying the table which featured Lucy Rokache. I made 75 whole chips picking up KKs in the very first hand; flopping a set.

Built up to 11k in the first level, then had 3 hands where it all went wrong.

#1 - Dude limped UTG, I followed suit with KJ, a couple of limpers then a small BB raise which everyone called. J82 rainbow flop. UTG led out, I called everyone else folded. 4 turn. He bet big. I couldn't put this guy on a hand that beat me. I ruled out a set, couldn't believe he had 2 pair after limping UTG. So I called. He value bet the 2 river so I also ruled out a bluff. I figured QJ was definite possibility and called. He tabled AJ. Perhaps I could've got away from this but not under my own evaluation. AJ was the only thing that beat me but didn't think he'd limp UTG with it. So I'm now down to 7k.

#2 - Couple of limpers, I limp with Ah 5h on the button. Q94 with 2 hearts. Mid-Posn limper bets, I call, SB 3 bets to 1200, we both call. Blank turn. Mid-posn leads out and I pass. Was happy to see no heart on the river, but that's 1300 more chips down.

#3 - Couple of limpers again, I have 66s and limp. Button raises 4x. Limpers both call, so do I. 578 rainbow. I check raise all-in. 10 outs against basically any hand except a set; I think this is the right move. He has QQs and I miss my outs and exit early.

...I'm just looking to get back on track now and figure out what the best way for me to do that is.

I'm retiring my Heads Up stats, I managed to do this at 1000 games. I'll probably start up again but not sure when just yet...

Here they are:

Played: 1000
Won: 559
Lost: 441
Win %: 56%
Profit per Game: €11

Looking at the maths there I think I will return to playing heads up, I just need to get my discipline back before I do...