January 16, 2009

€250 Challenge - Days 10/11

Starting Roll: €250 - Current Roll: €1050
Yesterday went okay, and ended up 3 buyins up over 29 games. However today I had my first real deviation from the plan, and I'm very annoyed with myself for it.

I lost 5 out of 6 of the first €20 heads ups I played of the day. So far I haven't hit too many streaks like this, but obviously this is going to happen and is nothing major. I thought I'd play a €40 against what I thought was a fish, and despite dominating the game, lost that and was €100 down.

Time for a break perhaps, cool down?

Nope! I make my first sidestep onto the limit cash tables. I wasn't playing anything majorly silly. €2/4. And it's certainly a game I know I can beat...but I'm not rolled for it yet, and wasn't playing it for the long term so it was stupid. I of course couldn't win a hand and dropped €85 more. One table broke up, and I left the other realising what I was doing was unnecessary.

Time for a break perhaps, cool down?

Nope! I go and sit in a €50 heads up and €100 heads up simultaneously. I took a lead in both games, and fortunately for me, I got 2 cold decks in my favour (TT vs AJ on JJTxx, and A6ss vs T5ss on Ad 9s 2d 4s ) and I won both games. I then went on to play sensibly for the rest of the day.

However, this was a wake up call to me to not let this happen in the future. One purpose of this quest is to irradicate behaviour like this, and if I'd held the AJ and raised the T5 preflop like my opponents, I could have halved my bankroll, and I'm sure what was left would have been at risk as well.

There's a couple too many regulars for me at the €20s (not that they're all that great, but solid players who stifle my winrate!), but other than that I'm keeping a steady winrate.

Played: 491
Won: 270

Lost: 221
Win percentage: 55%
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Starting Bankroll: €250
Current Bankroll: €625

Cashed Out: €250
Rakeback: €115
Leaderboard Prizes: €75
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Avg. Profit per game: €1.97
Hourly Expectation: €20.47
(incorporates RB & Leaderboard prizes)

The volume of games I'm playing at €20 level is still not to my liking. I'm considering dropping to the €15s next week when the leaderboards change as I was actually making more money last week than I am this week, which is probably because I'm playing 30-50% less games a day...

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