August 06, 2009

Sick Grinders

I have never really got into delving into the 2+2 poker forums, finding it a bit vast, and have made my home at Blonde Poker. However, I've recently been getting a bit more active on there, and you can come across some interesting things.

Two majorly sick grinder challenges are out there at the moment.

The first is Boku87, who in his first challenge turned $100 into $10,000 in 2 weeks (see here) earlier this year. Now he is on a mission to turn $5 into $100,000 in 1 year playing SNGs and MTTs on PokerStars. At times he's been playing around 50 tables at a time, and in 3 weeks he has already made more than $12k, and has played over 5000 tournaments. How anyone can keep up with that many tables, and still be a profitble player, is beyond me! You can follow his progress here if you are interested. There is speculation as to what Boku87's reward will be for completing the challenge sucessfully. He might be lucky enough to be offered Team PokerStars Pro Status, so his grind could be well worth it in the end!

The second is a guy called Brad Stalcup, who has a propbet that he will be able to make SuperNova Elite (ie. earn 1,000,000 VPPs on PokerStars) in
only 5 and a half months, having begun in mid-July. He will be playing 18-24 cash tables at a time of mostly $1/2NL; playing in the region of 16,000 hands per day. He estimates he will have to play around 2.5 million hands by the end of 2009 to sucessfully complete his challenge and win his propbet, which he is giving 3/1 odds on completing. He has set-up a webcam, so you can watch him trying to keep track of all his tables. So far, he's keeping the pace required to make SuperNova Elite by the end of the year. He is actually down $6000 so far, but would be around break-even if you take into account his all-in EV. I've added him to my Blogroll on the left if you are interested in following his progress, the 2+2 thread is here.

Having not played much over the last couple of weeks, setting up my new computer and seemingly just being busy in general, these guys have given me some motivation to get grinding. Yesterday I tried stacking my tables for the first time, instead of playing with them tiled. I was able to play a lot more tables, and I will be experimenting with that format more as in many ways I did prefer it. More on that, and my recent progress, when I next update...

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