August 16, 2009

That's more like it!

Have just come out of a session where I finally got the $27 buy-in curse off my back, scoring a 1st and a 2nd at literally the same time as I was finishing up in $27 45mans. I needed a session like that just to reinstall my confidence.

I've decided to start playing the 45-mans again, because the synchronised breaks that have been slowly filtered in have now been introduced to them. I am so happy about this!!! (see here). 5 minutes with my eyes not staring at a screen, and not having to concentrate for 4 hours non-stop can only have a positive effect on my game as far as I'm concerned.

This isn't to say I'm done with the 18 mans as I might still play them to "mix things up". I've had positive results in the 1000 game challenge I set myself, 1/3 of the way through I'm running at an 8.5% ROI, which is close enough to my target of 10%.

But with a 1550 game sample to my credit in the 45-man tournaments, I have earnt $2 a game in them, which I'm very happy with. I just needed to work my way through that downswing. Upon reflection of my graph, I don't really have much to complain about. I need to understand that these SNG MTTs are bound to be swingy, and have to deal with the swings appropriately.

It's funny how differently you react after a losing or winning session. I realise that it makes sense, but I think you can become irrational one way or the other. Just because you have 1 great session doesn't mean you can start thinking about making mega-bucks, and just because you run bad for a while doesn't mean you should quit completely and move to a different game. Next time I hit a bad stretch, I'll try and console myself by looking at the gradient of my 45-man graph (assuming I can keep it going in that direction).

My Sharkscope graph (All games, July 7th-present) helps to depict why I felt l was struggling (and, to be fair, was struggling!)...

My 45-man graph (July 1st-present) is a little prettier...

Am planning to put some volume in this week, but the missus is nearly ready to pop so that could be thwarted. I need to earn some money for nappy's before it arrives!!! This not-doing-so-well patch has left me a bit behind schedule. Give me another week or two please!!!!!!!!

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3 Comments to "That's more like it!"

Amatay said...

nice one mate. all these game on Stars yeh?

James Atkin said...

Yeah man. Am "enjoying" Stars atm.

Kinda plan to move back over to tilt when I have a roll for the $26s and perhaps when TableNinja comes out for FT.

Amatay said...

i'll be there waiting for u ;-)