July 18, 2012

Half a million hits?!!

Now seems like as good a time as any to post an update, as I've surpassed the rather impressive milestone of having clicked the F5 button 500,000 times on my blog :-D ... For real though, I feel somewhat humbled that my tiny piece of the internet has managed to accumulate some pretty decent traffic, so thank you to anyone that reads regularly/not so regularly, or even those who just like to use it as a link to read other better blogs.

I've been blogging since 2007 and it's nice to have a record of things, as you do tend to forget the details. Occasionally I'll read back my old posts and think "wtf was I doing at that time". Certainly in my early blogging days some of my reported hands are questionable! But I've come a long way since then, and I think it's important to remember the journey :)


Since I binked the Sunday Supersonic I feel like my poker play has lost a little direction, and for the last few weeks I've been trying to determine what games I should play going forward. I've kind of had 2013 in mind, and whether there is a realistic way to attain Supernova Elite whilst still playing the off-peak hours that I play which enable me to have a somewhat normal family life.

Consequently I decided to take a crack at 6-max Hyper-Turbos for a while, but ultimately I decided that they weren't for me, for a number of reasons:
  • I don't like the sheer quantity of all-in showdowns. Obviously this is tantamount to saying you don't enjoy playing football because you don't enjoy the movement of a ball or something, it is an inherent part of the game, but I found myself sweating far too many showdowns which I think is a mental game leak.
  • I don't handle swings all that well. Again, another mental game leak, but certainly the variance in Hyperturbos is bigger than in other formats that I've played. I'm just not used to a $6k downswing being uber-standard.
  • The ratio of regs:fish can suck, and table selecting is somewhat annoying as it distracts you from the games you are playing while you study the lobby.
  • I also don't feel like I enjoy the games as much. I guess as a SNG player it's somewhat rich complaining about a lack of postflop play :-) but just so much of hypers is to do with pre-flop and assigning people ranges. To stay on top of your game this requires a shit-load of studying.

A few former 18-man regs, such as Quadchrazs and $indabank111 have found real success in the games since moving over, and I'm sure have increased their hourly rate. But I fear I was guilty of "grass is greener" syndrome here, and I don't think I have what it takes to tough out the 6-max hyper-turbos. I only played 2,300 games, so I think my results were somewhat inconsequential; I roughly broke even before rakeback.

After deciding against Hyper-Turbos, the decision I'm currently struggling with is "to sync break, or not to sync break?". 18-man SNG traffic seems to have dried up a little recently, at least it has at the times I play. Consequently I have been back-and-forth with myself over whether I should drop them from my sessions (18-mans don't have sync breaks). I have been trialling sessions where I mix 45-mans, 180-mans and MTTs (all of which do have sync breaks). It might mean sacrificing a little off my hourly rate, but that 5 minute break is so appealing. It allows me to eat a little better (am able to go and grab food other than that I have put within reach of my desk!) and really eases the stress of playing a session.

If only PokerStars were to introduce sync breaks in 18-mans, I think all my problems would be solved!

I'm not exactly sure which way I'm going to go on this yet, and I still have an eye on next year. But for SNE to be viable next year, I need to find an extra 1,500 or more VPPs a day from somewhere, which I think will be difficult. Nevertheless 2013 is a long way off yet, and I just need to keep playing and paying the bills!

Holiday in Ibiza
In the middle of all this uncertainty I went on holiday for a week with my wife and kids to Ibiza. Anyone who has been on holiday with a baby and a toddler will know that I use the term "holiday" somewhat loosely! Aside from the place we went to (Portinatx) being a little on the quiet side, with nothing much else to do other than be at the hotel or the beach, we had a really nice time and it was good to get away, and not think about anything poker related for a whole week.

Before we went, I got a few odd looks when I told people I was my family for a weeks holiday in Ibiza.

No, we weren't going to do this:

This was more the scene:

Tbh I think at 27 years old my own pictures are much more appealing (bikini glad girls aside) anyway :)

Further reading:
If you haven't heard about the ridiculous ruling made in a cash game at the WSOP (which was tantamount to theft), read about it here.

Also, Dave Nicholson has posted up the first of his blog posts about his trip to Vegas, which are always somewhat epic. Check it out here.