Friday, October 30, 2009

October Stats and a look at November

Tomorrow is the last day of October and I am very happy with my results on 9s SNG's.
Right now I have a 14% positive ROI on the $1.20 SNG's of 9 players (9s) at pokerstars.

Not much volume, I only played about 36 of these games, so if I increase my volume I can get much better results. My worst stretch without any cash this month on these games was 6 games in a row. My best streak on cashing was 4 games cashing.

Today I have a private tournament with some DC members, we set up this tournament so we can play all together, it will going to be fun!

I had some hands that I want to share here on the Forum, I will convert and post on a future thread. On one hand I made a full house and beat 3 opponents in the same hand. The other my pairs of KK busted 2 more players.

Next month I will exclusively dedicate to 9s SNG's at the $1.20 buy in. Probably I will take a shoot on the $3 or $5 buy in SNG. I will also play some MTT's on Saturday or Friday night so I can return to these big fields again, now that I improved my game.

I will continue to study the game, I will review the blackboard videos from Vandweller, these videos are fundamental to become a winning player. They explain ICM from scratch and the push/fold strategy at later stages on the tournament.

I am also doing some sweat session with some DC members. What is a sweat session? This is made by using Skype and Mikogo software (or TeamViewer). It is a session where someone is watching you playing, (you are sharing your desktop remotely with another guy) and you also speak with him by using Skype. I highly recomend to anyone who wants to improve the game, I have made some 3, 4 sessions and is awesome!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Last Trimester Stats

I was analysing my last trimester on top shark and I have these stats that I want to share:

Average ROI: -6%
Averagre Profit: -$9.15
Games Played: 139
ITM: 29%
Average Buy In: $1.17

On that trimester I played SNG from 9 players to 180 players. Some turbos some normal SNG formats and that all mixed resulted on those stats.
My biggest stretch without cashing was a 26 streak games (mixing a bunch of structures).
My biggest cashing streak was 3 streak games.

This trimester (October-December), I will be more stable and specializing on the 9s and 45s. This month I will only play the 9s (9 players SNG), next month I will play the 45s.
With these I want to check out were I have the biggest ROI.

On the overall data from pokerstars, my positive ROI % are from playing the 45s at normal blinds speed, with a ROI of 76%.

So I think in the future and with these trimester results, 2010 could be a 45s SNG grind.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bubble and Heads Up Play

After 3 days without playing any SNG, I played one tonight. I made it 2nd place and I lost most of my chips on a coin flip move described on the hand posted.

When I reached the bubble I was only having 6 BB stack. I was the shortest stack, then I pushed with A2o and I hit a pair of aces on the flop and a second pair of deuces on the turn and I doubled up to 1800.
On another hand I pushed again with KQo, the opponent that called my push holds a AJs, luckly I paired on the river with a king and another double up on my stack to a healthy 27 Big Blinds.
After some stealing hands and folded hands I was again with KQo on the SB and I double up again with the same opponent that I doubled up before with KQo, turning me on the chip leader, here this hand:

Poker Stars $1.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t75/t150 Blinds - 4 players - View hand 319764
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: t5135 M = 22.82
BTN: t2695 M = 11.98
Hero (SB): t3675 M = 16.33
BB: t1995 M = 8.87

Pre Flop: (t225) Hero is SB with Q of hearts K of diamonds
CO calls t150, 1 fold, Hero raises to t450, BB calls t300, CO calls t300

Flop: (t1350) T of clubs K of spades 8 of diamonds (3 players)
Hero bets t3225 all in, BB folds, CO calls t3225

Turn: (t7800) 7 of diamonds (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: (t7800) T of diamonds (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t7800

CO shows J of spades K of hearts (two pair, Kings and Tens - lower kicker)
Hero shows Q of hearts K of diamonds (two pair, Kings and Tens)
Hero wins t7800

After some hands this is how our stack sizes were on the bubble:

The heads up was working out ok but then I lose most of my stack on this hand, opponent was holding a TT.

Poker Stars $1.00+$0.20 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t100/t200 Blinds + t25 - 2 players - View hand 319770
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: t6025 M = 17.21
Hero (BTN/SB): t7475 M = 21.36

Pre Flop: (t350) Hero is BTN/SB with 9 of spades A of diamonds
Hero raises to t600, BB raises to t2000, Hero calls t1400

Flop: (t4050) 5 of hearts 8 of diamonds 3 of clubs (2 players)
BB bets t4000 all in, Hero calls t4000

Turn: (t12050) 3 of hearts (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: (t12050) K of hearts (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t12050
BB shows T of clubs T of spades (two pair, Tens and Threes)
Hero shows 9 of spades A of diamonds (a pair of Threes)
BB wins t12050

After some hands I down to 2nd place. At least I cash some $.
See you at the tables!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Goals for the rest of the year

September is done. Did not make it a positive ROI % but learn a lot in the process.
I stoped playing during the week, instead I begin to study the game and making some posts on DC forum.

For the final trimester I will spent studying and improving my game on SNG's. I will also play some of them on the weekend and ocasionally on weekdays.
I will report some of my sucess and failures here on the blog. I will post some hands and ocasionally some strategy thoughts.

The grinder will be on SNG's, some shorthanded, some full table and even some SNG's multitables. I must say that I am very motivated to give my best and wish to you guys to give your best at the tables and more important, out of the tables.

Just one final word for this post, I advise to every poker player (in fact to every human being), to work out. Yes, do some exercise, move your butt, it is very important to exercise our bodies in nowdays. We spent a lot seated at a desk and exercising our brains by focusing and grinding poker. Our body is also important, in fact a healthier body gives a boost to our mind and our game at the tables will reflect that change.

On Friday after a woring day at the office I went to my gym, I was not in the mood to working out but I refuse to not to work out. My mind was a little bit exausted but my body not so much.
Now the funny part, after my workout, my body was exausted but my mind was fresh! I mean, it was like pullover a weight from my brain, that I was carrying all the day!
I was tired but my mind was refreshed and ready for some action at the poker tables!

Give it a try, it works, do not create excuses to not workout. Is more important at long term, like poker players we must say that working out our bodies (and mind) is +EV !