Monday, May 24, 2010

Today session

I played 12 games, the 18 man SNG non turbo, I ended up 5 games ITM and one 1st place at the 3.40 buy in. I have been playing the 1.20 buy in level but I decided to take a shot at the 3.40 and ended up winning! I am over rolled for the 1.20 and also the 3.40 buy in levels, I have more than 125 buy ins for the 3.40 level.
I just do not grind so much the 3.40 because I do not like losing too much money due to variance, probably will build more bankroll until I can grind a lot of 3.40.

Anyway, I am committed to continue to build my bankroll and make (more) $150 between yesterday and 30 of June. I will keep updating with my results, I cannot play so much games during the week because I am working but I will enter in Holidays on 31 May, I will have more time to grind in some days.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sick variance and commitment

So sick, I have the worst bad beats on my game. My Aces broked by sets, everytime I am short and I shove with AKs or ATo or a medium pair, someone call with a big pair or gets that miraculous card on the river, it so bad to play and make the best decisions possible and getting busted for a bad beat.
Sorry for this complaining, bad beats are part of the game, this is a mathematical game, you will run hot but you will also take some coolers sometimes, and you cannot avoid. I probably had the worst downswing this year, I did not won any €1 turbo. I had finished played a 18 mans game and I won the 3rd place ITM.

I am being inspired by the professional Portuguese player André (acoimbra), he is trying to make $60000 in only 2 months. In 15 day ha already made more tha $15000. Congratulation André for your effort, you are the man!

I cannot make that challenge with those values because I play low/micro stakes tables according to my bankroll. So I will continue focused to my own challenge and will try to make $150 until the end of June.

This is an example of one of my worst bad beats on this hand:

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Milestone

I have increased my bankroll this year in 2 ways: 2 good ITM finishes on large MTT's at Pokerstars and by playing SNG of 9 players on the 1st Trimester of the year, although that time I had less bankroll that I have now.

I am going to take a step back and learn to play Turbo SNG of 9 players. I will start with the 1,10 € on Pokerstars and when I make my first $50 on them, I will change to the $3,40. Let's see if I can keep up with this.

I have more than 400 times the 1,10 € buy in but in order to learn how to play them and reduce variance I will start at micro levels.

I will also play some Multitable tournaments and multitable SNG. I am targeting more $150 on my bankroll until the end of June.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Interesting Hand: Suited Connectors

This is an interesting hand that I had on the SCOOP event 20. I am posting this hand to show the huge mistake that opponent makes by giving free cards until the River, were I make my straight, he slow plays his monster hand and get "self-killed" on the River.

This is how the hand was played:

Poker Stars $20+$2 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t400/t800 Blinds + t100 - 9 players - View hand 700850

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Hero (UTG): t30340 M = 14.45

UTG+1: t12372 M = 5.89

UTG+2: t4142 M = 1.97

MP1: t5405 M = 2.57

MP2: t26034 M = 12.40

CO: t24181 M = 11.51

BTN: t18735 M = 8.92

SB: t33090 M = 15.76

BB: t25287 M = 12.04

Pre Flop: (t2100) Hero is UTG with 9 of diamonds T of diamonds

Hero raises to t1750, 3 folds, MP2 calls t1750, 2 folds, SB raises to t4800, 1 fold, Hero calls t3050, 1 fold

Flop: (t13050) Q of diamonds K of hearts Q of clubs (2 players)

SB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (t13050) 8 of hearts (2 players)

SB checks, Hero checks

River: (t13050) J of hearts (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets t25440 all in, SB calls t25440

Final Pot: t63930

Hero shows 9 of diamonds T of diamonds (a straight, Nine to King)

SB shows A of hearts K of diamonds (two pair, Kings and Queens)

Hero wins t63930

Monday, May 10, 2010

ITM on SCOOP: 611th place

Let me start by the end. I played about 8 hours of tournament, and my AKs lost for a Q8o from villain, an eight comes on the flop and I had about more than 200K chips but villain had more than 3 times my stack. I can believe it he calls my push with Q8o!

Anyway, I enjoyed very much playing my first SCOOP and ended up deep In The Money, and I was unlucky with my +EV shove UTG with AKs. I have never played so much straight time like this. The SCOOP tournament started at 22:00 with more than 20000 players and I ended played at 06:00 on the 611 place.

The money places begun at 3600 place. It took 5 hours to get in to the money, usually the regular MTT's takes only 2,5 hours. If I had some time I will post some interesting double up hands.

The prize ended up boosting my bankroll and this was a 2 day event, I wish I could made a final table to get a great pay check, better next time!

I will grind this month some 9 players regular SNG's of $3.40 and also come more MTTs. See you at the tables, I am all in!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

April, May and SCOOP

April is done. Not too much to say about, just to mention that it was a different month by all means. I tried some new type of games: 45 Man Turbo SNG's, 6 Man Turbo SNG and the $3.40 9 man SNG's. Besides not making much $$ I did not put not much volume on them to figure out my true ROI on each type of game or at least on some of the games.

I figure out that sometimes I do not practice what I write or set as a monthly goal but when is a trimester or a yearly goal I have more discipline to make the goal.
May is here and I wont be setting any goal for May, I will maintain my goals for the last of the Trimester.

I can promise some things: will increase my performance on MTT's by dedicating more study and work on them and, of course, to start play more MTT's.
Besides big Tournaments I will grind the secure Double or Nothing tables to increase my bankroll. I put my bankroll goal to make a 4 digit bankroll until the end of the year.

I will play the SCOOP No Limit Hold'em Event $22 NLHE ($500K Guaranted), on May 9 at 22:00 WET (Portugal Time). It is my first MTT on the SCOOP event, I won this ticket on Pokerstars.