Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mid-month update

Well I'm still at 2/4 after not cashing out earlier this month. I decided to keep my money in there and take a decent shot at the next level. Here's my graph since switching to 2/4 full-time:

Since downswinging around $750 (-$174 at 3/6 isn't included in this graph) I've switched to starting off each session at 3 tables and slowly adding the 4th. In the past I was playing up to 5 or 6 tables and that's just not good for me at this point.

Lately I've been lagging it up quite a bit which is fun and a lot more rewarding (when it works out). I'm pretty sure I'm gonna let Platinumstar go by the wayside this month. I should have a good shot at retaining it in June and getting the $650 bonus assuming I'm still at 2/4 (or hopefully 3/6).

I will beat 2/4 because players like this are everywhere:

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $4.00 BB (6 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

Preflop: Hero is Button with 9, 9

2 folds, CO calls, Hero raises, 2 folds, CO calls

Flop: (5.5 SB) 9, Q, 7 (2 players)

CO bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, Hero caps, CO calls

Turn: (6.75 BB) 7 (2 players)

CO bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, Hero caps, CO calls

River: (14.75 BB) Q (2 players)

CO bets, Hero calls

Total pot: $67 (16.75 BB) | Rake: $2


Hero mucked 9, 9 (full house, nines over Queens).

CO had Q, K (full house, Queens over sevens).

Outcome: CO won $65

Monday, May 04, 2009

Best month ever


Thanks to getting 45th in the Turbo Takedown ($1,250) I had my best month ever: $2,178.49. I squeaked into the money in that tournament and then just kept playing weak-tight and folding to each prize level until eventually I'd double or triple up with a well timed push or a made hand.

Baby steps but it feels good. I am now playing 2/4 but am only up $50 in 3,500 hands so far. I cashed out $1,000 and I guess I'll give myself a $500 cushion to try to stick at 2/4. If not I'll move back down to 1/2 and try again.

I still have a lot to learn and 2/4 is certainly different than 1/2 but I know it's beatable if I table select and PAY ATTENTION TO THE PLAYERS. I don't think tilt will be a problem but I always have to be on guard. I know playing weak-tight could be a problem too as the pots look pretty enormous after playing 70k hands of 1/2.

I ran at 2.25 bb/100 thru 18k hands at 1/2 after adjusting my playing style. That's a pretty good number but it's a fairly small sample.

With the cashout I guess I have made a conscious decision to take my time at 2/4 instead of trying to speed through it and avoid the 3 bb/100 raketrap. I don't see the point in getting to 5/10 with a 1/2 5 tabling mindset. I think I would probably get destroyed there and have to drop down anyway.