My Results From Playing 370,345 Hands of Poker in the Past Four Months

By: chrisp200
Published: Nov 7th, 2018
When I started my journey as a Professional Poker Player, I assumed that I would continue to do what I had done for years, which was playing a huge volume amount of tournaments. After traveling around to different tournament stops, I realized that was not the right way to go about it. I started playing live cash fairly consistently and quickly became a regular in the 2/5 games wherever I was.

The problem with tournaments is not that they aren't more profitable than cash games, but that the variance is much greater and you may not realize your expectation before your poker career is over.

At this point, I believe in balance. Play a few live tournaments when the fields are good, and play cash games as my day to day job.

I think the guys strictly playing MTTs for a living are absolutely insane or just not aware of the variance involved. This more applies to live tournament grinders than online grinders, only because online players can play 25-50 times the volume a live player can get in. But even just playing online MTTs for a living could really mess with your head. Even a great player could go months and months on a downswing. Most can't handle losing over and over again, thus getting knocked down and forced to find alternative ways of making a living.


Since the World Series of Poker in June, I decided to take a break and not travel. I haven't been in one city for more than one month in over a year and a half. I was starting to get wore out from the lack of a routine.

I have reduced the amount of live poker tremendously over the past few months while focusing on online cash games. Since June 26th, I have played 370,345 hands of poker and am winning at 5bb/100. Most of my hands were at 100NL and 200NL. I am running -$5,000 under my expectation, which sucks, but it is actually a good thing from a professionals prospective.

I do think that I can get my bb/100 up to 6-7.5bb/100 by playing less tables. Most of this was me playing 9-12 tables at once.





There is still room for improvement, but I am pretty damn proud of what I was able to accomplish. I proved to myself that I still have it. I can still compete online and can make money from anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection.


I am rewarding myself with a short vacation to Key West in a couple of weeks. After that, it is back to grinding for a couple of weeks and then return home (in Pittsburgh) for the holidays to be with family and friends.

There are big plans for 2019 that I will post here in late December. Until then, I hope everyone is doing well and following their dreams.

Good Luck!

Chris Perkins

twitter.com/the_chrisp200

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