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  1. I've never had a 5-figure score until a week ago, when I played the initial tournament at the APPT Sydney. They started the series off with a 1K Deepstack Event with a starting field of 268, split into two "Day 1s".

    I played the second one, got off to a great start when I 4-bet for one-third of my stack preflop holding AA, the other guy called (lol) and couldn't get away from KK on a JT4ss flop. He tanked for 4 minutes and eventually called... GG sir.

    Other than that my Day1 was a rollercoaster. First table was great with only a few guys who knew what they were doing (or so it seemed to me at the time at least) and I built my stack without much risk.

    Halfway through the day the tournament director came by our table and was eyeing stacks at the table - I could kind of feel him looking at me, but thought perhaps if I sit really still... lol. Nope, no such luck - and he moved me... to the table... of... death. Or... you know, something less dramatic.

    Well, in comparison at least it was a horrible table draw. I refused to consider myself the soft-spot, but it was obviously a tough table and a lot of pressure was being applied in various spots. One such spot came up after a couple of orbits.

    UTG, 9handed, with 32K behind I open QQ to 1800 at 300/600/a75. Folds to young guy with a hoodie, big shades and huge earphones in MP who lifts one of his earphones and asks me how much I'm playing. I tell him (he covers), he considers for a few seconds and then flatcalls. Not sure what to make of that. Heads-up to the flop which was Tc 8c 4s. I consider for about 10-15 seconds and bet 2650, only to have him stare at me and make it 7K. Puke... Either I made a good laydown or... well, the other option. Still annoys me.

    I finally get moved to my third table of the day, which was a lot softer except for one spot - last year's winner on my left. He seemed to leave me alone though and I chipped up by picking spots against what I perceived to be some of the weaker spots.

    I ended Day1 in the bottom third of the field with 27K in spots (starting stack was 15K) and blinds at 600/1200/a200.

    Day2, I got off to a good start busting someone even shorter than myself when my TT beat his AK. From there, things really took off with a rush of decent cards and pretty soon I was sitting on roughly 85K. I kept this going until the money bubble slowed play to a ridiculous pace, at which point I went absolutely card-dead. I had enough to kind of maintain a stack, but never found too many good resteal spots and dwindled as a result.

    Once the bubble burst I was down to about 13BBs and made my one questionable play of the tournament when I got it in with Kh9h against an EP raise. I was 'lucky' enough that the other guy showed AsQs and I ended up making a flush to stay in the tournament.

    Nothing too interesting until we were down to two tables. I had been abusing the others a little bit here and there with my 17BB resteal stack (everyone was opening light it seemed - I never got called) and finally had a chance to get some real chips when the button shoved 11BBs into my BB. I snapped with JJ only to see the flop come down 325, giving him a set of 3s. FML...

    As is the case with these things, they even out and I was to catch lightning in a bottle myself only shortly thereafter. From the HJ, 8-handed I shove 66 with 13-14BBs only to have the SB call me with TT. Flop: 689, Turn: 9. River: 2. Oh well...

    When the final table came together, I was 8th in chips with Lee Nelson on my immediate left. Lee was sitting on a gazzzilion chips and looked primed to win the whole things. The fact that he had position on me was pretty inconsequential, as I was in fold/push mode anyway, but we chatted a bit - nice guy and a solid player for sure.

    I stole, re-stole to the best of my abilities throughout the final table, but finally with 6 left my A9o was unable to best 77. Disappointed when it happened (cause I really felt I had a good shot if only I could get some chips) but being handed AUD 10,760 in the cage softened the blow considerably.

    My biggest online win was for USD 3.5K so I felt this was quite an achievement and I'll probably be looking to play more live when I get a chance.


  2. Posting on 2+2
    The whole reason for writing a blog is – for me at least – to have an outlet. You know, to broadcast victories, losses and everything in between. Also (and I’ve said this before), it’s one of the ways in which I’ve been able to improve my performance, because the nature of having to, truthfully, broadcast your play to an audience after-the-fact, leaves you a little less inclined to do something stupid! After all, nobody WANTS to admit that they 4-bet-shoved 96o into QQ because they hadn’t been paying attention to the villain’s tendencies!

    Now, since it’s been quite a while since my last blog – one might speculate that I’ve had nothing to brag about/confess to as of late. One would be wrong though, as both (unfortunately!) hold true for the undersigned. I’ve simply found another way of working through both challenges & upsets.

    The answer is 2+2. I’ll admit, I found posting on the site pretty intimidating the first time I tried (under a different nick) back in 2006-7. My understanding and reasoning back then was even more flawed than it is today and the few times I ventured a response to a question or even posted something myself, I remember being met with condescending responses like, “LOL dude. mg, ez shove ftw ldo. Next!” and annoyed feedback like, “this has been covered in thread #u67xqd19. Please don’t clutter the forum!” I remember feeling pretty exasperated by the tone in the forums and after only 30-40 posts, quit the forum entirely.

    It’s a shame really, because my return to the infamous forum has shown me what so many others have raved about already. If you’re willing to put in the hours, read a lot of threads and build up a presence (I suggest start in one of the forums, e.g. MTT or STT), there’s a lot to learn. The tone can be pretty harsh at times (and perhaps feel even more so if you’re asking questions that some might consider elementary knowledge) but I’ve found that most are less insensitive than what I thought they were a few years ago – just ignore the baboons.

  3. Time to review my results once again. The last time I performed this excercise, I had a meager 190-200 rows of data to work with, whereas I'm now at a more considerable 731 rows, ranging from MTTs, STTs, a few cash game sessions, rakeback etc etc. If you don't know what I mean, I'm basically talking about a massive excel spreadsheet, in which I record every tournament & session I play. It keeps me focused and I find it valuable in terms of keeping myself honest. Let's be frank, most of the time you're not able to say EXACTLY how much you've spent in buy-ins after a session of sitngos, am I right? Yeah, me neither and unfortunately, it's almost always more than one might think.

    So, I've got 731 rows in my spreadsheet. My action has been split as follows:

    Rakeback/Bonus Rows: 25 (Total Profit: USD 293.74)
    - that's obviously a lot of money. Money that you'd be pretty stupid not to claim for yourself as a player. These days, it's so easy.

    Cashgame Rows: 15 (Total Profit: USD 81.01, split across 1227 hands)
    - this is actually a bit of everything. Boredom led me to play 4 tables of NL20 at one point, which went absolutely disastrous! Lost more buy-ins than I care to remember. There is however also a quick $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha in there, in which I clawed back most of my NLHE losses. According to the spreadsheet, 178 hands and 300 bucks profit.

    Double Stack STT Rows: 8 (Total Profit: USD 66.50)
    - this seems silly now, but right when I started tracking myself I was getting into these sitngo's where they start you off with double stacks. It was on the ipoker network and basically the only kind of STT I wanted to play there. Felt I needed to differentiate between normal sitngo's and these.

    Matrix STT Rows: 8 (Total Profit: USD 13.28)
    - same as the above. You're probably familiar with the 'Matrix' STTs on FullTilt. If not, it's one sitngo, in which you play the same opponents but on 4 tables simultaneously. There are then prizes per table, but also for how you do overall. Mostly when I'm bored, I'll change things up a bit with one of these.

    MTT Rows: 319 (Total Profit: USD 2,306.62)
    - well, I've done quite well if I have to say so myself. I feel more than 300 tourneys is enough of a sample size to give an indication of ability/skill. I'm sure downswings can last for longer than 300, but still - I guess I must know a thing or two about poker. I'll break this one down even further later on.

    $4, 180-person STT Rows: 22 (Total Profit: USD <SPAN>-11.84</SPAN>)
    - same as before. Felt this was a very particular type of tournament. Always the same number of entrants, low buy-in on PokerStars with a pretty high level of skill. 22 is nothing to go by, but I kind of got tired of them and moved on. Eehh...

    STT (sitngo) Rows: 334 (Total Profit: USD 688.85)
    - This is pretty much anything else. Varying buy-in sizes, a lot of 2-table, 3-table & 45-person STT alongside the 'original' 9 or 10 player sitngos. Before adding these up, I was seriously unsure whether I'd get a positive or a negative figure in the end. Glas it wasn't the latter.

    I'll break apart the MTT and STT rows a bit in my next blog. Feel like I have enough information in order to derive some conclusions. If not conclusive, at least some insight into which pokersite I should be favouring, what buy-in size has yielded the most success etc etc. I have an idea, but perhaps the figures will surprise.


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