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Juggling funds to increase profits

By: Ovalman @ 10:20 (EST) / 377 / Comment ( 3 )

I started the year on fire in 45 man SnGs but recently it all went wrong. I couldn't win when I was ahead, I couldn't win when I was behind and I couldn't win a flip. Normally I'd put this down to variance but it has affected my game and I know I'm making mistakes into the bargain. As a result I moved back to Limit STTs with a bit more success. I feel comfortable in these games, there are a lot more blue whales and I'm the shark in these. As I said before though, these games restrict me, there's not a big enough player pool and the sharks are waiting at higher stakes. For this reason I plan on moving back to 45 man games.

In the mean time I juggled a bit of funds about. I got a free $20 ticket on Full Tilt for cash tables which I turned into $35 clear profit. I sent the $35 back to Pokerstars but then I got another email from FT for a free $10 when you transfer $40 from Stars to FT. I've now taken up this offer and I'll do the same again.

Stars also offered a very generous 27% reload bonus for a $100 deposit in the form of a TCOOP ticket. As my funds are in £££, I deposited £75 and took up the offer and played TCOOP event number 1. I played very well in the game before suffering my worst bad beat of the year so far.

OK it was an 80/20 shot, we lose them all the time but it was the stakes and timing of this hand that hurt more along with the way the hand played out. I was playing well, never had my chips in behind in this tournament and while I was a good bit off the cash, I'm certain I would have cashed had I won this hand and maybe even a deep run. I went out a few hands later as I was being chipped away by the antes, Q8o was maybe a wrong shove but I had 2 live cards and a 35% shot but as usual I never caught up when behind.

I feel you must reward yourself once in a while if you make money in the game so I withdrew £100 which I'll spend some and use it again for the next deposit bonus.

As a result my balance is now $149 which is more than comfortable to multi table $1.50 SnGs. I've also a $50 nearly completed from the Pokercast game which will bring me up to $200, when my $40 comes back from Full Tilt then I'm back to where I was before my bad run started but I'm £25 extra in my bank.

It really pays to play the bonus game. Take anything you can from the site and juggle those funds.

I read a really great idea on the forum which I'll do. Convert any amounts less than $1 in my account to another currency after every session and then use the funds to play a bigger game every once in a while. Because the amounts are so small you won't miss them but I think they'll build up quickly. As a start I've transferred 23c to CAD and whenever I've around $15 CAD I'll use the funds to play the Sunday Storm. It's just juggling funds but it certainly will feel like a freeroll and I'll be under no pressure. As my run in the Storm has been horrendous I think I'm due a bit of a run.

I'm going to gring Limit STTs for a week and try for the BOTP Leaderboard. I'm now finding it easier to grind the 100 games for the high orbit and it's helping me keep up to 10 tables open constantly for sessions of up to 30 at a time.

I'll update again at the end of the month.

Good luck at the tables.

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