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So the last two days are probably the last full days I will have off work until the new year except for xmas day itself. That meant I wanted to play every MTT under the sun and get as much game time in as possible! The rest of december will see me play some cash tables here and there and studying up on the game as well as reviewing my play.

Over the last two days I have felt I have run extrememly badly... I constantly saw coolers and my Aces and Kings were getting cracked left right and centre after being all in pre-flop. I can happily say that I stayed focused on my game and it did not deter me from playing my best or jumping straight into another MTT. Sure i was frustrated and now and then I would take 5 minutes to take stock but I never felt tilted.

Now I have to say that has been the biggest achievement for me. In all the time ive played this game in the past tilt has been one of my major downfalls. Yet i stayed clear headed and I managed to stay focussed on the task at hand. So a huge pat on the back for that.

Secondly... Is it really run bad? I played far more tournaments then I usually do and therefore played far more hands. Was I just experience a larger number of 'bad beats' due to volume? Either way varience evens it all out so as long as it's not affecting my play I should stay head strong and keep playing through.

Now I will let you be the judge. In a single day I had the following bust outs:

JJ lose to 66 & 86 all in pre 56 blinds deep...
KJ lose to AQ all in on a J45rainbow board 40 blinds deep against mager agro player
KK lose to AA all in pre
99 lose to A10 all in pre
66 lose to AQ all in pre
A4 lose to 99 all in pre when short after QQ lost to  tens
A5 lose to 88 all in pre when short after KK lose to nines
88 lose to 66 & A5 all in pre when i shoved with 15 bigs
66 lose all in to 87s
two tournies short stacked shoved and out as standard
AQ loses to 56 all in pre 20 bigs deep
99 loses to 710 and Q8 all in pre for 36 bigs!
66 loses all in pre vs A7 & KQ
AA loses to Q9 all in on a K82 board
77 loses all in vs AJ
AA loses to KK all in pre for the chip lead with 18 left
Tens loses all in pre to Q8
major*** XD
KK lose all in pre vs AJ and A10 very first hand...

AK lose to JJ all in pre

AA loses to KK all in pre

AK loses all in pre to 66
AK loses all in pre to Q10
AK loses to AQ all in pre..

Now you see why I question if it is running bad. Sure my big hands got cracked a fair few times but that happens. The rest are coinflips. Of course this is going to happen, sure it sucks when you are deep in a tournament but we all suck out and we all get our share of holding up with our big hands.

My advice when you are 'running bad' take a look at the spots you felt you were unlucky and see the actual percentages. You may just be surprised.


Now onto where we feel a bit better... Our recent results:

2108th / 23,319 for $6.58

117th / 698 for $3.04

267th / 10,900 for $11.94

282nd / 2237 for $7.69

25th / 751 for $4.75

8th / 117 for $48.45

66th / 3599 for $5.17

210th / 3567 for $1.74

19th / 1022 for $9.81 = Aces lost to Kings all in pre for the chip lead pot of 1.2million

53rd / 333 for $9.80

124th / 1157 for $8.74

74th / 3962 for $18.50



So some strong deep runs and comparing with the bust outs above that would be the reason why i busted these tournaments we can see that if we start winning some of these crucial hands we may not be too far away from taking our first MTT down!

Now for what I am annoyed with myself at.

I played too many MTT's!!! Yes I know that was the point but I registered for too many and found myself playing 12 games at once. How am I supposed to play my best? Quick answer... I didnt.

I will limit myself to 6 games at once in future as this is a good amount that i know I have no trouble focussing on. On top of that I will be more selective and this in turn will also help my BR to not nose dive like I have witnessed these last two days of play.

This realisation has honestly been my biggest frustration as I feel I could have saved at least $100 of losses plus maybe got better returns.


That being said heres the BR update.

BR start of the day: $1,202.40

BR end of day: $1024.89

Day profit: -$177.51

Total Profit: +$1905.50

My bankroll is much bigger and thus the swings will be much higher but to lose this amount in two days when I know I could have saved over half of it is frustrating. That would have been my entire BR a week or two ago so changing the mind set of new limits andhow to manage that properly needs to sink in fast!


Other than that I am loving life at the poker tables and enjoying every second. I only wish that this was my job instead! Dont we all though!

All the best and See You @ The Tables


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