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The Grind... continues

By: baud2death @ 20:12 (EDT) / 370 / Comment ( 0 )

First, my game the other night, the Super KO... I won, just kidding - made it 284 / 4252 and $5.94 in cashes and KOs total, just under twice the buyin return.



So had a nice structured day today.

Ran 7 x 500-cap 50c games, the 11c Turbo, The Hot 55c and 16 x 90-man 25c games

I didn't cash that well in the 500-cap, overall got 2 minimum(ish) cashes for $1.34, the other MTTs were a bust but I did do well in my 90-man games

Aside from some strange beats, lots of river busts with the best hand and an interesting AA/KK/QQ all-in hand, I came out on top

Cashed 5/16 games (so around 30% ITM) for $12.41 in winnings.

1 x 10th, 1 x 5th, 1 x 4th, 1 x 3rd, 1 x 1st

The 4th was annoying, there was an absolute maniac on the table, I had him on my pre-FT table and he was playing at a VPIP of 90%, crazy.

Strange thing was, he caught every hand but a few. He was winning about 2/3 all-in flips with absolute trash and he knocked one guy out with A6 vs TT, he caught his 6 then another guy out with some rag hand again vs TT and he caught a straight.

He made a comment about being in a rush and wanted anyone to call him. I don't know if it was a strategy but it was really hard to play against.

I waited until I could, it was hard since he was right to my left and I knew that with his massive stack, he would call anything I put to him with, so when I got AK, I thought it was either this or TT+, at about 9BB, I Shove and he has Ax, catches his x on the river...

Its painful when loose maniacs get lucky, in the longrun they can't win and I imagine that their win/loss ratio is quite poor, but they make the occasional FT.


The 3rd place was a cooler, 3-handed and pretty close in stacks, I raise with K9s on the button, get called by SB, BB folds. Comes K-X-X, Opp checks it, I bet and he calls, There are diamonds there so I put him on a draw or a weaker king, I can't remember what the other cards were but we got it in on the turn I think and he shows AA.

1st was a simple one, had a nice chip-stack since about 6-handed, I didn't win any big flips, just knocked out the hangers on and won a few small pots. Headsup, I had the chip lead by about 5:1 and get A5 in the BB for the first HU hand, opp shoves and although he has 20BB, I knew he raised a bit loose before so with it being headsup and shoving at 20BB, I reckon he either caught a nice pair or an Ace, I call - he shows Qx diamonds and my Ace high holds up.

So yesterday I made a profit of about $0.33 (wohoo) and started the day out on $39.90

Today, I spent $8.51 in buyins and scored $13.75 in winnings so $5.24 net profit for the night.

... not going to set the world alight but it improves my losses from the previous run of 50c turbo games and reassures me that my method is sound... play some MTTs like the 500-cap to get the chance at some nice big scores but stick to the 25c games because the speed is consistent and reliable and it is proven to be a winning formula for me.


One thing I did differently today was a massive multi-table exercise. At one point I had 12 games running. It got quite crazy as I am not used to Multi-Tabling so much and the bings/bells going off from the client got a bit hectic. At one point I folded KK with 9BB, turned out that I would have lost the hand to Aces anyway but didn't like that I folded them.

The one thing I dislike about multi-tabling is that if you play as I do with a stacked window arrangement, it is hard to see how your All-Ins go. You can move that window off to the side and keep clicking into it to keep it on top but if you don't then you either win the all-in or you get the pop-up saying "you got knocked out in xxx place"

Personally, I love watching the All-Ins... although I had to have a bad beat come out on me, it does add some flavor to the game when you watch the race street by street... I am often ahead on the preflop with a better High card (ie AQ vs A and I am just saying in my head (or sometimes out loud) no 8, no 8... sometimes it hits, sometimes it even makes a hand where you think you won/lost but didn't see that it made a straight or a full-house.

I think I will continue with Multi-tabling, the process of playing and adding tables when you bust creates a process that eventually means that you end up with some Final Tables to play at the end as you have whittled away the early bust games as you go. Almost like a production line.

With this method, I don't open any new games that are -3 hours from when I want to stop playing... that way, if i do well and on the last games manage to FT, I am probably stopping at about the time I want to, or if i bust earlier, then earlier still.

The last thing I want to do is be there on my iPad, drifting off and with the sound off so my wife doesn't get annoyed by the bings and bells, if i do drift off then I will end up sitting out. It has happened a few times and is the result of poor planning or doing the "just one more game" idea when really it should be "just goto bed!"



End of the day, I am on $45.14 and will do a rinse and repeat of this again tomorrow more than likely. Although the 500-cap games were mostly a bust (with a couple of min cashes), I do find that the FTs on those are quite soft and once you can get there, they do a good enough job of knocking each other out that it can get to 3-5 handed quite quickly and you just need to find the right spot to setup a cooler or just a simple overpair vs top pair scenario to get your chip ups


Feeling good (a profitable day can do that for you)

I am on track for my goal, if I perform as well as today I could see $100 before the end of this month... even sooner if i can bink another 1st place cash in one of those 500-caps!!



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