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tourneys #1-25

By: ketchup143 @ 00:37 (EST) / 68 / Comment ( 0 )

i am finally ready to report my results from the first 25 tourneys of my 250 tourney challenge. as promised, all were sngs except for #15. i have allowed myself to play $11 sngs, however, simply b/c these are usually omaha tourneys that i wanted to include in my regular schedule since i originally stated that omaha is my stronger game. "hup" means headsup and "dup" means doubleup. turbo blinds are usually 6 minutes long but occasionally are 5 minutes. everything not marked turbo had 10 minute blinds

1--$11 + .50 plo8 hup--2nd- -$11

2--$3.50 + .35 9 max holdem turbo--2nd--$9.45

3--$10 + .50 holdem hup--1st--$20

4--$3.50 + .20 6 max holdem dup turbo--1st--$6.60

5--$5 + .35 10 max plo8 dup turbo--6th- -$5

6--$5 + .22 holdem hup--1st--$5

7--$5 + .25 plo hup--2nd- -$5

8--$7 + .55 9 max holdem turbo--8th- -$7

9--$10 + .50 plo hup--1st--$20

10--$5 + .35 10 max holdem dup turbo--1st--$10

11--$3.50 + .40 9 max holdem--1st--15.75

12--$11 + .50 plo hup turbo--1st--$22

13--$6 + .36--6 max holdem dup turbo--1st--$12

14--$5 + .27 holdem hup--2nd- -$5

15--$10 + $1 holdem bounty ($3) $700 GTD--61st- -$10 ($7 went into the prize pool, $3 was a knockout bounty everyone had to put up that is awarded to the player who knocks you out)

16-- $5 + .27 holdem hup--1st--$10

17--$5 + .25 fixed limit holdem hup turbo--1st--$10

18--$4.60 + .40 10 max holdem turbo--8th- -$4.60

19--$5 + .27 holdem hup turbo--1st--$10

20--$5.27 holdem hup--2nd- -$5

21--$6 + .60 6 max plo8 turbo--5th- -$6

22--$6 + .60 plo8 hup turbo--2nd- -$6

23--$11 + .46 holdem hup turbo--2nd- -$11

24--$6 + .36 6 max holdem dup turbo--4th- -$6

25--$10 + .50 holdem hup--1st--$20

I bought in for a total of $174.38 and had a return of $175.80 for a profit of $1.42. I cashed in a total of 13 out of 25 tourneys. i was 0 for 4 in plo8 events, 2 for 3 in plo events, and 11 for 18 in holdem events. i was 7 for 14 in turbo events and 6 for 11 in non-turbo events. i was 3 for 5 in dup events and 8 for 14 in headsup events.

i was a little surprised by my bad omaha stats. one problem i have in plo8 is playing people who put in so many chips with just the hi or the lo. it's hard to know if they might be able to scoop it or not, and it's a burden to continually make big calls knowing u'll only win half the pot or perhaps none of it if the opponent has that golden hand that scoops. i probably let my patience slip a bit in the hup events. i think i could have done better in the non-turbo events, but things like stack distributions and wins by all in players that were only 40% to win the hand hurt my chances. the elevating blinds made it hard to stay out of trouble even if i had been successful doing that for a long period. i did better in the turbo events; i think ive been able to loosen up a bit in these and take chances earlier. i got some good results from players i thought would call me down but instead folded and allowed me to pick up blinds and antes. i certainly would have liked to win more than $1.42, but losing the 10 and 11 dollar events cost me in the end. i had several lucky breaks throughout the first 12 or so events that allowed me to cash. in the events after that, i played better but got unlucky with the blinds going up and being dominated when i shoved. so it all evened out.

one thing in the play of others that ive noticed is people not taking an active role in their style of play. they wait for me to make a mistake to try and pounce instead of creating their own opportunities. this goes more so for headsup tourneys but relates to all forms of poker. while some can be said about passing up a more marginal spot to try and pick up bigger hands later, sometimes it's more correct to bet in these spots to mix up your play and pick up dead money when ur opponent is unwilling to continue. those who will call with a wide range are best left alone, but many players will just give up, even if they perceive that u are trying to execute a bluff. they don't want to stick their neck out too far and try a "rebluff" or "resemi-bluff" kind of thing (basically a steal or re-steal attempt). this kind of player is very rare in micro stakes games. i usually don't try it until im around 10 or 12 bbs and the blinds and chip stacks dictate that i must make a play.

in headsup, u have to have the ability to quickly determine if your opponent will fight back at u on what kinds of flop textures. just checking or calling for pot control can go a long way as well. ive come to the conclusion that position in headsup doesn't make as big a difference on the turn and the river as it does preflop and on the flop. there have been plenty of times where i thought being on the button would win me an easy pot, and i try a stone cold bluff, but then my opponent raises. i think a lot of people don't understand how position works to begin with, which allows u to make small steal attempts off the button at times. a less perceptive opponent will just fold when calling would have done them a lot better. by the time the turn or river comes around, a lot of pots are going to be played for stacks anyway, so u will see more shoves; or if stacks are too deep to shove, you will see 2/3rds to pot sized bets, which really narrows down the range of hands you can have to continue playing in the hand. if possible, try to pick up as many pots earlier in hands if you don't know where u stand and are afraid of getting out drawn. save going to the turn or river for when u are dominating or u have good pot odds to continue.

in double ups, it becomes necessary to attack smaller stacks more often. recognizing how each opponent plays a small, medium, and large stack goes a long way towards helping you make the right decision. since the top 5 all get paid, patience is more important, as is picking up small pots. u don't want to be entering as many pots as u would in a normal tourney, but the ones u do enter u want to win as much as possible. no speculation if u can help it, unless the pot odds are insane. 3betting is not that effective, because u will either win a small pot or lose a big one. staying in 5th place or higher is the goal, so u want to build a divide between urself and 6th place if u can. don't let ur stack dwindle too much--in these tourneys, falling deeper into the lower places makes it very difficult to get back up, especially in turbos. also, 6 players is the least number of people that will ever be left remaining, so hand values are going to be better, which makes winning a showdown once u've shoved all in much harder.


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