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Taking the 45-man challenge! - Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:19 PM
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Hey guys, first time poster on the forums!

I recently watched Ahar's "bankroll building blocks" session and decided to give it a shot. Starting with $10, I'll play $0.25 45-man SNGs and attempt to build my bankroll from that. The reason why I'm starting with $10 instead of $5 is because I'm quite inexperienced when it comes to tournaments, but we're all here to learn and evolve, right? If I lose the ten dollars, I definitely need to re-evaluate my tournament play, no doubt about that, but hopefully that won't happen!

I know that it's praxis to name some goals here, but I'm going against the grain and just say that I'm going to significantly build my bankroll.

And happy new year, everyone!

Current bankroll: $86.49

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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:06 PM
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Instead of wishing you Good Luck, I am starting a New Year's resolution early.

Good Decisions!!
 
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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:47 PM
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Welcome to the forums and I wish you well.

Good luck!
 
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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:51 PM
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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Thank you!

I got off to a rough start. I took some really bad beats causing me to bust out early in some of them, and one in the bubble, but that's poker! I also realized early (fortunately) that I need to work on my bubble and final table play overall. TheLangolier had some sessions about that, so I'm going to watch them.

(values are net win)
25/45 -$0.25
17/45 -$0.25
15/45 -$0.25
9/45 -$0.25
6/45 $0.37
2/45 $1.97
 
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Sun Jan 01, 2012, 04:52 PM
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These tournaments are pretty good tilt management exercises. Luckily I'm a calm guy so it's not that much of a problem, really. I personally burst the bubble in the first one, all-in with KK and lost against KJ. I had aces three times in one of the other tourneys, all three of them in the BB, and everyone folded to me. I eventually picked up KK and ran into pocket aces (all-in preflop) versus an extremely loose-aggressive player. I'm learning more do's and dont's along the way so I'm sure I'll be able to turn this boat around!

(values are net win)
8/45 -$0.25
12/45 -$0.25
15/45 -$0.25
3/45 $1.45
27/45 -$0.25
10/45 -$0.25
24/45 -$0.25
19/45 -$0.25
23/45 -$0.25
6/45 $0.37
21/45 -$0.25
14/45 -$0.25
14/45 -$0.25

EDIT: Actual placements may be off because HEM2 registers the 45-man tournaments as 18-man or 27-man tournaments for some reason. I'll write them down myself in the future.

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Sun Jan 01, 2012, 06:45 PM
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make sure you post results correctly to avoid future difficulties.
gl y all
 
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Mon Jan 02, 2012, 08:55 PM
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I knew I'd have a hard time adjusting to tournaments since I've been playing cash games for so long, but I didn't believe I could be THIS bad at it. I'm a winning player at 100NL but beating $0.25 tournaments seems like a lifetime away. Sure, I've tons of suckouts with 88%+ equity, but I can't blame that, really. There's definitely something up with my play. Any help or material references would be greatly appreciated.

(values are net win... or loss)
43/45 -$0.25
23/45 -$0.25
9/45 -$0.25
21/45 -$0.25
18/45 -$0.25
6/45 $0.37
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2012, 11:33 PM
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I've done my homework on 45-man tournaments and MTTs in general and it's paying off. I also reviewed some of my hands and my problem is not being too loose, but rather too aggressive. These tourneys (at least on this level) provide way less fold equity post flop than I thought. Too bad it took me this long to realize such a simple thing. I adjusted my play a little better this time and I'm happy with the progress. Even though I'm break even after this many games (don't laugh at me or I'll slap you) I know that I'm gaining experience for the transition from cash games to tournaments.

19/45 -$0.25
12/45 -$0.25
8/45 -$0.25
38/45 -$0.25
7/45 $0.11
3/45 $1.45
18/45 -$0.25
15/45 -$0.25
5/45 $0.68

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Fri Jan 06, 2012, 04:41 AM
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Slowly getting used to tournaments. Yes, I like to repeat myself.
I need to work on my endgame.

13/45 -$0.25
12/45 -$0.25
6/45 $0.32
9/45 -$0.25
2/45 $1.98
 
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Fri Jan 06, 2012, 05:15 AM
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hi...and welcome.!

You look to be doing well....if you get yourself into gear, there is an area on the forum , under Online Events called "shares & stakings".

I am a newbie like you, and I got lucky in that EdinFreeMan is staking the $6.25 bankroll for me, to do the Challenge.

I'll let you do the spadework, but some other generous soul has offered a similar deal to the right candinate. ..maybe next month?

Good Luck

Richard
 
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Sun Jan 08, 2012, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by WeaselBasher View Post
hi...and welcome.!

You look to be doing well....if you get yourself into gear, there is an area on the forum , under Online Events called "shares & stakings".

I am a newbie like you, and I got lucky in that EdinFreeMan is staking the $6.25 bankroll for me, to do the Challenge.

I'll let you do the spadework, but some other generous soul has offered a similar deal to the right candinate. ..maybe next month?

Good Luck

Richard
Hi!

I didn't see your post because I missed the new page in the thread.

I haven't seen the stakings section of the forum. I'll definitely look into it once I've gained some more experience. Even though it's not a huge share of money I don't feel like I want to "waste" it without knowing exactly what I'm doing. Nonetheless, I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up!

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I won't be posting all the results from now on because I noticed that there's way too many of the same thing. I feel like I'm adjusting pretty well in the transition from cash games to MTTSNGs and it's showing in the results. I took a couple of really bad beats and suckouts but I know I made the right plays so I don't worry too much about that. My bankroll is now up to $15.30 so I'm making progress from being a losing player, to breakeven, to making better decisions and making the money more often. These are a few,but not all, of the latest tourneys:

(values are net win)
14/45 -$0.25
9/45 -$0.25
8/45 -$0.25
2/45 $1.97
5/45 $0.68
1/45 $2.98
 
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Sun Jan 08, 2012, 04:07 AM
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Hey Feskprins, great to hear that your transition from cash to tourney play is going well. Just so you know, in order to qualify for the prize for this challenge you must post up all your results in a certain format. Please see the sticky at the top of this forum.

Also you asked for some materials on tournament play. I strongly recommend watching the 3part video series on Sit 'n' Go's by Spacegravey. They can be found in the video archive. Although they are geared towards STT's, most of the material is also relevant for MTT's.

Good luck in the rest of your challenge.
 
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Mon Jan 09, 2012, 05:51 PM
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I actually didn't know that there was a competition before you mentioned it. I haven't saved all my results and I definitely wouldn't win anyways, so I guess I'll just have to try next month instead, unless there's some way to retrieve the exact results (I still have the tourney IDs) for the 61 games I have played. HEM2 doesn't import the actual placements.

I've had the worst run of cards today in _all_ my tourneys. I was the chip leader, and ran into aces with kings, down to 12BBs, shoved with tens, and ran into jacks. Then I lost with top pair to a guy who hit runner runner for a straight. Ran into AK with AQ. Just lost with kings in a huge pot against queens and jacks because four diamonds hit the board. All of these were in the bubble (9-14). I made way too spewy plays in bad spots in two of the tourneys though (right, Weasel? ) but I'm still up a couple of bucks so I could afford to experiment a little.
 
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Mon Jan 09, 2012, 08:37 PM
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You can request your results from Stars in the playing software.

Most people won't beat the challenge, but it is always a good idea to track your results properly because if you do beat it you can win a prize.

Don't fret too much about a bad run, I have also gone too many games without a cash. I am sure we will both find the money spots sooner rather than later.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012, 06:32 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Swaxwell View Post
You can request your results from Stars in the playing software.

Most people won't beat the challenge, but it is always a good idea to track your results properly because if you do beat it you can win a prize.

Don't fret too much about a bad run, I have also gone too many games without a cash. I am sure we will both find the money spots sooner rather than later.
Turns out you had to post your intent before you start any games anyways. I'll probably join next month instead if I'm able to build my bankroll. The BR in this thread is actually all the money I have on stars so I can't really afford dedicating myself to just these tournaments just in case I hit a bad run and bust out.

I'm starting to get pretty good at these 45-man thingys and I'm in the money more often, and I even have two recent wins, one second place, and two third placements. So I thought I'd try some 2NL. Cash games are my esse so maybe I had enough to build my bankroll a little. I make a small profit of about 30-40 cents in 20 hands or so, and then I get aces UTG. I make my standard raise and someone with a full stack shoves on me. I obviously call and face J6o. He hits three jacks and I lose a full stack. So now I'm down to 13.02. But for the thousandth time; You can't be results oriented and despite that I have still made a small profit.
 
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Sat Jan 14, 2012, 05:18 PM
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I have some pretty good news. I cashed in five of my last six tourneys. 3rd, 7th, 7th, 3rd, 19th, and 6th accordingly. I faced suckouts in the ones I placed 7th and 6th, but I'm still happy with my overall performance. I'm still a little pissy that I lost those 2$ with aces vs J6o in a cash game because I shouldn't have been there to begin with. Nonetheless, I'm still up and when I hit $20 I'm taking a shot at the $0.50 45-man turbos!
 
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Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:53 AM
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Starting to look pretty good. I'm in the money frequently and I'm making better and better decisions. Kinda sucks that I get sucked out on when I'm second in chips and end up mincashing very often. Suckouts are okay, but not when they only seem to happen with seven or six players left. Nonetheless, I'm happy with my results. If I was officially in the cowboy's challenge, I would have more than doubled my bankroll after 71 games. My total ITM is 27% which increased significantly as I improved. Here are some recent results, not in any particular order:

(values are net win)
2/45 $1.97
7/45 $0.11
8/45 -$0.25
3/45 $1.45
36/45 -$0.25
19/45 -$0.25
6/45 0.37
18/45 -$0.25
3/45 $1.45
11/45 -$0.25
 
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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 08:10 PM
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Aaaaand we're finally over $20 ($21.87 to be exact) which means that I'll be upping the stakes and hit the $0.50 turbos! This is more of a big deal to me than you might think because never in a million years did I expect to see myself making a profit from SNGs, let alone MTTSNGs. As you can see in the graph, I suddenly "clicked" and started playing really well. Too bad I didn't join the cowboy's challenge though, but I might next month!

Recent results, in order for once, oldest first:

(values are net win)
35/45 -$0.25
21/45 -$0.25
1/45 $2.98
2/45 $1.97
10/45 -$0.25
1/45 $2.98

78 games (please note that I was breakeven until my 38th game which impacts the stats)
61,1% ROI
27,9% ITM
I never finished 4th for some reason

This is a huge step for me, so thank you all for the support, the tips, the PMs (you know who you are) and of course to our trainers and hand analyzers.


Last edited by Feskprins; Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM.. Reason: Goats are hot
 
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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 08:23 PM
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Great job!

Keep it going!

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