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Ed's May Madness - Tue May 01, 2012, 06:50 AM
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Thomas Stearns was accurate - April IS the cruellest month.

My cash games, having been up $60 at one point, ended up with a loss of $20. My tournaments over the month netted me a profit of $20. BR improved by zero.

Free fun I suppose, but I prefer a profit.

I could go on about the bad beats I suffered but it is time to move on. April is over.

May Madness is about to begin.....

I have made a deposit for the first time in about two years - to take advantage of the SCOOP reload bonus. I intend to play a huge hairy load of poker in May. I will be trying out some more MTTs - not my forte as I have only played freeroll MTTs in the UKIPT/PSO Leagues and mainly play cash and STTs - but I think it is time I took a bit more of a shot at a bigger potential payout.

The target for May is to to double my bankroll over 31 days by any means possible.

I will post my daily profits/losses here.

Good luck all.

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
 
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Tue May 01, 2012, 01:12 PM
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Best of luck, Ed. Are you going to have a go at any of the SCOOP games, or focus on the regular MTT's?
 
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Tue May 01, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Best of luck, Ed. Are you going to have a go at any of the SCOOP games, or focus on the regular MTT's?
Thanks, I might play a SCOOP if I can satellite into one. I'll buy straight in to any regular MTTs up to about $5.50 and also look to win tickets for the Sunday Storm through the $2.20 satellites.

Cashed in my first $2.20 Storm Satty today but unregistered and took the T-money as I will play several more this week, so a profit of $8.80

Planning to have an early night tonight so the only MTT I played was the 7:05pm WET 20FPP $1k added tourney. Cashed for a massive $0.52 busting 262nd of 4788 - a good wee practice MTT.

Cashed 1 of 2 Fifty50s at $1.50 only 4th for $2.08 so overall loss there of $0.92

Played some 6-max cash as well - about 120 hands and doubled my stack - profit $2.06

Overall Profit for 1st May = $10.46

That is about daily average OTE for my bid to boost my BR this month. I also received my PSO Premier League $20 and UKIPT £3 prizes so an extra $24.86 in the roll from those. My deposit has not arrived in the cashier yet but when it does I should have around $300 on PStars and my aim is to double that or better this month.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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Thu May 03, 2012, 06:19 AM
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DAY 2 was not really May Madness - just May Slightly Eccentric.

Didn't have a lot of time at the tables due to the server reset, an unexpected visitor, and some plumbing problems (household not personal...).

Also, as my reload deposit had not arrived in the PS Cashier I deferred any extra grind time. It has been credited now, it just took 48hrs and I am all set up for the SCOOP Reload Bonus to a maximum of $40 if I can grind up to 800VPP over the next 30 days.

I stayed up late for the Langolier's SCOOP Warm Up training session - lots of useful info, especially on the SCOOP Satellites which look like they could be good value for earning T-Money. Plus there is the added value of a ticket for the PSO $2.20 buy-in satellite to the $11 satellite to the $109 Main Event - which if I actually got the ticket I might take a shot at - a two day deep stacked massive field tournament. That would be a brand new experience.

Day 2 results.

Played 3x $1.50Fifty50s. Cashed only once for $2.37 so loss $2.13 on those.

However, both busted Fifty50s I at least got it in good. First time AKs had two calls, BOTH OPPONENTS holding AQo, so I was about 77% favourite - second time AKo had only one caller, again holding AQo. Those queens just kept popping out on the board amongst a total absence of Kings.

The only MTT I played was a $1.10 6max Turbo $2.5K GTD, but I busted just before the hour shoving AJ into QQ. My mistake and no complaints.

So loss there of $1.10.

Got a little bit back at the cash tables, only $0.77 though - so overall I was down.

DAY 2 LOSS $2.46

PROFIT MTD $8.00

Not to worry, I am expecting a lot more variance over the month as I intend to play more of the larger field MTTS - just need to bink a big one somewhere along the line.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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Thu May 03, 2012, 09:28 AM
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DAY 3 Starts well.



Small but beautifully formed...

Seat 1: wigi1111 (small blind) mucked [Ah 9c]

Ed

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Thu May 03, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Thu May 03, 2012, 02:56 PM
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Go Ed
 
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Thu May 03, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Nice as it was to win a shorties stack with the prettiest hand - after that things got ugly.



swiftly followed by



I gave up at the cash tables after those - down $1.79 at the tables and headed for some MTTs.

I wasn't far off the cash bubble in the $3.30 $5K GTD - I might have made it but for this.



The blinds increased from 400 to 500 as they reached me, so I had been down to just over 10BBs and looking for a reasonable hand or decent spot to get all in with for a couple of orbits.

I also played two $1.10MTTs and failed to cash. I definitely made some big mistakes in those. Overall Day 3 was more interesting than successful, but I did like the tournament structures of the 3 MTTs. I've just checked and these are all still running at 11pm local time, having started at 4pm and later - so I will have to make sure I have time for those deep runs I am aiming for.

DAY 3 RESULTS

$1.10 $4k GTD 2711/4395
$3.30 $5k GTD 393/1808
$1.10 6Max $3k GTD 654/3608

$5.50 MTT buy-ins and $1.79 lost at the 2NL 6-max cash tables.

DAY 3 LOSS $7.29

PROFIT MTD $0.71

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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May madness day 4 - Sat May 05, 2012, 06:22 AM
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Day 4 poker time was limited again.

I got a late lunch invitation - definitely a +EV move to get a free lunch, but as they say there is no such thing as a free lunch and this one cost me time at the tables as I was out from 11am-4pm.

I got into the 17:00 WET $3.30 $5k guaranteed for the second day running and managed to cash my first MTT this month, but only a min cash for $4.75. I might post my exit hand in the analysis forum. I also played a couple of $3.50Fifty50 STTs and cashed one for $4.86, and busted early from one small field $2.20 Storm Satty, so overall down again on the day.

Day 4 Results
$2.20Storm Satty LOSS $2.20
2 x $3.50STTs LOSS $2.14
$3.30 $5kGTD PROFIT $1.45

Day 4 LOSS $2.89
LOSS MTD $1.47

I have only accumulated 21.27VPPs so currently at my regular speed for those - but I haven't really been grinding as I intended. I have a birthday party to attend this evening so no long sessions today either - I might play some cash and maybe try some ZOOM for a change.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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Sat May 05, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Enjoy the dinner Ed and hope you will have a good run when you resume grinding
 
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Sat May 05, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I have only accumulated 21.27VPPs so currently at my regular speed for those - but I haven't really been grinding as I intended. I have a birthday party to attend this evening so no long sessions today either - I might play some cash and maybe try some ZOOM for a change.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
Ed,

I've said it before and will say it again
It's better to know how to play one type of game than to not know how to play lots of games.
You're all over the map. Isn't there one game you excel better at then any others?
If so, stick with it, practice it, read up on it, watch videos on it, review your game, in other words, become good at it.
Once you are good at it, then expand to another game

My goal was to play 500 SnG's and 40,000 hands of cash game per month. Since April I dropped the SnG's to about 50 and concentrate on cash games. Been reviewing, reading and watching video's and I can say that I've built a descent BR.

Look at some grinders stats, they all always play the same games and will add just a few others, which will represent about 15%

I'm sure, you can do much better
Good luck
 
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Sun May 06, 2012, 06:53 AM
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Day 5

Day 5 was a 6max 2NL grind - which is my regular game. I started steadily enough and was up a few dollars then hit the wall and got stacked off several times. Some serious review will be needed on the specific hands but I think I basically should have taken a long break as my concentration diminished. I finished down $4.84 after 1,120 hands.

Then I played a few satellites to SCOOP-01-L and SCOOP-02-L.

I spent $11.00 (4 x $2.75) on crazy 6max STT hyper-turbo satellites and won 1 x $8.00 ticket to SCOOP-01-L Sat.

Problem number one - I spent more on the satellites than the cost of a direct buy-in.

Problem number two - this morning I have just played one $0.55 Rebuy Satellite and got directly into the SCOOP-01-L $27 event at a cost of entry + double rebuy + add-on = $2.05.

Problem number 3 - Should I play the $8 Satty for potential $27 T-money or unregister for the $8 T-money.

The satellite has 300 seats added and currently 400 entries - I am sure this will go up in the next few hours, but it could be great added value still.

I need to lie down, take a rest and decide just after 3pm local time.

Either way - I am 80% sure I will be in SCOOP-01-L - and hopefully for 10 hours today and several more tomorrow!

I will try to calculate my Day 5-7 and MTD position after all decisons have been made tournaments finished tomorrow. If I unregistered both tickets now I would be up a nice profit - as I have spent $13.05 for $8+$27 = $35 or $21.95 profit. But I really want to play the SCOOP for the experience and a chance of a big payday, as long as I feel up to it later.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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Sun May 06, 2012, 07:47 AM
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you can unregister it to convert it to T$ and later if you want to play SCOOP you can use it, your T$ will be deducted 1st before your actual Cash $$$.

Good luck on the table and see you later.
 
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Sun May 06, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Ed,

I've said it before and will say it again
It's better to know how to play one type of game than to not know how to play lots of games.
You're all over the map. Isn't there one game you excel better at then any others?
If so, stick with it, practice it, read up on it, watch videos on it, review your game, in other words, become good at it.
Once you are good at it, then expand to another game

My goal was to play 500 SnG's and 40,000 hands of cash game per month. Since April I dropped the SnG's to about 50 and concentrate on cash games. Been reviewing, reading and watching video's and I can say that I've built a descent BR.

Look at some grinders stats, they all always play the same games and will add just a few others, which will represent about 15%

I'm sure, you can do much better
Good luck
Wise words indeed and the reason I play Limit STT's, very few MTT's and almost zero cash. I could work on the latter 2 but I'm crushing what I do and the money's nice. Go where you're good at imo.
 
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Sun May 06, 2012, 09:13 AM
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Ed,

I've said it before and will say it again
It's better to know how to play one type of game than to not know how to play lots of games.
You're all over the map. Isn't there one game you excel better at then any others?
If so, stick with it, practice it, read up on it, watch videos on it, review your game, in other words, become good at it.
Once you are good at it, then expand to another game

My goal was to play 500 SnG's and 40,000 hands of cash game per month. Since April I dropped the SnG's to about 50 and concentrate on cash games. Been reviewing, reading and watching video's and I can say that I've built a descent BR.

Look at some grinders stats, they all always play the same games and will add just a few others, which will represent about 15%

I'm sure, you can do much better
Good luck
Sandtrap -

Firstly - I completely agree with you (and Ovalman's response) here as a general and long term strategy - find your best niche game - where you have the biggest edge over your opponents and keep studying, reviewing, improving your game and increasing your edge. Long term profitability should result.



However -

If you yourself are now a cash game specialist, we could ask why are you embarking on a series of deep-stacked large field MTTs, including a whole range of variant games and formats including NLHE, Badugi, Draw, PLO8, Omaha, Triple Draw 2-7, Razz, 8-Game and HORSE? And why have I and others invested in your SCOOP Schedule?

I would guess because a lot of the poker skill set is transferable, and some opportunities - such as SCOOP - for the experience, the fun, further learning opportunities, and for value versus average field strengths that will also be out of their usual comfort zones, make it +EV.

All I am doing here is experimenting with a variation on my usual games (6Max Cash and STTs) for which there are various reasons and for which I realise I will have to make adjustments but which will still use much of my own (admittedly still limited) skill set.

I have only had PT3 on trial for a couple of months but it shows the vast majority of my play is cash tables at 6max 2NL/5NL. 23,809 of 26,209 of all the cash hands I have played since I got PT3 were this format (the rest were from a few sessions at Full Ring/PLO8/ZOOM).

6Max cash is my most profitable game and one I intend to continue to play, improve at and move up a level or two. My STTs have been much less profitable with more variance, and I am looking to cut down on them and potentially switch to a small number of regular MTTs when my schedule allows

May is really a little experiment for me, before my summer break.

Good luck

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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Sun May 06, 2012, 11:06 AM
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If you yourself are now a cash game specialist, we could ask why are you embarking on a series of deep-stacked large field MTTs, including a whole range of variant games and formats including NLHE, Badugi, Draw, PLO8, Omaha, Triple Draw 2-7, Razz, 8-Game and HORSE? And why have I and others invested in your SCOOP Schedule?

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
You are right Ed
A bit about myself
8 game is almost the same as HORSE and HORSE is one of my favorite games
Razz and Triple draw are also almost the same and I like the game of Razz
Omaha as been added to my games since last year when I read up and practice that game
As for Badugi, have been playing it since the holidays

I was able to add these games because I have been positive at cash and NLH and therefore using profit to do so
You are right about some of the similarities of the game
Position, betting and knowing your opponents.

 
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Sun May 06, 2012, 12:25 PM
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SCOOP-01-L

Now I am definitely going from madness to insanity

did OK for the first hour - was above average chip stack running 5,212/15,458

shortly after the break AK gets me into a preflop raising war and I almost got it all in, but decided it would be a flip at best, and folded with a big chip loss.



So instead I got it all in the very next hand!!!



That was a rush, but not the result I wanted.

Soldiering on - still on 70BBs.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
 
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Sun May 06, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Lasted 3hrs in SCOOP-01-L

Classic exit hand - short stacked shove on the button.



Finished 9,318 of 25,520

I will review the tourney later to get some perspective, but I think it mainly came down to two big mistakes I made - the rest was reasonable and I enjoyed playing the tourney.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
 
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Well the weekend was fun, and I didn't lose as much of my BR as I thought I had - it gets confusing when you play Satellites and get tickets and T-money, and play a SCOOP tourney at a discount.

Overall on 5th and 6th May my bankroll dropped another $7.14 - but I did get to play a $27 SCOOP tournament out of that - just a pity I didn't cash.

Good experience and I've got a bit back today playing $1.50 Fifty50s and The Big $5.50

You don't often accumulate enough chips in the Fifty50s to get a big payout, unless you get hands like this,


and this

and would you believe a few hands later this


I cashed in 5 from 7 of the Fifty50s, that one was by far the best - a payout of $4.89.

I played the BIg $5.50 this afternoon and made it ITM at my first attempt at this daily tourney,which I have identified as a good target tournament for me to play regularly in terms of time, schedule, buy-in etc. I was trying to ladder climb when I had a little trouble with the ladies.



the next hand I thought I might make a comeback



but those girls are relentless, and they had a spy in my camp



Cashed for $11.29 so quite happy with the tournament in general - more good MTT practice.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
 
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Tue May 08, 2012, 06:44 AM
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This morning has been hell at the tables - 8 sitngos - 1 cash.

Just a sample of the run I've had so far today





I decided I needed to take the pressure off and played a PSO Open Skill League - was doing well until the same stuff started all over again.





Unbefrickinleivable....


I am going to take the afternoon off, and maybe the evening as well - just not happening today.

Good luck all

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan

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