The month did start off on a bit of a high after having made Silver Star VIP status with just hours to spare at the end of Feb. Gave me a real sense of accomplishment, that I was actually making some form of progress. First few sessions went well, perhaps in part due to confidence and my mental attitude but I found as the first days passed I was pretty busy and my sessions were starting to be squeezed in instead of really devoting myself to the grind. Stil results were OK and I was happy. THen things changed... with things being busy I'd had a couple days off and coming back I was jumping into the PSO series and also wanted to prepare for Micro Millions. This triggered what I coined last year as "MTT March". Big mistake.

MTTs are not my strong point, despite being PSO Tournament Champion 2013. But I normally don't fail too badly so I figured along side the PSO series I'd start playing MTTs and get myself ready for Micro Millions. The PSO series itself went not too badly, cashed a few early games including some top 3 finishes. The other games however went very badly. The first Sunday I bricked every single game which was a rather large number. Mostly $1.10-$2.70 games but I also played the Storm so it was a bit painful not to get anything back. I looked over my bustouts and most were just coolers or flips so I decided "ah just variance" so I'll keep going with it. The week went on and the roll kept declining. Still the PSO series was going well enough when I did play so I stuck to my plan and made up a schedule for Micro Millions and got stuck in. Here's what I played along with finishing positions:

 

MicroMillions-001: $0.11+R NL Hold'em [Hyper-Active], $20K Gtd - 6380th - $1.27 (2 rebuys + add-on)
MicroMillions-002: $1+R NL Hold'em [3x-Turbo], $150K Gtd - 7667th (1 rebuy + add-on)
MicroMillions-003: $3.30 NL Hold'em [6-Max], $50K Gtd - 19752nd
MicroMillions-022: $8.80 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-Knockout], $100K Gtd - 8005th - 1x Bounty @ $2.10
MicroMillions-040: $5.50 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Knockout], $40K Gtd - 8816th
MicroMillions-042: $5.50 NL Hold'em, $50K Gtd - 8455th
MicroMillions-069: $3.30 NL Single Draw 2-7, $5K Gtd - 991st
MicroMillions-076: $2.20 NL Hold'em, $20K Gtd - 11979th
MicroMillions-086: $1 NL Hold'em, $15K Gtd - 13802nd
MicroMillions-097: $11 NL Hold'em [Sunday Storm Special Edition], $300K Gtd - 10557th

 
Total buy-in: $43.83   Total cashes: $3.37
 

I had planned on playing a few more events but either time or bankroll management prevented it. So a $40 loss plus all the losses from the week before added up to quite a hit and eventually I took the hint and shifted my focus back to the cash games. By this point I think I'd gotten into a really bad mindset and had lost my focus and motivation somewhat and my cash results started to reflect this. Then even with copious review of my play I couldn't seem to figure out why my results were bad and I found myself tilting which is something I thought I had a much better handle on these days but perhaps not.

With all of that I made a decision to devote more time to study and less to play. Get back to basics and that's what I'm going to try and do going forward. Does mean I well missed Silver Star status but I'm sure when I'm playing better that will take care of itself.

So.. the numbers:

Starting Bankroll (Mar 1st): $469.95

Current Bankroll (Mar 31st): $405.68

VPPs Earned: 313.96

 

Fadyen's Monthly Masterclass

This hand comes from one of the aforementioned MTTs I played this month, in fact I believe the Storm.

Ace King is such an awesome hand eh? Well, not always. Of course opening it is a no brainer and the big blind defends. I later found out he defends reasonably wide but at the time all I knew about him was he's not a fish. Flop isn't too bad for us with the nut flush draw although paired boards are always merit some caution. Standard c-bet and we get called, nothing out of the ordinary there. Turn gives us Aces up, top kicker, pretty strong. We bet again for value but the big blind decides to raise. A bit of an alarm goes off for me here as it's either a ballsy bluff which I'm not sure this would be the best spot for or it's a sign of a very strong hand. Ok, possibly he's semi-bluffing spades but again doesn't seem a great spot to me. However, with two pair and the flush draw we have to come along I think. River isn't really that scary, JT got there but nothing else. Villain then bets a pretty sizable amount. I really don't see what value hands we beat here and at this stage in the tourney I don't think it merits the risk to try and bluff catch, especially since I'm almost sure it's not a bluff. you can make up your own mind but I'm pretty happy with this fold. The lesson being don't get attached to "pretty hands" and hand strength is relative.