Time flies when you're busy even if you aren't having fun. I don't know where the past two months since my last post here have gone. I'm afraid that if I blink it will be four months since I have posted so I guess I better get it done.

I have continued playing 10nl 6 max on The Site That Shall Not Be Named (TSTSNBN), and I feel that I have garnered some good experience even though I haven't  been able to put in any volume. I have given up on the idea that I can only play when I am well rested and fresh because I realized that I would hardly be able to put in any hands at all if I did that. I started putting in short sessions at the end of my workday if I felt reasonably not tired and had the time. I don't have holdem manager or any other types of software like that, but I have kept a record of the number of hands I have played and amount won or lost in each session. The final tally since my last post is only 8639 hands played, and the amount of change in the bankroll is negative $27.00. The bankroll was sitting at $145 as of the last post, and today it's sitting at $118. The total amount of hands that I have played for 10nl on that site sit at 14639. The starting bankroll was $70 so a total profit of $48. I am definitely not happy with the results of the last couple of months. I understand that it's still a small sample size, but I have certain unwritten goals and aspirations that require *Charlie Sheen voice* winning!

I think it is probably safe to say that playing on TSTSNBN is different than playing on PokerStars in a lot of ways. One of the biggest differences is the size of the player pools. I am not sure that the total player pool is over 100 people for 10nl 6 max on TSTSNBN. I usually play two tables, and sometimes I will play four. I don't really feel comfortable with more yet. It is common that there will be only two tables of 10nl 6 max running on that site. It is not uncommon that I will open up the software to play and there will be zero 10nl 6 max games happening. There seems to be a little more action at 25nl, but I don't think I'm ready to move up yet. If there is just one table of 10nl open I usually just don't bother trying to get into the action. Each table I sit at will have me, three or four of the same regs on each table, and then one or two other random players. Clearly this leads to playing a lot of hands with the same players, and there is no avoiding any certain players if you for some reason don't want to play with them. There are a lot of short stacker regs. I prefer to play against full stacks, but usually every table has at least two short stack players. All in all it is still much better for my learning to play there than not play at all, but I certainly would prefer to be able to play on PokerStars.

On a different note, I was inspired by the "Getting Hyper" sit and go live training that Dave TheLangolier did in February. Here is a link that might or might not work www.pokerschoolonline.com/articles/Getting-Hyper . I don't know how to put the link into the words "Getting Hyper" like the cool kids do. Anyways, it looked like there could be some good value in playing those S&Gs so I wanted to try playing some, but of course I can't because I'm in the United States. I decided I would play some 6 max hyper turbo play money games as an alternative. My theory is that at some point a pool of players can't get any worse. There has to be a bottom to how badly a large group of players can collectively play when they are actually trying to win. I thought maybe the overall skill level of the player pool at the play money tables might be a little worse than the overall skill level of the player pool at the $1.50 buy-in 6 max hyper turbo games, but how much worse could it possibly get if they were still actively trying to win? The idea was that the comparative skill levels are close enough that playing the play money games could give an idea of the possible value of playing the real money games. I'm sure that in the real money games you will get a larger small percent of players who really know what they are doing than at the play money tables, but I thought that playing the play money tables might still give a good reference point to figure out if there is any good value of playing the real money $1.50 6 max hyper turbos. All clear? Good.

I wanted to try playing a lot of these S&Gs at once to see how many I could feel comfortable playing, and then play a large number of them total. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that it's not possible to play more than three play money S&Gs at one time so I was disappointed that I wasn't able to test myself in that way. I played three at a time over a few sessions. When I was done with one game I would immediately open a new one to take it's place. I played a total of 71 games over a total of 4.5 hours. It comes out to be about 15 S&Gs per hour while only being able to play three at a time, so potentially a person could play 30 per hour if they could play six at a time, etc. The pay outs for these S&Gs are in first and second places only. I kept track of where I finished in each S&G. I finished 6th six times, 5th four times, 4th six times, 3rd eighteen times, 2nd eighteen times, and 1st nineteen times. Now, if you figure out the cost of 71 of the S&Gs for $1.50 each, then that comes out to $106.50. If a person had gotten these same results while playing the real money S&Gs then their winnings would be $156.66 for a total profit of $50.16 in 4.5 hours of time played or about $11 an hour when only able to play three at a time. I understand that play money just isn't the same as real money, and 71 games is still a small sample size, but this seems to point towards the potential for some good value in these S&Gs.

Well, I'm gonna close it there. Take care everyone.

 

T

4/19/14