Update WCOOP

I said that I would play the following tournaments:

Wednesday: #29: $265 NL Omaha H/L (6-Max, Knockout)

The tournament was going well and I had Qs Ks 6d 6h. Basically, the opponent did not want to believe that I had the nut low plus something and I wanted to force him to give up playing for only 25-50% of the pot, but it went bad and ending up allin on the turn, he hit one of his 8 outs. Shortly after, I was eliminated with Ts Ac Qc 4c.

Thursday: #32: $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max)

I don't remember what happened in this one and I didn't keep any notes of the hands, but it didn't go well.

I wrote in my blog that I would play the fixed-limit tournament, but I was mistaken, the plan was to play the event #35 $215+r and that's what I did. I ended up doing 5 rebuys and 1addon, that started with some bad luck with my Qd As and later with 9s As. Later on, I played for some long hours, and reaching the bubble I had a very difficult decision with Qc Ac, cause there were only 3 players left to lose so that I'd make it into the money. I spent some more hours playing and I got the badbeat of the century with Ac Qh.

A few hands later, I lost with Th Td.

You know, this is why I don't like playing MTTs...

At sit-n-gos, I know that I would be able to play enough sits within a year so that I'm not negatively affected by luck and be at the other side of the 2.17% as well. At MTTs, it's simply impossible to put in that kind of volume, because within a year there aren't enough tournaments running of buy-ins that are high enough so as to allow this long run approach. To tell you the truth, even during 10 years I don't know if the regulars of MTTs are able to put the necessary volume in these type of stakes to be able to anticipate a consistent result...

I felt obligated to make this comment, cause there's a euphoric wave of young people playing MTTs, when they don't have any idea what they're putting themselves into. Obviously among all of them, the majority is not going to have significant results and only a small percentage that not only consists of the elite, but is also on the right side of the variance, is going to successfully "survive" on the short term (1 year for this case).

That said... the WCOOP is not over yet, and I'm still going to play a few more events :)

  • Event   #40: $215 NL Hold'em
  • Event  #45: $265 NL Hold'em (Turbo, Knockout)
  • Event  #46: $320 Mixed PL Hold'em/Omaha
  • Event  #49: $215 NL Hold'em (1R1A)
  • Event  #50: $320 PL Omaha H/L
  • Event  #52: $320 NL Hold'em
If I made a couple more ITMs it would be great!

As you know, you can follow me on PokerStars :)

3 years full-time

I started playing Poker full-time on the 15th of September 2008.

On the contrary of what many people may think, my initial bankroll for this project was small, but I had a plan!
"I started playing poker again, and since my financial situation was not very good, I have been playing the $6.5 sngs. I made a $200 deposit on my account and the plan is to play 10 hours per day until the end of the month, at that point I will reevaluate the situation. The timeschedule I have defined for myself is 8:30-13:30 and 14:30-19:30".
 Also, I wasn't doing anything at random, I already had a reasonable sample of sit-n-gos of $6.5 and $16 and the numbers gave me some confidence.
"The ROI I expect at the $6.5 sngs is 13%, while at the $16s I'm expecting 5% which is why I'm going to follow the next table as far as necessary Bankroll for each level is concerned:"
 That information has always been available on my blog, which is why none of this is new. At that point, I decided to not reveal my numbers for the month, but in order to please the readers that have been following me for years, I decided to put here a scan of my personal record of my 1rst year of playing poker full-time.

BOP: It's the Battle of the Planets, which is a promotion PokerStars has for sit-n-go players.

The reason why there are two rakeback values there, has to do with the fact that I started the month with a certain VIP level but then achieved a higher one. From this point of view, PokerStars has always been great, since all players are equal and are compensated according to what they play in the house and not according to who they know.

As for the colours, in yellow are the stakes that were "normal" for me to play. Pink indicates the experiences that didn't go well and green  the experiences that went well. During the month that followed I only played $16 and $27 and in December $16, $27, $38 and $60. I also have one sheet for each one of those months :)

My numbers nowadays are "a bit" better, but the spirit continues to be more or less the same!