Full Tilt Steps Challenge

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      I've been thinking about this for a while and I've decided to cash out my Full Tilt bankroll in the near future, except for $55 and try to get as far as possible in the Full Tilt Steps system.

      After playing a couple of Step 0 Turbos, I noticed how easy they were and that I ended up in the money ~66% of the time. You start very tight, but if you wait for the right hand and don't play too many weird hands, then it's rather easy to finish in the first 30. $55 allows me to buy in in 55 Step 0 tournaments. After playing 55 Step 0 SnGs, I will play the Step 1 SnGs and aim for the Step 2 SnGs after I've used up all my Step 1 tickets, etc.

      I may cash out at Step 3 or higher a couple of times, by playing $26 matrix tournaments, when my bankroll is in needs of it. I will also make use of bonuses acquired by earning FTPs and completing Full Tilt academy challenges.

      I won't start immediately, however, because I still have $230 left in a $300 bonus for the next 10 days. The bonus is released in $20 increments and I would like to clear at least two additional instalments.

      I will try to play at least one or two SnGs every day, even though that might be a little difficult later in January and I will keep you informed in this topic by posting hand histories and highlighting interesting hands.

      Of course your feedback is welcome.
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    • vladul11
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      If u have plans for higher steps, be ready to go superturbo...Thats the only way u can play them, there's little to no traffic on the regular/turbos. Good luck!
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      I've already played a Step 4 SnG and I wasn't dissatisfied by traffic. I'm also not sure how much farther I'd like to continue. I think that I'll start converting some tickets to cash at level 3 by playing other SnGs and then I'll see how well it goes whether I go on. If I really get to that level, I'd definitely like to try them though.
    • jbpatzer
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      I've often considered doing exactly what you're doing, but the step 0 super turbos get very boring after a while, and I found the bubble quite stressful (I'm a delicate flower). And of course, I don't have time to do everything! :f_biggrin:
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      So, I decided to start today. I cashed out my Full Tilt bankroll, except for $55 and I will soon start my first Step 0 tournament with my new budget. I just tried one before I cashed out, but I busted out when my KK lost to Axs. I already doubled up, but I lost half my stack due to this hand and when the big blind came I lost another third of my stack. Then everyone started raising and I had a bad hand, so I foled. Than the blinds increased, same story and I gave up the SB. Next hand CO pushed, I called with A9s and I busted out.

      I was having 555 chips before that happened and I now really think you shouldn't play any hands anymore after you've reached ~750 chips, except for AA. KK is a wonderful hand, but if someone has an A, there's a real chance to loose some chips while you've practically already survived if you can keep your current stack.

      My currently active poker academy challenge is bank roll management and I've completed all the tasks, except for increase bank roll by 25%. Since I do not plan to win any money for a long time, I will first activate the guide to Sit and Gos to complete the Play a SnG sattelite objective, to score 5 easy points.

      Status:
      Money: $55
      Tickets: 0
      FTP: 439.49
      FTPAP: 752

      Now I'm ready to play my first Step 0 Super Turbo SnG.
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      I just played my first two tournaments which I finished in 51st place. Here are my hands.

      I start as UTG2
      7:cJ
      6:sA
      2:h6
      9:s3
      6:s5
      5:d4(Flop shows 55, turn a 4)
      6:d5
      4:dK
      8:d8 (raise and push in front of me, flop shoes 7T8, my neighbour wins the pot with TT)
      9:dT
      K:h5
      6:c2
      6:sK
      9:h6

      New table
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $40/$80 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP1:
      $595.00
      MP2:
      $470.00
      MP3:
      $450.00
      CO:
      $1240.00
      BU:
      $485.00
      SB:
      $350.00
      BB (Hero):
      $180.00
      UTG2:
      $980.00


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, 2.
      UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $80.00, 5 folds, Hero raises to $180.00, MP1 calls $100.00.

      Flop: ($400) 7, 6, T (2 players)


      Turn: ($400) 3 (2 players)


      River: ($400) A (2 players)


      Final Pot: $400.

      In the second Turbo I pushed K3s from the BB when I got a K on the flop. I got called and beaten by Q8.

      I'm still looking for a new FTPA challenge.
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      I didn't start this challenge with the right mindset. I was too eager to win and couldn't wait to get the tickets, so I shoved A8o from CO in my second hand and lost all except for 15 chips which I lost with ATo a couple of hands later.

      My play will will now improve and I won't let me get down with the bad run in the first tournament anymore.
    • evertonroar
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      i play a lot of these and you are right 2 out of 3 times you can easily get your step one ticket. are you planning to one table or multitable the step one and two? i found the 18 man are pefect with top 5 getting a step 2 ticket (at step 1) and top 4 at step2. Also top ten keep there tickets (at step one) and top 8 at step 2.

      When i get to step 3 i play the $26 knockout where top 9 of 90 get paid (lots considering effectively a couple of dollar buy in if you have step all the way up). and each knockout pays $4.
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      New tournament:

      Position Hand Stack Action Result
      BB A:h2 300 fold -30
      SB A:dA 270 push +30
      BU K:s6 300 fold 0
      CO A:h5 300 fold 0
      MP3 4:h7 300 fold 0
      MP2 K:hA 300 push +30 (Split pot with two pair against A8o)
      MP1 T:d6 330 fold 0
      UTG3 J:d3 330 fold 0
      UTG2 7:s4 330 fold 0
      BB Q:c3 330 check -50 (fold on river)
      SB 6:c9 280 fold -30
      BU 3:s8 250 fold 0
      CO A:7 250 fold 0
      MP3 3:h9 250 fold 0
      MP2 J 5 250 fold 0
      UTG2 Q:s4 250 fold 0
      UTG1 2:cQ 250 fold 0
      BB 5:hT 170 fold -80
      SB 4:h5 120 fold -50
      BU 6:d5 120 fold 0
      CO 3:d7 120 fold 0
      MP3 5:hK 120 push +170 (BB was 100 and he called 20)
      MP2 6:sJ 290 fold 0
      MP1 6:h2 290 fold 0
      UTG2 4:hA 290 fold 0
      UTG1 J:s5 290 fold 0
      New table
      BB 4:cK fold -160 (slowdown begins)
      SB Q 9 call -130 (busted)

      I called Q9o because I expected the blinds to come around one more time and I thought that surviving the blinds one more time would be more difficult then calling. I think I was really unlucky to get no response to my AA and AK.
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      Originally posted by evertonroar
      i play a lot of these and you are right 2 out of 3 times you can easily get your step one ticket. are you planning to one table or multitable the step one and two? i found the 18 man are pefect with top 5 getting a step 2 ticket (at step 1) and top 4 at step2. Also top ten keep there tickets (at step one) and top 8 at step 2.

      When i get to step 3 i play the $26 knockout where top 9 of 90 get paid (lots considering effectively a couple of dollar buy in if you have step all the way up). and each knockout pays $4.
      I'll play all step 1 tickets and after that step 2 tickets. I'll probably 2 or 3 table them.
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      FTP: 444.49
      FTPAP: 757

      This time a quick one:

      Position Hand Stack Action Result
      MP3 3:h2 300 fold 0
      MP2 T:s8 300 fold 0
      MP1 K:cA 300 call -300 (busted)

      One opponent had AQo and another JJ. JJ won.
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      I noticed that the FTPA challenges are not really suitable for steps players, so I'll leave that away. When you get one FTP for every Step 0 SnG , they also become rather pointless so I won't mention them anymore either.

      A new tournament has begun, which this time I finished 64th when I pushed 22 from the button after 9 hands. A limper called with JJ. I'm not really sure whether my play is good anymore. When I tested it, it was much easier, and maybe the variance is bigger than I thought.

      I'll keep you updated.
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      This time I finished in 32nd position. Finally I'm getting closer.

      K:d8
      2:cQ
      Q:h6
      6:hT BB
      A:h4
      J:d9
      J:s4
      K:d9
      3:s3
      T:s3
      Q:c6
      J:sA BB (SB completed and I pushed, he then folded)
      6:s5
      Q:d4
      9:c5
      6:sK
      2:cJ
      2:sA
      7:d4
      5:h7 BB (everyone folds to me, yay)
      2:c5
      A:cQ
      Q:cK
      3:h5
      7:c2
      2:h8
      8:s3
      Q:cT BB
      7:c4 from now on I started to slow down play and didn't play any hands till I saw that a next round of blinds was inevitable)
      3:d9
      J:h3
      A:T (BB received the pot for free)
      K:cQ (I'm glad I didn't push this one)
      T:h8
      9:s6
      K:h8 (K8o is in the list of 50% strongest hands)
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      Finally, my first ticket:)

      A:cK BB SB pushes, I call, then JJQQ7 against Axo
      T:h8 push BB folds
      7:c5
      5:s4
      J:h6
      6:dA
      Q:s9
      6:c4
      I'm in:
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      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $20/$40 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $260.00
      BB (Hero):
      $330.00
      UTG2:
      $405.00
      MP1:
      $395.00
      MP2:
      $435.00
      MP3:
      $525.00
      CO:
      $630.00
      BU:
      $575.00


      Preflop: Hero is BB with K, A.
      UTG2 raises to $405.00(All-In), 5 folds, SB calls $240.00(All-In), Hero calls $290.00(All-In).

      Flop: ($995) K, 7, 2 (3 players)


      Turn: ($995) 5 (3 players)


      River: ($995) 3 (3 players)


      Final Pot: $995.
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      Q:d8 SB
      3:h5

      New Table
      2:d2 CO
      9:sA
      4:s7
      6:s2
      9:h6
      J:h7 BB
      J:cQ
      9:h4
      Q:dK
      5:hJ (BU announces to go all in, but raises to 200)
      7:d2
      3:hT (before the flop is dealt, the same player announces to go all-in, but BB pushes on the flop and he folds)
      J:dK (SB tells his hand before BB folds)
      3:hJ BB
      5:dK
      4:cQ
      8:dA
      7:c9
      3:cQ

      And I finish with 475 chips left.
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      T:s5 SB
      K:d6
      7:d9
      Q:h7
      4:s8
      K:dQ
      4:d4 BB
      2:hQ
      And, I'm in:
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      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $25/$50 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):
      $210.00
      SB:
      $305.00
      BB:
      $945.00
      UTG1:
      $300.00
      UTG2:
      $45.00
      MP1:
      $665.00
      MP2:
      $435.00
      MP3:
      $295.00
      CO:
      $575.00


      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, K.
      UTG1 folds, UTG2 calls $45.00(All-In), 2 folds, MP3 calls $50.00, CO folds, Hero raises to $210.00(All-In), SB calls $185.00, BB folds, MP3 raises to $295.00, SB calls $85.00.

      Flop: ($895) J, 4, 8 (4 players)


      Turn: ($895) A (4 players)


      River: ($895) 5 (4 players)


      Final Pot: $895.
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      A:s6
      Q:c3
      6:cK
      J:hT
      J:s9 BB
      T:sQ
      T:h9
      3:d4
      8:hJ
      2:cJ
      T:s6
      8:d9
      2:dK
      J:d7 BB (BB=160, so I nly have 445 365 chips left after the blinds, luckily there are also only 7 players to go)
      9:d3
      Q:h4 (I start delaying)
      Q:s8
      7:d3
      Q:hA
      8:c4
      6:s8
      8:d9

      And I win another ticket with 365 chips left, directly UTG and blinds 250,500
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      3Qo CO
      27s
      95o
      59o
      5Ao
      Q6o
      K2o
      A:hA
      It's just not meant to happen:

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 25/50 Blinds (7 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG (t390)
      MP1 (t300)
      MP2 (t855)
      CO (t1855)
      Button (t540)
      Hero (SB) (t260)
      BB (t300)

      Hero's M: 3.47

      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, A
      UTG bets t100, 2 folds, CO calls t100, 1 fold, Hero raises to t260 (All-In), 1 fold, UTG raises to t390 (All-In), 1 fold

      Flop: (t670) 9, J, K (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: (t670) Q (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: (t670) 7 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: t670
      Main pot: t670 between UTG and Hero, won by UTG

      Results:
      Hero had A, A (one pair, Aces).
      UTG had 7, 7 (three of a kind, sevens).
      Outcome: UTG won t670
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      First hand:

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 15/30 Blinds (9 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      SB (t300)
      BB (t300)
      Hero (UTG) (t300)
      UTG+1 (t300)
      MP1 (t300)
      MP2 (t300)
      MP3 (t300)
      CO (t300)
      Button (t300)

      Hero's M: 6.67

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with 7, 7
      Hero bets t300 (All-In), 7 folds, BB calls t270 (All-In)

      Flop: (t615) 7, K, 8 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: (t615) A (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: (t615) Q (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: t615
      Main pot: t615 between BB and Hero, won by Hero

      Results:
      BB had 8, A (two pair, Aces and eights).
      Hero had 7, 7 (three of a kind, sevens).
      Outcome: Hero won t615

      Despite winning the pot, I actually think it was a very bad decision to push that hand.

      63s BB one limper, checking down to the river where I win the pot because of a 6 on the turn
      K2o
      KTo
      86o
      T8o
      T9o
      6Ko
      QKs
      3Jo BB (everyone folds to me)
      65s
      TJo
      Q9o
      9Js
      QKs
      JKo
      2Qo
      K2o

      New table:
      23o BB
      A9s
      93o
      JTo
      4Ko
      3Ts
      68o
      TKo
      25o (MP2 hits a straight flush low on the river with A4s)
      250

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 60/120 Blinds (8 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      MP2 (t880)
      MP3 (t915)
      CO (t1373)
      SB (t15)
      BB (t290)
      Hero (UTG) (t510)
      UTG+1 (t460)
      MP1 (t692)

      Hero's M: 2.83

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with J, J
      Hero bets t510 (All-In), UTG+1 calls t460 (All-In), 5 folds

      Flop: (t1055) 4, 5, 8 (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Turn: (t1055) K (3 players, 3 all-in)

      River: (t1055) 3 (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Total pot: t1055
      Main pot: t60 between SB, Hero and UTG+1, won by Hero
      Side pot 1: t995 between Hero and UTG+1, won by Hero

      Results:
      SB had 5, 2 (one pair, fives).
      Hero had J, J (one pair, Jacks).
      UTG+1 had 10, 10 (one pair, tens).
      Outcome: Hero won t1055


      Button didn't show
      Outcome: Button won t840

      I can't go wrong anymore.

      From there on I fold every hand. I'm still playing, but I won't post any hands anymore, because I'm in the money for sure now.
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      I just took a short nap and I'm ready for another SnG.

      Hands:
      J6o MP3
      9Jo
      8Ts

      New Table
      79s CO
      65o
      J8o
      65o
      35o BB CO and SB call, flop is 2K3 rainbow and I push +60
      T8o
      KAo UTG pushes, I and SB call. AK vs AQ and AJ. River is a Q.
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      A5o MP3
      2Jo
      26o
      K5o
      T3oBB
      9To

      New Table
      9Qs MP2
      89o
      8Ko
      2Ko

      New Table
      95o MP2
      9Ao shoved it and took the blinds
      99 shoved it and took the blinds
      3Ko BB everyone folds to me
      32o
      3Js
      48o
      95o
      57o
      Q3o
      6Qo
      89s BB
      3Ks
      29o
      9Ko:
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      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 60/120 Blinds (8 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      MP1 (t285)
      MP2 (t438)
      MP3 (t590)
      Hero (CO) (t270)
      SB (t395)
      BB (t470)
      UTG (t393)
      UTG+1 (t1440)

      Hero's M: 1.50

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 9, K
      5 folds, Hero bets t270 (All-In), SB raises to t395 (All-In), 1 fold

      Flop: (t660) 8, 7, 4 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: (t660) 7 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: (t660) 9 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: t660

      Results:
      SB had Q, A (one pair, sevens).
      Hero had 9, K (two pair, nines and sevens).
      Outcome: Hero won t660
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      95o
      TJo
      JJ
      T3o
      JQs
      65o BB
      5To
      8Ao
      JKo

      And I finish in the money with 300 chips left.
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      3Jo UTG2
      58o BB
      J2s

      New table
      KTo BU
      AQs shoved and won the blinds
      KTo
      46o
      9Ko
      73s
      T6o
      48s BB (everyone folds to me)
      4Ao
      96s shoved it and SB won with a set of 3s.