Jake on SNG Journey

    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13
      Hi. (my english's not perfect so plz bare with me :) )
      My name is Jaka (u can also call me Jake) I'm kind of new on this forum.
      I'm from the little country called sLOVEnia (Central Europe) :D .
      I'm playing poker since 2k10. I played lots of different games.
      My major prize was winning one of the Full Tilt torunaments 5$ buy-in, about 1600 entrants and main prize was about 1500$.

      I started on NL (FR/SH) Cash game, played about a month maybe, than I try FL (FR/SH), I also played SNG (STT, MTT) and I also tried my luck in tournaments. I just wanted to see what works best for me. I had some ups and downs, however I did not play all along 2k10, because, I had some financial hard times. So I cashed out all of the money by the end of sept. 2010 i think (till sept. I played about 150k+ hands).

      On 19.jan.2011 I decided to go on "poker journey". My starting BR was only about 20$. So my best shot to build it up was to play STT 2$ SNG on Full Tilt. (On my experience of playing all kind of differend games i mentioned before, It seemed to me that STT SNG type of game is the best way to build it up). The reason I decided to write a blog is to be more organized, stick to my short and long term goals, motivate other players, motivate my self, share experience, and ofcourse to meet some poker friends on my very first
      serious journey :) . Special thanks to pokerstrategy coach lessthanthree "<3". When I read his blog (3-5AM), he motivated me so much I hit a
      session right after (BTW very successful one :) .

      Now lets get down to businnes ;)

      My plan was to claim to at least 70 BI of next limit (STT 6,5 SNG) so about 460$

      January (19.jan - 31.jan) Graph: Starting BankRoll = 20$
      Start: 2+0.25$ (STT/FR/Turbo)


      In January I finished:
      1st 47
      2nd 35
      3rd 32
      ROI 20.60; ITM 43.01; Avg Finish 4.45
      out of 268 (STT/T/SNG)
      Net Won 124.20$ + RakeBack 18.09$ = 142,29$

      February (BankRoll 20$ + 142,29$ (MoneyWonInJanuary) = 162,29$



      In February I finished:
      1st 155
      2nd 113
      3rd 95
      AVG ROI 30.28 (2$s 19.65 (692) & 6$s 47.02 (152))
      ITM 43.01; Avg Finish 4.33
      out of 844 (STT/FR/T/SNG); 2$s=692, 6$s=152
      Net Won 770.60$ (2$s - 306$ + 6$s - 464.60) + RakeBack 67,23 = 837,83$
      BankRoll = (Jan+Feb) = 162,29$+837,83$= 1000,12$

      IronMan Status => Bronze

      From 1-17 Feb. I played only 2$ SNGs, 17. Feb. my BR was about 470$, so I decided to mix-up 2's and 6's...
      I've played (and run) pretty well (as you see on session chart above) so from 18.feb till now I played only 6's.
      The thing I would like to add here is when I started to play 6's I allso started to watch SNG videos (since I reach GOLD status on pokerstrategy I watch all PS and FullTilt videos 6+). For a short time I played only 4 tables at once to improve my play and Push/Fold skills. I also played some HeadzUps to improve chances wining SNGs.
      I think I made a right choice since my ROI increased ;) ). From 25. feb. I play from 6-9 tables at once and my ROI, didn't crushed so far. However I played a small amount of tournaments so far so its to soon to talk about details. Right now my ROI is extremly high, so I think it will move down after time.

      What Can I say... So Far So Good ;)
  • 10 replies
    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13
      I'll add just a graph from beginning till now ;)


      1st 165
      2nd 128
      3rd 115
      AVG finish 4.41
      Net Won 430.20$ + RakeBack 64.80$ = 495$


      1st 41
      2nd 20
      3rd 12
      AVG finish 4.06
      Net Won 501.10$ + RakeBack 22.01$ = 523.11$

      Journey Graph (All2Gether)

      1st 206
      2nd 148
      3rd 127
      AVG finish 4.36
      ITM 42.83
      Net Won 931.30$ + RakeBack = about 1050$

      ... For next limit (11's) I'm planing to grind up to 110 BI => 1320$

      I hope you enjoy reading my blog. I'll keep you posted ;)
    • MojaDunja
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 61
      nice blog mate ;) . keep it up good work. From my side, thanks to lessthanthree ( couse he realy motivate me too). I will be watching your blog. Playing now SNGs 1 table 2$+0,25 on FT. Hope soon get on 6$+ 0,50. Had realy bad previously month, but now things get on better. I will post some graphs.

      and btw, lets Slovenians own FT ;)

      gl mate ;) .
    • maikii23
      Joined: 18.10.2008 Posts: 141

      It's nice to see another SnG grinder! Seems u got a pretty hot start on your journey. Do You play only regular speed or include some turbo sng's as well?
    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13

      tnx for your support mate ;) ... I'm glad that your game's gettin' better ;) Try find as many leaks in your game as you can and try to improve it. So if you'll have "bad suck-out session" won't affect it so much. Greetings from Slovenia :D


      same here :)
      jap, I have pretty hot start 4 sure.
      infect I played Turbos only so far. What limit/speed SNGs do you play?

      Good Luck at the Tables!
    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13
      :s_cool: March Goals :s_cool:
      :diamond: playing 11s+ by the end of month (now 6s)
      :diamond: double up my BR
      :diamond: IronMan silver status (now bronze)
      :diamond: play at least 500 SNGs
      :diamond: earn 6.000 more FTPAs (now 4k)
      :diamond: earn 4.000 more FTPs (now 1,5k)
      :diamond: watch some new coaching videos ;)
    • maikii23
      Joined: 18.10.2008 Posts: 141
      I'm playing turbo sng's, have tried regular speed in the beginning of my poker career, but I found out that the late phase of sng is what I like the most, so now i'm playing only turbo one's. And I'm still fighting my way from 2.25$ to 6.5$.

      GL on beating 6s ! :)
    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13
      Today I had 3 sessions (52SNGs)... Have some bad luck. They was hiting 3 outs like all the time.

      one of interesting hands xD :

      Full Tilt - $6+$0.50|150/300 NL - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      SB: 1,540.00
      BB: 1,730.00
      Hero (UTG): 2,760.00
      BTN: 7,470.00

      SB posts SB 150.00, BB posts BB 300.00

      Pre Flop: (450.00) Hero has J:club: J:diamond:

      Hero raises to 800.00, BTN calls 800.00, fold, fold

      Flop: (2050.00, 2 players) 4:club: 6:spade: 4:diamond:
      Hero bets 1,960.00 and is all-in, BTN calls 1,960.00

      Turn: (5970.00, 2 players) 4:heart:

      River: (5970.00, 2 players) 5:spade:

      Hero shows J:club: J:diamond: (Full House, Fours full of Jacks) (PreFlop 88%, Flop 5%, Turn 0%)
      BTN shows J:spade: 4:spade: (Four of a Kind, Fours) (PreFlop 12%, Flop 95%, Turn 100%)
      BTN wins 5,970.00

      BU was very lose-passive. He played like 60/5. So in this hand I wanted to gain a bit value out of my "hooks". But as you see I had some bad luck xD .

      2 more silly hands:

      Full Tilt - $6+$0.50|300/600 NL - Holdem - 3 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (BB): 10,580.00
      BTN: 1,530.00
      SB: 1,390.00

      SB posts SB 300.00, Hero posts BB 600.00

      Pre Flop: (900.00) Hero has A:diamond: A:heart:

      BTN raises to 1,530.00 and is all-in, fold, Hero calls 930.00

      Flop: (3360.00, 2 players) Q:heart: T:diamond: J:club:

      Turn: (3360.00, 2 players) Q:club:

      River: (3360.00, 2 players) 9:club:

      BTN shows Q:diamond: A:club: (Three of a Kind, Queens) (PreFlop 7%, Flop 17%, Turn 93%)
      Hero shows A:diamond: A:heart: (Two Pair, Aces and Queens) (PreFlop 93%, Flop 83%, Turn 7%)
      BTN wins 3,360.00


      Full Tilt - $6+$0.50|100/200 NL - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: 3,125.00
      UTG: 4,150.00
      Hero (BTN): 2,645.00
      SB: 3,580.00

      SB posts SB 100.00, BB posts BB 200.00

      Pre Flop: (300.00) Hero has J:spade: J:heart:

      UTG raises to 4,150.00 and is all-in, Hero calls 2,645.00 and is all-in, fold, fold

      Flop: (5590.00, 2 players) K:heart: 5:club: K:club:

      Turn: (5590.00, 2 players) 2:diamond:

      River: (5590.00, 2 players) Q:club:

      UTG shows J:diamond: Q:heart: (Two Pair, Kings and Queens) (PreFlop 33%, Flop 17%, Turn 7%)
      Hero shows J:spade: J:heart: (Two Pair, Kings and Jacks) (PreFlop 67%, Flop 83%, Turn 93%)
      UTG wins 5,590.00

      and many others ... xD

      anyway... I'm very happy that I still made profit by the end. LP
    • stevegold87
      Joined: 18.06.2009 Posts: 2,594
      I assume we played together and you seem like quite the shark according to your stats, feel free to PM me your nick so I can stay away from you :) lol.
    • Jax87xAK47x
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 13
      hehe tnx on the compliment, I will consider about your request xD ... I guess you're the funny one :D
    • variancekiller
      Joined: 20.09.2010 Posts: 896

      Full Tilt - $6+$0.50|150/300 NL - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      SB: 1,540.00
      BB: 1,730.00
      Hero (UTG): 2,760.00
      BTN: 7,470.00

      SB posts SB 150.00, BB posts BB 300.00

      Pre Flop: (450.00) Hero has J:club: J:diamond:

      Hero SHOVES, BTN FOLDS, fold, fold
      don't try to play tricky in those spots. Will only cost you $. Keep up the grinding for the rest. Seems like your doing fine!