SnG experiment

    • Noy2222
      Noy2222
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.01.2008 Posts: 8
      After constantly losing money on tourneys, cash tables and high(ish) stakes SnG tourneys, I felt the need to put my skills to the test.
      Armed with $24.18 of my remaining bankroll, the SS strategy combined with "I think pokrplayer22563X is bluffing. No one gets 5 all in hands in a row..." less than scientific hunches and some free time, I decided to experiment myself.
      I played 20 0.20+0.04 SnG tourneys in a row (over a 48 hour period, but still), and document the results.
      If I were to manage to brake even or lose very little money, I'm doing something almost alright.
      If I were to lose most of them, something's wrong with my strategy.

      I started with the 6 player table, thinking that would make my chances of placing higher.
      price: $0.20+$0.04
      Prizes:
      1st. $0.84
      2nd. $0.36

      #1. placed 6th, lost on the 2nd hand*
      #2. placed 6th, lost on the 5th hand*
      #3. placed 3rd, lost on the 57th hand
      #4. placed 3rd, lost on the 18th hand
      #5. 1st place, won on the 59th hand
      #6. placed 3rd, lost on the 40th hand
      #7. placed 6th, lost on the 6th hand*
      #8. placed 3rd, lost on the 54th hand
      #9. placed 2nd, lost on the 55th hand
      #10. placed 5th, lost on the 18th hand

      *In all of these cases I flopped what seemed like a very good hand, and went all in. The opponent was lucky enough to get a good card on the turn or the river, and won.

      At this time, after losing 8 out of 10 games, I decided to switch strategy, and tables.
      From this point onward, I played the $0.20+$0.04 10 player tourney.
      I kept myself quite until the table reached 6 or less players, unless I got a really good hand (AQ, AK, JJ, QQ, KK, AA), and even then I made sure to not raise to much, and definitely not go all in.
      After 4 players have passed away to a more peaceful place in the great aftertourney, I started playing a little bit more loosely.
      Still keeping my chips in place, trying to earn my 3rd or better prize.
      price: $0.20+$0.04
      Prizes:
      1st. $1.00
      2nd. $0.60
      3rd. $0.40

      #11. placed 3rd, lost on the 49th hand
      #12. placed 4th, lost on the 64th hand
      #13. placed 3rd, lost on the 61st hand
      #14. placed 4th, lost on the 46th hand
      #15. placed 2nf, lost on the 90st hand
      #16. 1st place, won on the 31st hand
      #17. placed 3rd, lost on the 21st hand
      #18. placed 3rd, lost on the 60st hand
      #19. placed 4th, lost on the 47th hand
      #20. placed 3rd, lost on the 72nd hand

      I ended up breaking even at $24.18.
      However, if you only consider the last 10 tourneys, I've won $1.2, an average of $0.12 a game (or 0.5 times the buy in).

      Noy
  • 3 replies
    • k1ngenx
      k1ngenx
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.12.2007 Posts: 40
      good disiplin playing 0,2 sngs fwiw. seems like you need to loosen more up on the bubble/3-handed. as lots of 3 places and none 1. places just makes you break even. be agresive on the bubble as 2.5 3. places equals 1 first place. read some basic strategy about bubble play.

      and btw, 0,2 sngs is a lot harder then the 2-5 sngs.
    • gustamaneh
      gustamaneh
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.09.2007 Posts: 84
      i have never read sng articles
      whats bubble?
    • Puschkin81
      Puschkin81
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      Hi gustamaneh!

      We will publish new SNG strategy articles next week. Bubble play means the play when you are close to the money. In a 10-player SNG 3 players are "in the money". You are "on the bubble" when 4 players are left in the tournament.

      Good luck at the tables!
      Puschkin81