Step up II: The Sequel - WSOP ME 2013

      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918

      Ladies and Gentlemen.... I present to you....


      For those who don't know my previous blog you can check it out here

      The goal of this blog is exactly the same as the previous - to ship a WSOP Main Event ticket ($13k) by playing the Steps SnGs at

      This time, however, I will being doing this correctly. The seed capital I'm planning to invest is $1,200! Over the course of the next few months I intend to play 160 Step 1 games. Once I have all these games completed, I will then move on to Step 2. This will continue all the way up (as far as I can get - hopefully ending with me being $11,800 richer)

      To be a little more prepared than last time out I will post the step by step payout information. I will be playing the 9 man Steps (Turbo) SNGs. The only different game will be the last Step where there is no turbo available.

      Step 1 - $7.50
      Payout as follows:
      1st- Step 2
      2nd - Step 2
      3rd - Retry Step 1
      4th - $1.50

      Step 2 - $27
      Payout as follows:
      1st - Step 3
      2nd - Step 3
      3rd - Retry Step 2
      4th - Retry Step 2
      5th - Retry Step 1

      Step 3 - $82
      Payout as follows:
      1st - Step 4
      2nd - Step 4
      3rd - Retry Step 3
      4th - Retry Step 3
      5th - Retry Step 3

      Step 4 - $215
      Payout as follows:
      1st - Step 5
      2nd - Step 5
      3rd - Retry Step 4
      4th - Retry Step 3
      5th - Retry Step 3
      6th - Retry Step 2

      Step 5 - $700
      Payout as follows:
      1st - Step 6
      2nd - Step 6
      3rd - Retry Step 5
      4th - Retry Step 5
      5th - Retry Step 4
      6th - Retry Step 4

      Step 6 - $2,100
      Payout as follows:
      1st - $13,000 (Package)
      2nd - Retry Step 6
      3rd - Retry Step 6
      4th - $800

      Ok, so now thats out of the way, I guess I should include some goals for this project

      [ ] Play 160 Step 1 games
      [ ] Ship a minimum of 70 Step 2 games once I've completed all Step 1s and consequent retries and 4th place finishes
      [ ] Finish Step 1s by my birthday - End of September
      [ ] Finish the Steps Challenge by end of the year
      [ ] Ship the $13k at least once!

      Today is June 10th 2012 a few days shy of the midpoint of the year so no better time to start this challenge!

      Here's my favourite song ever to set the mood

      LET'S DO THIS!

      Wish me luck!


  • 59 replies
    • roopopper
      Joined: 31.12.2010 Posts: 4,289
      1st :f_biggrin:
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918

      Okay then! I've just deposited the required dough for the first round of games. $400 as seen above. This gives me 53.3 games Step 1 games to play. Once I have these completed along with all the retries I will top up back to $400 to start all over again!

      In total, I'm giving myself 160 BIs in order to reach the desired goal of a Step 6 ship! Could not decide whether 100-150 was enough so I gave myself a little extra for shits and giggles.

      Unlike the last attempt this is NOT for FUN! This is the REAL DEAL and I am going to make it to STEP 6 and I am GOING to ship the Main Event package!

      Hopefully you will follow me through the inevitable ups and downs that I am going to go through in the coming months and that we'll all be celebrating at the end of it all.

      Run golden and thanks for following!


    • jbpatzer
      Joined: 22.11.2009 Posts: 6,944
      Ooooooo! Well played OCD Man! I will be following.

      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918
      Game 1:

      Played the usual tight aggressive style that I believe to be the best in these games. I can rely on my push/fold game a lot as I'm usually pretty solid in this department.

      I continue to work on with ICM trainer (at least a few times a week)

      Back to the game, I played very little until I was at 10BBs. Big hand came when I flopped an OESD and shoved on it and got called by T2s. Villain hit a 2 to go in front on the turn but a 9 on the river gave me a better pair and thus I doubled up.

      A few hands later this hand happened:

      Poker Stars No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t75.00/t150.00 Blinds - 6 players - View hand 1792393
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      MP: t2530.00 16.87 BBs - VPIP: 19, PFR: 14, 3B: 0, AF: 5.0, Hands: 37
      CO: t2648.00 17.65 BBs - VPIP: 24, PFR: 3, 3B: 0, AF: 1.5, Hands: 37
      BTN: t2405.00 16.03 BBs - VPIP: 16, PFR: 12, 3B: 0, AF: 5.0, Hands: 49
      SB: t1592.00 10.61 BBs - VPIP: 14, PFR: 11, 3B: 8, AF: 3.0, Hands: 37
      BB: t2050.00 13.67 BBs - VPIP: 38, PFR: 16, 3B: 0, AF: 1.0, Hands: 37
      Hero (UTG): t2275.00 15.17 BBs - VPIP: 18, PFR: 12, 3B: 4, AF: 1.4, Hands: 73748

      Pre Flop: (t225) Hero is UTG with 8 :spade: 8 :club:
      Hero raises to t400, 4 folds, BB calls t250

      Flop: (t875) J :heart: 3 :diamond: 5 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets t700.00, BB raises to t1650, Hero calls t950

      Turn: (t4175) A :diamond: (2 players)

      River: (t4175) 9 :heart: (2 players)

      Final Pot: t4175
      BB shows K :diamond: J :diamond:
      Hero shows 8 :spade: 8 :club:
      BB wins t4175.00

      Played this horribly - to be honest I'm not exactly sure what the correct line here is at all so I've posted it for our SNG pros in the HE board.

      TL;DR - Busto in 6th!

      Game 2:

      Pretty much a mirror image of the first game.

      Played zero hands until push/fold. Picked up QQ in the BB at 50/100 and shoved to a 3x open from the CL. He folded and showed an A.

      Next hand, I picked up KK and after my 2.5x raise was called. I bet out my set which got a fold.

      Made it to 4 handed and I was 4/4 with 10BB left again. When this hand happened:

      Poker Stars No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t100.00/t200.00 Blinds - 4 players - View hand 1792390
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      SB: t5509.00 27.55 BBs - VPIP: 20, PFR: 18, 3B: 20, AF: 3.0, Hands: 50
      Hero (BB): t2120.00 10.60 BBs - VPIP: 18, PFR: 12, 3B: 4, AF: 1.4, Hands: 73748
      CO: t3454.00 17.27 BBs - VPIP: 22, PFR: 8, 3B: 5, AF: 3.0, Hands: 50
      BTN: t2417.00 12.09 BBs - VPIP: 25, PFR: 17, 3B: 3, AF: 3.0, Hands: 76

      Pre Flop: (t300) Hero is BB with A :spade: 3 :spade:
      CO raises to t600, 2 folds, Hero raises to t2120, CO calls t1520

      Flop: (t4340) 4 :diamond: 3 :heart: K :diamond: (2 players)

      Turn: (t4340) Q :spade: (2 players)

      River: (t4340) 8 :heart: (2 players)

      Not sure if this is correct or not but I will post in HE forum to see

      Final Pot: t4340
      Hero shows A :spade: 3 :spade:
      CO shows 5 :club: 5 :spade:
      CO wins t4340.00

      TL;DR: Finished in 4th for $1.50 (Net loss $6.00)

      Will get a few more games in later today as Sunday is always gonna be my volume day (i.e whilst the wife is at work)
    • alxpoker91
      Joined: 03.12.2011 Posts: 1,015
      go ship 13k! :D
    • sridneel
      Joined: 24.10.2011 Posts: 340
      will follow this blog...
    • fruktpuff
      Joined: 24.09.2010 Posts: 3,982
      Welcome back for round 2!

      One question though, do tickets have any validity period?

      And it won't always be $13k in cash up top, they use the steps system for other things, like WCOOP, as well. So be mindful of that.

      And obviously, [x] following.

    • ThatGuyMatt
      Joined: 03.12.2010 Posts: 3,748
      Reading this and seeing your progress through Skype makes me want to do this myself too!

      Gary, Gary, He's our man! If he can't do it, No one can!


      So we will be seeing you at next years WSOP with a PokerStrategy Badge ? ;)
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918
      Cheers everyone, nice to see you all railing :)

      @ Rich

      The tickets have no expiry date so that is no problem. Yes, I'm aware that the Step 6 payout changes but even if I have to wait until this time next year - I won't be too fussed.

      Just back from another 2 game set. Will post about after I get something to eat.
    • Tiltmeifucan
      Joined: 21.04.2012 Posts: 471
      Good luck Gary :s_thumbsup:

      Will be following your progress!
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918
      Cheers Tiltmeifucan!

      As promised a short low down of games 3 and 4!

      Game 3:

      Was a funny old game when everybody and anybody who was short survived! I think it was the longest Step 1 game in history and it didn't finish until the blinds hit 300/600 :D

      I didn't play a lot in the early levels except for opening the BU with AJo which got through. The next hand I won the blinds again with KK.

      The next blind level came and I managed to almost double my stack when this happened:

      Poker Stars No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t50.00/t100.00 Blinds - 7 players - View hand 1792413
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      BB: t1263.00 12.63 BBs - VPIP: 29, PFR: 14, 3B: 17, AF: 1.0, Hands: 21
      UTG: t3052.00 30.52 BBs - VPIP: 29, PFR: 10, 3B: 0, AF: 1.6, Hands: 87
      UTG+1: t1845.00 18.45 BBs - VPIP: 11, PFR: 9, 3B: 6, AF: 5.0, Hands: 123
      MP: t2010.00 20.10 BBs - VPIP: 40, PFR: 25, 3B: 11, AF: 2.8, Hands: 87
      CO: t1495.00 14.95 BBs - VPIP: 25, PFR: 13, 3B: 0, AF: 10.0, Hands: 76
      BTN: t2215.00 22.15 BBs - VPIP: 28, PFR: 14, 3B: 13, AF: 4.0, Hands: 72
      Hero (SB): t1620.00 16.20 BBs - VPIP: 18, PFR: 12, 3B: 4, AF: 1.4, Hands: 73881

      Pre Flop: (t150) Hero is SB with A :spade: A :diamond:
      5 folds, Hero raises to t200, BB raises to t1263, Hero calls t1063

      Flop: (t2526) 3 :heart: 9 :diamond: T :spade: (2 players)

      Turn: (t2526) T :club: (2 players)

      River: (t2526) K :heart: (2 players)

      Final Pot: t2526
      BB shows 8 :diamond: A :club:
      Hero shows A :spade: A :diamond:
      Hero wins t2526.00

      Things kinda fell nicely into place in that hand but I don't normally min open AA as its probably not the optimal play.

      Down to 5 handed and into the next blind level I flopped a up and down straight draw that never completed. Villain bet out on the flop and turn so I lost a few chips in that hand to put me back to 4/5

      Managed to make it into the top 4 and then top 3. I was 2/3 and sailing into Step 2 when one opponent left himself with 125 chips a few hands into 3 handed when he LOLfolded with 1.5k chips invested :D

      TL;DR: Shipped a Step 2!

      Game 4:

      Was a forgettable experience as I had been concentrating a lot of the other game. Managed to double up early when I flopped a set and turned quads! Villain shoved on the river with two pair :D

      After that I lost a few chips playing silly pots with marginal hands. This is something I tend to do when I double up early. Gonna have to put a stop to that.

      In the end, I exited 6 handed when I shoved K8 suited from the CO and walked into the SBs AKo.

      TL;DR: Busto in 6th

      More to come later, got some things to do around the house beforehand ;)

      Ireland vs. Croatia this evening in the Euros so I want to get as much poker played as I can before then!

      Hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday :)
    • Castle93
      Joined: 06.06.2011 Posts: 1,452
      Gary :D definitely following this with as much interest as your last one, why you ve started a new is beyond me ;) does this me as roo put'now he's started a new one we can troll the shit out your other one'? Good luck buddy
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918
      For run good purposes Alex and due to my online OCD ;)

      And no, I'll be using my mod superpowers to close that thread now!
    • maritsula
      Joined: 19.12.2011 Posts: 905
      good luck with your new challenge Gary!
    • Castle93
      Joined: 06.06.2011 Posts: 1,452
      Well your boring ;) btw im on my phone so it's hard to quote hands and such, but in short

      88 hand: shove pre, or raise smaller/ fold IMO , hands which your flipping against may fold to a shove but happily resteal and puts you in a tough spot, as played why are you betting the flop so big, you make him nearly impossible for him to call with a worse hand, you can't fold to his raise tbh as you ve committed yourself but he's never bluffing, as he's got hardly any fold equity, if you bet like 450 you can fold to his all in

      A3 hand: you have NO fold equity , to a 3x raise your crushed, at best your a 60% favourite, or your way behind, your not dominating Anything as against A2 your always splitting unless you hit your 3
    • DrDunne
      Joined: 29.12.2010 Posts: 3,337
      good good. following this now and i wish you the best of run good gary! :D
    • hopeletron
      Joined: 23.08.2010 Posts: 69
      cool...go get it...very interested in this challenge...
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,918
      Cheers DrDunne!

      @Alex - Yep, I'm obviously a bit rusty after the few days break :(

      I would normally fold the 88 hand tbh and wait for a better spot. I don't play these types of hands very comfortably as you can see and I made an absolute disaster of it.

      The A3 hand I tanked for an age and once again it's something I'd never normally call. For some reason I did and here we are!

      Lesson learned - time to move on and not repeat :D

      Thanks for offering your advice on both hands.
    • roopopper
      Joined: 31.12.2010 Posts: 4,289
      Originally posted by HollyMichelle
      For run good purposes Alex and due to my online OCD ;)

      And no, I'll be using my mod superpowers to close that thread now!