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Making the leap - A cashgamer goes MTTs

    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Making The Leap

      Two nights ago I had a vision:

      I have just six months more to live.

      Then I am dead.

      For sure.

      Sounds crazy, huh?!

      Well... for anyone of us it is true (no life can be eternal, apart for Chuck Norris, his life is). We are going to die at some point. Maybe not within a six-month time span, but sooner as we can imagine.

      I spun my thoughts a bit wider (I became ill, maybe that's why I got so mental) and came to the conclusion:

      I want to make a ****ton of money before I die and live a rockstar life.

      After I asked myself how I could do that, I got the idea to start another blog.. not about cashgames... not about becoming an excellent person.. but about MTTs.


      My Goal...
      for the next two months is to progress so much that I can cash something BIG in a large-field tournament.

      This blog will be working in combination with my other blog. I will keep on grinding cashgames, but will get to those MTTs in the evenings.

      This blog will be purely about posting hands and bragging with graphs and cashes (when it happens).

      Feel free to join and talk about specific hands with me and other members.

      Looking forward!

      Going to post a specific tournament roster later on...
  • 4 replies
    • vonki
      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 6,091
      ALways intersting with MTT blogs, GL! :f_thumbsup:
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Thx, Vonki :)

      Playing Day 1

      Man, I'm so sick. I mean not pokerwise, but literally. My throat hurts, my nose runs, my eyes ache. But somehow I just wanted to grind. With the last strength I've got left I popped a half cup of coffee and ran 6 tables of the $2,50 180-Man SnG's. Somehow everything worked out and it was a lot of fun playing them. But I must say I SUCK haha. But I'm not going to judge myself (obv.) and get busy soon with starting to master the push-fold-phase and then work myself backwards from the end-game to the beginning-phase of a tournament. It's probably the best because I see the most improvement in playing shorter stacks. Today I probably pushed way too wide in various situations and also called a re-shove too light. I can see how patience plays a HUGE role in MTTs. Especially as soon as you get down to 7-8bb. I tend to be very aggro... too aggro. Last year I purchased the ICMizer 2 Pro version for a one-year subscription. Definitely gonna use that for session-reviews.



      1) Not sure if the push was ok. We were down to 11 Players and I was the second shortest stack on the table with 7bb. Maybe, ICM-wise it's just better to wait for a better spot. Not really sure which range to shove here. I told ya I'm a MTT-Fish :f_biggrin:

      PokerStars - $2.28+$0.22|1000/2000 Ante 200 NL - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 17,560 (VPIP: 17.19, PFR: 17.24, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 64)
      SB: 47,293 (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 12.00, 3Bet Preflop: 8.33, Hands: 28)
      BB: 18,348 (VPIP: 18.06, PFR: 16.39, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 73)
      UTG: 22,836 (VPIP: 17.76, PFR: 19.54, 3Bet Preflop: 8.00, Hands: 108)
      Hero (MP): 14,861
      CO: 9,060 (VPIP: 6.25, PFR: 5.56, 3Bet Preflop: 4.00, Hands: 64)

      6 players post ante of 200, SB posts SB 1,000, BB posts BB 2,000

      Pre Flop: (pot: 4,200) Hero has 8:diamond: K:spade:

      fold, Hero raises to 14,661 and is all-in, fold, fold, fold, BB calls 12,661

      2) A7o vs a 2bb shove and a iso-shove in the very late positions. I am covering both and if I stack up here I have a huge chiplead. Didn't take this spot though. What would you have done here? Would you call any Ax?

      PokerStars - $2.28+$0.22|800/1600 Ante 150 NL - Holdem - 7 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      UTG+1: 20,373 (VPIP: 14.58, PFR: 13.64, 3Bet Preflop: 10.53, Hands: 48)
      MP: 36,563 (VPIP: 8.33, PFR: 8.33, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 12)
      CO: 13,283 (VPIP: 16.07, PFR: 14.58, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 57)
      BTN: 6,834 (VPIP: 18.68, PFR: 21.33, 3Bet Preflop: 9.52, Hands: 92)
      SB: 10,824 (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 22.22, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 12)
      Hero (BB): 17,841
      UTG: 24,240 (VPIP: 4.17, PFR: 4.65, 3Bet Preflop: 4.76, Hands: 48)

      7 players post ante of 150, SB posts SB 800, Hero posts BB 1,600

      Pre Flop: (pot: 3,450) Hero has A:spade: 7:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 6,684 and is all-in, SB raises to 10,674 and is all-in, fold

      Flop: (16,018, 2 players) 2:club: A:club: 5:diamond:

      Turn: (16,018, 2 players) 4:spade:

      River: (16,018, 2 players) A:heart:

      SB shows Q:diamond: 8:diamond: (One Pair, Aces)
      (Pre 47%, Flop 28%, Turn 14%)
      BTN shows 6:club: K:heart: (One Pair, Aces)
      (Pre 53%, Flop 72%, Turn 86%)
      BTN wins 16,018


      Gonna relax for a little now and see how I am tomorrow. If I feel good I will grind some more 180's. If I feel great I will bomb a monster MTT-Session :f_cool:
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Playing Day 2

      Feeling much better today and ready to rock some longer tournaments.

      Sunday-Funday Roster:

      Along with...

      18:45 $5,40 KO $10k GtD
      19:03 $4,40 P.S-KO $10 Gtd
      19:30 $11 Sunday Storm
      20:00 Bigger $11
      20:10 $3,30 P.S-KO $12,5k Gtd

      .. I'm going to use the 180-Man's as fillers trying to be a bit on the tighter side today.

      GL everyone :)



      Wow... that was a test for my willpower.. I think I never ran so bad as today. Lost about 80% of the flips and busted on the bubble to a final table 2 times in the 180's. For a second I got thoughts like "wtf is this.. such a waste of time.. lol", but then I pushed through. I tried to make the best of the bigger $11 and got ITM but busted from the HIJ with a 13bb shove with A6o vs AJo. But what should I expect having not put any work into MTTs yet :)

      - too optimistic re-shove ranges (that's how I busted the Sunday Storm)
      PokerStars - $10+$1|250/500 Ante 50 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 12,492 (VPIP: 26.67, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15)
      UTG: 19,823 (VPIP: 23.08, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 4.76, Hands: 53)
      UTG+1: 12,784 (VPIP: 27.27, PFR: 14.47, 3Bet Preflop: 4.88, Hands: 77)
      MP: 6,516 (VPIP: 11.76, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
      MP+1: 6,060 (VPIP: 18.18, PFR: 10.67, 3Bet Preflop: 2.56, Hands: 77)
      MP+2: 14,449 (VPIP: 22.67, PFR: 13.33, 3Bet Preflop: 2.70, Hands: 77)
      CO: 10,753 (VPIP: 17.65, PFR: 11.76, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
      Hero (BTN): 8,692
      SB: 5,324 (VPIP: 18.67, PFR: 13.70, 3Bet Preflop: 6.06, Hands: 75)

      9 players post ante of 50, SB posts SB 250, BB posts BB 500

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1,200) Hero has 6:diamond: 6:heart:

      fold, UTG+1 raises to 1,250, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 8,642 and is all-in, fold, fold, UTG+1 calls 7,392

      Flop: (18,484, 2 players) 4:diamond: 3:heart: T:diamond:

      Turn: (18,484, 2 players) J:diamond:

      River: (18,484, 2 players) 7:spade:

      UTG+1 shows 9:club: 9:spade: (One Pair, Nines)
      (Pre 81%, Flop 84%, Turn 75%)
      Hero shows 6:diamond: 6:heart: (One Pair, Sixes)
      (Pre 19%, Flop 16%, Turn 25%)
      UTG+1 wins 18,484

      - one reason: not enough patience. I mean I played almost only Fast Poker NLHE CG the last 2 years and I'm used to very fast action formats and it's a big challenge to slow down and just wait for good spots :)

      - constant checking of my rank within the tournament (equivalent to checking graph playing CG's)

      - Snap-decisions (just look at the hand)
      PokerStars - $10+$1|300/600 Ante 70 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BB: 5,489 (VPIP: 26.83, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)
      Hero (UTG): 16,361
      UTG+1: 9,814 (VPIP: 14.63, PFR: 12.82, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 41)
      MP: 19,490 (VPIP: 26.83, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 41)
      MP+1: 17,594 (VPIP: 37.50, PFR: 31.25, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 17)
      MP+2: 19,370 (VPIP: 15.00, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)
      CO: 10,796 (VPIP: 18.75, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 12.50, Hands: 16)
      BTN: 5,386 (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 2.63, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)
      SB: 4,169 (VPIP: 19.51, PFR: 7.69, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)

      9 players post ante of 70, SB posts SB 300, BB posts BB 600

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1,530) Hero has K:spade: A:heart:

      Hero raises to 1,200, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB calls 600

      Flop: (3,330, 2 players) 9:heart: 6:diamond: 9:diamond:
      BB bets 4,219 and is all-in, Hero calls 4,219

      Turn: (11,768, 2 players) 7:heart:

      River: (11,768, 2 players) 4:heart:

      BB shows 2:spade: 2:heart: (Two Pair, Nines and Twos)
      (Pre 52%, Flop 61%, Turn 73%)
      Hero shows K:spade: A:heart: (One Pair, Nines)
      (Pre 48%, Flop 39%, Turn 27%)
      BB wins 11,768

      I will make a break for a couple of days before I grind MTTs again and work on my game. Definitely made many mistakes today
    • MisterSnS
      Joined: 09.11.2011 Posts: 1,752
      Playing Day 3

      In my other blog I am writing about motivational issues. I had a bit of motivation though to grind some tournaments last night. I am getting better, significantly, and that's good. But without the right drive winning big is still a problem. However, I managed to finish off in the $3,30 PSKO on Stars on 80th (of ~5k entries), but busted in 5 180-Man's and the Big $11 (AK < KTo lol). A day in between (that I didn't protocol here) I finished a $2,50 180-man SnG as 2nd which was nice. Tournament wise I am slightly down. But I know the moment is going to come that I ship something BIG :coolface: