A Road of 500 Dreams

    • mukmuk300
      mukmuk300
      Silver
      Joined: 07.04.2015 Posts: 18
      Hi all,

      my name is Sebastian and I have been on and off poker for quite some years now. Over the last year or so I have started to get into MTTs as a recreational player :f_drink: Now, I am in between jobs and potentially have a bit more time, I am posing myself a small challenge of...

      A Road of 500 Dreams



      In a nutshell, I will play 500 MTTs until 31st October and I will reach the following goals doing it:

      1) play 500 dreams (aka MTTs), hopefully not too many RIPs...
      2) Get a positive RoI
      3) Post 500 hands in the forums
      4) Stick to my bankroll plan



      I am mostly focussed on process and having some fun here, but maybe I will learn a thing or two and make enough cash for a drink :f_drink: It would be great if some of you follow me on this road with comments, advice or just nice words :f_biggrin:

      oh yeah,some other technical stuff: sites I am playing at are stars, 888, netbet and party. Starting roll is 2k €

      Aaaaaaaaaaaand off we go :-)
  • 4 replies
    • mukmuk300
      mukmuk300
      Silver
      Joined: 07.04.2015 Posts: 18
      Hi guys,

      quick update after 2 sessions and 24 tourneys. I decided to sign up at red kings and managed the only worthy finish there: 8/166 in the Mosh Pit Lite. Quite happy with it, as I never got above 20BB for the last 2 hours after running into AA with JJ and yet still managed to get on the FT :f_cool:

      Unluckily, quite annoying way to end the final table...

      RedKing $10 Buy-in (5,000/10,000 blinds, 1,000 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 8 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 135,876.04 (13.6 bb)
      BB: 172,705.68 (17.3 bb)
      Hero (UTG+2): 79,501 (8 bb)
      MP1: 126,277.51 (12.6 bb)
      MP2: 70,713.26 (7.1 bb)
      MP3: 407,786.96 (40.8 bb)
      CO: 189,372.16 (18.9 bb)
      BTN: 521,767.39 (52.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with :Jd: :Jc:
      Hero raises to 78,501 and is all-in, MP1 folds, MP2 calls 69,713.26 and is all-in, 5 folds

      Flop: (162,426.52) :Ts: :4s: :9s: (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (162,426.52) :Ad: (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (162,426.52) :8h: (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results: 162,426.52 pot
      Final Board: :Ts: :4s: :9s: :Ad: :8h:
      Hero showed :Jd: :Jc: and lost (-70,713.26 net)
      MP2 showed :9h: :9c: and won 162,426.52 (91,713.26 net)


      Overall, not too happy about how I played, for 2 major reasons:

      • Need to stop playing more than 6 tables
      • Need to stop getting bored in the mid/late early part of a tourney


      Happy points :f_love: :

      • Feels good to do hand posting and quick review before session
      • Managed to re-focus throughout session


      Goals for next session:
      • Stay focussed all the way through --- Any tips are very welcome!
      • Play 6 tables at a time max


      Finally, current status on goals:

      • 24/500 Dreams :f_pleased:
      • Get a positive RoI: BR -5.2%... :f_cry:
      • 4/500 Hands posted, hoping to get some good replies :f_grin:
      • Stick to my bankroll plan: yes :f_biggrin:


      Plan is to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday :f_cool:
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 32,820
      That’s too bad the JJ hand. How was your weekend run go?
      Further I wish you all the best to improve your MTT game and bankroll :gl:

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • mukmuk300
      mukmuk300
      Silver
      Joined: 07.04.2015 Posts: 18
      Hi all,

      Thanks for the wishes! The goal of posting regularly seems out of the window... :-(

      Anyways, a quick update on where I stand and some thoughts I had during the last few sessions.

      Thoughts
      I noticed that staying focussed throughout teh whole tourney is quite hard. I also noticed that basically my play becomes a) too robotic and b) I think i bluff too much. Until now I have not found a real solution, but I have tried a few things:

      • get some fresh air during breaks and walk a few steps - works quiet well
      • "you don't win a tourney in the beginning, you only lose it" - I keep reminding myself, but sometimes too late :f_cry:
      • in between hands I take the hand of my mouse - this works surprisingly well, because the second of grabbing the mouse back is enough to give a bit of pause to think
      • limit table number to 6 - this definitely helps!


      I will focus on my focus more during the next few sessions and I am sure it will help improve results :-)

      Results

      • 111/500 Dreams :f_pleased:
      • Get a positive RoI: BR flat
      • 5/500 Hands posted, HORRIBLE
      • Stick to my bankroll plan: yes :f_biggrin:


      Sofar no win, though 3 final tables: Mosh Pit Lite 5th and 8th, 5th in the 6-max Special One on iPoker and a nice run in the $16.50 Bounty Builder in 51st place.

      FT performance has been disappointing though. One time I squeezed in as a mega short stack and the rest just being too aggressive I guess. What do you think bout this hand:

      Villian is quite passive, also been able to push him around post flop and take down pots without showdown. Looking back, his flattening of my 3-bet should have give me pause, but still I think the push is +cEV as many of his calling hands should find a fold, but not sure if its good from $EV perspective with quite some pay jumps...

      IPoker, $9.10 Buy-in (10,000/20,000 blinds, 2,000 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 344,523 (17.2 bb)
      BB: 1,690,221 (84.5 bb)
      MP: 2,430,024 (121.5 bb)
      CO: 1,020,860 (51 bb)
      BTN: 264,372 (13.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with :Th: :As:
      MP folds, CO raises to 40,000, BTN folds, Hero raises to 100,000, BB calls 80,000, CO folds

      Flop: (250,000) :8c: :8h: :7h: (2 players)
      Hero bets 242,523 and is all-in, BB calls 242,523

      Turn: (735,046) :Jd: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (735,046) :Kh: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: 735,046 pot
      Final Board: :8c: :8h: :7h: :Jd: :Kh:
      Hero mucked :Th: :As: and lost (-344,523 net)
      BB showed :Ac: :Qh: and won 735,046 (390,523 net)


      Goals Next Sessions

      • Stay focussed
      • Post 2 hands per tourney
      • Post update Monday latest


      GL everyone!
    • mukmuk300
      mukmuk300
      Silver
      Joined: 07.04.2015 Posts: 18
      Hi all,

      just a quick update. Trying my luck at some of the WCOOP-L events and had a nice run in the $11 PKO yesterday. First got lucky hunting for a $28 dollar bounty when next pay jump was only $5 and 100s of places away but then got handed a brutal pay back 45min before end of day 1... Guess it happens, just annoying to happen in these spots...

      Poker Stars, $10 Buy-in (8,000/16,000 blinds, 2,000 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 336,016 (21 bb)
      BB: 2,316,910 (144.8 bb)
      UTG+1: 781,318 (48.8 bb)
      UTG+2: 856,575 (53.5 bb)
      MP1: 238,378 (14.9 bb)
      MP2: 297,186 (18.6 bb)
      MP3: 698,156 (43.6 bb)
      CO: 225,820 (14.1 bb)
      BTN: 1,014,502 (63.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with :Qh: :Ks:
      UTG+1 raises to 36,800, UTG+2 folds, MP1 raises to 236,378 and is all-in, 4 folds, Hero raises to 334,016 and is all-in, BB raises to 2,288,000, UTG+1 folds

      Flop: (959,210) :8s: :2s: :6s: (3 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (959,210) :Qs: (3 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (959,210) :2c: (3 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results: 959,210 pot
      Final Board: :8s: :2s: :6s: :Qs: :2c:
      Hero showed :Qh: :Ks: and won 959,210 (623,194 net)
      BB showed :Kc: :Kd: and lost (-336,016 net)
      MP1 showed :9h: :9c: and lost (-238,378 net)



      Poker Stars, $10 Buy-in (10,000/20,000 blinds, 2,500 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 2,139,044 (107 bb)
      BB: 731,563 (36.6 bb)
      UTG+1: 467,450 (23.4 bb)
      UTG+2: 495,001 (24.8 bb)
      MP1: 957,988 (47.9 bb)
      MP2: 1,040,094 (52 bb)
      MP3: 305,934 (15.3 bb)
      Hero (CO): 797,960 (39.9 bb)
      BTN: 1,694,071 (84.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with :Ah: :Ac:
      5 folds, Hero raises to 42,000, BTN raises to 125,800, 2 folds, Hero raises to 795,460 and is all-in, BTN calls 669,660

      Flop: (1,643,420) :Kh: :3s: :5s: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: (1,643,420) :Qs: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (1,643,420) :5c: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: 1,643,420 pot
      Final Board: :Kh: :3s: :5s: :Qs: :5c:
      Hero showed :Ah: :Ac: and lost (-797,960 net)
      BTN showed :As: :Ks: and won 1,643,420 (845,460 net)


      Also nice run in the $12 turbo catfish, busting 3 before FT after these two back to back hands:

      Pacific, $11 Buy-in (3,000/6,000 blinds, 750 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 54,472 (9.1 bb)
      Hero (BB): 70,602 (11.8 bb)
      UTG: 56,814 (9.5 bb)
      MP: 149,484 (24.9 bb)
      CO: 65,192 (10.9 bb)
      BTN: 187,408 (31.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with :Ac: :Qc:
      4 folds, SB raises to 53,722 and is all-in, Hero calls 47,722

      Flop: (111,944) :Th: :5s: :2h: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      Turn: (111,944) :8h: (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      River: (111,944) :3h: (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      Results: 111,944 pot
      Final Board: :Th: :5s: :2h: :8h: :3h:
      SB showed :Qs: :3s: and won 111,944 (57,472 net)
      Hero showed :Ac: :Qc: and lost (-54,472 net)


      Pacific, $11 Buy-in (3,000/6,000 blinds, 750 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 16,130 (2.7 bb)
      BB: 56,064 (9.3 bb)
      UTG: 148,734 (24.8 bb)
      MP: 64,442 (10.7 bb)
      CO: 186,658 (31.1 bb)
      BTN: 111,944 (18.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with :7c: :7s:
      2 folds, CO raises to 185,908 and is all-in, BTN folds, Hero calls 12,380 and is all-in, BB folds

      Flop: (41,260) :4s: :9s: :8s: (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (41,260) :5h: (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (41,260) :Qh: (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results: 41,260 pot
      Final Board: :4s: :9s: :8s: :5h: :Qh:
      Hero showed :7c: :7s: and lost (-16,130 net)
      CO showed :Tc: :Th: and won 41,260 (25,130 net)


      Overall, I seem not be able to accumalte a big enough stack in early/mid game often enough to be able to take advantage of it aroudn the bubble. Will look into the early mid game stage now and then I am positive to finally get a win this week :D