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"Power Up poker" bankroll challenge! $30 -> $1000

    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      Originally posted by metalmonkey80
      Interesting blog and look forward to reading future posts :f_thumbsup:
      Good luck at the tables

      Matt
      Thanks Matt - I appreciate that :D
    • Walshnm
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      UPDATE TIME!

      Whaddup my people!? That's right it's time for another BR blog post. As we round into stream session #28 we arrive at a notable milestone: +25% of the way to our target of $1000.

      SHOW ME DA MONEY!

      Our Bankroll currently stands at $288.73%
      - Net profit = +$258.73
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.22%
      - We are currently playing the $7s

      (As a result of our web charts only allowing 21 data points I have broken the graph into 2 session increments below (and session 27 was the last (You get the gist of it!)))



      HOW YOU GETTING ON FAM?

      At this stage in the challenge I'm feeling a bit more "settled" in the game of Power Up and, especially in the last weeks, I'm finding a little more confidence in my ability to take on regs which will be crucial as we climb higher in stakes. Let's not forget that at $300 we take shots at the $15s (I've taken a few already and missed).

      I'm also feeling a little more confident in my ability to add tables to what has been primarily 1/2 table sessions. I've never been a multi-table genius but we can all agree that the ability to multi-table an online poker product will be a factor in it's popularity amongst players who wish to maximise their hourly win rate.

      In case you guys missed it we were also raided/hosted by PokerStars' official Twitch channel and at one point had over 1200 concurrent viewers! You can see a clip of the magic moment in action in the clip below:

      WATCH HERE

      THOUGHTS FOR IMPROVEMENT?

      At this stage in the challenge I can really start to appreciate the depth of this game. The variety of situations with such wild varying factors presents a format with a plethora of interesting insights and pitfalls not often seen at a poker table.

      I also start to appreciate the capacity for humans to develop skills through sheer brute force volume.

      I've never been a "naturally gifted" poker player. I've always had to push myself to get into "the zone" or the "head space" where I can feel out the "edge" of any game. I've also learned that the only way to improve ones game is through competition and, as a result, I find it difficult to participate in games that are not played for money. That's not to say I have a desire to gamble, but rather, I know that most people tend to play more seriously when something is at stake.

      What excites me the most, is I find myself deriving such a great wealth of information from the community which we as a team have worked hard to build. Our Discord channel in particular provides an excellent "hive mind" where friendly and often brutal analysis casts a spot light on your weaknesses and drives you to become a better player.

      BOTTOM LINE?

      We've had some fun over on Discord "ranking" community members based on their perceived Power Up skills. I know for certain that as of this blog I am not the best players online. But I also know that my participation in our community will make me better, faster.

      Now that Stars are starting to roll out some advertisement for Power Up I hope to find a greater number of recreational players at the tables so we can really push into the last phases of this challenge!

      Here's to becoming BETTER, FASTER! :D

      We are going live once again tonight at 18:00 GMT - come hang out! https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • CptJokerFish
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      Interesting Blog.
      How much games have you played already?
    • anduke
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      Awesome blog mate! Detailed, easy to follow and engaging. Power Up seems like a great mix of gaming and poker. Have ditched gaming myself and just recently started playing poker again. Keep it up, will try to follow your journey :)
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      Originally posted by CptJokerFish
      Interesting Blog.
      How much games have you played already?
      Hello mate!

      I've probably played around 1500-2000 games total but 937 since the start of the challenge. I think I'm finally starting to really "get" the game at a good level now so hopefully my push through the $15s will be quick!
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      Originally posted by anduke
      Awesome blog mate! Detailed, easy to follow and engaging. Power Up seems like a great mix of gaming and poker. Have ditched gaming myself and just recently started playing poker again. Keep it up, will try to follow your journey :)
      Thanks so much for taking the time to give some feedback!

      Yeah man I really enjoy gaming too but poker has always been my passion. I'm glad you like my blog! If you want to learn more about Power Up make sure you check out my website too (link is on our Twitch page (can't link directly to it from PokerStrategy)).

      I stream AT LEAST twice a week if you wanted to have a watch - I'm actually streaming from 14:00 GMT today - https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
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      What is up Pokerstratagizers?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $311.50 which means:
      - Net profit = +$281.50
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 12.71%
      - We are currently playing the $15s

      CAN WE FINALLY WIN A $15??? PLEASE GOD PLEASE!!!

      Come hang out!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      What is up Pokerstratagizers?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 12:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $400.81 which means:
      - Net profit = +$370.81
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.22%
      - We are currently playing the $15s

      Come hang out!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      What is up guys?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 12:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $404.89 which means:
      - Net profit = +$374.89
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.15%
      - We are currently playing the $15s

      Come hang out!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      What is up guys?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $471.10 which means:
      - Net profit = +$341.10
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.15%
      - We are currently playing the $15s

      Come hang out!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      What is up guys?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $506.32 which means:
      - Net profit = +$376.32
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 12.96%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +50% to our goal!

      Also!

      Don't forget that at 20:00 GMT today we are joining TeamNeverGiveUp for a live podcast! Be sure to check that out too.

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • CptJokerFish
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      Go Go Go crush em. :milord:
      In my opinion games like Power Up can become very important for Poker in general.
      Its good if there are games with unexplored ground so there is still a lot of value.
      It would become even more interesting if pokerstars would offer also higher buy-ins.
    • Walshnm
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      Originally posted by CptJokerFish
      Go Go Go crush em. :milord:
      In my opinion games like Power Up can become very important for Poker in general.
      Its good if there are games with unexplored ground so there is still a lot of value.
      It would become even more interesting if pokerstars would offer also higher buy-ins.
      I agree mate! Looking forward to higher stakes myself :D

      I like that we have a new format with lots of "Unknowns" and many situations where there isn't always a clear solution to every situation. We love it too!
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      What is up guys?

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $611.83 which means:
      - Net profit = +$581.83
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 14.04%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +60% to our goal!

      See you guys there!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      Yo yo yo!

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 11:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $677.07 which means:
      - Net profit = +$647.07
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 14.70%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +65% to our goal!

      See you guys there!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
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      Hello people of PokerStrat!

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $711.80 which means:
      - Net profit = +$681.80
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 14.42%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +71% to our goal!

      See you guys there!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • CptJokerFish
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      Hi, can you say anything about the Power Up variance in comparison to Spin N Go´s or Heads Up Hyper Sngs?
    • Walshnm
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      Originally posted by CptJokerFish
      Hi, can you say anything about the Power Up variance in comparison to Spin N Go´s or Heads Up Hyper Sngs?
      Hello CPT,

      Yes indeed! Based on our analysis of this game it is probably one of the most low variance formats you can play in it's current state. When we ran the simulations on SwongSim it said that 1% of players will experience a downswing of 30 buyins with an ROI of 15% (which is roughly where I find myself now in the BR challenge). Comparably - when I was playing spins full time I experienced a 100 BI downswing which is considered rather normal.

      Hopefully catch you on stream https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker

      Hope that helps,

      Nick
    • Walshnm
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      Hello everyone!

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 14:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $673.16 which means:
      - Net profit = +$643.16
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.51%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +64% to our goal!

      See you guys there!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker
    • Walshnm
      Walshnm
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      Hello everyone!

      Bankroll challenge recommences today at 12:00 GMT!

      Bankroll is at $692.34 which means:
      - Net profit = +$662.34
      - Total ROI (in all limits) = 13.58%
      - We are currently playing the $15s
      - We are +66% to our goal!

      See you guys there!

      https://www.twitch.tv/op_poker