SNG maniac...preflop only please

    • richard1817
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      Well Fulltilt is down for maintenance so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to write a blog.

      -Background-
      I am 19 and from England. Currently taking a year out from university and intend to restart this September. With nothing to do and living at a seaside resort means no jobs in the winter, poker seems to be the best alternative of making a little money and paying off my overdraft.

      -Poker Background-
      I have much expereince playing for nearly 2years now at low stakes games. Having a on/off attitude but amounting winnings of £5000 on various sites. I lived in Nottingham last year and played alot live, at the european famous DuskTillDawn
      poker only casino. Below are links to my MTT cashes.

      http://www.dusktilldawnpoker.com/resultplayers.php?id=1061 1st
      http://www.dusktilldawnpoker.com/resultplayers.php?id=1004 2nd

      I also beat the £0.50/£1,£1/£2 cash games for around £1000.

      Online poker I have experimented with different games and pulling various successes out of each. I have played SSS cash, SNG reg, SNG turbo, 180/45 MTT, HU Omaha turbo, and Currently playing SNG hyper-turbos.

      Below are my Sharkscope Stats ...Donkeykonggo is the account where I built my roll up again from $30 about a month ago.





      Above graph is mainly $3/$6 9/10 man turbo sngs. And one large HORSE MTT cash.


      After building my roll on pokerstars I moved back to Fulltilt 3days ago (my account is tracked through this site to that..browny points :) I earnt aorund $1100 on pokerstars and withdrew about $800 for a new laptop. $250 was my starting roll on fulltilt. It's now $720 and with this sites rakeback I should be getting $105 next friday.

      Below is my Graph for the last 3days.


      I started on fulltilt with the intention of playing $6.50 turbos. The night I started I just casually played a $2 mtt. Getting quite bored I opened these hyper turbos sngs firstly $3 and then $7. At first I thought they were just little gambles and not beatable. After a sick run in them I doubled my roll that night. After watching some videos on youtube and checking other peoples sharkscopes I realised they were more beatable than I thought. I already have a strong understanding of ICM...I have realised these sngs require a small adaption.

      I am currently playing around 200 games a day. At current limit that works out in $27 rake earnt a day. With current roll I don't intend to move up to $14 hyper turbos until I reach $2100 (150BI is going to be my new restriction because of there high variance). Playing with $720 at $7.50 is probably risky but I can't bring myself to play $3 ones until I drop below $400 atleast.

      Long term goals are to move up the limits in these games as fast as possible and earn a nice sum of money to blow away when I go back to uni :) . I try and give daily updates and vent alot of my swings (don't worry there will be many)

      gl thanks for reading
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    • lennonac
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      Good stuff Richard!

      I am a fellow snger and a fellow brit living on the southcoast.

      There are a few good sng players here that I am sure will pop up and say hi in your blog. We all help eachother out with motivation, sweat sessions and strategy talk.

      Good luck with the super turbos, I played a few myself with good results.

      Catch you later
    • nibbana
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      Another fellow SNGer and fellow brit here.

      Impressive stats and graphs. I'm looking forward to reading more from your blog, currently trying to beat $1 SNG on PStars myself and should be a few hundred games away from going to $3 so it will be good to hear your experiences and check the variance before I arrive ! I'm also playing SSS on CakePoker to see how these games vary in $/hour to the SNGs, how have you found the difference ?

      Best of luck
    • lessthanthreee
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      welcome to the blog community! gl with your adventures in the rocky world of super turbos :)
    • GunFlavoured
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      Hi Richard, nice stats so far. Good to see you have a conservative bankroll since as you pointed out they are horrible for variance. Hopefully I'll be able to follow your blog, I'm interested to see how you go in the higher limits. I found that the $30 STs are almost unbeatable at certain times of the day, that + the variance put me off them. Also, try to include the 45 man STs in the mix as they are hugely profitable. Good luck.
    • richard1817
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      Originally posted by nibbana
      Another fellow SNGer and fellow brit here.

      Impressive stats and graphs. I'm looking forward to reading more from your blog, currently trying to beat $1 SNG on PStars myself and should be a few hundred games away from going to $3 so it will be good to hear your experiences and check the variance before I arrive ! I'm also playing SSS on CakePoker to see how these games vary in $/hour to the SNGs, how have you found the difference ?

      Best of luck
      yer I hated SSS and sucked at it. Made like $150 after 60k hands mainly nl10 n bout 20k of that was nl25. Most of that $150 was rakeback. I don't think pokerstars was the ideal site for SSS theres too many other shortstacckers. Regarding $1 sngs I have never played them because although there really soft I just hate the rake on them normally 20%. the donk factor is exactly the same at $3 with less rake so I reckon you should take shots if you feel you can beat $1 very easily.
    • richard1817
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      Originally posted by GunFlavoured
      Hi Richard, nice stats so far. Good to see you have a conservative bankroll since as you pointed out they are horrible for variance. Hopefully I'll be able to follow your blog, I'm interested to see how you go in the higher limits. I found that the $30 STs are almost unbeatable at certain times of the day, that + the variance put me off them. Also, try to include the 45 man STs in the mix as they are hugely profitable. Good luck.
      when you say unbeatable... what about break evenable?lol.. cus I was thinking of rake back hoaring these at higher limits.$30 are $2 rake. play 200 thats $400 in rake for one day and $108 per day. Not bad profit whilst building a br. I can normally cover 200st in about 4/5hours, 5/6 times a week. ~$500 a week tax free (I love england) not bad for 25-30 hours a week just until I can back to uni.

      All thoery ofcourse, whats your thorts having already played this limit?

      also do you mind me knowing your pokername so I can sharkscope you and filter your $30ST results. I like looking at peoples stats at limits above me so I can gage the profitablity of them games.
    • richard1817
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      only played a couple 2day. Having problems lately with my eyes hurtin after about 2/3hours into a session. sometimes ill soldier through. I mean I have a sick grind mentallity but I have to stop after 4/5 hours because of this problem

      Anyone had similar problems when playing for along time or should I seek medical help?
    • lennonac
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      I did while playing supers.
      I think it is because you analise loads of things in a few split seconds. Like you check stack sizes bet sizes your cards etc and you are doing this every second or two, constant eye movement.
    • lessthanthreee
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      try adjusting your monitor brightness or contrast settings. sometimes if its too dull or too bright it can affect you after a while.
    • Tim64
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      good luck, mate - from a fellow Brit and SnG addict.
    • GunFlavoured
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      Originally posted by richard1817
      Originally posted by GunFlavoured
      Hi Richard, nice stats so far. Good to see you have a conservative bankroll since as you pointed out they are horrible for variance. Hopefully I'll be able to follow your blog, I'm interested to see how you go in the higher limits. I found that the $30 STs are almost unbeatable at certain times of the day, that + the variance put me off them. Also, try to include the 45 man STs in the mix as they are hugely profitable. Good luck.
      when you say unbeatable... what about break evenable?lol.. cus I was thinking of rake back hoaring these at higher limits.$30 are $2 rake. play 200 thats $400 in rake for one day and $108 per day. Not bad profit whilst building a br. I can normally cover 200st in about 4/5hours, 5/6 times a week. ~$500 a week tax free (I love england) not bad for 25-30 hours a week just until I can back to uni.

      All thoery ofcourse, whats your thorts having already played this limit?

      also do you mind me knowing your pokername so I can sharkscope you and filter your $30ST results. I like looking at peoples stats at limits above me so I can gage the profitablity of them games.
      They are certainly breakevenable, I have seen a few mass grinders running maybe 2-3%ROI so if you know the limit well enough they could be fairly profitable with rakeback. I blocked my sharkscope but I think I was running around 1-2% over a 2-3K games on the $30s but gave up because I hated the variance. I had 50-60BI swings which obviously can can cause you to tilt eating into the tiny ROI. I didn't have HEM at the time so that might also help pick the ranges of the regs as well as the fish and increase profits. I am considering giving the $75 STs a go when I build the bankroll high enough, they seem soft because of the tokens but I imagine the variance would still suck.
    • richard1817
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      Ok had a rough couple of break even days. Just breaking even, swinging 10-20 up and around my $720 figure. I guess I cannot complain as 50 buy in swings are a regular occurance in these games.

      Well anyway just finished off on a nice little heater bringing my roll back up to $830 with it been Friday I should also be gettin last weeks rakeback which should be around $100. Bringing me up to ~$900. Roi has dropped down to 6% over a 1.2k sample.



      anyone else played these games? I have skype so add me airpoket123 if ya wana sweat a session or talk theory. I can also talk to anyone about low buy in turbos 9/10man.
    • richard1817
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      ahhhh had a nice confidence building day today. Played just a few today because I broke the 1k barrier and I like starring at my bankroll lol. Don't want to risk playing anymore today because I like starring at it for time being :P .

      summary of the week. Well it was last Friday night when I deposited $250. I didn't start playing properly till the next day so earnings for this week have been $765including rakeback earnt saturday-monday. Monday to the present I have earnt ~$74 worth of rakeback. Thus bringing total esimated earnings for this week of $839. In my countries currency that works out as £520. A very nice wage packet for 3/4hours a day work. Not bad first week as a semi pro playing $7.50 ST's.

      Also earnt 6250FTP (whatever these are worth).

      should gain silver medal status ashame I can't get iron man for this month but deffo will next week. With iron man plus and silver total medals earnt is 53 with the possibility of earning a few more next week.

      anyone any idea how much the above is approx worth?
    • Kimber88
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      Hey,

      Do you play 6max or FR?
    • richard1817
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      Originally posted by Kimber88
      Hey,

      Do you play 6max or FR?
      6max fella.


      Hello mr upswing :)



      the weekend has been very nice to me bringing my bankroll now up to $1210. Small sample but weekends seem to be where most my profits are coming from as it was last weekend when I had my first upswing.



      Well anyway going to have a break for rest of day and probs play the $5 250k 2night and maybe some hypers with it.

      gl peeps
    • lessthanthreee
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      are you still playing the 6s richard? looks like you can move up to the 12s with a comfortable BR now.

      gl <3
    • richard1817
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      Originally posted by lessthanthreee
      are you still playing the 6s richard? looks like you can move up to the 12s with a comfortable BR now.

      gl <3
      I play $7.50 supers m8. The swings are big so I like to keep a 150BI rule. Next limit up for me is $15 ST's. so a bankroll of over $2k is probably best.

      played 103 games this morning and increased my roll to $1350 .
      After 1.5k sngs I defenetly feel my edge in these games has increased significantly and hopefully I can maintain an ROi of 8-9%.
    • lessthanthreee
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      very impressive.

      keep it up :)
    • Schris7
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      hey there . gl with your st project . if u have a strong stomach vs the swings and as i saw u re a hardcore grinder then u can make a lot of $$$ from sts.

      as far as the points and medals i have to warn u that by using them u ll get less rakeback and since rb is vital for your grinding i wont suggest them using them . u can allthough buy tokens with the iron man medals without causing a reduction of your rb . gl !