The Sejnar Blog - A DoN Tale

  • 10 replies
    • joseferraz
      joseferraz
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      Joined: 08.02.2010 Posts: 17
      gl on your quest, hope u do well

      u playing sh or fr?
      have u found any good articles or info on DON strategy?
    • Vargan
      Vargan
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      Joined: 07.03.2008 Posts: 565
      Hello,

      DoNs can be very profitable.

      You should consider changing your goals somewhat. Raising your ITM from 55-60 to 65-80 will be close to impossible. Most likely it will only go down as you play more DoNs. You must also understand that a ROI and ITM are linked because the payout structure is flat. 55% winrate(with 4% rake/pokerstars turbo) will give you 5.8% ROI and 60% winrate will give you a 15.4% ROI. Change one, change the other. Anywhere between 55-60% ITM is sustainable and very good results.

      Myself I have played about 1000 DoNs' and have a ITM of 54.9%.

      Good luck.

      V.
    • Wurble
      Wurble
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      Joined: 04.04.2009 Posts: 456
      GL with your quest! I played around 2k $1.10 dons at stars with a 4% roi and I just wanted to end my own life lol they get a bit repetetive after a while!

      you mention $1 and $6 dons.. are they on Ipoker? If you are paying more than 5% rake then move to stars as soon as you can for the $5.20's and above, high rake in dons against players who know what they're doing will destroy you. If you consider a good roi in dons is 5% with many regs earning less over a large sample then you will see that paying too much rake could be the difference between you going broke and absolutely crushing them.

      Anyways, wherever you play, I hope you do well!
    • Sejnar
      Sejnar
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      Joined: 01.03.2010 Posts: 43
      Stats for 1-120

      Tourneys: 120
      ROI%: 3%
      ITM: 56.7%
      Winnings: 4$
      Time Played: 7.3 hours
      $/h: 0.55
    • Sejnar
      Sejnar
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      Joined: 01.03.2010 Posts: 43
      I'm playing Full ring, and I have only read everything I can in the Strategy SnG tab, and theres only a short one about DoN.

      And no, it's the 5.20 DoN I’m talking about, my mistake, thanks.

      I'll see what the future brings in how my ROI%/ITM% looks like, on the first 120 it seem easy enough to keep a 60%+ ITM, but time will show me, but thanks for the heads up, and now I won't kill myself for failing.
    • Sejnar
      Sejnar
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      Joined: 01.03.2010 Posts: 43
      Stats for 120-240

      Tourneys: 120
      ROI%: 7.6%
      ITM: 59.2%
      Winnings: 10$
      Time Played: 7.2 hours
      $/h: 1.44



      Info:

      Started annoying, lots of bad beats, but I was comfortable with my play, because I knew it was a matter of time before the luck would change.
      I'm starting to feel more secure about my play, and the 1$ DoN
    • Sejnar
      Sejnar
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      Joined: 01.03.2010 Posts: 43
      Stats for 240-360

      Tourneys: 120
      ROI%: 4.5%
      ITM: 57.5%
      Winnings: 6$
      Time Played: 7.4 hours
      $/h: 0.81$



      Info:
      I achieved SilverStar status!, and I don't really care much about it.
      The first 4-5 sets was quite nice, and then down hill from there, the last set nearly destroyed all profit..
    • Sejnar
      Sejnar
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      Joined: 01.03.2010 Posts: 43
      Stats for 360-480

      Tourneys: 120
      ROI: 16.1%
      ITM: 60.8%
      Winnings: 84.4$
      Time Played: 7.4 hours
      $/h: 11.35$



      Info:
      After a long debate with myself I choose to say I would jump to the 5$ DoN's and if I got to zero I would deposit the last 150$ my bankroll needed to play 5$ DoN's with good brm.
      The first two set in this was 1$ DoN's was okay.. The 5$ DoN's was somehow easier, because people was more predictable, and more intelligent, and in DoN's there is a lot of teamwork somehow, and a big change from the 1$ to the 5$ was that people could play and look further than just the next hand.
      I hope the next 10 sets will be just a good.
      And my first Royal flush!

      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 5.2 Tournament, 75/150 Blinds 15 Ante (7 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      CO (t4460)
      Button (t635)
      SB (t3070)
      Hero (BB) (t1415)
      UTG (t1785)
      MP1 (t2280)
      MP2 (t1355)

      Hero's M: 4.29

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, K
      4 folds, Button bets t620 (All-In), SB calls t545, Hero calls t470

      Flop: (t1965) 10, J, 4 (3 players, 1 all-in)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: (t1965) A (3 players, 1 all-in)
      SB bets t900, Hero calls t780 (All-In)

      River: (t3525) 2 (3 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: t3525
    • Vargan
      Vargan
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      Joined: 07.03.2008 Posts: 565
      Grats on the royal flush.

      However that hand is poorly played for a DON.
      In that situation, you always fold anything but AA.
    • Vargan
      Vargan
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      Joined: 07.03.2008 Posts: 565
      Is the tale over? :f_confused: