Monday, March 02, 2009


February Wrap

Even though I said I wasn't going to set myself a target for monthly volume, 43 hours last month was pretty lame :-). Luckily I shipped $15K with a win on Full Tilt to end up with almost as much online profit as January. Adding $36K profit [1] from the TV donkament made for a good month all round.

This month I have a real excuse for low volume as the kitchen is scheduled for 2 weeks from the 16th so I'll be larging it in the West End and playing GUKPT Vic. A change is as good as a rest, hopefully. I started off on the right foot with my first Sunday deep run in a while, ending up 38th in the Party Million. Great tournament by the way, $600 buyin, $1M guarantee, first Sunday of every month. Some compensation for Ongame dropping their monthly Grand.

What We Learned This Month

Nothing specific, basically still working on the theme of knowing when to slow it down at final tables just a little bit. This depends to a large extent on the payout structure, but on some sites there are definitely spots where marginal situations can be avoided because you can, for example, double your money by seeing off two players. I stress only marginal spots though, and spots that I call marginal typically wouldn't even be considered by a lot of players :-). Hopefully I'm not missing out on any wins, but turning a few 7ths and 8ths into 3rds and 4ths can make a big difference.

[1] Incidentally this is a good example of how what you see isn't always what you get. That's what's left of the $50K after taking out swaps, (partial) buyin and sponsor clawback, and most players would lose a higher proportion than I do.

I think one of the problems I have when I make final tables (rare occassion!!) is playing too quickly and being too eager to take 55/45 or 60/40 situations.

At the lower stakes, players are definitely more willing to bust out so i guess sitting tighter could yield better results for me.

Never really thought about it until your post TBH
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