After taking holidays in July and changing my status on facebook to “engaged”, I returned to work in August!
Before starting to play, I spent almost a week studying, changing the format of my spreadsheets and working on some new ones.
Traditionally we are used to seeing ranges in these formats:
The problem with these formats is that they are quite long and for those who work a lot with ICM situations they are hard to say and memorize.
One solution to this problem is to simplify the way we write these ranges using what is known as Row Notation.
Instead of separating the offsuit hands, we join them, and in the cases where there has only been one suited hand we put in only the number of the suited hand:
- Row Notation: 22 A22 K22 Q28 J28 T27 947 846 746 64 54 43
Saying “Ace two two” is faster than saying “Ace two suited, Ace two offsuit”. Right?
Here, a range of only AQs would nevertheless just be AQ, which usually means AQs and AQo.
It is possible to simplify further by taking advantage of the continuity of the ranges!
- Compressed Row Notation: Q28 28 27 47 46 46 443
The vast majority of ranges are continuous, that is, if they have K22, they normally also have A22, so one possible simplification is to write the range from the first hand that does not go up to 2 offsuit and from there we can index the rest from the first letter.
In the example I gave, I excluded 22, because if we do not write a pair, we already know all pairs are included. I also did not write A22 or K22, because since we started with Q28 I already know they are included. From J28 I didn’t write J, because I know after the Queens are the Jacks, and so on.
Finally, if there are 3 or more numbers alone at the end, we join those 3 and learn that we are referring to 3 different suited hands.
I spent a day writing a script to convert my spreadsheets from the Icmizer format to the CRN format and then it was still a few days until everything was converted.
It then took me about a week to get used to the format, but now I wouldn’t change it for anything, because I can access my information much faster and more efficiently!
Although I didn’t invent this notation, I wanted to share it with you. If you are interested in knowing more, you can read about it at awice’s blog.
In August I played 2 freerolls, 2 $215 turbos, and the Sunday Million I hosted.
Unfortunately I did not reach the prizes and I ended up losing $645.
August was the month where I lost at the tables, and I ended up losing $9K!
It may seem strange to have a positive Av ROI and lose money, but this happens when you get good results when the stakes are lower and losing money when the sakes are higher.
Taking everything into account it was a month where I made a profit of $15K.
Here is the monthly graph of the hypers:
- Red line: “Pre-rakeback” profit (there is no rakeback in PokerStars, but there is a VIP system).
- Blue line: Approximation of VIP Stellar Rewards, VIP Rewards Bonus and Milestone Cash Credits.
- Green Line: Total profit.
Before finishing the section on hypers, I want to say that I was very happy to finish the month with the Portuguese flag in the world top 10 of sit-n-gos!
This is no longer one or two months of luck, it is the result of 8 months of hard work
Even though I spent the first week of the month without playing and then I started with lower stakes, August was the month I got the most VPPs: 200K!