During the first days of the SCOOP I tried to add some tournaments to my grind, but it was way too hard to play hypers and tournaments simultaneously!
This might sound weird if you haven’t tried both formats, but I will try to explain…
While I’m playing tournaments I don’t spend much time in most decisions, but in the end each tournament is defined by some key decisions where I might need up to a minute or something like that to make the best decision. I’m used to taking decisions within seconds at the Hypers, but it becomes really hard to focus properly on key decisions at tournaments and I end up making mistakes that I would never do on a… “slower” session. The hypers also get affected negatively since whenever I get a non-trivial decision at the tournaments, I end up not paying the proper attention to the hypers and make mistakes!
During the SCOOP I won some $357 and $714 satellites and I forgot to un-register before the tournaments started, so I ended up playing some $1k and $2k tournaments!
Let’s take a look at the results…
Sharkscope says that I finished -$4k, but this time sharkscope is WRONG!
On the image above I selected the line where I played a $1k+r tournament, because even though the result is -$2659, my cost was $1050 because I didn’t do a single rebuy or add-on!
This is obviously a bad result, but if you take into account the buy-ins of the tournaments I played it’s perfectly normal!
I will share three hands from that tournament that I played very close to the money:
In the first hand I have AK and 8BB, so usually I need a very strong reason to not get all my chips in the middle!
Well…, there are 4 players left for the money and there is a player with more chips than us with a reasonable range all-in.
If we assume that vincentfish’s range is something like TT+, AJs, AQo it’s a coin flip for the AK! It’s possible that his range has more non-pair combos and that my equity is a bit better, but I seriously doubt that it goes up to 60% and even with that kind of equity it would be a mistake to risk the tournament 4 hands away from the money to try to get a 16BB stack.
With Queens I should get around 70% equity versus his range, which is excellent in most tournament stages but I’m on the Button, now there are 3 players left for the money and the first paid spot is $4.2K.
Being in the button means that I will get to see more 4-6 hands before I have to post a blind and with a turbo structure usually that’s enough for 3 players to bust.
The fact that this tournament pays at least 2 Buy-ins for an ITM finish. That means we should play more conservatively when our tournament life is at stake than we would at a tournament that pays 1.5 Buy-ins or less.
Between getting my money with the QQ, moving 70% of the times to 16.5BB and missing the money 30% of the times or making it in the money with 7BB and “freeroll” after, I prefer the 2nd option!
This third hand was the hardest one for me, because I had the 2nd nuts!
Obviously KK is much better than QQ, but…, I also think that this player has a much tighter range and this might sound crazy, but I think that in this hand my equity is actually worse than the equity I had at the previous hand! Since there was no fold equity on my side and the equity was worse, I folded.
As you can see from the positions, I got these hands one after the other and while I didn’t maximize my chances of winning the tournament by taking a coin flip with some dead money in the middle, or a 70-30%, I think that I maximized my profitability and I was still able to “freeroll” after being in the money!
It was a $5.7K finish and I dodged a -$8K month in tournaments.
During June I’m not planning to play tournaments, so my results can’t really be worse than the ones in May when it comes to this format.
During May I was doing very well at the $357s and during the last week of the SCOOP I gave another shot at the $714s since the player pool was very similar.
Results of the month:
The volume was about half of the previous month, but the average buy-in was 2x as big, so the total rake was very similar.
I will also leave you my graph:
- Red: “Pre-Rakeback” results (At PokerStars there is an amazing VIP system that replaces rakeback).
- Blue: VIP Stellar Rewards, VIP Cash Bonus and Milestone Cash Credit.
- Green: Total Profit
At the end of April I wrote:
“But on the other hand, April left me completely tired of grinding, feeling that these VPPs marathons are getting harder and my will to play poker decreases substantially when I go through them.”
During May I didn’t slow down on volume and when the SCOOP ended I spent the next 3 days sick at home recovering. I think that I pushed my nervous system too much
Since I got a bit worried about this situation I did some research about stress and I found this book: “Tired of Being Tired”