October 25, 2010
I got off to a quick start this week, knowing that this challenge would be a lot more manageable and enjoyable if I got ahead of schedule early. I've been playing mostly 2/4-5/10 PLO on Stars, 9-12 tabling. This is more tables than I'm accustomed to, but I feel pretty capable with TableNinja on my side. I put in long sessions Monday through Thursday, and while there was some sense of accomplishment for actually grinding so many hands, I ran pretty bad and was losing for much of the time. I also became re-acquainted with the disconcerting malaise that follows a long, exhausting session of breakeven or losing poker. However, PLO is a high-variance game, so I wasn't too dismayed by some poor results. I'll only get better as I put in more volume (and thus have more hands to analyze in my database!), and I'm playing well below my bankroll, so thats not really a concern. Also, I'll be hitting 100k VPPs this coming week, qualifying me for supernova for the first time ever. Apparently the equivalent "rakeback" isn't half bad for supernova people, so I'll be able to cash in some nice bonuses too. I've even entertained fleeting thoughts of trying to go big next year and try for SNE, but I doubt I'll follow through on that. A million VPPs is just too many (though I could shoot for a few hundred K and still make some nice loot in bonuses). Â Â
From a life standpoint, the pursuit of this prop has nudged me into a slightly more regular schedule, which is a good thing. I've been getting up well before noon (!), taking care of business and lunch by 1PM, and then grinding until 5 or 6. Â Four days a week of this and I'll reach the 40k goal easily, but I might even try and shoot past that while I'm motivated to play. Or perhaps I'll just get to 40k and then spend the rest of the month trying to distract Vincent so he doesn't get there!
Anyhow, here's some hard data:Â
17.85 hours, 12197 hands, total net -$72.40.Â
The 2/4 cap session was actually super frustrating. I just loaded up one table to check on some HUD tweaks I had made, and got super coolered over and over again for like 20 minutes. The 10/20, on the other hand, was obviously awesome. The game was good and I managed to obtain the Jesus seat on a super fish who donated prettyÂ much all of it to me. So that got me unstuck for the prop and left me more optimistic heading into week 2!
Dealt quads 4 times: 8s, 9s, Qs, and Ks. I didn't play any of them, but I'm still holding out for TTTT!
5 straight flushes, including one royal flush and two steel wheels. Interestingly enough, I was the PFR and got it in on the flop in each of these hands, and I was a 70%+ favorite each time.
Tune in next week, when the expected report is massive profits and closing in on 25k hands!Â