May 01, 2011
April was another stellar month. I ended up $44k which puts me close to the $100k mark for the year so far, which is pretty exciting for me as it's triple what I made last year. All of it was from 30/60 and 50/100 TD (in fact, I was down on HEM this month, see the post where I talk about not being able to play well at PLO.)
I also played a lot of tourneys since Black Friday, figuring that they are softer with a lot of American regs gone, and this held mostly true. Besides a few small cashes, I didn't really have much success but it was good to mix things up and do something different. I ended up playing a lot of FTOPS events that I wasn't really rolled for in the past, which was pretty interesting, although I only cashed in one, the $535 2-7SD and it was a mincash. That was quite a fun experience because I've probably played a few hundred hands of 2-7SD in my life and it was interesting thinking about the game as I played - also, everyone happened to be much worse than me.
I did the same today with the $216 Badugi. Again, I don't have hardly any Badugi experience but I have a lot of TD experience and it's interesting comparing the two games, thinking about which concepts carry over into both games and which don't. I was also watching Soep and DD's video at the same time and although it had some helpful concepts, I didn't quite get my head around the idea of binking an 8 or better badugi every hand you draw 2, which could have helped.
Although I found playing Badugi interesting from a novelty standpoint, I'm really not a big fan of the game as an idea. It's a game that would be ultimately quite simple to play if attacked from a mathematical approach because the static hands lend towards strategies with fewer interesting decisions and less aggression, which makes later street play somewhat easier to model. Still, I guess even though the maths behind it is technically simple, it's not that simple intuitively which means people are still bad at it, and almost any game becomes fun if opponents are bad (except razz, that's never fun.)