July 18, 2011
So I did my charity poker day today. I played 11 hours total, mostly 400 HUPLO and it was pretty swingy. For the first few hours I hovered around break even but then within an hour I was down a bit over $5k (while running $5k below all-in EV). Fortunately, that was my low point and I ended the session +1400, took a break and played again for another 3 hours.
Again, I started off losing a couple thousand pretty quickly, but managed to turn things around and won most of it back, when suddenly the play stopped and the client told me I was dealt into a Milestone Hand! My opponent didn't know what was going on and clearly didn't understand the winner of the hand got double the milestone prize and he folded on the flop to a cbet, and I got credited $3274 for taking part - probably can't complain about being below EV after this. I played some more and ended up $6500 for the day, which felt a lot better than being stuck $5k.
It was an interesting experiment overall. I think that while I was running bad it made me play worse, because there was a lot of pressure in booking a winning day to not disappoint people. However, this could just have been a result of me being down $5k really quickly which I haven't experienced for a while. I also don't think the whole "play as much as I can in a single day" works for me, because I can get impatient and tired deep into a session, and I much prefer stopping and starting as I please.
Ultimately, despite being for a good cause, I'd say the idea was flawed. It puts too much emphasis on a single day's earnings, a mindset that all poker players strive to avoid. I only really thought about the chance of me running really well and didn't really anticipate the consequences of running badly.
Anyway, done with all that now. Here's the page again if you want to contribute: