Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Perfect Example of Why I'm Switching Back to SNGs

Maybe around 2 years ago, I was playing mostly SNG's, a few MTT's, and ring games sporadically. Then I saw guys on the forum making real good progress at multi-tabling ring games and I decided to switch. I really got into the study of ring games an grinded (ground?) my way up from 10NL to 25NL and then to 50NL. I had pretty good sucess at the lower 2 levels and learned a lot on my way up. But at 50NL, I seem to be at a standstill. Since my results fluctuate so much, I don't feel like I'm learning at the rate I should be. At 50NL, it seems like there are enough dumb, fearless players sprinkled throughout the ranks to take my good runs right into the toilet. I'll have a couple of good days and then have a bad day drag it all back down below where I was.

Here is a perfect example of how a great week can be nearly wiped out in 20 minutes for me at 50NL ring games:

71% fav PF, 81% Flop, 23% Turn
***** Hand History for Game 29967186384 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:48:15 ET 2009
Table Algenib VI (Real Money)
Seat 8 is the button
Seat 1: TubbyWon ( $55.00 USD )
Seat 3: moonface111 ( $27.75 USD )
Seat 4: Flyboys007 ( $78.20 USD )
Seat 5: MrSticker66 ( $52.00 USD )
Seat 6: myriddin ( $50.35 USD )
Seat 7: fer1961 ( $83.20 USD )
Seat 8: tradingbsas ( $40.90 USD )
Seat 9: Truchonazo ( $52.55 USD )
Truchonazo posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
TubbyWon posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ 4d 4c ]
moonface111 folds
Flyboys007 folds
MrSticker66 calls [$0.50 USD]
myriddin folds
fer1961 folds
tradingbsas folds
Truchonazo folds
TubbyWon checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Js, Ad, 3d ]
TubbyWon checks
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Turn ** [ 4h ]
TubbyWon bets [$1.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$4.00 USD]
TubbyWon raises [$13.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$47.50 USD]
TubbyWon calls [$37.50 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ Qc ]
TubbyWon shows [5c, 2h ]
TubbyWon wins $101.25 USD from main pot
MrSticker66 doesn't show [4d, 4c ]

80% fav PF, 9% Flop, 5% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29966759275 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:32:04 ET 2009
Table Nikko (Real Money)
Seat 3 is the button
Seat 1: olijugon ( $91.80 USD )
Seat 2: n@ch0_666 ( $30.00 USD )
Seat 3: jfgodtheg ( $50.80 USD )
Seat 5: DrPappy13 ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 6: 1Konstantin1 ( $8.25 USD )
Seat 7: de captain ( $51.25 USD )
Seat 8: RichHol ( $23.70 USD )
Seat 9: MrSticker66 ( $49.25 USD )
DrPappy13 posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
1Konstantin1 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Kh Ks ]
de captain folds
RichHol folds
MrSticker66 raises [$1.50 USD]
olijugon folds
n@ch0_666 folds
jfgodtheg calls [$1.50 USD]
DrPappy13 folds
1Konstantin1 folds
** Dealing Flop ** [ 3c, Jh, 6s ]
MrSticker66 bets [$3.00 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$3.00 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 8c ]
MrSticker66 bets [$7.00 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$7.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ 3h ]
MrSticker66 bets [$17.00 USD]
jfgodtheg raises [$34.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$20.75 USD]
jfgodtheg calls [$3.75 USD]
MrSticker66 shows [Kh, Ks ]
jfgodtheg shows [6c, 6d ]
jfgodtheg wins $96.25 USD from main pot

28% fav PF, 81% Flop, 5% Turn
***** Hand History for Game 29966695738 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:29:41 ET 2009
Table Aksnes V (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Seat 1: Evilrulz ( $49.50 USD )
Seat 2: MrSticker66 ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 3: THEE LORD ( $23.90 USD )
Seat 4: SLiMBaLLin20 ( $16.20 USD )
Seat 5: TheEminent ( $51.20 USD )
Seat 6: xPokerZombie ( $29.50 USD )
Seat 7: fourstroke ( $33.75 USD )
Seat 8: Beasternugs ( $35.25 USD )
Seat 9: vV-Freak-Zz ( $29.00 USD )
Evilrulz posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
MrSticker66 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ 3h As ]
THEE LORD calls [$0.50 USD]
SLiMBaLLin20 calls [$0.50 USD]
TheEminent folds
xPokerZombie folds
fourstroke folds
Beasternugs folds
vV-Freak-Zz calls [$0.50 USD]
Evilrulz folds
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Ad, 3c, 2s ]
MrSticker66 bets [$2.00 USD]
THEE LORD folds
SLiMBaLLin20 folds
vV-Freak-Zz raises [$4.50 USD]
MrSticker66 calls [$2.50 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ Jh ]
MrSticker66 checks
vV-Freak-Zz bets [$7.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$45.00 USD]
vV-Freak-Zz calls [$17.00 USD]
MrSticker66 wins $21.00 USD
** Dealing River ** [ 2d ]
MrSticker66 shows [3h, As ]
vV-Freak-Zz shows [Ac, Jd ]
vV-Freak-Zz wins $56.35 USD from main pot

46% fav PF, 27% Flop, 16% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29966918923 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:38:10 ET 2009
Table Chaldene III (Real Money)
Seat 5 is the button
Seat 1: ksiegel714 ( $58.25 USD )
Seat 2: topherA8 ( $18.55 USD )
Seat 3: FaBluffy ( $15.60 USD )
Seat 4: drusnak29 ( $17.45 USD )
Seat 5: LindaZich ( $30.15 USD )
Seat 6: slks ( $15.50 USD )
Seat 7: Plus_Jun ( $83.30 USD )
Seat 8: gconco ( $39.15 USD )
Seat 9: MrSticker66 ( $48.25 USD )
slks posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
Plus_Jun posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Ah 7h ]
gconco folds
MrSticker66 calls [$0.50 USD]
ksiegel714 raises [$2.00 USD]
topherA8 folds
FaBluffy folds
drusnak29 calls [$2.00 USD]
LindaZich folds
slks folds
Plus_Jun folds
MrSticker66 calls [$1.50 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 6h, 9s, 3h ]
MrSticker66 checks
ksiegel714 bets [$3.50 USD]
drusnak29 raises [$15.45 USD]
MrSticker66 calls [$15.45 USD]
ksiegel714 folds
** Dealing Turn ** [ Jc ]
** Dealing River ** [ Jh ]
MrSticker66 shows [Ah, 7h ]
drusnak29 shows [6d, 6c ]
drusnak29 wins $39.15 USD from main pot

51% fav PF, 91% Flop, 18% Turn, 0% River
***** Hand History for Game 29967252215 ***** (Poker Stars)
$50.00 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, June 30, 10:50:46 ET 2009
Table Melusina IV (Real Money)
Seat 9 is the button
Seat 1: trout2020 ( $60.40 USD )
Seat 2: MrSticker66 ( $48.25 USD )
Seat 3: Comarre ( $49.20 USD )
Seat 4: ksiegel714 ( $57.15 USD )
Seat 5: laprenti ( $9.25 USD )
Seat 6: loatus ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 7: mind4mind ( $50.00 USD )
Seat 9: BigJimJones ( $53.30 USD )
trout2020 posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
MrSticker66 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to MrSticker66 [ Qh 8h ]
Comarre calls [$0.50 USD]
ksiegel714 folds
laprenti folds
loatus folds
mind4mind folds
BigJimJones folds
trout2020 calls [$0.25 USD]
MrSticker66 checks
** Dealing Flop ** [ Kh, Jd, Qs ]
trout2020 checks
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre checks
** Dealing Turn ** [ 2h ]
trout2020 checks
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre bets [$1.00 USD]
trout2020 folds
MrSticker66 calls [$1.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ Qc ]
MrSticker66 checks
Comarre bets [$3.00 USD]
MrSticker66 raises [$13.00 USD]
Comarre calls [$10.00 USD]
MrSticker66 shows [Qh, 8h ]
Comarre shows [2s, 2d ]
Comarre wins $28.05 USD from main pot

2 1/2 buy-ins lost in 20 minutes. As the stats show in 4 out of 5 of those hands, I was way ahead at one point. In the other one, I made a bad read and then got committed. Not 5 perfect plays, but not terrible either imo.

It seems like my patience is more of an asset to me when I play SNG's lately. My reads have been better, my confidence has been higher, and my results show it. I think I'd be better off right now grinding SNG's and cutting back on my cash games. I'll still play cash, but just not nearly as much. I was playing mostly 11 cash tables since I got my 24" monitor. Sometimes 9 and sometimes 12, but mostly 11. Now I guess I'll have a really good view of 4 SNG's at a time. We'll see how it goes.

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