Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bye bye bankroll :(

The last couple days have been pretty vile. Im used to running bad and downswings in poker but this month has been super frustrating and rather depressing! Unless something turns around this afternoon, i look set to be heading for a losing month - only my 2nd or 3rd ever!

I decided to try to grind the Super Turbos on Full Tilt as they looked fun, were flexible which is what i wanted (i seem to suck at cash so this was the next best thing) and i think my short stack ninja play is one of the best parts of my game. They seemed ideal. I never played on Full Tilt really so just transferred $150 across and started out at the $5 level. They proved a bit of a grind and i didn't fly through them as quickly as id expected but i did make steady profit. Once i hit $300 i moved up to the $10 stakes. Equally as bad play everywhere you look yet frustratingly i was struggling to capitalise. I had the odd short upswing but that was regularly followed by a similar size downswing. Just couldn't get anything going but struggled on :) Got up to about $450 bankroll and was feeling semi happy about how things were progressing but then it all went wrong. In the space of about 50 games i barely cashed in any and simply couldn't win regardless how good i got it in. Endless beats and my graph and bankroll both quickly became a write off. Its not losing the $ that hurts - its the time and effort i put in to build it and then the speed and severity it got wiped out! Don't think i've experienced such a violent swing before since i started playing 4 years ago (in severity terms as opposed the $).

I guess i should've quickly moved back to the $5 games but i really couldn't face grinding them again. I was only playing them as i wanted the 'fun' and satisfaction of building my roll up from the bottom (well almost the bottom).

Not sure what to do now though. I don't want to stop playing these super turbos as i'm sure i can beat them for a decent roi (probably about 8% roi at lower limits) but equally don't really feel like it after the last couple days.

Im struggling a little as well with not having Table Ninja on the mac. Im really reluctant to run dual boot and play on windows as i think it defeats the point of having a mac but equally i could really do with having table ninja. I've also got to put up with PT3 which sucks compared to Hold'em Manager. And despite of all of this - i still maintain the macs better :)

Anyway - any words of sympathy and support are much appreciated at this difficult time for me... lol

Lets hope i can turn this around and quickly...


Henry Griffiths said...

No sympathy Mr Miles... Check out my MTT downswing on stars, that will make you cry :(

Mich said...

Hey I read you blog amongst many poker blogs and just noticed this post so wanted to offer some advice: you need at LEAST 100 buy ins in super turbos. Probably 200. Also 8% roi is not sustainable at the low levels from what Ive seen. Just thought Id let you know :)

Ivydrive said...

Cheers Hen. Im not quite the high roller you are. Plus you seem to take down the live mtts for fun down Les Croups. Im going to have to come down for a game or 2 i think - online pokerz is too hard these days! lol

Mich - Thank you for reading and your advice.
I appreciate i was playing outside of my 'bankroll'. Reason for me doing so is i class my bankroll as being my funds across all the sites i play which would have given me 100+ buy ins at $10 stakes. It still hurts to lose about 80% of your roll on a certain site in such a short space of time though! lol

Perhaps 8% is a little optimistic. Thats what i was on before the downswing. Looking at fellow regs sharkscope stats over x thousand games, there are quite a few with 5%+ roi in just super turbos so they either run really well (probably the case from what ive seen! lol) or they are exceptionally superior players to myself - i cant comment - will have to let my results speak for themselves over the coming months. They don't say much for my ability at the moment! haha

Going to take a few days off from the STs and try the standard turbo mtt sngs i think before i go back for a second bite at the ST's.

Keep following :)