I finally get to blog about a winning week! I'm glad that it came sooner than later. Here are the numbers:
- # MTTs: 106
- Average buy-in: $33.08
- Hours: 31 (plus 7.5 hours 1-tabling a SCOOP event)
- Net result: +$5,424.52
It was a pretty good week. I won a $22 freeze-out for $3.6k and had a few other final tables in small fields. Three out of the four days I played were winnings days, which is really strange for full-time MTTs.
I went deep in yesterday’s SCOOP Event 2, the $215 medium buy-in. I ended up taking 36th for $2.8k. I played it under a Sunday Majors staking arrangement, however, and so only kept ~$800 of it after clearing makeup (not my makeup… but that’s a story for another day).
Because of the SCOOP event, I played poker for 16 hours yesterday. My regular schedule ended after 9 hours, and then I just 1-tabled for the next 7 hours until Day 1 was over. It seems like such a waste of 7 hours to 1-table like that, but I was already so tired from the previous 9 hours and couldn’t stand to play anything else.
I guess this is an appropriate time to use the quote “so close and yet so far”! It seems like I was so close to a huge payday, but 36 people is still pretty far away. Or maybe I’m just saying this to keep myself from feeling disappointed? Nevertheless, it was the first time I have ever gone deep in a tournament with 6-figures for 1st place, so it was pretty fun.
Another source of disappointment from this past week comes from the fact that PokerStars changed their 180 tournaments. They changed and added a bunch of new buy-ins, so now they fill SOOO slowly (because there are too many different tournaments to fill). They also changed the structure of the tourneys, causing a ridiculously low average stack size for the second half of each tournament. These are really awful changes.
Of course all of this is just my opinion. I speak from the point of view of someone who is trying to make a living from tournaments. I was starting to depend on 180s a lot for lowering variance and for filling in my schedule, and now the 180s don’t meet my needs.
There have been a lot of complaints regarding these changes, however, so hopefully PokerStars improves the situation soon. Then I can write about how awesome PokerStars is for listening to customer feedback! That’s the plan at least.
See you next week!