Random odds 'n' ends today:
*I've been taking a day or two a month and multi-tabling one-table NL SnGs. The hand histories have been going to my yahoo mail account and yahoo is stupid and doesn't allow access via software mail clients unless you pay for their premium service, but I finally got around to getting them off yahoo and into Pokertracker yesterday.
7% ROI over 118 SnGs. Yeah, small sample size. I'm up overall but not a whole lot, and most definitely not anywhere near my hourly expectation in limit cash games. But it's a good change of pace, I guess. And improving one's tournament game can never be considered bad.
The ones I've been playing the most have been the 109s, and I'm actually down at those. 91 tournies and I'm down just about the same amount as fees I've paid. Maybe I'm break-even at that level? At least while 6-tabling. I know, I know--sample size.
I've also done a few 77s, and I'm down slightly there. Thankfully, the few 215s I've done have had very good results, and so I'm up overall.
*Speaking of tournies, I have played a few 55 and 109 MTTs with mixed results. I'm up slightly, but I don't really have any big cashes (well I did final-table a 22 event and get over $900, so proportionally speaking I guess that's a big cash). I was going to try the 215 tonight on Party, but, er, let's just say that I'm a bit skeptical thanks to recent events.
(To very briefly summarize the links, two high-profile online players were recently caught having played multiple accounts from the same computer in the same tournaments, thereby forfeiting a combined $280K. Each said the practice of playing multiple accounts is fairly common.)
No, I don't have multiple accounts, but I also don't want to be putting my money up against a whole bunch of people who do. And anyone who thinks that two high-profile players getting busted will stop other people from doing it is living in a fantasy world. Sure, it'll deter some people, but unless there's a major crackdown where some significant percentage of players who multi-account these tournaments are busted, many guys will just keep trying. After all, both the above players weren't busted until they were stupid enough to open their mouths and get reported to Party by someone else--Party didn't just independently figure out that they were playing six or whatever accounts all on the same computer in the same tournament.
I guess I'll probably have to go back to Stars for my MTT needs since they seem to better have their act together about cheating prevention.
*Yesterday was my best online day ever cash-wise, and second best ever BBs-wise (second only to a magical day on UB's 3/6 tables way back in Aug, 2004). In addition to eeking out a small win at SnGs, I had a crazy run at the 20/40 6m tables. The games were phenomenal last night. I mean they defied description. Guys were check-raising the turn with bottom-pair and calling down when three-bet, calling river bets with K-high, Q-high, calling when playing the board, all despite having faced multiple raises.
I'll be back tonight for another long session, that's for sure.
*And in a related note, I've only played at the Bellagio twice since Jan 15, a span of nearly six weeks. And neither time did I play the 80/160 game. I keep meaning to get out there, but when people are literally giving away money on Party, and Party themselves are giving away money (and iPods), it's kind of hard to get up the motivation to go play a slower, higher-variance game, with less earning potential, and then have to beg for a $15 food comp afterwards. Yes, playing live is more fun, but I'm a greedy mofo.
I will have to get out to the Wynn and try what is apparently now an oft-running 60/120 game, and perhaps even delve into their occasionally-running 150/300 game that I've heard about.