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PocketFives by Pgt4jc - 5M ago
Sorry for the lack of posts the past few months, there are various reasons. The first is, as many of you know ,I’m a pastor “in real life”. I was asked to be a part of a 25 person co-hort made up of pastors from all over the USA, to meet together for a 10-month period where we are discussing the future of what Christianity and The Church will look like in the U.S. This is requiring a lot of reading, webinars and travel. Add all that on top of my normal pastoral duties , which of course recently included all the extra Christmas season stuff and my time for poker has been very limited.

The second reason is poker related. After our early 2018 adventures in moving, the summer saw me back to the normal grind and I was again crushing. I cashed out about $17,000 in profit over about a 10 week period which still left about $5500 in my Merge account. I then proceeded to go on my worst downswing (from an EV side) of my entire poker career. If there was a way to get bad-beated I found it. Day after day, week after week. At one point I went through a couple week stretch where I was running 41bb/100 BELOW expectation. That is insanely high…I didn’t even know it was possible.

Now the way I operate my bankroll management is based on the amount I have in my online poker account at any one time, not my overall poker/life roll. So I dropped some of the bigger buy-in tourneys but the bad beats kept coming. This certainly didn’t help with motivation. I was already tired from all my increased pastoral stuff so the last thing I wanted in the evening was to sit down and get bad-beated over and over again. So my volume greatly decreased…and my Merge account balance kept decreasing. Determined to stick with my bankroll management rules, I again dropped down in stakes…but the losing continued. By this point I was back down to micro-stakes…but the bad beats just would not end. Long story short, for the first time since my original $100 deposit on Merge back in 2012, I had to reload.

Money wise I’ve had worse downswings through the years but this was the worst EV wise and thankfully things began to turn around after I deposited. December in my limited time playing was a profitable month but didn’t nearly make up for the losses in October and November.
For the year though I was still greatly profitable (23.14% ROI) and I’m very thankful. 2018 marked my 12th consecutive year of being in profit. It’s stats like that which keep me somewhat sane when I’m going through those crazy downswing periods…I know that long-term I will be ok. This streak of 12 consecutive years also tells you how important it is to stick to good bankroll management. Had I not sucked it up and dropped down in stakes not just once but twice during this most recent downswing and had the –EV continued at the same rate it could have spelled disaster. However, I personally stick to my 50x buy-in requirement for MTT’s and that has served me well.

I’m excited for 2019 even though my early year will still be quite busy with my co-hort activities. I haven’t set my poker goals yet because I’m still trying to wrap my head around how much time I’ll actually have. What about you guys…comment here on the post or on Twitter…what kind of goals have you set for 2019?

To put a nice tidy bow on all this, here is a re-cap of October, November and December’s limited grind with disastrous results…

217..…Tournaments Played
82…..Cashes (37.8%)
24..…. Final Tables
9.......Top 3 Finishes
4……Wins
$5294.76 in total cashes (-33.32% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $532,745.96
Career Lifetime Total: $599,190.90
Career number of Cashes: 4665

Note: In this up-date the 3 above numbers have been adjusted slightly down because I realized that when I’ve been filtering in the past to only include MTT results I was saying a field size 10 or greater. However, I remembered that some 10 man double or nothing sit-n-go’s would thus be included. So in the new report I filtered for field sizes 11 and greater. This should now be entirely accurate and I’ll continue with this new filter going forward.

Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

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When I started my journey as a Professional Poker Player, I assumed that I would continue to do what I had done for years, which was playing a huge volume amount of tournaments. After traveling around to different tournament stops, I realized that was not the right way to go about it. I started playing live cash fairly consistently and quickly became a regular in the 2/5 games wherever I was.

The problem with tournaments is not that they aren't more profitable than cash games, but that the variance is much greater and you may not realize your expectation before your poker career is over.

At this point, I believe in balance. Play a few live tournaments when the fields are good, and play cash games as my day to day job.

I think the guys strictly playing MTTs for a living are absolutely insane or just not aware of the variance involved. This more applies to live tournament grinders than online grinders, only because online players can play 25-50 times the volume a live player can get in. But even just playing online MTTs for a living could really mess with your head. Even a great player could go months and months on a downswing. Most can't handle losing over and over again, thus getting knocked down and forced to find alternative ways of making a living.


Since the World Series of Poker in June, I decided to take a break and not travel. I haven't been in one city for more than one month in over a year and a half. I was starting to get wore out from the lack of a routine.

I have reduced the amount of live poker tremendously over the past few months while focusing on online cash games. Since June 26th, I have played 370,345 hands of poker and am winning at 5bb/100. Most of my hands were at 100NL and 200NL. I am running -$5,000 under my expectation, which sucks, but it is actually a good thing from a professionals prospective.

I do think that I can get my bb/100 up to 6-7.5bb/100 by playing less tables. Most of this was me playing 9-12 tables at once.





There is still room for improvement, but I am pretty damn proud of what I was able to accomplish. I proved to myself that I still have it. I can still compete online and can make money from anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection.


I am rewarding myself with a short vacation to Key West in a couple of weeks. After that, it is back to grinding for a couple of weeks and then return home (in Pittsburgh) for the holidays to be with family and friends.

There are big plans for 2019 that I will post here in late December. Until then, I hope everyone is doing well and following their dreams.

Good Luck!
Chris Perkins
twitter.com/the_chrisp200
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I have only played two 1 Mllion Gtd Tournaments up till now.

The first one being on Pokerstars a 11$ buyin in 2013 with the result being busto as below in the boom player,

https://www.boomplayer.com/6436220_A65070BE6B

The second one was the God of the Arena Main Event on 888 poker on Oct 14 ,2018 ,with a 55$ buyin..Attachment 596202

2 major Flips =Attachment 596200 Attachment 596201

for a min cash,P5s have not been tracking the God of the Arena series prolly cause its new and not part of their regular schedule.


I have been coming close to qualifying for a seat for the 1M gtd on ACR ,so will keep grinding.

Third times th3 ch4rm so we'll see.


Peace
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PocketFives by Trangctv - 7M ago
In the long run, yes.

In the short term, skills increase your chances of winning but do not guarantee it.

There are many types of poker and they all require similar skills, but there are major differences in how different games work. For example, in Omaha, you get 4 closed cards, versus 2 in Texas Hold'em, so your range of potential winning hands is much higher, just like the others. Even in Hold'em, the limit plays much less than the limit, and the strategies between them differ radically.

The basic skills of poker begin with knowing which hands are worth playing and become more complicated when you start looking at your chances of getting the best hand. players, and also how to generate the most shares when you have the best hand - if you scare others by folding them against your unbeatable hand, you will not earn as much money.

I played online for extra money a long time ago. Online poker is very different from what it was at the time - players have progressed tremendously since the "old" days. It takes a lot more skill to win online than in the past. The low limit live games are probably still pretty easy.
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Tiger Woods was in the news this month having won his first golf tournament in 5 years. This particular victory in the PGA Tour Championship event was amazing because it came just 18 months removed from spinal fusion surgery and 1 year after Tiger himself debated whether he’d ever be able to walk again normally, much less play golf. This isn’t the first time however, that Tiger went through a stretch of time where he failed to win a tournament. While this most recent stretch was due to physical ailments, the previous times were self-inflicted…and no I’m not talking about his character flaws…instead I’m talking about when he has overhauled his golf swing.

Unless you’re a huge fan of golf or Tiger or both, you may not be aware that Tiger has had 4 different golf swings throughout his career. As this excellent article on GolfChannel.com points out, these swing changes were not minor adjustments but major overhauls. The question though is why? Why when you are the #1 player in the world would you change your swing? And then do it yet again as the #1 player? And then yet one more time as the #1 player?

The first time Tiger stated that it was for long-term health reasons. There was no way with the torque he created as a teen and early 20-something would he be able to sustain that as he got older. The other 2 times though had to do with a sense of self-improvement. Yes he was the #1 player, but he knew he could be even better.

Now with each swing overhaul came a time where he at least initially struggled. After all he was used to doing his swing one way and now he was doing something completely different…it wasn’t yet second nature…but once he locked it in, indeed he was always better than before.

The reason I bring all this up is, I’ve noticed the same kind of thing happens in my poker game when I’m implementing new strategies. Now before I go any further, l want to make the disclaimer that I’m not saying I’m the Tiger Woods of poker or that I’m anywhere near being the #1 player in the world (my all-time best when P5’s tracked the site I play was #971). However, poker through the years has provided me a nice income to help support my wife and I.

Like Tiger though, I’m always striving to get better and so despite making a nice living off of playing a game, there is always that part of me that says, “How can I get better?” Most of the time that leads to just minor tweaks as I go through my daily and weekly study habits. However, sometimes that leads to overhauls of my game. Each time I’ve done that though, I initially struggle. On the back side though I always come out better for it, both as a player and in the results. By my count I have had 4 such overhauls in the past and during September I started my 5th.

To explain why, let me re-cap what my year has been like so far. January through June was mostly consumed with making the move to our new house. This meant lower volume than normal but I was still able to grind out a small but respectable profit. July and August then saw me back to normal volume and stakes and in total I profited a little over 12k. Not nearly my best 2 month stretch but decent enough that if you strung those together over the course of a year it’s still more playing a game part-time than most Americans make full-time. Despite this though, the downtime during the first half of the year and then getting back to the grind made me realize that my game had gotten a bit stale.

So without going into all the details of what I’m doing or the strategy that I’m implementing, September became an overhaul month…and quite frankly an overhaul still in progress. The month itself started out mostly break even, then I had a couple of nice scores, only to give it all back by the end of the month. In fact I went into the last day down $10 for the month. Sunday the 30th though was a bloodbath but had more to do with running over 70bb/100 below EV than the changes to my game itself.

Because of the changes, I played a bit less volume since it means having to consciously think more about the decisions I’m making implementing the new strategy. It always stinks going through these self-imposed down swings, but again speaking from past experience, it always makes the future upswings that much greater. So I’m entering into October confident that in the long-term this will be a good thing but recognize that I still have a bit to go until this is to the level of unconscious competence.

I write all this in hopes of inspiring you to not get complacent in your game. Study and work hard to improve…and realize that if you don’t see the results right away that it’s natural…if it happened to Tiger Woods it will certainly happen to you.

In any case, here is what September looked like for me…

139..…Tournaments Played
55…..Cashes (39.6%)
15..…. Final Tables
8.......Top 3 Finishes
4……Wins

$8611.91 in total cashes (-10.11% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $528,593.64
Career Lifetime Total: $594,479.09
Career number of Cashes: 4599

Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

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Which would you rather have? Run 14.17 bb/100 ABOVE expectation or run 8.18 bb/100 BELOW expectation? Most likely you’re going…”Duh Gilbert who doesn’t want to run better than expectation?”

Ok, let me ask you another question. When would you rather have Aces cracked by Pocket Sixes and lose a 30bb pot…the first hand of a tourney when you started with 166bb or on the money bubble for your last 30bb making you the bubble boy? Again you’re going, “Duh, that’s a no brainer. In the first scenario yes a bad beat hurts but I’m still in the tourney. In the second, I’m out of the tourney and worse yet I didn’t make any money”. In the above scenario, your bb/100 of having Aces cracked by Sixes would have the same negative expectation for both cases, yet one seems way worse than the other doesn’t it?

I bring all this up because how you run early in a tournament can often greatly overshadow your overall bb/100 number. Let’s say you’re the one with the Pocket Sixes in the first hand of a tourney that cracks Aces. But instead of a 30bb pot, let’s say you stack the person. That is going to hugely inflate your bb/100 showing you running greatly above expectation. Flip the scenario and now you get Aces cracked for say a 10bb stack and your bb/100 below EV takes a hit but not too bad.

So let’s go back to the beginning of this post. Those were my numbers for the first 10 days of August and then after a day off, the next 4 days after that. During those first 10 days that I ran +14.17/100bb, I was early in tournaments running hot and building stacks. However, in the late stages of tourney’s I was either getting bad beated right at the money bubble or shortly thereafter. As an example, I played the Nightly $109 on Merge 6 times in those first 10 days and 4 of those times I was either the stone bubble or 1 off the stone bubble. In each of those 4 times I had QQ+ and each time I was ahead pre-flop. Long story short, even though my bb/100 showed I was running hot, in real money I had lost about $1300.

After the day off…a mental health day if you will…I was back on the tables and over the next 4 days I ran horrible early but great late. Picked up a win, had a 3rd place in the Big Ticket, then won the Nightly $109 and the next night was set-up for back-to-back wins but finished 4th after a bad beat. All in all, despite running 8.18 bb/100 below EV I had about $7300 in profit.

The moral of the story is, while over time your bb/100 will all equal out with you running both good and bad, both early and late, looking at it daily or even monthly doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, overall for August my bb/100 was below expectation despite the fact I had a very profitable month.

Also we tend to remember/dwell on bad things in our lives much more than we do the positive. I once saw a study that showed for every negative things someone says about us it takes 15 positive things to offset it. I think it’s the same way in poker…we tend to remember the bad beats we take way more than the ones we put on others. Overall this can lead to us having a very negative attitude, which in turn will hinder our play because we’re thinking that the worst is going to happen or we tell ourselves, “I just run so bad” which impacts how we play a hand.

So with all that said, keeping making the right decisions pre-flop, and on each street and let the cards falls as they may. Yes, go ahead and check your stats is you want but remember..Not All Variance is Created Equal!

In addition to a great month on the tables, it was a great month off as well. It was good to get back into the swing of things at church after my vacation and we’re getting settled into our new home as well. I was also honored to be asked by fellow pastor and poker player Rob Gardner to be on his Twitch Stream (www.Twitch.tv/pokerpastor) for an interview. You can watch the full interview on his Twitch VOD or you can watch it here on YouTube. In it we covered a wide-range of topics covering poker, life and faith. The feedback we’ve been getting has been very positive. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

As for my actual August stats, let’s take a look…
157..…Tournaments Played
64…..Cashes (40.8%)
22..…. Final Tables
6.......Top 3 Finishes
4……Wins
$14,908.28 in total cashes (47.50% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $520,158.42
Career Lifetime Total: $585,867.18
Career number of Cashes: 4544

Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

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I played my first ever live tournament this august which happened to be the Unibet Open Bucharest main event , I won a 2k euro package(buyin,travel exp,hotel) from a freeoll,anyways it was the highest buyin(1100euros) I have played.However I did make a bad hero call .It happened to be day 1a of the main event and my connecting flight was delayed by 3 hrs so I landed at like 3 am the day I was scheduled to play ,play started at 11am I late regged at the last level which was 7 hrs late since I slept like 5 hours & I had breakfast and then was hanging with my family who came with me for a vacay since we went to turkey afterwards.I think it was a combination of being tired and jet lagged even though that shouldnt matter if you dont make mistakes chances you bust will be less.I was yawning through out the tournament,I was short stack after the bad call and went all in 3 times for double ups with a short stack before the bust a7 loses to 33 (it was prolly 1hr before end of day 1A & the guy who busted me finished 5th for like 25k).Well I did meet some unibet pros, I met Dara O' Kearney at breakfast on day of play .The next day I met David Vanderheyden (who I follow on twitch)and his family and David Lappin(follow on twitch) and his family and on my way back I also happened to recognize and meet 888 poker pro Sophia lovgren in the elevator where she was going to play on day 1b and I was going to my room.I wished her luck ,while I went to duck lol.Later when I went to the restaurant for dinner I met Ian simpson who I also like and follow on twitch who invited me to join his table and met wacky jaxon (P5S Moderator)who joined too.There were 2 player partys in which Molly Bloom was also invited,but the first one was on the day I busted and was too sleepy and 2nd one was on the day I had gone to see DRACULAS PALACE in Translyvannia called Bran Castle which is the biggest castle which is far from Bucharest and I was tired by the time I got back.The day before I visited the most crowded beach I have ever been too called Mamaia beach.The trip to Turkey was amazing too,visited many tourist attractions,most suprising is seeing Moses's Cane (the one that seperated the sea with the help of God) from the egyptian army it was at Topkapi Palace they also had John The Baptist hand armour and other sacred stuff.But no one is allowed to take pictures there since its sacred.
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So our housing situation is finally all resolved! Still unpacking some boxes and doing little projects but was able to get back to a normal poker grind this month. The truth is over the first half of the year, I was wore out…some nights I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep my eyes open playing, so in addition to the low volume that I’ve already documented in previous blogs, my average buy-in was way down as well. In fact, it was all the way down to $37.33.

Going into July though I knew I’d be able to get back to normal so I started playing my normal games again. For July the ABI was $45.54. Now that may not sound like much of a difference, but that basically meant adding back in the $109’s and the Big Ticket $162 on Sunday’s. Sure enough on July 1st in the Big Ticket I finished 4th and the month just kept getting better from there. Included was a win in the Nightly $109,, two days after I had finished 2nd in it.

Overall the month didn’t crack my all-time top 10 but it was by far my best month of this year and it will help with all the new house expenses as well as momentum for the 2nd half of 2018. On a side note, this was also the month where I cracked the half-million mark in cashes just on Merge alone!

The picture below was from one of my Sunday grinds sitting out by the pool. Our new neighborhood is super relaxing and every day we see wildlife, mainly deer, wandering through our yard. One of my next steps is putting in a poker table so I can host some home games for friends of mine.


As for the online grind, here is a break-down of our July results
153..…Tournaments Played
63…..Cashes (41.2%)
19..…. Final Tables
8.......Top 3 Finishes
2……Wins

$14,829.83 in total cashes (112.82% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $505,294.67
Career Lifetime Total: $570,958.90
Career number of Cashes: 4480

Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor
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In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Jerry explains to Elaine about the time Superman discovered Bizarro World where everything is the opposite of our world. Down is up, right is wrong, you say goodbye when you come and hello when you leave. For me June felt like Bizarro World.

If you read my posts each month, you know that my wife and I have been in the process of buying a new house and that there were some speed bumps along the way. In any case, finally June was our month to close on the sale of our old home and close on the purchase of our new one. The first week of June was kind of normal and I was able to play a fairly regular schedule. However, that’s when Bizarro World started…

The second week of June I had a “vacation” week to close both houses and actually make the move. However, this vacation consisted of working 12-14 hour days, packing, moving, painting, cleaning, unpacking, etc.

The third week of June I was back to work but the entire week was spent traveling to North and South Carolina. I was there first for a conference then for me to visit and encourage about ½ dozen of our denominations pastors/churches in the South. So even though I was “back to work”, this particular week included a lot of sitting around, nice dinners out and chances to sleep in or catch a movie.


Late one night I also remembered that Mark “1DullGeek” Horn lived nearby where I was staying. I texted him and he jumped in his car to come meet up. We had previously met one year at the WSOP Circuit stop in Cherokee, but this was a nice chance to just sit and get to know each other a bit better. What I find interesting is that in many of these types of interactions I have with players, poker rarely comes up. For Mark and I in over 2 hours of conversation, poker may have been about 15 minutes of it. In any case, we had a great time. If you don’t already follow him, you can do so here. Twitter: https://twitter.com/1dullgeek Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/1dullgeek


The last week of June then was “back on vacation”...yep you guessed it…more unpacking, cleaning, painting, etc. All that to say, June was not a month I had much time to play poker. In fact, about 1/3 of all my buy-ins for the month occurred on just 1 Sunday. Unfortunately, even though I ran pretty good that day, my run-bad was in really bad spots (bubbled 3 tourney’s) and so that 1 losing day wiped out what would have been a winning month. Now again granted volume was super low for the month so it didn’t really hurt.

So exactly what did the month look like? Here it is…

60..…Tournaments Played
29…..Cashes (48.3%)
7..…. Final Tables
2.......Top 3 Finishes
2……Wins
$2221.61 in total cashes (-8.7% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $490,517.82
Career Lifetime Total: $556,129.07
Career number of Cashes: 4417

Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor
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April and May were once again limited in the amount of time I had to play poker. We finally have a closing date for selling our old house and then buying the new one but there were still plenty of things that needed to be done in the meantime. My hope now is to get back to a normal schedule by July. However, so as to not keep belaboring my lack of time to grind month after month, let’s switch topics to something you guys asked about…

The question was, “How do you have such a high “In The Money” percentage?” I think the answer to that is multi-faceted so let’s break it down. First, I would say, is the ability to gain a healthy stack in the early stage of a tourney which then helps propel me to being in the money and then further. On Merge I have a definite skill edge over 90+% of the field so if I’m playing well then just making it to the money is not too hard.

Now obviously there are times I’m either not playing well or running well and this leads to my second point, which is I have a large bankroll for this site which allows me to fire multiple bullets. 2 years ago I was in Las Vegas playing a WSOP $1500 event when Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi got moved to my table. To me a $1500 buy-in is big…to him it was no big deal. His attitude was if I bust I bust and I’ll just re-buy back in during the next flight. It was then that I realized, that it’s the same way for me on Merge. The buy-ins I play range from $5.50-$162. With my bankroll, I can fire each of these tournaments multiple times. In fact, using Poker Dominator to track everything, I can tell you that personally I can fire 5 times in the $5.50 and still be profitable. 4 times in the $11, 3 times in the $33 and 2 times in both the $109 and $162. So the ability to fire multiple times and still not only be ITM but also be profitable is a huge advantage.

Now when the question was originally asked, one of the people also made the comment that not only are you cashing but you’re also making deep runs so it’s not like you’re just holding on to get into the money. While that is true, I also sort of have this innate ability to know when I should play for the win and when it’s better to just hang on for the min cash. In other words, sometimes the EV play is to fold when short stacked because the value of a double up isn’t as great as the odds are of making it to the money if you just fold another orbit. This is of course a form of ICM. Even then though there are times when I’m totally playing exploitatively against others. If I think I can get a steal through I will, even if it means I bust as the bubble boy. Again, this one is tough to explain but it’s something I’ve just seemed to naturally have a good feel for even before push/fold charts and ICM calculators and such came into popularity.

So there you have it…skill, firing multiple bullets and being a short stack ninja, in my mind are the 3 biggest reasons I consistently cash 40-45% of all the tourneys I play. Of course it always helps to run good as well in key spots but like you guys I have both heaters and downswings to contend with. So what do you guys think…any other reasons you can think of for why either myself or others that cash a large percentage of the time do so? Leave your comments here on the blog or Tweet a comment on my post.

Ok as for April and May let’s take a look at the once again limited grind… was fortunate enough to have a couple of nice wins to somewhat make up for the limited amount of action…

143…Tournaments Played
68…..Cashes (47.6%)
16.…. Final Tables
6.......Top 3 Finishes
4……Wins
$7401.78 in total cashes (77.85% ROI)

Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

Merge Lifetime Total: $488,309.21
Career Lifetime Total: $553,907.46
Career number of Cashes: 4388

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