You may or may not have noticed that the area on the right hand side of a blog where I was tracking hands played, profits or in my case losses, and ROI which I never really had a chance to calculate has been reset to zero. That's because tomorrow starts a new day 1 and the reason for this is as I was going through another session of hideousness I had recall that time when I was on another site, one I would never ever frequent again, and I was playing some cash games one time for a couple of weeks I believe it was and I was tracking my progress back then, but of course I wasn't playing then for the reason I am now, but I digress, it started out with a couple of tables then when I was comfortable kicked it up to 4 tables and after a week or two of this I was looking at my statistics and realized how incredibly much my earn rate had dropped when I made the step up to the additional tables. This memory struck me today as I was 4 tabling and I decided to cut it down to two tables.
I know I can't equate the past situation with my situation now, and I in no way expected anything to come from it, but if it even toned down the fluctuations and variance I would be okay with it for today. This was just a very temporary change just to try to calm things down a bit. My online account was at $100 even which made me exactly break even from what I started with which I was not too happy about, actually at end of a lot to become the bonus I cleared, but better than it could have been. So I played on two tables for a little while and was absolutely astonished by what happened almost from the start.
The very first thing was obviously with only playing two tables I was able to increase the size of the screen so that it went completely from the top of my screen pretty much the bottom and also widened it. The two tables overlap but they are so much bigger and the cards are so easy to see. My eyesight is not the best and as a matter of fact technically speaking I've failed my last drivers license eye test or at least my left eye did so being able to see the cards so clearly was the very first thing I noticed.
The second thing I noticed was I was so easily able to follow the action that was going on at the table when I wasn't an active participant in the hand and how I was able to do this with both tables almost at the same time even though they overlap. I immediately realized that I was going to be able to take a lot more notes on my opponents especially the regulars and it was the overall ability to observe almost every detail of what was going on even after I folded my cards that really astonished me. I wouldn't have thought it would be such a huge differential between playing two tables are playing four, but I immediately recognized that there was. Since WSOP Nevada does not allow third party tracking software of any kind observation and note taking have got to be an absolute key to success.
The final thing was the fluctuation and variance. I noticed an almost immediate difference, but I really can't take too much from it since the 2 tabling session was extremely short, but the fact of the matter was it was immediately noticeable. I also actually turned a profit of $11.15 which was also immediately noticeable. Again with the amount of hands played I can take nothing from it, but even if the improvement in seeing the cards and the ability to observe and take notes on opponents were the only two positive aspects of it, which I believe the latter will equate to steady and consistent profits of what earn rate I am unsure of at this point, but if the first two improvements that I saw where the only thing to base this on it would be more than enough for me to make the switch permanently to 2 tabling only. It's really nice not getting timed out and being able to see what you're doing at all times.
The session went a little over 330 hands for a profit of $11.15 giving me $111.15. I decided to take a $1.15 and either running up to $10 or lose it playing $0.01/$0.02 PLO. I in fact lost the $1.15 and ended the night with $110, eleven full buyins. Even with the $10 bonus I cleared I am exactly even from the day of the deposit. Tonight was a test, tomorrow, the official day 1 of the two tabling grind, I play a full session of 2 tabling and see what happens. 1000 hands minimum. It made no sense to record results of 2 tabling and 4 tabling together as I really believe that would be like trying to mix oil and water together. It's just not done successfully.
On one of the tables I played 149 hands. Out of that in other positions that are not the blinds also known as "other positions" I saw a flop 20 out of 112 times for 17% so I'm pretty happy with that. I saw the flop a total of 32 times, I won 5 of 13 hands I went to showdown with and won 14 pots without going to showdown which gave me a won when saw flop or "wwsf" percentage of 59%. On the other table I played 134 hands, in other positions I went to the flop 14 out of 100 times for 14%. I saw the flop a total of 28 times of the 134 hands, was 5 for 8 at showdown, and won 11 pots without going to show down, and had a wwsf percentage of 57%. I played on a couple of other tables during that two tabling session but they were only 31 and 19 hands respectively so no sense in quoting any figures from those.
So what's this all mean. Well it means no more 2000 hands per day it means the minimum goal is 1000 and if I have to play beyond my 12pm-10pm planned poker work day to achieve those 1000 hands that is what I will do, but I was averaging 115 hands an hour so i should be able to accomplish the goal in under 9 hours of table time each day. Pokerdogg stated that for 30,000 hands of $10NL he is at 15bb/100 hands and I certainly do not have the no limit cash game experience he does, but if he makes 15 per 100 even with my lack of cash game experience I believe 10 per 100 or 1/3 less than what a more exoerienced player has been able to accomplish is a reasonable expectation.
I plan on making another $100 deposit on December 3rd. As soon as I can get the account to $610 I withdraw $210 and grind $20NL with a 5 buyin stop loss and then use that $210 plus a few extra dollars from my personal money for a couple of Friday night $125 deep stack tournaments at the Orleans and the online grind at that point is with pure poker earnings. I don't expect any of my readers for one second to believe I will accomplish this because up to this point I have done nothing to show I can accomplish this, but my tenacity is intense and I'm the type of person that will continue trying and trying until all options have been utilized. Surrender is not an option. I know I have the skill to do this, I got the moves and I got the touch, now it's time to prove it to not just my readers, but to myself as well.
If the 10bb/100 is something I can accomplish then I need 40,000 hands to reach $610. That's 40 days of playing 1000 hands a day. By my estimates with probable days off from poker because of holidays or hanging with friends I estimate completion of those first 40,000 hands sometime in January.
That's a wrap for tonight. This 2 tabling has got to work because as far as online goes I see no further options for me. If this fails it's back to electronic tables at the Plaza with a few hundred each month hoping I get on a heater and that is something I don't even want to think about. I have to make this work. Take care everyone and as always, I'll see you at the tables.