The half action stake started on October 28th. When I put my half of the initial deposit online on the 3rd it turned out that there was a reload bonus involved. Obviously wanting to find a way to clear some points to at least get some of the reload cleared ManInBlack and I agreed that obviously since cash games are more or less not an option, that delving into some moderate volume SNGs would be the best way to be able to get the APP points needed to clear the bonus in $10 increments because let's face it, unless you're playing sky-high MTTs on a daily basis it's not going to happen under those circumstances. Throughout my poker playing over the years I have never been what is considered a spectacular SNG player. Back when I used to play on PokerStars my ROI on those things was maybe 7% if I was lucky which is well below what the average SNG player accomplishes. Thus far playing them on WSOP has not been a pretty sight. I tried 6Max PL08, heads up, and 9 man Turbos. I ended up dropping $50 playing SNGs and ended up making about $56 playing the 9 and 2 turbos so that tells you how bad the other ones went, but the SNG play did create $20 in bonus money and will be responsible for half of the next $10 of bonus that is cleared and I might make a few dollars off the SNG leaderboard so when you consider what it generated the losses weren't that bad, but again it was another instance where it seems that by attempting something other than multi-table tournament play the poker Gods seem to be trying to tell me over and over and over again stick to what you're best at. Yesterday I decided to drop all SNG play, I'm not going to worry about clearing the bonus and just do what it is I do best.
So let me tell you just exactly what's the current plans are and how we are approaching this half action stake. I am grinding 6 days a week with my first tournament starting at 8 or 9 in the morning and the last one starting at 7:30 p.m. I take Thursday's off to play in my NPL league night and ManInBlack and I decided that if I have earned at least $100 each week then we should take $50 of that off of the site and invest it in me playing the 1 p.m. over at Sam's Town on Thursday afternoons. Its a $30 buyin which gets you 3000 starting chips an extra $5 dealer appreciation get you an extra 2000 starting chips, registering my 12:30 gets you an extra 500, and then for an extra $10 you can add 2000 chips to your stack whenever you want as long as it's done within the first hour. You can wait until you're out of chips and then do it or you can do it immediately which is what I always do so I start with a 7500 chip stack. I was able to generate some MTT earnings online and I played it last week. The tournament had 40-something players and I ended up finishing 12th with the top five getting paid. When I got back to the tables on Friday we started with an account balance of $400 so that means we needed an account balance of $500 for me to do it again this upcoming Thursday and after the 4 p.m. win is the $3 deep stack rebuy tournament for $172 we have those earnings. We are also withdrawing part of our initial investment with the idea to be to play on only earnings at some point. We each invested $150 and I will be withdrawing $50 off the site for each of us so that our initial investment is now only $100 per person. Once the initial investment is fully returned to each of us and I'm playing with only the earnings it means at that point we are simply freerolling for the rest of the year.
Here is some of the highlights since beginning this on October 28th. I have played 95 multi-table tournament up to this point and earnings and those are just over a $301. Total earnings since October 28th ending action tonight were $251.50. Yes it could be a hell of a lot better, but then again it could be a lot worse too.
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $800 Gtd / 4th of 143 / $94.14
$5 Freezeout / 1st of 19 / $43.22
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $350 Gtd / 4th of 80 / $49.53
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $350 Gtd / 6th of 117 / $43.69
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $400 Gtd / 3rd of 64 / $62.81
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $400 Gtd / 5th of 86 / $50.88
$20 KO $500 Gtd / 4th of 63 / $127.33
$5 Freezeout / 1st of 23 / $52.32
$3 Deepstack Rebuy $350 Gtd / 1st of 78 / $172.80
Now the personal update. I had an eye exam done and the doctor put some drops in my eyes to dilate them so that he could check the health of the eyes. He saw some bleeding in the back of the eyes which if untreated could lead to blindness. This is one of the two things that could happen in my life that would cause me to end my life permanently. The first one is being a quadriplegic where I couldn't even use my arms for breathe on my own and the second one is going blind. I refuse to go through this world not being able to see the beauty of it and if I were to go totally blind I would, without a doubt, end things permanently, but the doctor says it looks like we have caught this early, he has referred me to a retina specialist, and this could all be caused from diabetes which I have been borderline for many many months now, but whatever it takes I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure that my eyesight, poor as though it may be, is going to stay with me for a very long time. Keep your fingers crossed for me and anybody who might be religious if you wish to throw a prayer to the big man upstairs for me on this it would be very much appreciated.
That's going to wrap this entry up. I've got my alarm set for 7:30 a.m. so that I can start tomorrow off with the $5 freeze out tournament which gets between 20 to 30 players generally speaking. Hoping to have some more very deep runs and keep this bankroll and these earnings numbers climbing and climbing and climbing. So, until next time, take care everyone, and I'll see you at the tables.