Thursday, 23 February 2012
Sunday, 19 February 2012
The Fort Knox Jackpot Games are the highest buyin with the biggest potential rewards. The format is the same as the Rios but the six players pay $50 plus $9 rake to win $150, $90 or $60. This is the game I have played the least. I am uncomfortable at this buy in level yet I have a good record albeit with a small volume. During a good spell in 2009 I won two consolation bonuses for $750 each. Combined with the results below, this is gives me by far the best rate per game and yet I do not play them much. Ultimately a bad session can easily cost £200 which is more than I am relaxed about. I have never had a shot at the main Jackpot which starts at £50,000 and often rolls up to some very big numbers. It is currently $125,000.
|Kartajana||229||$2.85||$50||5%||$653||-||N/A||iPoker||S50-50 SNG Only|
One thing I do differently with the Fort Knox games is apply strict game selection, analysing my opponents via Sharkscope prior to signing up for a game. If two poor players are signed up I will jump in. I would also only play a couple at once when playing at this level. I have played a few games this year but my strategy is still a little off, though I am getting there slowly. Below are the opponents I played in a game I won in January.
I have the bankroll to play these games. I have a good record in them. I could win a lot by playing them....................
Time to go for gold?
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Prior to taking on my Maui challenge last year my favoured jackpot sit n go was the $20 Rio game. Six players paying a $3.50 rake and looking to cash for $60, $36 or $24. Six win gives you at least $25,000. Six top twos wins $300. I have won the consolation three times. I have also played for the Jackpot three times, always coming third. Two of these games were very creditable efforts and I came very close. The other time I let myself down, played way too tight and never gave myself a chance. I am currently working on a blog post on how to win that final game, an approach that would apply to all the jackpot formats. Watch this space. My record to date in these games is below. When you take into account the rakeback potential, the consolations and the missed jackpot opportunities I should probably play them a lot more. I am currently working on my six man game following a poor re-introduction to them in January.
|Kartajana||1,370||$0.63||$20||3%||$861||Hot||N/A||iPoker||E6-6 S20-20 SNG Only|
Part of the problem with the Rios is the structure. Only a 1000 chips and fairly fast moving levels means there is not a lot of play available and you often get four or more players when the blinds are very high. Sure you can still apply strategy at this push/fold stage but luck becomes a bigger part. Back in 2009 I had Poker tuition from Jennifear a top sit n go player. When she considered this jackpot structure and the $3.50 rake she simply said "Never play these games again." I didn't listen and argued my case about some of the very poor players playing these games making them an attractive option. When I get my strategy back on track in these games and have better mental control over the variance they can produce I could really do well. Until then save me a seat.................
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Friday, 3 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
I did not play that well in January and lost $182. A very rare losing month for me. Sure I had some bad luck and would contend that variance overall was against me but I probably got what I deserved. The poor weather was not to blame. The main problem was I never got on top strategically of the six man game, particularly when playing the higher buy in Rio and Fort Knox games. I knew I needed to get more involved with medium hands during the early levels but found this alien to my entrenched tight early Maui tactic. Whilst I have enjoyed the freedom to play a more varied set of sit n gos this has not helped my bottom line. A more structured approach is definately the answer. To counteract my Betfred losses I won $43 in freeroll cashes and received around $70 in rakeback. Meanwhile on Pokerstars I mad a small profit mainly playing the 45 man sit n gos which are my game of choice on that site.
In February I plan to focus on re-learning the six man game away from the variance induced Jackpot games. I will focus on a mini challenge of one hundred six max games at the $10 level to rebuild both my confidence and my 2012 bankroll. With more chips to start with and more levels of play I should be able to make some progress here. At the same time I will play plenty of what I know best. Maui Jackpot games on Betfred and more 45 man sit n gos on Pokerstars.