Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:17 PM
I have a question to see if anyone has/is going through the same situation as me.First a little background:I had a very successful year last year playing tournaments, by far my best year ever. I had a 3-4 fairly large scores, and was looking forward to more of the same this year. I even blogged earlier in the year that I should AVOID playing cash games, and stick to what I've been doing well at, tournaments.Well, the first quarter of this year has been a reversal like you wouldn't believe. I simply cannot cash in ANYTHING, and I mean ANYTHING. Full Tilt, Stars, Bodog, live play, you name it. I am not a high volume player by any means, and by looking at my ITM % from Stars (was near 25% at the end of last year, not sure what it is now), I figured I had a dry spell coming.The last week has really been the kabash for me. I've been on vacation from work and put in a ton of hours at the tables, both live and online. At the circuit event at Caesars I played in 3 tournments, barely cashed in one (which I had to suck out, 98 vs AA all in preflop to survive), got rivered in another, and lost a key coin flip or I would have cashed in another. I also put in a ton of hours at the side games and was up after a previously chronicled monster session. Because of the tournaments I ended up slightly down on the trip.Came back home and put in a shitload of hours online over the last few days. Needless to say, I can't cash on ANYTHING on Stars, just got coolered and bad beated to get knocked out of two Bodog tournaments, and took some horrendous beats in the 11r as well to bust out of that. On the other hand, I have been destroying the cash games on Bodog over the last few days...Which finally brings me to my question.Can I/do I want to stop playing tournaments? Taking the beat I just took on Bodog gave me the usual sick gut feeling one gets when taking a beat from a horrendous play by your opponent that paid off for him. That feeling got me to thinking...why do I feel this way? Should I be playing tournaments? I don't know what a good sample size is, but over about 10K ring hands (mostly 1/2, 2/4 NL, with some .50/1 and 3/6 NL sprinkled in) I am at 12 PT BB/HR. Granted, I realize that people put in a ton more volume than this, but that is really not the point of this question. In 153 tracked tournaments this year, I am down $5300, and I would estimate that total is closer to $8 or $9K after you take into account that I didn't use PT to seriously to track tournaments at the beginning of the year.I'm not going to go in to huge detail about my precise results for last year, but needless to say it has been a rough first quarter of the year. You will probably need more specific info about my play last year to judge whether I'm just in a downswing, I can only estimate for you that I played perhaps 300-400 tournaments. Re-reading this, it turned way more into a blog than a question, but I really believe that if the "Tournaments" tab would just get off the applet, I would be up a ton more money this year. It's like I'm addicted to tournaments and can't get away even though I continue to struggle. It's like an alcoholic finally getting a good new job, then using all of his paycheck on booze. I think my sample size isn't big enough this year for me to assume, and I could cash in a big tournament tomorrow making all of this a moot point. But I needed to get it off my chest.Not sure if any of that means anything to anyone, but thanks for listening and curious to hear if anyone knows where I'm coming from.
im still not sold that many of these people that get these big online scores are winners when it comes to the live game, which, by the way, is real poker.