Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The SCOOP Aftermath

Well, the SCOOP was pretty much a disaster. This whole month has been pretty frustrating at the tables actually but I'll talk more about the cash games in a bit.

I ended up cashing in only 2/18 SCOOP M events that I played and unfortunately they were basically min-cashes :| Fortunately, the MTT losses aren't going to hurt my bottom line. My play seemed to be fine...like pretty much all of my bustouts were flips or bad beats. I probably could have done myself a few more favours by trying to pick better spots or be more patient but it's always easy to say that in hindsight. The fact remains that how successful my SCOOP was going to be was basically going to come down to how I did in the M $1050 Main Event. The tourney turned out to be pretty uneventful though, as I only played a couple of really meaningful hands. The first hand saw me open AA and Cbet an Axx hhh flop and get called...Turn brought another heart and it went check-call...River put a flush on board that didn't pair and I check-folded. Not too long after that I found myself all-in with AK vs. QQ and missed. I started to make some ground in the $109 wrap-up turbo but in an ending that only seemed fitting to the SCOOP I ended up busting about 1 orbit before the money bubble. I was proud of my bustout hand though...I ended up calling the CO's jam with A3s knowing they were likely light on about 10bb's each. Like obv A3 isn't doing great against anything but I don't think you can pass up those spots in a turbo if you're trying to go deep...anyways they had KJo and binked. There's always next time and I'm glad that I'm already looking forward to the WCOOP and am not discouraged by how SCOOP 2014 panned out.

I have to say that it's been a really interesting month at the cash game tables. As hard as I'm trying, I still don't feel like I'm in full grind-mode yet. That said, this will be my highest volume month of the year (if it hasn't already been) and hopefully a warm up for the remainder of 2014. I'm sitting on about 27K VPPs and should end the month with at least 50K. As for putting in hours...well I'm probably putting more hours than I ever have when you combine my play at the tables with off-hour studying. Things feel like they're coming together on the 6-max front but the run-good just isn't there right now. Obviously I'm not playing outstanding but I'm quite convinced that I am a winning 200nl Zoom player and I'm not sure how many Zoom regs can say that before rakeback. I mean, you get some quality players that dabble in 500nl and 200nl but then there are some other regs that just seem like there's no way they can possibly be making money. Anyways, here's the graph of the month so far:

So I mean, you can see my EV line shoot up towards the end there but the only line that really matters dropped downwards. Well, I guess I should say that normally the green line is my #1 concern but right now I'm actually more confident in seeing my EV line head uphill because that's telling me that my plays are winning long-term. I was looking through HEM to see if there was any interesting hands to point to the EV discrepancy but it looks like they're mostly standard pair-over-pair hands that got cracked.

So anyways, I'm only down what...like 5 buy-ins I guess and it's all EV. It's pretty much nothing but anytime you have a long break-even/losing stretch it can mess with your confidence. I've got to keep my focus on improving and hopefully get some run-good to finish out the month strong. I'm actually going to be playing normal tables while the the $700K Milestone Promotion is currently underway. Zoom games are not eligible so you won't see me passing up the chance at landing another milestone-it's been a while.

My life feels like a bit of a mess right now. I think that breaking my ankle really affected me a lot more negatively than I expected it to in terms of messing with my lifestyle. Without being able to exercise or do anything active, my healthy eating habits have also reverted to more convenient cooking/eating and some occasional culinary binges. The result has been that I just haven't felt as mentally sharp or as good while playing too. The good news is that I'm going to be back at the gym this Thursday I think. It was supposed to be sooner but I had to take care of some other chores and seemed to reinjure the ankle a bit a few days ago. It feels good to go right now though so I'm looking forward to sorting everything out. I've got a lot to figure out...I've got to decide what games I want to play, I've got to get back to exercising and eating better and I've got to figure out how the F I'm going to get SNE in 7 months when my highest monthly VPP total will be 50K. I've got to figure it all out but I know that I can do it.

gl at the tables!


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