Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Back to the Basics, My $5+ on PokerStars

While dinking around on some sites I follow, someone has the offer for PokerEdge to run statistics - so I did for my Stars User Name (BTW, POKEREDGE IS BANNED ON POKERSTARS, and most other Poker Sites). Here are the results:

Pre-Flop Tendency: LOOSE - The Poker-Edge software automatically color codes loose players in GREEN for easy identification.

Player Type: You are a Calling Station (Loose-Passive/Passive). The most unprofitable player type! Have a seat at my table, please... The Poker-Edge software shows you the Calling Stations by placing an icon next to their name at the table. Enjoy taking their chips.

Strengths: You don't have many strengths... except... you cannot be bluffed! That's for damn sure.

Weaknesses: As a loose player, you are often behind when you enter pots. You will end up in dominated situations against better players, and unless you have excellent judgement they will take your money. As your name suggests, your biggest weakness is you call too much! Good players will repeatedly bet into you or raise you for value. You rarely bet your winning hands either, so you don't get paid off and you give other players an easy way to catch up. You are almost always unprofitable.

Best Advice: Tighten up your starting hand requirements. Stop calling so much. Stop chasing the long shot draws. Fold your weak hands, and bet or raise your strong ones. Be more aggressive!

Now, here are the stats from my last 2 cashing tourneys on Stars:

You finished in 21st place (eliminated at hand #39378221219).

81 hands played and saw flop:
- 0 times out of 9 while in small blind (0%)
- 4 times out of 8 while in big blind (50%)
- 11 times out of 64 in other positions (17%)
- a total of 15 times out of 81 (19%)

Pots won at showdown - 4 out of 7 (57%)
Pots won without showdown - 4

You finished in 13th place (eliminated at hand #39389033771).

97 hands played and saw flop:
- 6 times out of 12 while in small blind (50%)
- 6 times out of 12 while in big blind (50%)
- 7 times out of 73 in other positions (10%)
- a total of 19 times out of 97 (20%)

Pots won at showdown - 4 out of 6 (67%)
Pots won without showdown - 5

A range of 19% to 20% is NOT A LOOSE PLAYER. However, I must digress that the PokerEdge is not entirely accurate - and, I will NOT be downloading the software.

While I started with a loosing streak of 14 tourneys, the challenge officially started 6 tourneys ago. Multitabling can reduce variance somewhat, but the tradeoff is a good read on your opponents. Hence, this challenge will be a little slower than Boku (Chris took 9 months to make $100). Not in big hurry (sorta). For Stars, our current BRM is 50 buyins, so need 50 buyins to tourneys before moving up a level. Other Bankroll Management theories exist, and we will delve into them. But this will do for now.

P.S. on another site, found suggestion to tweak performance of HEM on computer, will need to look into that, along with my many other tasks of laundry (currently working on), banking, shopping (have tendency to wait until the last moment in time), dishes, and feeding cats - all not necessarily in that order.


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