Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The chase for SNE?

I've been mulling goals to make myself for 2011. Given that I found reasons to do other things than play poker the last couple of months (mostly because of family staying w/ us and it being football season), one of the goals has to involve some kind of volume reached. Well I've been thinking of moving over to Stars from FTP for a few reasons and what better volume goal than trying to achieve supernova elite on Stars.

Besides sne, I think playing on Stars is more logical for me because there are slightly more games at mid to higher stakes and I multitable well so being able to play as many as 24 tables at once gives me an option should I choose to add even more tables than I currently play now (12-15). Also the rakeback, well the equivalent of it which is fpps that can be traded in for cash, will be much higher if and when I achieve sne. Also I've been hearing the new FTP rakeback system, black card, and FTP store sucks.

The only con I see is that I prefer the software on FTP vs Stars but I think I'm alright w/ mass tabling w/ the Stars software. I've been dabbling w/ cascading and stacking 20 tables (mostly nl400 so I don't make more expensive mistakes at the higher stakes) the last couple of days and it hasn't gone well at all. Well I made a couple of thousand dollars but I made numerous mistakes, some of it outside of my control (or maybe it's due to my inefficiency cascading 20 tables). I timed out numerous times when I didn't react in time to tables that were hidden behind the other tables (I won't have this problem when I'm tiling tables) and that also led me to acting too quickly w/o thinking which in turn led me to make bad decisions.

Full Tilt, $2/$4 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

Poker Tools by CardRunners - Hand Details

MP3: $914.10 (228.5 bb)

CO: $425.50 (106.4 bb)

BTN: $1,114.40 (278.6 bb)

SB: $107.50 (26.9 bb)

BB: $400 (100 bb)

UTG+1: $441.30 (110.3 bb)

Hero (UTG+2): $619.40 (154.9 bb)

MP1: $55.50 (13.9 bb)

MP2: $437 (109.3 bb)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with 3 of clubs 3 of spades

UTG+1 folds, Hero raises to $12, 3 folds, CO raises to $36, 3 folds, Hero calls $24

Flop: ($78) 3 of diamonds 5 of clubs 4 of hearts (2 players)

Hero checks, CO bets $50, Hero folds

Results: $128 pot ($3 rake)

Final Board: 3 of diamonds 5 of clubs 4 of hearts

CO mucked and won $125 ($39 net)

Hero mucked 3 of clubs 3 of spades and lost (-$36 net)

Normally 33 is a fold preflop but there were reasons I called at the time, but in no way was I planning on folding on the flop...just timed out by accident. Another...

Full Tilt, $2/$4 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players

Poker Tools by CardRunners - Hand Details

MP: $693.90 (173.5 bb)

CO: $455.60 (113.9 bb)

BTN: $594.40 (148.6 bb)

Hero (SB): $402 (100.5 bb)

BB: $845.60 (211.4 bb)

UTG: $348.40 (87.1 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 8 of hearts Q of hearts

UTG calls $4, 3 folds, Hero completes, BB checks

Flop: ($12) Q of spades 6 of hearts 6 of diamonds (3 players)

Hero checks, BB checks, UTG bets $8, Hero calls $8, BB folds

Turn: ($28) 4 of hearts (2 players)

Hero checks, UTG bets $28, Hero calls $28

River: ($84) 7 of hearts (2 players)

Hero checks, UTG bets $308.40 and is all-in, Hero calls $308.40

Results: $700.80 pot ($3 rake)

Final Board: Q of spades 6 of hearts 6 of diamonds 4 of hearts 7 of hearts

Hero mucked 8 of hearts Q of hearts and lost (-$348.40 net)

UTG showed 4 of clubs 4 of diamonds and won $697.80 ($349.40 net)

Now this hand was even more of a disaster. W/ the tables cascaded and other tables awaiting my action I felt a need to act in haste and called pretty quickly w/o thinking much. This is almost always a fold at the river. When a limper (indicative of a less than avg. player at 6max) overshoves 3.5x at the river here a Q hi flush is almost never good.

Because of that I'm going to change my pc setup from 1 30" and 2 20" monitors to 2 30" monitors to see if I can play 20-24 tables tiled across the 2 monitors. I'm curious to hear from others that mass table and how you guys go about it.

Current set up...

As you can see I can fit 15 tables tiled across but w/ 2 30"'s I should be able to fit 24 tables tiled across if I choose to.

I guess I should try to get to platinumstar before the start of the new year (currently a goldstar) so I can accumulate fpps faster. Maybe I won't need to play 20+ tables since I'll be playing nl400+. At these stakes it requires focus so it might not be the smartest thing to do to play so many tables. I don't want to hurt my overall earning power at the expense of trying to achieve sne. I will talk more about my actual gameplan and specific goals when the new year begins.

Finally I did check out Cardrunner's Ronfar's latest video where he discusses what it takes to go for sne and he gives some good pointers. In case anybody was also thinking about it, you might want to check it out.

Now off to the Boise St.-Utah bowl game at Boyd Stadium (Unlv's stadium). I took Utah +16 and I bought tickets on the Utah side so if anybody is watching the game it might be easy to spot me. I'll probably be the only asian guy among the Utah cheering section.


  1. Stars software >>>>> Full Tilt software. You'll be fine once you get used to it.

  2. Table ninja ... And Other scripts make it a Lot Easyer. I have a guy that make custom scripts for you like auto wait list for cash game etc. I am also going for sne next year but play 6 max 20-50bb games. Add me on Skype game2eazy so I can get u the guy name and help u with making your Life easier on stars

  3. Hey John, big fan of the blog. I had no vested interest in the game tonight, but pulled for Utah for your sake, lol. Maybe just a typo but wanted to note that I am not aware of any way to increase the rate at which you earn VPPs (needed to achieve Stars stati), only FPPs will earn faster.

  4. Tx game2eazy, I'll add you on skype.

    Brad, Utah lost...they were outmatched big time. I meant FPPs...get'em confused.

  5. yeah i tile 24 tables but i use table ninja i think its pretty much the way to go

  6. you need to get an auto-timebank clicker, noob! :-)

    IMO, looking across two 30" screens fully tiled is going to be a head-turning nightmare. You should try and keep everything on the one 30" monitor. I think you can squeeze in 16 on one monitor with a little overlap... maybe even 20.

  7. Yeah I'm weighing all options right now DF. I also agree I need to get an auto-timebank. Weren't you thinking of crossing over to the darkside as well? Pokerstars that is.