End of the play money version

by ~ October 23rd, 2007. Filed under: Basics of poker, Project: bet, raise, or fold.

* Modified June 15th, 2010 *

Report: after 40 SnGs:

Hands 2,694
VP$IP 19.12
from SB 30.87
Steal attempts 33.45 (184 of 550)
Steal success 58.7
Won at SD 56.82
Raised PF 16.11
Limp/call PF 0.00
1st action after PF raise
  • Raise 7.85
  • Bet 61.78
  • Call 7.85
  • Check 14.66
  • Fold 7.33
PF aggression 4.06
Total aggression 3.24

There still seems to be a lot of calls, even preflop, but all I can recall are calling shoves and then allowing myself to call when it gets heads up. Mind you, I play a lot of hands when it gets heads up as you should, so the sheer quantity of hands may be a factor.


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Pretty standard increased VP$IP, raise, and win % as position improves. I like the 0.11 Cold Call PF%. Those would be heads up calls of raises plus maybe one or two of my own shoves against big stack shoves.

In case you’re reading and wondering, this is a program called PokerTracker. If you run it with another program called PokerAce it will display stats for play money but it will not import play money poker for analysis. What I did is edit each text file for each tourney and changed it to a $1 tourney and then the import is fine. I created a new database just to help keep these results separate from everything else.


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Plus one that I only seem to have a few hands and not the complete tourney. ITM 20 out of 39 so 50%. It would be nice to see that higher as these are play money players and the restriction of not calling shouldn’t degrade my finishes too much. I can see 2 where I sat out; they’re easy to spot as I get blinded away. One I finished 5th and the other 2nd. I’m not sure how that affects my stats. Maybe my fold PF rate is slightly higher, but I don’t know that it affects the overall aggression rates since I’m neither raising nor calling.

I just realized there are a lot of calls after PF raises. Some are shoves in the early/mid stages (either mine or the opponent’s), but most should be when I allow myself to call when we get to heads up. But, that’s a lot; 7.85% calls after PF raises. Mind you, as I said, I play almost every hand when I get to heads up so that will affect the stats. It still seems like a lot, but I don’t think it’s worthwhile to investigate.


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This is interesting; my VP$IP goes up nicely as does the PFR% as the blinds increase (= table gets smaller, value of the blinds increases). But there is an interesting negative net when the blinds hit 100. This is the point when I and others start looking to steal blinds/shove to stay alive, yet my VP$IP does not take a jump. The only thing that does increase anomallessly with the negative net is the preflop aggression, while the flop and turn aggression levels decrease slightly. How can that be? How does the PRF slowly increase while the preflop aggression jumps?


So, I tried my first $1.00 + 0.20 real money SnG using this exercise, finished 3rd. I will try a few more, but I may have to up the stakes as the early going was badly played, like the 2,000 play money buyin. You’d think this was one of those points satellite freerolls where, because it’s a freeroll and because it’s a satellite (only 1st place wins), people shove early and often trying to get ahead.

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