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100k Hands In The Books

So I have just wrapped up my 100,000 hands of heads-up cash games. It took me roughly ten months to complete which isn’t great, but considering I’ve travelled/worked a lot more this year than I thought, and the distinct lack of action available in the second half of the year, I guess it’s understandable.

During that time I started out at $0.25/$0.50 and played up to $2/$4, exclusively heads up, across a variety of sites including Everest, iPoker, Microgaming and Party Poker.

I start out by smashing $0.25/$0.50 and $0.50/$1.00 but was a steady loser at $1/$2. I continued to learn and improve and decided to move up and leave $0.50/$1.00, where I was a winner at over 21BB/100 over nearly 40k hands. At that point I managed to turn things around at $1/$2 with some better game selection. I was smashing the fish, but occasionally I’d run into a reg and combined with a few horrible run-bad sessions, I’d give it all back.

At the 85k hand mark it looked like I was going to reach my $ goals, as I was unstuck at $1/$2 and winning at $2/$4, but unfortunately the last 15k hands were the worst of my life. I had my biggest ever losing day (by almost double) and followed that up the next day with my second biggest ever losing day. It was a numbing experience. I don’t think I ever emotionally recovered from those two sessions as I floundered my way to the finish line, giving back a lot of the hard work I’d done in the previous nine months.

Overall I made nearly 7,000BBs in 100k hands, which is profit I guess, but certainly well short of my goals setting out in this challenge.

I’m going to take a little break from poker for a while to shake some of the run bad and get my motivation back. I have learnt a lot about my game during the challenge, and my post-flop skills have improved. I’ve also learnt (learning) how to deal with the swings and variance, and when is best to play. Poker is so much mental, it’s something I really need to work on to make sure I only play when I really feel up to it.

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