westside195025-year-old student from Croatia and a semi-pro poker player
Hello mobsters, this is your blogger westside1950 writing (dknight217 on Pokerstars), I hope you all had good and successful week. I wrote about a week ago about my plan to go and play Spin&Go's on Pokerstars.
I played 25-30 1$ Spin&Go's for a few days and I couldn't get more profit then a lousy 1$ a day. It's really hard, swings are brutal - at one moment you are a huge chip leader and then you lose your stack in 2 hands - and you didn't play anything wrong.
I didn't roll any big jackpots - 6$ was max. and it occurred only 3-4 times. Yes, players are mostly really bad - but that didn't help me a lot. Blinds go up too soon and then it's just push-and-fold poker and a lot of flipping occurs. And I don't like that.
So I guess this is my farewell to serious playing of Spin&Go tourneys, for now. I think I have better edge and profit on these normal speed HU SNGs that i normally play.
I will occasionally play Spin&Go's just for fun, but not more then 2-3 per day.
So I went back to playing normal speed HU SNGs. I don't know if you ever tried to play this kind of poker, so I guess I should do a little introduction.
Normal speed HU SNGs aren't as exciting as Spin&Gos, or as popular as cash games or tournaments. When I started with poker I played cash games, but ultimately I found myself in these games.
It's the kind of poker that requires enormous amount of patience along with poker skill (and a little bit of luck,of course). When you learn that, you'll be surprised how much money you can make just by being patient and just waiting for your opponent to overplay his cards.
You start the game with 75 BBs ( and with levels lasting 7minutes) which is more then enough to find spots to extract chips from your (bad) opponent.
In these games you learn to value-bet your 4th pairs and fold your sets. ( At least, it is where I learned that )
I like this type of game, not just because of all of that above, but because you play the whole game against one opponent. You need to get into his head and try to understand his thinking process in order to beat him.
But the real beauty of this game format makes one small option that pop-ups at the end of the game and asks you if you want a rematch.
I've won a whole bunch of dollars thanks to my stubborn opponents who won't accept defeat and think they can do better. (but in fact they start tilting around and start playing worse and worse)
Most of the recreational players tend to take defeats and the game itself too personally (when they play these heads-up games) and simply can not leave once they lost the first game.
And in the end they find themselves losing 10-20-30 €/$ and spewing a huge part of their bankroll.
Their pride messes with their head. I also fell into that trap a few times accepting rematches with good or better players wanting to prove something.
And in the end you realize that the point isn't about proving you're better then someone.
It's only about the money, the profit. Why play against someone good while you can play against a lot of bad players, at that same time?
Don't forget that if you ever play this format.
Good luck to all of you