Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Open options

To know what everybody else knows is to know nothing -Remy De Gourmont

A friend of mine has recently been enjoying some impressive successes in large field tournaments. Naturally, I'm jealous. I figure that if he can do so well, I of course can do better. Whether or not this is true is a secondary concern to finding good tournaments for me to get involved in.

Between my current sites Full Tilt and UB, I think the only place to go in terms of tournaments is Full Tilt. There simply aren't enough players on UB in the day for decent tourney action, and seeing as I am currently only a tournament rookie, I would prefer that the tables be filled with fish rather than purely populated by pros. That said however, from all the reading that I've done in other players' blogs I think it might finally be time to join a new site: specifically Titan Poker, with whom I can get a pretty good signup
poker bonus.

Bonuses aside, TP hosts a diverse and tempting range of tournaments, catering for the poorer players who prefer satellites or $30 MTTs, to the high rollers who want a shot at winning events like an 250k guaranteed. The full breakdown of their schedule can be seen on TP's
poker tournaments page. Personally, I think I'll follow the tried and tested approach of starting small and building up the stakes in keeping with my bankroll.

On the topic of trying new sites, I am tempted to return once more to Mansion Poker. I get a nice rakeback rate of 36% on that site, and the reason I originally left wasn't because of poor software but poor player numbers. Either they have picked up lots of customers recently, or they have always been popular in EU daylight hours. Whatever the reason, the tables have been plentiful and pleasingly populated (I saw a minbet and a min-raise in a 21BB NLHE pot) over the last few weeks, and so I just might fire it up and make a deposit on there again. Providing I can find a nice deposit bonus of course. And who knows, they may even run a few decent tournaments themselves.....

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Subzero
Despite almost choking on my celebratory champagne at this nonsense ;) 'I figure that if he can do so well, I of course can do better.', I thought I'd let you know what I've seen in the few tourneys I've played recently.
Biggest difference is obviously the sloooowwwwww pace of the game compared to multitabling 6max. This takes a bit of getting used to.
I think our biggest advantage, being cash players, is to play a lot hands earlier on. When the stacks are deep compared to the blinds, play poker and try and double up as a lot of the tourney fodder seem to be weak post flop. Once it becomes a shove-fest, the good tourney players have an edge on us in identifying good spots.
I had Holdem Manager running and found it useful for identifying spots to resteal/bluff allin etc when the blinds got silly.
Regarding the best sites to play on, agree FT is good but I believe Stars is supposed to the best tourney site.
gl
B..U..D

SubZero said...

Thanks for the advice, will keep it in mind and keep you posted on how it works out long term. May give Stars a try, providing they pay me to give them a mention of course! :-o
Anyway thanks for leaving a comment BUD, whoever you are... ;-)

BLAARGH! said...

Hey sub - you're famous! I don't know if you've seen this vid, but the dude talks about you a bit - haven't watched the whole thing yet, so i don't know if he actually plays against you.....

http://ryanfee.com/tbvidpt1.html

SubZero said...

"C-bets too much, folds to a lot of c-bets, doesn't utilize position well" - sounds like I need to re-tool my game! Back to the drawing board...

BLAARGH! said...

If it's any consolation, I think that vid was made about 2 years ago. On the other hand, it's probably good to hear what others think of you - he does mention you as a reason to stay away from the table a bit later. And you take down a couple pots while he's still talking... nice job :)

His PDF on 6max is supposed to be excellent. I downloaded it but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I just recently started playing ring (mostly sng + mtt up till now) and liking it more than I thought I would. Been reading your blog for a couple years + you def inspired me to take a crack at it... so thanks! (I think!!!)

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Yorkshire Pud said...

You can get 45%+ rakeback on iPoker even on the bigger sites such as VC Poker and it is paid directly by VC Poker.

I'm not the affiliate but have the deal myself and could pass your details on if you want.

SubZero said...

Thanks Pud, already got an account with VC from back in the day, ended up walking away cos of the software, but if I open a new one will be in touch. Cheers!

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