April was quite a lazy month for me, I really didnt play much online – just about 60 hours or so. Nevertheless it was the month that will probably have the greatest impact on my poker career so far. I have switched from Fifty50 tournaments to 6-max hyperturbos (65/35) and its much more fun to grind those. I am playing up to 16 tables at once, 10-12 tables on average because of the traffic. Average duration is just 9 minutes and I can earn up to 2000 (!) VPPs per hour, which is really helpful for my SNE chase. My hourly rate is now almost twice as much as I had playing Fifty50s thanks to 68% rakeback – now its somewhere between $300-$400/h. I hope I dont just have some kind of welcome heater, we will see next month.
Its interesting that there are many regs from Fifty50 trying to play these, like Jasonkobe or PokerlameSVK. At least I can finally play heads-up with them!
I have switched from F50s for three main reasons:
1) There wasnt very good traffic on F50s lately
2) I am earning almost twice as much VPPs and I have higher hourly rate than on F50s
3) 6max hypers are much more fun to play and I can take breaks anytime I want (when grinding F50s I had to wait for about 40 minutes to finish all tables)
Variance in hypers is indeed really crazy sometimes, even top regs can have 150+ buy-ins downswing. I am used to big swings and it doesnt really matter me much, I just keep playing my A-game and studying more. Its nice to have SNE rakeback, it kind of mitigates the swings.
I really dont want to share my strategy on public because its easier for other regs to exploit me. I can tell that I am playing reasonably aggro, something like 35/30/10 (VP$IP/PfR/3b). My standard opensize is min-raise and I am trying my best to balance raise-fold range, raise-call range and openshove range. Its the main key to success in these tournaments.
Oh and I won $27 turbo KO MTT for $5k or so. I was also playing Battle of Planets triple shootout freeroll this Sunday ($12k for first) and finished on semifinal table in last 3 where I got unlucky against not so good players.
Here is the total graph (SnGs + MTTs) with rakeback:
GL @ the tables