Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Took 4th in the 25k krill freeroll!

Seals has a points system similar to Stars or Tilt, but the usage of the points is a bit different from the other sites.  When you hit certain milestones, you gain entry into 100 hour freerolls, or rakeback percentages, etc.  Moreover, the points you gain, or "krill," (since the theme is "Seals" with Clubs) is cumulative - therefore, you never lose the points.  It's not like Stars or Tilt where you have to play a certain amount in a month or year to get to a status; you retain the your current status in perpetuity.

Anyway, I made 25k krill a week or two ago, and was eligible for my first 25k krill freeroll.  Those who read this blog know that I'm a total fish in tournaments, and, more importantly, absolutely despise tournaments.  I decided, though, since SWC is good enough to put together the freerolls, I'll give it a try - after all, the tourney is a perk of my play on the site.  The 25k freeroll is a 2000 chip event that runs every 400 hours, scheduled to run last night at 11.  I gave it a shot, ran pretty good, held up where I needed to and got the appropriate cards at the appropriate moments, and wound up taking 4th for 200 chips - not bad for free!

"System: XXXX finishes tournament in place #4 and wins 200 chips"

Booyah!  Now it's time for bed!

11 comments:

  1. Congrats, how do bitcoins, krills and chips translate into dollars? I'm not familiar with the conversion rates.

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    1. Krill doesn't translate to dollars - krill is the FPPs or FTPs of Seals with Clubs (i.e. the point system for rewards). You can't spend the krill or otherwise use the krill but it measures rakeback eligibility and freeroll entry. Chips are 1/1000th of a bitcoin. Bitcoins are worth about $950 at current market rates though it fluctuates - see www.mtgox.com for the trading floor for BTC (bitcoin) to USD / GBP / yen / euro / etc.

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    2. Cool. Here is a hand that went down recently. Game 1/2, I'm BB stack ~500, SB stack 150, LP stack 200, and Button stack 300. I look down at 7d,8c. LP calls, Button calls, SB makes it 10, I call (mistake?), LP makes it 25, Button calls, SB calls, and I put in 15 more for a 100 pot. This is were it gets interesting. The flop comes down 7s,8h,Qh. SB bets 60, and I'm sitting here debating what to do. Lots of straight and flush draws out there. I don't see anyone showing up here with 7,Q or 8,Q. Now, the hand that crushes me is pocket queens but unlikely anyone has them. So with 160 in the pot, I shove (mistake?). LP fold, the button calls for his remaining 275, and SB (that bet 60) folds. I flip over my cards and he flips over Ah, Kh. So I'm 2-1 to win but what I'm still on the fence about is my shove. SB says he folded A,Q.

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    3. There isn't much here that you don't beat TBH (QQ is absolutely possible, but there's only one combo of 88 & one combo of 77, so I think you're mostly ahead here), but it's a pretty crazy call by the guy with AhKh. $275 into $160 + $60 + $275... He has to figure his overs are no good, so he's paying 55% pot for 33% odds... not a great price.

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    4. The crazy thing is that the turn AND the river were hearts.

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  2. @PM how can it be 55% pot? Can never be over 50% if calling. It's about 39% if I'm following the action correctly. 100 pre+60 flop bet+275 effective shove from hero= 435 so odds are (435+275):275=~38%

    @xdex BTN played it horrendously preflop IMO. I don't really like your call pre at all but once you see the flop I think you played it fine. His call is really close. Just depends on how he ranges you. If your range is 77, 88, 78, 9hTh and AQ its a break even call for him. If you have any other heart draws plus the above range its an easy call.

    Don't worry about the runout. You played flop fine IMO.

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    1. You're correct; I transposed my numbers - the great thing about multi tasking (writing a response while talking to my wife) - men can't do it very well... :-(

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  3. Guys, I appreciate the responses. The pot was 160 before my shove. Out of all the players in the pot, the SB was the weakest. So I called the 10 thinking if we're the only ones in the pot I will have position. Once LP made it 25 AND the other two players called I thought that calling 15 to see a flop with $100 in the pot was OK. In retrospect, action wise this hand could have gone differently so many ways. On the flop, if the SB checks I am probably not betting big here and since Button was calling me, the turn heart would make me slow down. PM - how would you have played the flop after SB made it 60?

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    1. I would have probably done the same thing. I think what your problem is is this: you're thinking you could have cut your variance in half by calling or raising smaller. I used to think that way early on in my poker career, but now, I disagree. If you can get your money in as a strong favorite, do it! Variance will even out in the end. Assuming you're well bankrolled for the stakes you're playing, don't worry about the result: you got your money in good & took the bad end of it. Meh.

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