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Party Poker SNGs and other bad calls

First off, sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. I was out of the office and busy with life in general. That being said, I did manage to play a little poker on both Tuesday night and Wednesday night. I wish I could say that I had great results or even interesting results...but I'd be lying.

On Tuesday, my wife and I decided to invite my mom over for dinner. Although it's nice to visit with family from time to time, these visits leave little time for poker. Mind you, that can be a good thing.

Tuesday afternoon, I'd received an e-mail from Party Gaming telling me that I'd been invited to play in an affiliates freeroll tournament on Saturday. Sweet! All I had to do was give them my account name at Party Poker. And that's where I had a problem...

See, I haven't been playing at Party Poker; instead, I've been playing at Intertops (a Party skin). After a little running around and a phone call or two to India, I managed to get my account at Intertops suspended and my account at Party Poker re-activated.

I was interested in seeing Party's new software and SNG structure, so I deposited $50 (the minimum deposit...ouch). After my mom left our place at around 10 PM, I loaded up Party and sat down to play a $10 + $1 SNG.

Although it was nice to start with chip stacks of $2000, I did have a couple problems with the "new" SNG structure.

First, what's the point of starting with bigger stacks when the blinds start twice as high as at any other site? Blinds start at 20/40, leaving you with a starting M of 30. At PokerStars, you start with $1500 with the blinds at 10/20 (M=50). At TigerGaming, you start with $1000 with the blinds at 10/15 (M=40). As you can, the starting stacks are deceptively small for the Party Poker SNGs.

By itself, this wouldn't be too bad. However, the blinds at Party increase at an alarming rate. The blinds increase quickly from a "time" point of view and they increase quickly from a "size" point of view. After 50 minutes, the blinds are at 300/600. Are you kidding?!

Even if you double up in the early stages of the SNG, the blinds are still going to eat you alive. Out of the six players at the table when the blinds hit 300/600, no one had an M greater than 4. Yikes!

I could have won the SNG if not for a few things:

  1. The player to my left liked to call every raise or all-in.

  2. The player to my left liked to win every all-in hand no matter what the odds.

  3. I was finally all-in against him with my KQ vs. his A7 and he won again, even though I was the underdog that time.

I did make one horrific play during the SNG and it cost me the win. I raised on the button with A8s with only 5 left in the game. BB raised me all-in and I folded. What the hell was I thinking? With the blinds that high and with so much of my stack at risk, why fold here? I don't know either.

That being said, Party's new software is pretty sweet - pretty being the operative word here. The layout is good, there are some good filters that you can use to sort through the tables, and the presentation is top notch.

I may play some NL cash games there at some point to see how the competition fares against other sites. It would be nice to have a site to fall back in case my usual haunting grounds can't scrounge up enough players. The only thing I'm not sure about is the blind levels and buy-ins at the Party tables. If I'm correct, I think that the $25 NL buy-in tables have blinds set at 50c/1. With starting stacks of only 25 BBs, I'd be better off playing the $100 NL tables at other sites. Still, if the players are really fishy at Party, it might be worth it. Anyone out there have any comments about this?

If you like, feel free to sign up at Party through my affiliate link. I opted for the $25 first-time deposit bonus offer instead of the 20% up to $100 bonus offer. I felt it necessary to give new players a chance to get a $25 deposit bonus with very little up-front capital.

In other news, I played the $20 NL tables at River Belle yesterday. After a few hours, I was down about $8. Not awful, but I played terribly. I got slow-played by a TAG on a paired board. I had TT and the flop came down J J 8. He had AJ and didn't make a move until the river. Still, I misplayed the hand terribly and I deserved to lose.

All in all, though, my game is still running ok. I've still got a whopping 475 raked hands left to clear at River Belle before earning my $125 deposit bonus. Unfortunately, I only have 15 days left to do it. I'm hoping to put a good dent in that number this Saturday.

In none poker-related news, I finished Sly Cooper 3: Honor Among Thieves last night. Something about thieving raccoons makes my tilting poker feelings go away...The game was great if you like that sort of thing. If you own a PS2, I highly recommend it. I'm thinking about popping out to pick up another PS2 game this evening - I'll need something to distract me from poker while my brain works out the few kinks that have shown up in my game.

That's it for today. I've got lots of work to do!

In the meantime, don't forget to check out the other fine blogs listed to the right. They're all very good and worth your time. Just tell 'em Klopzi sent ya...


huma said...

You don't have to apologise for not making at least one post every single day :)

With the deposit bonus at interpoker, do you get a limited time in which to clear your raked hands? I can't seem to find any info. I'm only about 50% of the way through my 500 raked and I've been playing there for almost a month.

Klopzi said...

I know I don't have to apologize for lack of posts...but I still do.

As for you Interpoker deposit bonus, don't worry about it. I think they're supposed to expire 30 days after deposit. However, the most recent bonus that I cleared there was started back in October - so you've got time.

So sit back, relax, and just keep doing what you're doing. Good to hear that things are getting back on track with your game.