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May wrap up

June 1, 2009 | 4:02 am | Derk

May was one hell of a month for me.  Full Tilt Poker kept doing triple point happy hours and I wanted to win the rake race on my affiliate, which is based on FTP points earned.  I had previously gotten 2nd twice, so for the first 25 days of the month I did nothing but play the happy hours.  On the 26th I saw that I was pretty close to the top of the high stakes SNG leaderboard, so I started grinding a bit more.  I think everyone else saw that they were pretty close too and started grinding a ton as well.  There was one point where the top 5 were separated by something like 750 points (about 4-5 hours of play).  So I went from playing 2-3 hours a day to playing 8-10 on the 26th.  From the 26th to the 29th I played 34 hours and went from being 2k points behind the leader, to being 2k points in front, which I think was enough to dissuade my competition from trying to catch me as I ended up not even having to play the 30th or 31st, and nobody else really did either.  All in all I wound up winning SNG high, the rake race, a ton of iron man medals and over half a million FTP points due to triple points happy hours.  :dance:

Now time to relax a bit and get ready for WSOP.  I’ll be in Vegas for a month starting June 8 and will be playing the two shootout events, a $1500 buyin and $5000 buyin, and hopefully the main event as well, if I can sell a bunch more of my action in it.

3 Responses to “May wrap up”

  • June 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Raw said:


    Jesus christ dude you are really sick. Nice one :)

  • June 1, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Jumpman16 said:


    Good work Derk, good to see perseverance and true dedication actually paying off in at least one way. Did you win or lose more than expected given the amount you increased your volume especially in the final week?

  • June 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Derk said:


    A week is a pretty short time in terms of SNGs, even if you are playing a ton, so if I was up or down it’s “meh, variance!” For a lot of people they do have an A, B, and C game per Tommy Angelo’s writings, but I don’t think I do when it comes to SNGs. If I’m in some MTT freeroll and don’t feel like playing I’ve been known to donk off my chips, but with SNGs at this point the right decision just pops into your head and you do it. So the only hard thing about playing so long was that my legs would start to hurt — maybe the recliner I got isn’t the most optimal chair for grinding.

    Anyway, prior to the 26th when I really started picking it up, I was down 3k recently, and from there to the end of the month I made 8k (in profit from play and rakeback). Usually when I’m on a downswing I want to play less, but it was pretty easy to motivate myself because the difference between 5th and 1st in the leaderboard was worth about $1500 to me, and I knew I’d have to play about 1500 games to win. $1/game is huge, even at my level that’s a 0.6% boost in ROI in a game where my ROI from playing is about 4%. I’m such a sucker for extra value :)

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