Anyway, today I remembered that I'd dropped 80 bones on a piece of software I wasn't using and ran it today. It imported some four months' worth of data and even though I'm just scratching the surface of the data available to me, what I have been able to figure out is a staggering wealth of information that can only serve to plug some of the many holes in my game.
The report that has thus far provided me the most immediate benefit for my game is an analysis of win percentage and dollars won per starting hand. The very first piece of information I clapped my eyes on shocked me: despite the popularity of pissing and moaning about how pocket aces don't hold up, the simple fact is they do, at least for me. Of the 17 documented instances of The Crafty One getting pocket rockets, I won with them 88.2 percent of the time, with (of course) a 100% VPIP, and "winnings" of $11,000 (tournament chips, not bux) I did notice that I PFR'd only 53% of the time; that smells like I'm being too cute with them, but I'll have to think about that later. So take that, you nattering nabobs of negativity! Aces rock!
Of course, the greater teachiing opportunities arise from adversity, and towards that end, would anyone care to guess the hand on which I've lost the most, or the most times? I'll give you my bottom four.
Honorable mention for Hands What Cost Me The Most Schiarole goes to...pocket 7's. Despite winning with them at a 66% clip (16/24), I've lost more than $3700 T$ with them. Tread lightly with 7's, lad.
Bronze medal is proudly worn by...A2 s00ted, with which I've lost twice for every time I've won (4/12) and lost big - T$5300. Ace rag, man, it'll just friggin kill you every time - or 2 times out of 3.
The Silver medalist in the Hands of Ignominy competition goes to...QJo, which despite a 50% winning clip (23/45) had lost me T$5455. Like A2, when I win, I win small, and when I lose I lose big. Not the winning formula.
And the Gold medal, the Bruce Jenner of the Bad Hand, with great honor, pomp and circumstance, goes to... KJo. That's right - the Seabrook Nuts! That hand has lost me more than any other hand I have; $T5578 has gone right down the shitter because of KJo.
These four hands share the same commonalities:
- A VPiP of over 75% (well, QJ was 74.4, but you get it)
- I PFR'd at an over 50% clip
- If I clean up my game to the tune of those four hands, my game would transition from slightly under break-even to slightly over it.
FOUR HANDS turn me from a winner to a loser. But at least now I know.
Until next time, please remember that knowledge is power, which is good because gas is $3.50 a goddamn gallon.