i play a lot of the low buys ins at pokerstars
, mainly because they are cheap, and you can make a nice profit if you do make the final table, as there are so many people in them. Amazingly it didn't seem like it took five hours. it started at about 10:00 here, and before i knew it it was midnight, then three in the morning. i consider myself a tournament player, so i've kind of gotten used to dedicating that much time to events. for once i wasn't multi-tableing, and i think that helped a lot. i was pretty into it.
as far as how many hands i folded, here are my stats, as recorded by pokerstars:
372 hands played and saw flop:
- 15 times out of 53 while in small blind (28%)
- 22 times out of 50 while in big blind (44%)
- 32 times out of 269 in other positions (11%)
- a total of 69 times out of 372 (18%)
Pots won at showdown - 10 out of 14 (71%)
Pots won without showdown - 50
so yeah, folded over 300, over 80% of the time preflop. kind of hard to believe really. I trippled up with AA on the second hand, and managed to stay around the average for most of the time. I didn't lose a showdown until it was down to two tables. it was nice having a respectable stack for once so i could play position poker and steal blinds and antes. usually, while i've gotten pretty good at making the money, i'm always just hanging on and forced to push all my chips in whenever i play a pot during the later stages, relying on good fortune to stay alive, which is not the way i like to play.
part of me is still a little annoyed that i didn't win, or at least make the top two, as i felt i was as good as any of the other players at the final table, but it was a nice payday, so i'm happy, and this will keep me in $1-$3 buy ins (which is what i usually play) for quite some time.