re: Poker & Double or Nothings?
I'm hooked on the Merge 6-max DONs. They've been a regular ATM for me since March when I signed up on Lock Poker. I put in relatively little volume compared to pre-BF days. One session on most nights (not every night) of 4-12 DONs, ~200 total a month. I made a $200 deposit in March, withdrew ~$1500 on BF a month or so later. When the BF panic subsided several days later, I re-deposited the $200, ran it up to $1400 again, withdrew $1100 a couple weeks ago. So a total of $2600 withdrawn and currently back up to ~$700 online. Subtract the $400 in deposits and we're looking at ~$3100 profit over 4 months as of today, counting the 35% RB. I play mostly $30's these days, usually 4-6 at a time, but will also jump into the $50's and $80's when they start filling up (as with most sites I keep most of my poker BR offline and re-deposit as needed if I run bad, so BRM with my online roll doesn't come into play).
There are quite a few droolers, but there's also a steady set of regs and given the few tables going, you can't help but play with them. I play regularly with a number of Lock pros and other regs and honestly don't have any trouble holding my own against them in these, whereas I'd probably be quite the dog to a lot of them in regular games. That said, during last night's session while playing five $30 DONs I fired up a sixth table, an $11 10-man SNG, just to keep my non-DON skills from getting too stale. Despite me quickly realizing it was probably a mistake to mix game types (for me, anyway, as it was a bit dizzying switching strategy back and forth), I took down 4/5 of the DONs and took down the SNG as well. Yeah, I'm running good I guess, but it's been a pretty long streak of nearly 800 games, and I'm going to cash in until it stops.
is showing me with only a 5% ROI (it looks like it has missed a few results based on the profit numbers, but it's pretty close). I'd have to check HEM to see what it says, honestly I've not even looked at my HEM results in some time, that's how laid back I've become with playing, lol.
Funny though that my worst ROI is at the extremely soft $20 games. I just don't think I have the patience anymore to nit it up against the no-folders, so I tend to run/play really bad in them. That said, I started at the $10's and did okay there. Weird. $20 seems to be the sweet spot where most of the recreational fish like to jump in, and I just don't seem to adjust well to them.
Considering how this is essentially just relaxation poker compared to the old grind which was quite a bit more stressful, I'm thoroughly enjoying the casual pace and easy money. Even the few ~$500 downswings I had along the way didn't concern me all that much.