So that monstrosity was my abbreviated second week of April. Didn't play well, but ran pretty badly, but it was only 10K hands, so whatever. I'm looking forward to a fresh start.
I only fell to #22 in my rake race after taking a week off from playing, so I'm pretty sure I'll hit my goal of being in the top 15 this month. For those of you who don't remember, usually, #17 or 18 is where the rake race payout falls from $1,000 to $600. That $400 isn't a big deal, but that's one of the minor ways I motivate myself to play more hands. When I'm feeling like I can put in a huge volume month, I tell myself I'll try and get into the top 10 or 12, but most months, I try and get into the top 15. It's not much different than going into one of those "monthly minumum number of hands" prop bets on 2+2. Well, except you only GET money and never have to PAY money. But the rake race is enough to give me a little motivation to grind a few extra hands.
Looking at the rake race has also been helpful in getting to know who some of the major 6max grinders are. I still don't have a great idea who the good regs are. Reminds me of a funny incident when I played 6 max almost 2 years ago. I estimated who the fish were by who my HUD had as the biggest losers. Well a month later, I made virtually no money because my table selection involved looking for 4 of the top 10 regulars in the game (because they apparently had some bad sessions in my limited sample), including Dr. Giggy who is a mid/high stakes coach on one of the better training sites. Ah... funny noob moments. Tip: Don't do that.
Mrs. Fly is giving me a pass Sunday to play in one of the big weekly online tournaments, so I'm looking forward to that. It's been a while since my last tournament, so my ranges might be a little rusty, but I would have to get reasonably deep in the tourney for it to matter, so I'll wing it when the time comes. I didn't realize the big weekly tournament had a $1million+ prize pool - just a few months ago, I thought it was only $750K. First place is $184K+. What is mind-numbing to me is that 10th place is only $10K (there will be over 2,000 entrants). It just really annoys me that the payout disparity is so skewed - it makes playing tourney for a living really difficult, because the more skewed the payout structure, the longer you can go without a decent cash. Altho I suppose it can overly reward luckboxes such as myself.