I am fairly new to MTT's as I have always played cash, however after 708 tourneys with $13.28 average buy-in, my EV is +$200 and my winnings are -$5100. Is fairly normal in average field size of 1000 due to variance ?
I have played poker since 2010, both live and online, I play mostly $100nl & $200nl on stars and I am currently working on becoming a profitable tournament player too.
I wasn't in the mood for hold'em tonight and fancied giving another game a go, normally I would switch to PLO if I wanted a change for a session but tonight I have tried a variant of 5 card Omaha called Courcheval (PL). The game plays very much the same as 5 card Omaha, except the first flop card is dealt pre-flop, which really changes how you make decision. The game is really fun to play and has pretty much just recreationals playing it, however there was only 1 table going, which made it easier to learn but a bit slower than 4 - 8 tabling like normal. Anyway just thought I'd suggest trying new games for a session if you need a quick rest from the norm. (oh and as added bonus I won nearly 3 buy ins at 25pl level!)
I really don't think casino games is good for pokerstars, for a long time they have been the clean authority in online poker and now they seem to be focusing on profit before poker with the introduction of casino games and the spin & go sngs. I can't see them doing anything about it and I think it is something we will just have to go along with, but the fact is: the more money recreationals stake on roulette/blackjack etc, the less they are giving to us on the felt. Pokerstars get all the money instead of a % in the form of rake. I also am keen to hear how the vip program is changing in 2015, again this seems to be inline with the "profit before poker" theory. This is a sad time for online poker.
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