I'll cut straight to the point. I live in France and am therefore limited to the .fr poker networks. All the partner skins of the big international sites, i.e. PokerStars.fr and PartyPoker.fr, have exorbitant rake, much higher than on their international skins. I am a Heads Up SNG grinder, and PartyPoker's rake is as high as 9% on their turbo-speed games, with none of the rakeback options that are offered on their international skin! These skins are therefore not even options for regular players.
The only option for the French-Spanish playerpool is Winamax.fr, and it is a very decent option. However, even Winamax is showing tendencies of trending towards higher rake and less rakeback/rewards. At the end of last year, they suddenly did away with their weekly leaderboards, which were outstanding for regulars, and in December 2019, they raised the rake on their SNG games by nearly .5%, including HUSNG.
I have therefore launched a petition to have the rake on all reg speed and turbo HUSNG lowered to 6% and 5.4%, respectively. I understand that 99% of you don't play on Winamax, but I would love to blow this petition up with signatures before presenting it to the Winamax enterprise. If you are empathetic towards the cause, please sign and share: it could make a huge difference for semi-professionals and professionals in France and Spain, myself included. Furthermore, if this works out, it could prove to be an effective way of having the pokersties listen more attentively to its players' demands, and, ultimately, could lead to big change on some of the larger, indifferent sites.
The petition is in French first, then translated into English below. Here is the link: https://www.change.org/LessRakeHUSNG
I plan to deliver the petition when it has at least 500 signatures.
Thank you so much in advance!
June 12, 2020 | 7:47 p.m.
Yet another HUSNG challenge coming your way, this time at the 20€ PLO & NLHE semi-turbo and reg speeds on Winamax.fr with 75BB starting stacks and 3-minute and 6-minute blind levels, respectively.
Search for my pseudo (Gingivite) here on RIO to find the previous challenge, which was at the 10€ tables, and in which I ran very well.
This time I’m starting with 20 buy-ins, i.e. 400€, and want to win 1,000€ (50 buy-ins) as quickly as possible. I will not drop down in stakes, but if at any point I drop down to a 10 buy-in roll, I will simply redeposit another 10 buy-ins.
I should quickly earn enough VIP points to have a 15€ bonus, which I will count towards the final goal, along with any other bonuses and rakeback along the way.
Here’s a screenshot of my balance:
And we're off!
May 24, 2020 | 12:12 p.m.
I'm confused with the comments above. This all seems like recorded footage and after-the-fact coaching to me?
May 20, 2020 | 6:20 p.m.
May 17, 2020 | 12:42 a.m.
Thanks and welcome. Recommendation for future videos: zoom in (ctrl+scroll up) when you reach your destination in the solver so we can at least see the figures for ourselves. Enjoyed your commentary on the challenge yesterday, too.
May 15, 2020 | 11:54 p.m.
Everybody wants to be spoonfed. Never changes.
May 5, 2020 | 2:56 p.m.
First of all, 2% at the stakes with the highest rake is not bad. Assuming you're two-tabling, I think a good goal is 3%-4% with anything over 5% crushing but definitely achievable. 500 tourneys is also a small sample size for hypers, but we can see some trends in your stats all the same.
I'm no expert at analyzing stats, including my own, but I think you're probably playing way too tight and way too aggressively out of the BB. You should be playing very exploitatively at these stakes which should mean taking advantage of people playing too loose preflop and too face up and/or fit-fold after the flop. I would default 3B a merged range of around 17%-20% at 25BB and not ISO very much without very easy hands to navigate postflop. Remember, building a bigger pot when you're OOP is usually not ideal, especially at short stacks because the button's positional advantage is already quite diminished. I agree with Kalupso that you're probably bluffing too frequently and for too much of your stack. When you do ISO or 3B, remember to use fundamental board texture and handreading skills on the flop; you don't have to c-bet every flop and barrel every turn just because you ISO'd pre.
Other than that, you may well be misreading population's tendencies given that you've lost so much with one-pair hands. You need to tweak how you play those hands. While it may be theoretically correct to go with 85 on 35Q at 12BB effective, you may be up against people who won't get it in anywhere near theoretically correct to make it profitable.
Just keep playing and trying to improve based on the player pool! You got this!
April 17, 2020 | 4:50 p.m.
Thank you for your support!
I've never played on Stars, but one great thing about Wina is that the winning regs simply avoid one another. I play strictly fish. None of the regs established at the $10 level challenged me when I started playing; I assume they just sharkscoped my results and left it at that.
That said, from what I read, most HU non-hyper games should be fairly soft up till about the $20 or $30 levels, even on Stars.
April 15, 2020 | 6:39 p.m.
Thanks for the kind wishes, everyone. I played a few tourneys late last night/early morning today, so my starting bankroll was around 387€, but that's not important. The 60 buy-in goal remains the same, starting from my session this evening.
I reset my sharkscope for noon today, Central European Time, so if ever you're curious you can filter my pseudo for HUSNG from now till the end of the challenge.
Day 1 was excellent. I played very well and ran pretty good, though not as good as the net adjusted line would suggest, as I did, of course, get very unlucky in some cooler spots that were not quite all in pots. All 15 tournaments were turbos which on Winamax are 3-minute blind levels with starting stacks of 1,500 or 75BB. Needless to say, with total confinement in place in the player pool countries of France, Spain, and Portugal, the games are very soft and the action non-stop!
Here are my results:
I may post a hand history or two, but nothing too interesting has come up yet because all of these games except one were against whales.
April 5, 2020 | 10:01 p.m.
Starting tomorrow, April 5, I'm launching a $10 HUSNG challenge. The games will be reg and turbo speeds (no hypers) played on the French site winamax.fr.
I'll start with $400 and consider the challenge complete when I win 60 buy-ins, i.e. when I will have profited $600.
I'll post screen shots of tracker graphs and my balance along the way, as well as some interesting hand histories.
This is my first time taking a shot at anything above the $5 levels.
I've done a previous challenge on here before at the micros, but I've since changed my pseudonym to Trump4Life (Winamax allows you to change your pseudo every 6 months).
Wish me luck!
April 4, 2020 | 7:11 p.m.
This series is a hidden gem! I can't believe more people are not soaking this up. Thank you for persisting with an extensive overview of flop play! Keep going!