There were 18,353 runners entered in my SCOOP event, and that's a lot of donkeys to climb over. It began at 7 p.m. Memphis time and I lasted until around 11:15 when there were 3673 left. 3100 got paid and I could have folded to the "money," but the prize for that was around $12, bleh. The prize for first was $18,000 -- big difference. If I had won my last hand, I would have had a good-sized stack and a chance to run for the big money. I didn't mind, therefore, the way I went out:
In the big blind I had ♦6 ♦5. The button raised 3X the BB, the SB called, and I did, too. The flop was (I think) ♦7 ♦3 ♣2, giving me a baby flush draw and a gutshot -- 12 outs or around 46%. Also, I had enough chips to have plenty of fold equity. I shoved and was called by K-K in the small blind who had been slow playing. The turn and river bricked and I was out.
After, I asked Poker Stars for a Tournament History, and, instead, they sent a list of all 18K+ players, so I asked for the wrong thing. I wanted to see the hand history (don't have it yet, so that's why my busto hand is sketchy -- missing stack sizes, blind and ante sizes, etc.)
They did include my "personal statistics" which were telling:
You finished in 3673rd place (eliminated at hand #43627817444).
252 hands played and saw flop:
- 3 times out of 28 while in small blind (11%)
- 13 times out of 29 while in big blind (45%)
- 21 times out of 195 in other positions (11%)
- a total of 37 times out of 252 (15%)
Pots won at showdown
- 4 out of 7 (57%)
Pots won without showdown - 18
Winning 18 pots without a showdown is a good number, I think, but do you notice anything else?
Only playing 15% of my hands is way too low. I think 20% to 30% is more like it, and maybe even higher in such a large field (you have to take more chances to build up your stack).
What's your percentage normally (in a tournament) and what do you think is optimum for one of these large MTT fields?
P.S. There are two more "can't-miss" tournaments tonight. There's the Very Josie Tournament (Click here) at 9 p.m. Eastern time and there's The Dank (See here) at 10 p.m. Eastern. (Yes, it's called The Dank now -- see Waffles.) I'm