Things started off pretty well for this last update but towards the end I hit a bad streak where I lost around $300.
The ending challenge bankroll was at $3,480. At my peak I was up to $3,760. My win-rate for this update fell to 54.9% because of the bad run but because of the large volume I was putting in at the $10.80 DoNs I did manage to increase the bankroll by around $676 since the last update. PokerStars did much better than me this time as I paid around $3k in rake. That kinda hurts.
Not sure what happened. Everything seemed to go downhill after the 15th which was the original last day of the DoNs until PokerStars decided to extend them until the end of the month. Probably the usual combination of playing poorly, getting sucked out on and getting coolered.
One disappointment for me is that I thought I had played enough games to earn enough FPPs for something I wanted from the VIP store. Either I was wrong about how much the item was or it was discounted the last time I looked so I'm a couple thousand FPPs short.
My biggest disappointment is that I didn't get past the $10 DoN level. I probably should have been more aggressive with my bankroll management strategy to work my way up faster.
What will happen with this challenge now?I'm not really sure. I have three options.
- Continue playing DoNs on a different site.
- Continue the challenge playing PokerStars' new Fifty50 tournaments.
- Just stop the challenge and move on to different things.
Option 1 is a possibility but I'm going to try the Fifty50's and see how it goes. So far I've been doing really well in the 100 or so I've played. Much better than I've been doing in DoNs lately too so we'll see. I haven't played enough games to know for sure and once people get more familiar with the format games will likely get tougher. I'm also running WAYYY over EV so far.
Other Sites That Offer Double Or Nothing SnGs
If you're looking to keep playing Double or Nothing SnGs I've done some digging and found these poker sites that offer DoNs. Use the link and follow the instructions to get rakeback.
|Cake Poker||Yes||33%||110% up to $600|
|Minted Poker||Yes||40%||100% up to $400|
|Carbon Poker||Yes||35%||100% up to $600|
|Players Only||Yes||35%||100% up to $650|
|PokerHeaven||No||30%||200% up to 1000 EUR|
|PKR||No||30%||100% up to $800|
|NoiQ Poker||No||30%||100% up to 500 EUR|
From what I've read traffic doesn't seem to be as good as on PokerStars so setting up accounts with different sites will be a good idea to be able to keep up the same volume you're probably used to. That's not necessarily a bad thing as you'll also be getting the sign up bonuses for the new sites if you use the links above as well as rakeback.
If you've used a program like TableNinja, that won't work on these sites though there might be other options using AutoHotKey scripts.