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Old 01-14-2018, 03:00 AM   #1
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Running Well in 2018: $25k on Hendon Mob and 50 km Ultra Trail Australia

Hey folks, it is time to hit the Sydney live MTT grind time again, this time bigger and better! Also some physical running goals itt!

About me

Three years ago I moved to Sydney to start my PhD in astrophysics. At the time I did not have a bankroll, I used most of it to finance my flights etc. I had $150 left on Stars and found out there is a vibrant pub poker scene here, so I figured I'd try to go play the WSOP in Vegas, but only if I managed to finance the whole trip including buyins from poker winnings. I have a full scholarship but I need every cent for living expenses. Quite soon I realized live poker was a much more fun grind than online, and Australian players are really bad at poker, so I primarily played live games. I actually succeeded in going to Vegas twice by just crushing $25 pub poker games. That journey is documented in my previous PGC:

Small stakes MTT player building up WSOP roll Sydney

After playing pub games for three years and having seen enough of Vegas for the time being, I was struggling for goals in poker. Sure, grinding pub games makes for a nice income on the side and I'm not rich by any means, but it can be hard to motivate oneself poker wise when all your opponents are virtually brain dead. There are some $100-$200 pub games, but not on a weekly basis, and the next regular buy-in level are tournaments at the Star casino here in Sydney. However my bankroll is not big enough to play those regularly. This all changed when I asked a mate if he'd interested to buy 50% of my casino action at face value, and he agreed! I'm finally super excited to play again, so I figured this warrants a proper PGC.


Goal 1: Grind the $330s and $550s at the Star casino and break through $25k in cashes on Hendon Mob

Most of the games I play are obviously not tracked by Hendon Mob, but the casino tournaments are! I'm a sucker for leaderboards and was super psyched when I showed up on Hendon Mob after cashing in Vegas a couple times. Currently my Hendon Mob is at around US$1900 (I shipped one small tournament at Planet Hollywood). I want to play most of the weekly AU$330s and monthly AU$550s at the Star, with at least a 30% ROI, which amounts to roughly US$25k in cashes. Quite a lofty goal and it depends on my backing arrangement holding up and actually cashing regularly enough to avoid going broke. Currently my bankroll is around AU$9k, so yeah...

To manage my ABI and variance a little, I will keep grinding the $55-$120 pub games. I'll post my schedule in a future post.


Goal 2: Finish the 50 km Ultra Trail Australia in the Blue Mountains

In addition to poker and PhD, I also spend a lot of time outside, be it running/climbing/hiking/mountainbiking. I have a history of mountain climbing and adventure racing, but have been struggling with injuries the last few years. I live quite far from the Sydney CBD and the trails are great here, so my focus the last couple years has been trail running. I ran the Jabulani 12 km last year, followed by the 30 km Coastal Classic in the Royal National Park. I finished in the middle of the pack without injuries, and the following week I registered for the UTA 50 in May 2018. Again, this is a lofty goal. 50 km trails with 2500m climb and descent is grueling. My primary goal is to finish and if I can help it in less than 8 hrs. Unfortunately my achilles is bothering me at the moment, I'm gonna see my physio soon to hopefully find a way to fix it asap. I'm currently running 1-1.5 hours three times a week, which obviously will go up in the future. I have a training schedule set up by my physio and I'll update the thread with weekly kilometers.


Live stats so far past 3 years (in AU$):

Pub poker games played: 275
Pub poker ABI: $43
Pub poker cashes: $27403
Pub poker profit: $16336
Pub poker ROI: 148%



Sweet, no? Unfortunately I did not run well when it mattered in Vegas:

Vegas games played: 31
Vegas ABI: $294
Vegas cashes: $2476
Vegas profit: -$6619
Vegas ROI: -73%

If we include that in the graph, this is what it looks like:




Vegas games is only a super small sample size but affects my graph pretty dramatically, so I'm not reading much into it. I did win a tournament, and I did not feel severely outclassed at all during my time in Vegas, so meh. Hopefully we can continue the way upward at the Star. Let's go get them!
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:16 AM   #2
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Re: Running Well in 2018: $25k on Hendon Mob and 50 km Ultra Trail Australia

How could I not say yes to a second PGC bullet!? GLGL
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Old 01-14-2018, 05:20 AM   #3
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Re: Running Well in 2018: $25k on Hendon Mob and 50 km Ultra Trail Australia

GL man, cool goals! I'm looking to get more into trail running and completing a 50k this yr too.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:22 AM   #4
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How could I not say yes to a second PGC bullet!? GLGL
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GL man, cool goals! I'm looking to get more into trail running and completing a 50k this yr too.
Cool, how much running do you do? And do you have a specific race in mind, the UTA was fully booked in no time.

Pretty sweet, my result from the 30 km Coastal Classic (<4 hours) was registered by the ITRA, so now I don't have to start in the slowest UTA start group (#7) but based on my Coastal Classic time I'll actually start in group #3 which will be top 42% with finishing time <8hr12. Sub 8-hr seems like a reasonable goal to work towards.


About poker, I'll mainly do updates about the Star games, but I'll mention any memorable runs in smaller games too. So far this year I only have one 3rd for $180 in a small pub game, on Friday I bricked hard finishing in 6th place with 5th worth $200 and 1st $1200.

My playing schedule for next 4 weeks looks like this:

Wednesday: $330 at the Star ($10k-$15k up top)
Friday: $55-$75 pub game at Pittwater RSL ($1k-$2k up top)
Sunday: $25 NPL pub game in Willoughby, because I need 6 games for the $605 Quarterly Final (sigh)

And my bigger games will be:
$550 Australia Day game at the Star (26-01)
$150 Petersham Cup, FT-d this 3 times already, win it already (28-01)
$605 NPL Quarterly Final, won a ticket in a $20 raffle (lol) (03-02)
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Old Yesterday, 12:08 AM   #5
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Re: Running Well in 2018: $25k on Hendon Mob and 50 km Ultra Trail Australia

So far I have played two $330s at the Star. The first one I finished around 60th out of 200, the second one I busted in 40 minutes... Some hands:


Blinds 75/150, 10-handed, starting stack 10k
Splashy player with big stack opens UTG+1 to 325, two players call, I call on BTN with KQ, BB calls

Flop QT2, pot 1700. It gets checked to me and I bet 1k. It folds to preflop aggressor UTG+1, who now checkraises to 2500. I call leaving me with 8k.

Turn 3, pot 6700. UTG again bets 2500. A call will commit me on river, and I just don't see this player type take this line without a better hand. QT/TT possibly? Weird line either way. I fold and he shows AQ. OK.


Blinds 75/150, 10-handed
3 limpers ahead of me, I overlimp on BTN with 64, BB checks.

Flop AKQ, pot 825. It gets checked to me and I make a stab at it with my flush draw, I bet 400. UTG (same splashy player as last hand) calls, MP calls.

Turn 8, pot 2025. UTG now leads out 2200. MP tank calls. I make my flush and based on sizing I expect UTG to have two pair he wants to protect here a lot, but MPs call is concerning. I have ~8k behind and I suspect this should be a sigh-fold. I talk myself into a call because of my conclusion that only MP can have a flush there. Thin.

River 8, pot 8625. UTG continues for 4.8k and MP calls off his remaining 4k. I snap fold, as UTG now has a boat if I'm right, and MP clearly has a flush. UTG shows K8 for the limp UTG with ATC, check call with middle pair no kicker, and overbet turn with two pair into two players when the obvious draw comes in. What can I say, it's a classic.


I manage to find a triple up and stick around for a while longer, but finish in 60th when I jam KTo on the BTN for 12.5bb and get snapped by AQ. Still, I was encouraged by the level of play. It may be a bit more aggro/splashy than in the pub, but still lots of bad players.
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Old Yesterday, 12:25 AM   #6
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Re: Running Well in 2018: $25k on Hendon Mob and 50 km Ultra Trail Australia

Wow, amazing to know that you can make a decent income grinding pub games haha. You think you can live out of those in a city as expensive as Sydney or you'll need another type of income?

I remember my beginnings on Poker back in 2012 playing at a pub in Auckland too haha, free entry for all and the winner got a 5 drink tab prize, but the organizer was a shady f***er and he would offer us to play under the table for real cash ($5 to $10 NZD) without the owners of the pub authorization. He got paid one 5 drinks/meals tab himself for running it everyday and I'm pretty sure that's all he drank/ate on his day, he was a pretty f**** up guy, a kiwi 'bogan' (I think that's how you guys call those?).

Anyway, subbed already, gl on your journey.
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Old Yesterday, 12:36 AM   #7
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Wow, amazing to know that you can make a decent income grinding pub games haha. You think you can live out of those in a city as expensive as Sydney or you'll need another type of income?
I actually ran the numbers because my scholarship is about to run out and I'm not finshed with my PhD. The conclusion that it's going to be hard to have enough volume, even assuming a 100% ROI, without the bigger casino games. And it would require playing pub poker 7 nights a week, which would be utterly horrible and demoralizing.

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I remember my beginnings on Poker back in 2012 playing at a pub in Auckland too haha, free entry for all and the winner got a 5 drink tab prize, but the organizer was a shady f***er and he would offer us to play under the table for real cash ($5 to $10 NZD) without the owners of the pub authorization. He got paid one 5 drinks/meals tab himself for running it everyday and I'm pretty sure that's all he drank/ate on his day, he was a pretty f**** up guy, a kiwi 'bogan' (I think that's how you guys call those?).

Anyway, subbed already, gl on your journey.
Haha, that's fantastic. I have a similar experience where I'm from, I used to play these E5 game run illegally in a pub and initially I was so overwhelmed and intimidated by all the "regulars". It got shut down after a visitor of the pub called the cops. Mind you, this only got a E100 prize pool with no money going to the pub owner. Stupid law.
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