It's been quite a month, my 2nd best to date excluding tournaments. I've continued to run well as I have all year. I don't think I've had more than a 200 big bet downswing yet this year and that's over the span of 125K+ hands which is really amazing. Something that's contributing to that is the fact that the majority of my hands are coming at 30-60 and above as I'm playing very little 6-max 15-30 where the rake is about 1.3 big bets/ 100 hands. Contrast that with 6-max 30-60 where the rake is about .6 big bets/100 hands or 1/2 that and it makes sense that the downswings would be a lot less drastic. On the flip side though, I have played less heads up and 3-handed than last year. There's a lot more competition for heads up games this year and the games never last long when I do get them. I don't mind though, I've really come to enjoy 3-10 handed and my game is constantly improving as a result.
I've been playing a lot more 50-100 and even some 100-200 with good results. I've mentioned before that once you hit 50-100, the games play similarly all the way up the ladder. Generally, they don't run unless a fish sits and once one does, the regulars swarm in. So it's usually 4-5 guys who are fractions of a big bet apart in skill level fighting over the money of the fish. I feel very comfortable with the swings at 50-100 now and plan on playing the 100-200 games whenever they run - hopefully I can get used to the swings there as well. It's definitely going to take a while but I also won't be 4-5 tabling the games like I do with 30-60.
I'm not planning on playing a whole lot of poker the next ten days or so, maybe about half of what I normally do. I'm heading to Boston for Easter and then off to to play the 5K main event at Mohegan Sun. I will be blogging with tournament updates. I've been watching some tournament videos and playing tournaments recently so I feel pretty good about my game. It all boils down to getting some cards in those events since it's such a short amount of time and hands.