Saturday, September 11, 2010

SharkScope

I only recently noticed that the Tournament Selector feature on SharkScope is free for tourneys with a buy-in of less than $10. Those searches don't even count against your 5 free searches per day. So I can use SharkScope to screen all the $6.60 6-max SNGs. I used a few of my free daily searches to take a look at the $13 and $25 6-max SNGs -- there are so many strong multi-tablers earning a living at those levels that it's not unusual for SNGs to have a 4-or-5 shark rating. Needless to say, the difference between that and a 1-or-2 fishbowl rating is several magnitudes of positive expectation so I think I'm going to have to start paying more attention to game selection than I have so far.

5 comments:

  1. So much for the benefits of screening! Nine busts in a row and counting.... Hope things are going better for you guys.

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  2. I've been giving money away lately! I keep telling myself to stay away from the mtts, but I keep going back to them. The number of AK loses to Ax hands lately has far exceeded the expected 30%. As a result, I have avoided posting simply because I don't want to rant :)

    I do have a legitimate comment to you post though benkogambit. All the books talk about table selection. This seems fine for cash tables. However, sngs fill up so quickly, table selection seems difficult. Most of the experts are multitabling so that any and all of your favorite sng will be filled with the same guys at that point in time. How do you go about avoiding these tables? My only suggestion would be to note the time of day when the least number of regs are playing and then try to always play at that time.

    MrSmith, have you picked a date for the next private game?

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  3. I am beginning to recognize some of the regular MTTers by name. But using SharkScope, once three or four players have registered for a 6-max, I can identify tables on the fishy, rather than the sharky, end of the scale and usually (though not always) have enough time to register for the fifth or sixth slot. At these buy-ins, a couple of good players is generally all it takes to render a table neutral or tough. (My registering for a 6-max generally moves the scale two notches, e.g., from two fishbowls to neutral :) Of course, it hasn't helped my results at all!

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  4. Sounds good, I guess those fill up more slowly than the sngs at the micro level. By the way, I would love to here how knowing someone is a fish impacts your game play. Obviously you value bet and can open your starting range a bit. However, do you for example actively try to isolate the fish when you have position so that you can push them out of a pot post flop? I see some very good players making these moves with atc.

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  5. Because I'm using the free Tournament Selector function, I don't actually see the individual players' ratings, just a rating for the table as a whole. But there are all sorts of species of fish -- only after figuring out what kind they are can one make strategy adjustments. The kind that will open limp with ATCs, call a button raise and then check/fold when they miss are good for isoraising with almost ATCs. But if they're calling stations who won't fold to a continuation bet, then I would need some decent cards before trying that. In general, I'm just counting on their general fishiness to (hopefully) lead them to make more and bigger mistakes than me.

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