I am putting this in poker strategy, because I want to show when given a certain set of conditions… strategy can dictate gameplay.
This Promotion was uhhhhhh, omg… flawed.
Not to rehash the Anti-Rathoring rule, but this promotion was all about rathoring, and as quickly as possible. It also had no bigger tables for high rollers or even mid level rollers… 1/2 5/10 25/50 were the blinds, and the 25/50 table had a max 10k buyin. Players not playing 3-4 tables @ once had no chance to keep up with the leaders on hands played, or earnings. I kept looking for players that normally play 1k/2k or 5k/10k blinds, just ripp’n up these tables, but didn’t really see that… but it couldda happened easily by anyone with 5m or more bankroll.
So on to the strategy ( leaderboard ) :
Play as many tables @ same time, as often as possible… hense the “madness” part …
Add to that this fun fact…
sit with 10k, and lose it… and you get 0 blinds earned…
yet sit with same 10k, double up to 20k… leave… and you get +200 blinds earned
No penalty for losing that 10k, so its not on ROI ( return on investment ) just Rathor the crap outta each table, and keep rotating tables so your max buyin is still 10k… it really was all about “banking blinds earned”… those were the specific rules of this promotion…
It ends today on Sunday night, and as of writing this… the leaders were…
Morcosborcos … 25,708 bb earned … 7,918 hands played… 3.246 BB earned/hand
Anonymouse05 … 12,680 bb earned … 3,237 hands played… 3.917 BB earned/hand
Sassy_Sarah … 11,731 bb earned … 1421 hands played… 8.255 BB earned/hand
I’m not here so much to point out the flaws, as I am to show how strategy can be dictated by what goal the players is going for… in this case, trying to win leaderboard… it became alot less about poker. Just like the BankrollBuilder 500 B&R that has its own strategies unlike normal MTTs, this promotion presented us a unique challange, and some players noticed and some didn’t.
I personally believe Anonymouse deserves 2nd, and I’ll won’t press him today… but I played this promotion with extreme attention to detail… to the rules as set out… and I am proud of this fact.
Poker players are thinkers, and thinkers do think about things like rules. just like any other “tool” the rules can be very usefull and can dictate certain approaches to strategy while playing the different promotions Replay Poker offers. If you get caught playing against ppl that are playing “wierd” you might want to look deeper, they just might know something you don’t.
Resistance is not Futile … Adapt or perish.
Congrats to Anon & Morcos