Hi blogworld,

I created this blog to share and discuss some of the things I love most in life: poker, good food,  fine wine (well, all drinks, really) and travel. If you like any of the above you should enjoy reading and if not then maybe this will tempt you.

I’ve been playing poker professionally for nearly 5 years so the blog will center around poker. Good food (both cooking and eating), wine and travel adventures (among other things) are just hobbies of mine and will hopefully feature well throughout my posting.


  1. Felix
    March 6, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    hey Roy,

    Im going for SNE this year too. Im thinking of taking a shot at 2/4 in mid March, playing 30bb stacks and leaving at like 50-60bb. So lets say Im about breakeven at 200, do you think the lesser rake bb wise (about 8bb at 200, maybe like 5-6bb at 400 and so on) outweights the better regulars at 2/4 and higher for a shortstack player?
    Would be great if you could give me some advice since youve got enough experience playing 1-2 up to 25 50 I guess
    Thanks alot

  2. March 6, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Hi Felix,

    How many tables do you play and how many hands is your sample size for your winrate of break-even?

    I certainly think that as a shortstacker you are far better off playing higher stakes. That being said, it is very difficult for me to assess whether or not the higher skill : lower rake ratio at 2/4 will benefit or hinder you. It depends a lot on your style of play and approach to shortstacking – the game themselves are different as you go higher and become increasingly more aggressive. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you tackle the game.

    The best advice I can give is to take a shot and see how you find the games but don’t go all-out just yet. How many VPPs do you have so far (and will you be able to hit SNE without moving up to 2/4?)

    I have a multi-series article I plan to write and release on here over the coming weeks on this exact topic (attaining SNE via PLO). Fatefully enough, I was actually creating the topic-list for the articles when your comment came through.


  3. Felix
    March 7, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Hi Roy,

    at the moment I play 10 tables and so far this year Ive played 130k hands 1/2 breakeven. However I usually started with 20bb and just stayed at the tables, same now after the new changes since theres often just not enough tables. I figure if I combine 1/2 and 2/4 I could really just focus on 30-60bb play and see how it goes.

    Yeah I thought about doing 6 tables 1/2 and 4 tables 2/4 at first when I take a shot later in March. Im at 185k VPPs so Id be able to hit SNE without 2/4 and higher I guess. In general though I would prefer to play higher and less tables so I could actually focus on improving my game too, and itd be just a lot more fun then grinding 10-14 tables 1/2 all year long I suppose

    Good luck with your articles Roy, dont be lazy and just finish them tonight to make your readers happy haha 😛

  4. Master
    March 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Could y pl contact me if you like to discuss some interesting PLO shortstacking issues which could be new to you either…

    • March 23, 2011 at 6:46 AM

      I’m always open to mutually discussing strategy and exchanging ideas with someone on a similar level as myself. How can I contact you?

      • Master
        March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        e-mail me pl.i left the corrct adress when i posted here

  5. Jason
    April 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Impressive results, keep up the good work.
    Do you coach privately or only at poker strategy?
    Feel free to email me details if so.

    • April 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Thanks 🙂

      I don’t coach at poker strategy, I make videos there though.

      I am considering starting to coach privately and will make a blog post if and when I start.


  6. Meh
    December 30, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    hey Roy,

    if you do an article on WC maybe mid or end of january and how it affects different playing styles volume wise (especially SNE grinders) compared to this year, I will be able to provide hands from PLO 200

    I just did a quick calc on hands from nov-dec playing shortstack:

    at 20/16/7 3b% itd be 41% more volume
    at 21.6/17/7.5 it already went down to 33% more volume

    breakeven point would probably be sth like 28/21 (I used a WC custom stat for HM someone posted a few days ago, not sure if it was SNE pursuit thread or some other, also not sure if that stat is 100% accurate)

    Nov and Dec have been the two worst months of the year though regarding vpp rate, got like 0.8 at 200 so adjusted to a full year the breakeven point will be higher I guess

    Anyway, it doesnt seem THAT bad if people manage to loosen up their game. Im definitely gonna try …. just made SNE for the first time and really wanna do it again next year … somehow haha

    (I also suck at everything math related, so all my calcs might be totally off ><)

    • December 30, 2011 at 8:15 AM


      I will see what I can do in regards to posting numbers/tables for the changes in Jan. It will depend on the time I have available and the data I am able to gather as well as what the exact changes are (it’s yet to be known if they are finalized as reported).

      A couple of things though — if you are using the HEM custom stat that has been floating around 2p2 then I believe it is wildly inaccurate. I think there is a stat for PT3 that can show accurate figures but there is no such thing available for HEM yet.

      The second thing is that you can’t simply look at VPIP/PFR/3bet as an indication of whether or not you will need to play looser/tighter to get the same amount of VPPs. Since it depends on money gone into the pot, stats like WTSD and saw turn/saw river or things like floating flop bets and all those types of stats — which indicate more money going into the pot postflop — will be more important than simply VPIP. I guess for shortstacks it is less important than for deep stacks but it would also depend on the stakes being played (ie a shortstack at 5/10 is going to hit the rake cap almost every hand they see the flop; a shortstack at 1/2 will face many situation where they see a flop but fold before the river and don’t hit the cap, or simply have started the hand with a short enough stack to not be able to hit the cap).

      Anyway — it is all very interesting and up in the air at the moment but I will try my best to give some direction and rough estimates on new figures and VPP rates for different playstyles next year. I won’t promise anything as it depends on how feasible and time consuming it is (and also on how much data I need / am able to receive) but at the very least I will make an article with some rough thoughts if nothing else.

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