October 2006
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It’s that time again…

It’s time for Party Poker’s occasional, but always welcome, $100 deposit bonus. I played this in almost exactly the same way to the last one, so let’s see how it compares, shall we?

Hands played:  1474 (for 1000 raked hands)
Hours played:  20.1 (approx 10 hours, playing 2 tables)
Rake paid:     $54.75
Amount won:    $35.87 (1.22 BB per 100 hands)
Win rate:      $3.59/hr
Bonus awarded: $100
Rate w/ bonus: $13.59/hr

Always good to see Party Poker losing money. They lost $45.25 here.

My win rate is almost half what it was last time, but I had three horrendous beats which I copied the hand histories of, determined to write up into a ranty blog entry. But then I thought better of it, you’ll be glad to hear. Each time I lost with a very strong, but still second best, hand and for such monster vs monster situations to happen three times so close together was unusual. If I look back and think there might be something worth talking about, other than just my rotten luck, I may still post them. The poorer win rate shows just how much bonuses rock though – overall I only dropped from $15.98/hr to $13.59/hr – so not huge bucks but nothing to be sneezed at when I can be doing it at the same time as clearing the crud from my email inbox, or coordinating a server reboot.

Non-geeks may look no further.

Vol. Put $ In Pot:       15.94%
Pre-flop Raise:           9.90%
Post-flop Aggression:     2.93
Won $ When Saw Flop:     37.97%
Went to Showdown:        29.70%
Won $ At Showdown:       50.63%
Folded SB to Steal:      92.31%
Folded BB to Steal:      62.50%
Attempt to Steal Blinds: 35.62%

So compared to last time, I saw slightly more showdowns (29.70% vs 26.35%) but won at showdown quite a lot less (50.63% vs 63.01%).  Last time I noted that I may not be paying enough river bets, but my win rate was much better then.  Maybe this was just the cards – nothing can be proved from a 1500 hand sample size.  I don’t really even know why I post these stats… maybe somebody finds them interesting!