Monday, May 16, 2011

But How Much Did You Lose?

I have played A LOT of online poker over the years. I am talking millions and millions of hands.

Trying to figure out my career earnings is a near impossible task because hand histories got stored on different computers and compiled by different programs: Pokertracker and Holdem Manager.

Before PTR stopped tracking the games at Pokerstars they had me listed as the #1 winner of all-time at both NL2 and NL5. I have also had a lot of success at higher limits as well before they started tracking these games.

Anyways, here are some numbers that I have managed to piece together from my last 5 million or so hands. Nearly all hands were played on Pokerstars while 24 tabling both 6max and full ring cash games.

All winrates are in BB/100. Double them to get bb/100.
In addition to this, I have made tens of thousands more over just this sample in rakeback earnings, having hit Supernova and milestone bonuses on Pokerstars multiple times.

You can read all about it by the way in my free poker ebook. I actually provide you with the exact strategies that I used to create these winrates as well.

I have also made some smaller amounts playing in other formats such as LHE, PLO and MTT's. However, I don't think my earnings exceed 10k so I didn't bother tracking them all.

In more recent years I have mostly stopped mass multi-tabling the lowest stakes in order to focus on table selection and playing higher limits.

I also play almost exclusively now on much easier poker sites and game select heavily. This has allowed me to significantly increase my hourly while playing online.

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14 comments:

  1. I wonder what stakes you'd be playing at if you never withdrawn from your br?

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  2. Poker has been a decent chunk of my income for many years so it wasn't really an option. Probably much higher though.

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  3. Great results. Love all the haters lol ing at you playing 2 & 5 NL but I think its cool.

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  4. Thanks. Haha ya, life's too short to waste any time on these people! Haters gonna hate...

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  5. That is a decent amount of winnings you got there. If you're running a windows PC, you could try graphing that using MS Excel. Or have you already tried that?

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  6. thats impressive. I love the blog. great articles. cheers mate :)

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  7. John,

    Never really thought of that. I don't have all the hand histories anymore in any case. I will get Stars to send them all to me again one day and see what I can do.

    Jay,

    Thanks!

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  8. Hey Nathan,

    congrats to your stats!
    I´m trying to get close to your win rate on every level that I tackle!;)

    I was wondering however how the win rate and the played hands match with the total winning in your graph...when i calculate it, i end up with half the winnings that your graph shows?!

    Cheers,
    Kai

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  9. Hi Kai,

    Thanks. Although remember that many of these results were taken from years ago when the games were a little bit easier. They are still achievable in today's games but you need to table select a lot more. You can't just hop on 24 random tables like I used to and expect to achieve the same results.

    As for the winnings, it is probably because my winrate there is in BB/100 (big bets), not bb/100 (big blinds). If you want to calculate it using bb/100 you have to double it. So the overall winrate would be 18bb/100 for example.

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  10. I saw the comment about the Big Bets one minute after I wrote my post!

    Sorry, my bad!

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  11. Incredible earnings for these stakes! Great blog too, thanks for writing it.

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  12. Hey,

    What do you make on average on an year-to-year basis?

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    1. It really differs greatly depending on how much I play, what stakes I play, variance etc.

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