I just read about the most amazing poker endurance feat I’ve ever heard.
I’ve heard of people mass multi tabling and I believe one guy even played 50,000 hands in 24 hours and showed a profit. But this is even more amazing. I reckon it even trumps Phil Laak’s Guiness world record for playing 115 hours straight without sleep. (Playing for 115 hours straight has to rank as one of the more obscene achievements, if you can call it an “achievement”. As a big lover of sleep it’s pure masochism as far as I’m concerned and I actually go a wee bit mental whenever I’ve gone 48 hours sans my zzzzzs.)
Last October, 22 year old Czech professional Martin “phasE89” Balaz played 24,000 “Fifty50” sit n gos in a month and showed a profit after rake. He did this for a prop bet (and for a bit of notoriety because he wanted to get a sponsorship deal for the site he played on). He eventually won the bet by finishing with $2,898.83 in profit. After rakeback and prop bet winnings it all worked out to $41,889.
Next month he is going to try to play an even more eye watering volume: 40,000 hyperturbos in one month! This is just a disgusting amount of poker.
This is amazing for a number of reasons. These games are infested with good regs and trust me, it is extremely hard to beat the rake above a certain stake. At stakes of $50 + $4 rake for example he would need to win over 54% of games. Now I know that doesn’t sound like much, but take my word for it – it is. To win 54% doesn’t mean you are 4% better than average. It means your opponents are consistently only winning 46% of games you play in so you are actually (54/46)% better than your opponents, which is 17.4%. That’s not so amazing if you just play one game at a time, but he plays between 30 and 50 tables at a time and for extended periods – every day all month! It is truly mind boggling (and not something you’d really want to do when it is 28 degrees outside with completely blue sky.)
I play a lot of double or nothing sit n gos, which are a similar to the “Fifty50s” and I know they test you to the absolute limit. You exepect to cash over 50% of the time but like heads and tails you can get some long runs where you don’t cash, even when you play your best game. They are extremely stressful and I have a collection of broken mouses to attest to this. It’s possible to lose 10 in a row – and in my worst ever run I lost 15 out of 16. The tilt factor is immense and you start to think the world is against you when your AK loses to AQ four or five times in a row or you lose ten consecutive coin flips. It’s rare that I can put in a session as long as three hours when I multitable (this might be a paltry 50 games in my case.)
He said : “I am officially announcing the new challenge! I will play 40,000 hyperturbo 6-max SnG’s in just 30 days, starting June 15, 2012 0:00, ending July 14, 2012 23:59. I need to be profitable pre-rakeback and I have to play only $30-plus stakes. It will be even more difficult then my last 24,000 Fifty50 SnG’s prop bet, because I can not play lower stakes, I have just 30, not 31 days, and it will probably take about 400-plus hours, not 380”
I’m a little bit ashamed of myself to be honest. If I play 1000 double or nothings in a month these days I consider that a really big volume. I can’t remember the last time I logged 100 hours in a month and he’ll be doing that every week. For 4 weeks and 2 days. It’s just incredible.
What caught my attention about this article was his picture. He’s a dead ringer for a bloke I know called Barry – a hilarious, incorrigible piss artist who cannot stop swearing. The more old people and children in earshot the more he seems to swear. So I’ve got this vision of him sat there multi tabling with a bottle of Jack Daniels by his side, surrounded by young kids and grannies, effing and blinding away for 14 hours a day.
I just couldn’t do it, absolutely no way. Those hyperturbos are even worse than the regular turbos! I tried them out a few months back and it seems those regs don’t make any mistakes at all. I had to beat a retreat. If I tried to do it I think I would first go insane and then smash up all my computer equipment and, in fact, my entire house, in a tilt induced rage.
He’s betting $20k on himself to win $50k on the challenge and I really do wish him the very best of luck. He is going to have some really rocky patches for sure.
By the way, if you’re wondering how he manages his multi tabling, he “stacks” his tables rather than tiling them and like I say, he plays 30-50 of them at a time. He will be renting a villa for the month and he will be installing a web cam which he will feed live over the internet. He says this is so people can see that it is actually him putting in the hours and not the work of some robot.
I have to say though, I suspect a robot would have a high quality of life.