Friday, November 23, 2007

Cake Update - Marsh

Cracked the $400.00 mark last night.

So I made it to 400.00. Now I am at a crossroads. I have enough for the next level up (20.00 max buy-in) , but I don't really feel like I ever got that comfortable at this level. And by comfortable I mean I was way more up and down that I was at the previous level. Sure, I rapidly and steadily moved through the level money wise, but I still don't think I know exactly what the best strategy is for this blind level. I feel weird about leaving it behind and tackling the next without really understanding this one.

But at the same time, I am eager to plow my way up to the next level and leave these microstakes in the dust.

What do you guys think I should do? I could easily just sit and play these stakes for awhile and try to build up the roll a bit more in preparation for the next level, or I could just go for it and still be within Ferguson rules playing there.


Austin said...

Why not plow ahead and then if you hit a rough spot you can always drop back down. Or, if you want you can do what you did at the lowest levels where you play a little of the bigger games and a little of the smaller ones at the same time.

Sushi Cowboy said...

When I hit my bad stretch and lost a third of my roll at the higher limits, moving back down felt really really crappy. There is nothing wrong with building up extra in your bankroll and I agree with Austin that you can easily just mix in some higher limit games into your current mix to ease into the higher limits.

Steph said...

Congrats, you're now at the same level that I am with my real bankroll. Awesome job, man.

$0.10/$0.20 at Cake should not scare you at all. You're still gonna see a ton of horrible players, and the good players tend to be nitty ABC TAGs. Every so often you'll run into someone who tries to get LAGgy and just sucks at it.

My $20 max game is tight and fairly nitty early on. If everyone is folding to my bets, I'll continue to raise light in position and steal blinds. I very rarely double-barrel, as people will very rarely lay down something like top pair. Make big raises preflop with good hands, sure it's transparent but it doesn't matter. They'll call you anyway.

So yeah, you'll do fine, and you're totally rolled for it so even if you hit a rough patch the worst that can happen is go back down to $0.05/$0.10.

Congrats and good luck!

jsola said...

Excellent post, Steph. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Sushi Cowboy said...

Steph is such an awesome poster. And she's doing pretty well online as well!

Ryan said...

Nice work, Marsh! Octupled up in a little over two months--what a great accomplishment.

I can totally understand feeling more psychologically ready for the move up if you had, say, $440, and could bust twice before dipping below $400.

Maybe part of your reluctance is the thought that if you had a losing session your first time out, you would be under $400 and therefore no longer "qualify" for .10/.20 under Ferguson rules.

Of course, if you lose your first buyin and are down to $380, you could still buy in to .10/.20 for $19 and adhere to the maximums.

Anyway, you are adequately rolled--and more than adequately skilled--for $.10/$.20, so tackle it whenever you feel like you could do so with no mental barriers between you and your A-game.

Again, though: awesome. If there is a "competition" underlying the Cake Challenge, Marsh has won it by any meaningful measure. I'm still fighting to get up to $200, been treading water lately...