PokerStars Power Up: A Pioneers Account, pt.1
Hey there! Welcome to my first Power Up poker dedicated blog where I'll be sharing highlights of my poker journey playing this new and exciting format.
But first, a bit of a throwback:
Around 2 years ago I heard rumours that a few different companies were looking into combining computer card games like Hearthstone with poker, with the intention of creating a competitive environment where money would be wagered.
As a heads'up cashgame player this was exciting. As my games were dying at a very fast rate, it was clear, that I needed to adapt to the changing times and learn something new. I spent the next few months learning and playing Hearthstone relentlessly and was able to bring a free to play deck to legend rank. (Don't ask me why I didn't pay for some packs, I guess I wanted an extra challenge).
Around that time the game HoldemX was released and I spent a bunch of time learning and playing the game but ultimately it was a huge disappointment. The gameplay and game mechanics just felt broken and once they introduced deck building the meta quickly turned into everyone having exactly the same cards. It really wasn't fun...
Presuming then, that this format would not work, I shifted my attention to Hu hyper and spin and go's with the help of some friends, where I quickly moved up to the 50 and 100 euro spins on Winamax. The 7% rake and high jackpot payouts made for some huge variance though and I ended up switching to hu hypers which whilst being a lot tougher, felt a lot easier on the mind. :)
Roll on to August of last year and I saw that PokerStars had added a new poker game in Alpha called Power Up. I played a few games but had lots of problems with bugs and left it. Over the next months I had a bunch of health problems (I have epilepsy which is now under control with meds) and was not really in the best state of mind to be able to play poker for money. So I turned back to Power Up and found a game with tremendous amounts of strategy and was pretty much hooked on figuring the game out. The huge number of variables at first glance seems like a complete swamp of information that is hard to process, but after a thousand hands or so you can really start to understand how the powers can be used to maximise your winrate.
The next few months (due to travelling) I was only able to play the play money games on the .net client but with the help of my buddy Nick we spent a number of hours reviewing hands and going over strategies. We ended up deciding at some point late October to create a dedicated site with the intention of creating a community that the best players would want to join, where we could share strategies and get one step above the rest.
But let's jump to the present day!
It's now mid February and our website, called OP-Poker, has turned into a hub where we have been able to actively talk to the game developers with the intention of improving the game. Thanks to one of our members suggestions, the Power Up team at PokerStars managed to create a new blind structure that allowed for much more playability and ideas are constantly being shared on how to take the game to the next level.
Since that point I have got myself some tracking software in the form of PT4 and have been logging my results with the hope that I can quickly establish myself as one of the best regs currently in game. I'm a few months behind in terms of actual playing but thanks to Nick, I have been actively involved in the strategy side of things that I felt comfortable enough to jump straight into the highest current buy-ins ($7's) and (so far) get off to a winning start.
My short-term goals are fairly simple. Get in a fair amount of volume and share ideas. Whilst the game is still only low buy-ins I'm quite happy to experiment a bit and see what works.
This weeks goals:
- 25-30 games per day
- 1 Youtube video - already done! you can watch me go heads up with Andrew Robl HERE
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