3 Key Tournament Poker Stats to Track
Tournament poker is a challenging and time-consuming endeavour. It takes a certain breed of person to want to play multi-table tournaments regularly but it can also be very rewarding. If you are considering dedicating yourself to tournaments, there are some key stats you need to be aware of and measure regularly to ensure monitor your performance. This post will detail the most important three.
Your In the Money Rate (ITM)
Knowing how often you cash is a good indication as to whether your strategy is successful or not. Whether you play GTO or an exploitative poker style, you want to know how often you cash. Tracking your ITM is easy, you are just dividing the number of tournaments played by the number of cashes e.g., 100 tournaments played, 10 cashes = 10%.
A players in the money rate is likely to vary from one day to the next so we recommend you monitor it monthly. You need lots of data to be able to reliably interpret your stats.
Overall Profitability (Return on Investment)
The business term known as return on investment or ROI is a measure of how much you make based on your investment. This is arguably the best indication of your tournament success as it shows how much you make per dollar.
So, if you’ve invested $1,000 in tournament buy-ins and cashed for $1,300, you’re ROI is 30% (profit of $300 divide by $1,000 spent multiply by 100). When you divide your winnings or losses by amount spent you will arrive at a decimal point, just multiply it by 100 to arrive at the percentage ROI.
Number of Final Tables as %
Unless you are a serious grinder, final table appearances will be few and far between. However, as your data builds and you make the occasional final table, it’s important to tick it off and tally it against your number of entrances. This is important as you want to know how often you can reasonably expect to make a final table. Naturally, in fields online of 1,000 or more it’s not easy to make the final 9, but by seeing the percentage and tracking, you can measure it year on year and make adjustments.
There you have it, three tournament poker stats you should track and monitor. Many online poker players are not tracking or caring, they’re just playing tournaments without discipline. If you start to incorporate these stats in your routine, you’ll be one step ahead of opponents and be able to take accountability for your results too.
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