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/Dec/2010

Oh the pso!!

By: !!!111Dan @ 14:40 (EST) / 968 / Comment ( 7 )

I feel very fortunate to have found the pso. The friends you can make here really do make a difference in your life. Much more, your poker life. So again, thank you everyone.
When the pso started back in July, I quickly found myself in the basement ranks. Now I'm no pro, and most would describe me as much less than that, :oops:  But I sure felt that I was better than where I was sitting. With only around 5k players, I found myself in the 3480 range. I then began to look over the leaders finishes and this is when it began to click for me. The pso obviously was about patience and decent finishes. Not great, but decent. In exactly 8 days, I found myself in the top 25.
Now there have been ups and downs, but I at least feel comfortable with the way things have been going since for the most part. I generally find myself having about 5 to 7 bad days in a month and the only things I can attribute it to is, first, a little bit of variance. 2nd, it's me. If we are all honest with ourselves, it's usually ourselves that make a bad play, or analyze the situation wrong. Most hands that are a loss, I can honestly go back and find where I made a mistake. Whether it's just flat needing to lay a hand down, or seeing I had an opportunity to get a player off a hand, or whatever...it's me. And what I love about the pso is the understanding and knowledge you receive here.
In the wealth of info that is available here, you begin to find out where and how you need to improve. I feel that if you are willing to say "where am I going wrong?" , then you have half the battle won. Learning to play poker is a never ending struggle. I think the most valuable thing I've learned here is bankroll management. It is just something that everyone needs to learn and adhere to. I don't have time to play as much as I like, and since I enjoy playing the pso so much, it takes away time from playing regular games and tourneys. But I have been practicing good br mgmt and I have been pleased with my recent improvements in the slow, steady increase in both my roll and my game.
The other factor for an emotional person such as myself, is dealing with tilt. It's not just about pinball anymore. :wink:  It got so bad one month, that I actually was going to stop playing in the pso. But then, as the pso has a way of doing, I was brought back by an encouraging member. I had my ol' buddy Moxie Pip give me, as others, a great pep talk. Mox, you are 'da friggin man!! It's not the only thing he's done for me here I might add. With his encouragement, the very next day I managed 4 of 5 cashes which also included my first win in the pso, taking down ol' Jimmy Dean from the final 3. That will make any player feel good..to outlast JD. :-D  I gained 171 points that day and I doubt I will ever do much better than that.
I still have my ups and downs, but at least now I have the ability to control myself a little better. I have friends who are encouraging, and are just the best in the online poker world. I encourage everyone to do their best to enhance the community here. If you're not sure how to do that, click on the "community" tab at the top of the page. The friendships I have gained are far more valuable then my, still, meager bankroll.
Before the pso, I just played casually online and never thought much of it. Now, after making my first withdrawl, with no depositing mind you, I look forward to playing online, almost as much as I look forward to seeing all of you each day.
Thank you members, for being you, and for all you bring to the "table." :mrgreen:
Until next time, best o' luck as always!
Dano

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