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/Nov/2010

Survival

By: 17Skandy @ 04:19 (EST) / 184 / Comment ( 0 )
One of the most important things that playing in the PSO League has taught me is that survival is paramount. I never used to believe in the 'chip and a chair' idea and was always too willing to chuck chips in the middle when I got a bit low early on, and usually ended up stacking off unnecessarily. Obviously this strategy isn't very PSO League-savvy, so I've now adjusted to try and eke out the best finish possible out of even the most desperate-looking situations.

Anyway, yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days. Nothing seemed to be going right. The usual tight strategy with the odd duck in here and there to pick up small pots just wasn't working; people playing back at me, missing every flop by a mile knowing that the other guy has a blind spot where the 'Fold' button is, butting up against A-A whenever I had a good hand, etc., I won't bore you with the details -- this is not a sob story. I'm sure you've all been there...

I played 4 PSO tourneys yesterday, and it seemed like I spent more of my time below the 1000 chip mark than above it. This is not conducive to good tournament results, and indeed after finishing in the bottom half the first tournament of the day, I barely managed to scrape finishes in the 30-40% range in the second and third. Having not planned to play the fourth tournament of the day originally (I'm based in the UK, so this starts at 10:30pm and is the last tourney I can realistically play if I want to be up at a sensible time in the morning), I was sufficiently irked by these results that I decided to stick my name down for it after all.

Convinced that it was going to be different this time, I was quickly disappointed, and eventually found myself sat at a table of maniacs, most of whom resided in the lower reaches of the league. The way the table was playing it quickly became clear to me that I wasn't going to be able to pick up any pots cheaply... I had to find a hand and pray that my luck would change. So when I picked up K-J of Spades effectively in the cut off (sitter on button) with about 10BB left and no action in front of me, I decided it was time. Raise, call from my left, then big blind shoves for about 40BB. 'Typical,' I thought to myself...

At this point, my patience snapped, and since I had seen the big blind do some pretty loony things with some trashy hands (the same guy had re-raised me earlier in the tourney with K5o) I decided to gamble. Probably a bad play, but there it was. The original cold caller also called for his stack (of about 30BB or so) and flipped over 7-3 of Hearts; big blind, of course, had A-A. At this point I was probably screaming obscenities at the computer screen, but a flop of K-J-10 was a very pleasant surprise, though two hearts on the board meant I had to dodge a lot of outs. Much to my further surprise, two bricks came on the turn and river and I tripled up.

This turn of good fortune gave me enough chips to nick a few more pots and scrape into the money for the first time in 8 tourneys, bringing a welcome boost to the rating after an extremely frustrating day. I'm hoping to register a finish in the top 300 this month and if my luck continues in this way then I might just get there. But I'd rather not need it.... ;-)

Good luck at the tables everybody!
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