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/Jan/2011

How taking a deep breath saved my day!

By: 300B&C @ 10:42 (EST) / 210 / Comment ( 0 )
I was down in chip count substantially, short stacked relative to the table, approximately 20 BB. I had already failed miserably at the two prior league sessions,  613th and 1003rd  in the 17:30 and 20:00 rounds respectively. The 22:00 session was going down in flames and it seemed as if there was nothing I could do about it.

But wait,  I took a deep breath, ten of them to be exact, Inhaled through my nose and exhaled slowly through my mouth. I was clearing my head, I had a sense of renewal after that. I felt like you feel when you just get out of a hot shower after coming in from a 4 hour war with the 20" of snow in the driveway. All the negative was gone and the positive thoughts were now nestled in my mind like a baby bird sitting in the nest.

I was making the right calls, the right raises and the right folds at the right time. Everything was falling into place, I was getting cards I could play, I was reading the table very well, and it felt good. Before I knew it the bubble had come and gone, I was unbelievably still in it. Currently ranked 16th in the session and tall stacked relative to the table.

It was getting late and I was getting very tired. We all know this is not the time to be playing, but I had to make a statement in regards to my league points. I was not going to be denied positive points for the day. I ended the evening in 85th place, after some less than perfect plays, up 30.85 points for the day and moving up in the standings 1435 places. This is the direction I am determined to continue in, I went to bed feeling good about the session and ultimately about the day.

Lessons learned:
  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Think positively
  3. Remember the hand can change at any street
  4. Only play when I am alert

Until the next time folks, May the with be with you when the chips are down:-P
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