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/Feb/2011

The early struggles of a noob

By: CanisMajor42 @ 21:59 (EST) / 516 / Comment ( 0 )
Ok, so I've only been a member here for just about 2 weeks and I'm definitely catching the bug. In my first full month here, I've reset my goals a bit to help myself realize that it's not going to fall into place overnight. I came through the PSO courses feeling a bit overwhelmed and it definitely showed in my first couple of tourney entries. It's not that I did terribly and donked out in the first few hands, but I found the play to be a bit overwhelming trying to think about all the finer aspects of the game touched on in the courses I had just completed in analyzing my cards, thinking about pot odds, etc and trying to do all of that within the time limits of the table play.

So, in this first full month, I've taken a step back and am trying to look at this journey as a long time, ever evolving process and not try to grasp every concept at once. Doing so sounds like a sure fire way to a quick burn out and a quick exit from frustration. Instead I've scaled back to focusong on specific aspects of my play and build upon it over time as I get more comforatble with each concept. Before starting my time here, I didn't think much beyond my own cards. So first up has been paying attention to some of the simpler aspects of better play like table position, table stack sizes, better understanding of real basic odds, etc. I see a difference in my play already (for the better I hope....well, at least I think so :mrgreen: ). In the handful of tourneys I've played so far, I managed to get my entry to the PSO Monthly $1k NLHE and placed 66th out of ~2000 in my first PSO Skill League tourney for the month. I know, small potatoes to most here, but these both felt pretty good to me :wink: Lookikng forward to bigger and better things for the remainder of the month!

Some of the things I'm noticing about my inital baby steps into the tourneys I've played so far is that I need to pay attention to some things like:

- Tilting: With the relative anonymity of the online game, it's a lot easier to drift into Tilt-mode. Hey, there's noone who can see me getting annoyed when I run through a set of cold hands, right? But it definitely affects your play and if left unchecked can spiral down into full on Tilting and a quick exit. Play the game as if you were at a live table with actual warm bodies in front of you watching your every move and tell.

- Fatigue: If you're fortunate enough to get deep into a tourney, you're looking at a couple of hours to get there and the further you get into it, the bigger the stakes of each hand has on your ability to survive deeper into the game. When you're sitting in a room by yourself, it's easy to have your mind start wandering after these couple of hours pass and lose focus on the game at hand.

- Maintaining your style of play: This is more than just about patience. I've had some earlier than I would have liked exits in the later stages of tourneys where I was doing well ad started building up a decent size stack. I found myself getting a little too aggressive in trying to play into the strength of my stack and got away from the style of play that got me to that point. So a bad bet or two that I might not have otherwise made, combined with a run of junk hands and/or a bad beat thrown in for good measure and it's easy to find yourself on the other end of the spectrum and on the verge of a quick exit.

Anyway, these are some of my early "revelations". Looking forward to bigger and better things! See you on the tables!

Mark


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