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It's not the biggest stack that wins, it's the last stack that wins...

Perpetually short stacked and loving it, this is survivor poker.
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Well, that was exciting. Well sort of, anyway. One of those tournaments where I couldn't get a hand if I tried, and anytime anything looked promising at all, someone was All In and what I was holding really wasn't worth that many chips. Started with a full crowd of 10000 players, and never once, during that whole time, did I have 2000 or more chips. At one point, with 4000 players or so left, I was all in when I couldn't even cover the big blind. My 138 remaining chips tossed on to the table with a J-8 of diamonds, I lucked out and hit an 8 on the river and got back an undeserved 660 chips in total. The next hand, I'm dealt an A-K off suite and I simply went all in again, this time getting an Ace on the flop and another on the river. Suddenly I'm back on my feet with 1970 chips. Still a pretty small stack, but the pay off point of 1440th place is in sight at least. Get to that position, and I won't lose points, anything above that is gravy. Under the circumstances, I'll take it. I manage to hang on to get 1227th place, finally losing my pocket QQ, to a flush on the river. Could have been far worse. A small victory, to manage to finish a good 2500 positions higher than it looked like I would. But a real test of patience, it would have been far easier to just shove all the chips in and finish 7000th far earlier.

My goal for the month was to finish in the top 500 in the league standings. Still attainable, but I did have a streak of bad luck where I found myself impatient, and not willing to believe the bets people were making. Yes, there are a lot of liars out there, but you've got to have the cards to call them on it. The bad bluffers make big bets all the time, building up a big stack when no one will challenge them, and then blowing it just as fast when someone gets a real hand. I don't really bluff that often, it's more of an opportunistic thing. If you show you actually have cards when you bet high, people begin to assume you mean what you say. Then it's a little easier to push a big bet in when you realize there's three spades on the flop and it would be rather convincing to pretend you have two more in your hand...

There's one advantage to folding often though. You get to observe hands carefully, and watch how people bet, and guess what they're holding. Sometimes they're pretty easy to read, you can tell who's holding an Ace, or a King, or paired up. But it's the guys you can't read that are the most dangerous..

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