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My 1st month in PSO

By: DashMN @ 22:07 (EST) / 727 / Comment ( 1 )
January was my 1st month in the PSO league.  I finished with a score just over 1700 and ranked 825 overall.  I joined Pokerstars in Nov/Dec '09 and played for about a month and a half.  Then I quit for a while and came back in late December 2010.  All told, I've played about 3 months on Pokerstars.  Before that, my only experience with no limit hold'em was a few months on MSN games.  Played a little bit of 5-card draw in my teens, but not seriously, and not very well. 

Considering my limited experience with hold'em, I don't feel too bad about my finish.  Made the final table in my 4th PSO tourney.  Barely.  Got busted out quick as the short stack at the table and finished 9th.  But that was the beginning of a hot streak where I cashed in 6 out of 12 PSO tourneys, finishing in the top 60 in 5 of those, top 35 in 4 of them, and making two final tables.  I finished 2nd in my second final table.  I had climbed up to 242 in the PSO rankings.

Then the bad run started.  I finished outside the money in my next 11 PSO games.  And my play money games were just as ugly.  Some of it was bad cards.  Some of it was dumb calls on my part.  I got a little too aggressive.  After that, I think I overcompensated.  I tried to tighten up my game and ended up getting too conservative.  My PSO leaderboard ranking fell as far as 1350 or so. 

The last week of the month, I found a little more balance again and finished ITM in 3 out of my last 7 PSO tourneys for the month of January, making one more final table and finishing 6th.

In the end, I cashed in 11 out of 42 PSO tourneys played, with $1.87 in winnings for the month.  I guess cashing in 1 out of 4 tourneys isn't bad.  February might be tough.  I've gotten busier with work and I don't know if I'll find as much time to play in the PSO tourneys.  Plus, with my rating, I can play in the PSO warmup qualifier, which will take the place of some of my PSO freeroll tourneys because I don't yet play multiple games at a time.

All in all, I enjoy PSO.  Sure, the donks still drive me crazy sometimes.  My worst bad beat was with pocket A's.  I raised pre-flop, got re-raised to all-in.  Naturally, I called, only to see that the other player had 95s.  Lol, I got this one, right?  Nope, he hit a straight on the river.  Lovely.  But I also find that the play isn't as ugly here as it is at the play money sit n' go's, which themselves aren't nearly as bad as the play money ring games.  And if you can survive to the later stages of the tourney, the play definitely improves.  That makes PSO a welcome refuge from the play money tables for someone who's trying to learn to play the game the right way.
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