Well, I think it is pretty obvious that if you are not on the right side of luck, you will have a tough time chipping up with premium holdings in this league. This league is fraught with novice gamblers having a kick, form kids to grandfathers. I just went and tried to play "Good" poker, and sure enough, have every hand wiped from the board with some idiot call. Is it an idiot call, when the table is full of idiots? I wonder. I suppose there are two ways to play this league, bet every hand until you go out or get ITM and deep, or just dont play.
I have gotten fairly close and inside the bubble, ITM acouple times, with my variety of poker, which was done usually playing as few as 6 to 10 hands in total. That is what some of the pros will tell you, but what they fail to mention, is that in a $1000 buy in, there are few to no idiots at the table, comparable to a freeroll where it might as well be the lottery.
Lottery? I think so. The league events, being free, are a lottery of sorts, where the worst can be winners, along with the best. Neither one need bring much skill, just a mouse and a desire to have fun. There are no "Poker Rules" to try and follow, such as what is taught in the PSO, those are only for when you have real money on the table.
I think, I will stick to 4 to 10 hands per tournament, take my bubble area landings and be happy. Afterall, it gets me into the top ten or therabouts. (ten percent that is). Cant really complain about that. I would venture to say that of the top 10%, roughly half are there through a variety of methods that include table bullying and luck. That is fine, there is a place for them as well at the cash tables. I suppose they are the ones that see dramatic upswings and downswings in the bankroll. Just enough upswing to justify another trip to the ATM when on "A BAD HAND", or "ONE BAD BEAT", they lost all that money.
For those of us that play more T/A, with an eye on what we are doing, and measuring the results over and over, there is little excuse to justify the ATM trip, other than to kid ourselves that we can make it in online poker if we read a little more, or try and focus a lttle harder.
It just does not seem to have and end to the cycle. Work real hard all session building a small increase in the stack, just to see it diminish on a call that you would or could have never guessed. Almost as if that player knew what cards were to come, and got you good. Doesnt it seem like that sometimes? Where you would swear that the person calling your AA, or Ak with 72 and hits a trip, or a boat, and you are sitting there dumbfounded, as if someone hit you in the head with a sledgehammer. Headache? Hell no, frigin hurricane of hatred and all sorts of thoughts of violence and sickness.
Five minutes later you are in a hand with KK, and you fold to a reraise, totally remembering that frigin moment.
Someone said to me today in chat, "no emotion in poker". How the hell can you be human, and humane, and live amongst your peers without emotion? How do you wipe that out and not have it in Poker? Is it possible, sure. How. For most of us? Maybe that is the one thing that keeps me from getting ahead, emotion. It is just a game of numbers. Percents and Probabilities. At least the online type. I suppose you have to separate yourself from your money, and pretend that it is not worth worrying about in order to not have emotion. In a freeroll, I have as much emotion as I would if it were for $100, or $10,000. It is who I am. Perhaps that is why I am a loser in the end, the old saying, the good guys finish last.
I dont know. Are there any good guys that finish first in poker? Daniel? Are you a good guy? Seems like you are.
Maybe poker is not for me. I hate poker.....because I love it so much, and lack the skill to be as good at it as I would like to be.