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A tale in four suits........

Today was my third time reaching the final table of a PSO, and my first win, which I'm obviously very happy with, but something made the win that bit sweeter.

I have often enjoyed playing in the PSO league, and I believe that it gives all of us a chance to work on our game, and adapt to the playing styles of those around us.  Above that though, although the chat on the tables can occasionally become abusive (!), on the whole it's the community spirit that makes me enjoy the games that little bit more.  The table chat is often good natured, fun, and will often make me laugh out loud. Today was no exception, and probably made me even more glad that I signed up for PSO in the first place. 

The path to the final table is a treacherous one, and you have to try and steer your way through opening raises of 10bb's or more, past the early shoves when the blinds are still low, and try and aim for the money. All the while, if you're involved in a hand, you often find yourself bemused when you try and put your opponent on a hand range, only for them to turn over two completely random cards!

Surviving some scary moments, I once again found myself engaging in the table chat, today all good-natured thankfully!  Gradually seeing my chip stack grow, and knowing eventually that I would survive to make the money was helpful, and there were lots of friendly people around as usual.

On making the final table, I was glad to see some familiar faces, who I had shared a table with earlier in the tourney.  I guess the fact that we're not playing for vast sums of money at this stage probably helps the atmosphere, but it felt good to be amongst people I recognised. As one by one, people got knocked out, the lively chat continued, and I found myself thinking that it was good just to be playing poker and enjoying the atmosphere.  As gradually 9 players become 8, then 7, we were all talking about how good it was to be there.  We were all at different places in the league, from all ends of the spectrum, and we were all just enjoying playing and chatting.

Eventually of course, 9 was whittled down to just 2 players, and heads up play began. I'm lucky enough to have reached this stage before in tourneys, but usually end up second best.  I believe today though, that I managed to win because of different factors.  I was enjoying my poker for a start, but the one thing that helped me more than anything was the number of people railing and watching the final table. A large proportion of these people had been knocked out either at the final table, or a little earlier, but they were still there. 

In the end, I don't think I could have won heads up without all the support from the rail, so thank you all (you know who you are) for offering support, in some cases even after I'd knocked you out!

So in the end, my first victory in this tourney was sweet, but made much sweeter by the atmosphere and the support, so thank you PSO!

Duncan
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