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     Finding your niche, what of it? I've been playing poker seriously and often since June of 2013. I have played and read about poker in the past, and thought myself a good player, but after these last few months I realized that at the time I was, maybe, just a little better than average. I had yet to find my niche.

     Over the last few months I have been attending PSO live trainings, watching lots of archived videos, as well as following trainers progess, amongst many hours of play.  Recently, I watched a two episode archived training by ChewMe1 on "Beating Up the 180 mans". I thoroughly enjoyed the video that included lots of tips. The main idea that I gleaned from the training though brought on the title of this blog. ChewMe1 kept saying things like, "keep doing whatever works for you, don't deviate from it even though you may be getting tired if it". That got me thinking...

     Am I a cash player, a tourney player? Do I profit at Sit n Go tournaments? What is the ideal number of entrants at which I profit? What about MTT's? Is the big pile of gold at the end of the MTT rainbow worth the investment over the long run?

     The answers were yet to be found and may still change, but where to find them? Well, I bought myself a HUD a couple months ago. I use it regularly during play, but I have found it most useful for analysing my play. So after some time looking at statistics and graphs, I discovered I play much better in tournaments. My winning mostly came from 45 man tournaments or from Premier League Qualifier tournaments, which almost always have less than 200 entrants, often about 100. I placed 2nd in the Qualifer League last month,  so I figured I must be doing something right in those tournaments. Then, this, month I finished 2nd in the PSO Home Games League - The Fall Classic, which has about a 45 man player pool.

     If my analysis is correct, my niche is 45-90 man tourneys. It is where most of my profit will come from. Although I still hope to take a shot at some MTT's. Here's a look at my tournament graph to give you a better idea of what I mean:



    So what is your niche? Give it some thought. How can you not only have fun playing poker, but make money at it as well. Because that's what we're all really after, isn't it?

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