Well the first 24 hours of PSO have been alot of fun. I already feel like I have learned some importaint lessons and have been able to develop my skills as well as my insight into this great game. If nothing else I have certainly enjoyed playing within the PSO community, which has consistantly shown itself to be much more mature and much more helpful than the general pstars community.
I am currently working through the SNG course as far as the literature is concerned. There are some interesting new concepts for me here. Much of it will definatly see implementation into my game, but some of the reccomended betting patterns do seem overagressive to me. This is particularly true with the use of the 1/3 stack size allin rule in muli-way pots.
The exact example here:
and raise pre-flop to 150. The button and the big blind call. The flop is
and there's 465 in the pot. The big blind checks to you. You should check. If the button bets, just fold. If he checks the turn as well, check and fold if someone bets, unless it's an ace or a king. If an ace or king comes on the turn, bet the size of the pot. If this amount equals 1/3 of your chips or more, move all-in instead.
This seems to be playing right into the teeth of a trapping slow player (QQ, 77, 22, or the Q7 donk). I wholeheartedly agree with the rule to push if you are betting more than 1/3 of your stack, but making a potbet here (and therefore risking more than that 1/3) seems to be an overbet that leads to a larger overbet with the allin. My standard play here would be to bet at least half the pot, probably either 250 or 300, and fold to a big reraise.
Maybe I am being too paranoid? Maybe I am off base completely? Please comment with your thoughts on this, I am curious as to how you guys would deal with this situation.
As far as other new instruction, I really enjoyed donkeystreet's blog post on the animals of poker (check it out HERE
). These animals have been giving me a real fit lately and it was good to get a new perspective on the problems they pose. In the past I tried to be the white knight at the table and take credit for slaying the beast, or I viewed them as a community chest to be exploited for free chips - But it has become clear that these approaches are overestmating my own luck and underestimating theirs. Sometimes its just better to sit back and let someone else handle it!
I had a chance to put this lesson into action in the 10PM PSO league tourny last night. There was an allin monkey at the table and he was ROLLING. He pushed in 23 hands in a row. By the time he started losing a few hands he already had 5 or 6 times the stack of anyone else at the table. I wanted a double up BAD, but the cards werent there. I folded an AJ and some medium poket pairs I probably would have called with before, and someone else eventually took him down. It kept me in the tournament and I eventually finished 81st out of 1282! I placed in the money in my second PSO tourny! It may only be $0.02 but I couldnt be prouder.
So at the end of the first 24 I am +53.85points in the rankings, but more importaintly I am a better more thoughtful poker player.
See you at the tables!