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/Feb/2012

A chip and a chair

By: Ov3rsight @ 11:56 (EST) / 84 / Comment ( 2 )
If you've read my last few blogs, you may have noticed the tone reflects my success. Success has been long. Well, only a week or two, but still. Where once a profit stood of nearly $100, it is nowadays down to only a quarter of that. It sucks. Part of it is me making stupid mistakes, playing hands I shouldn't play, and playing hands I should play, but playing them badly. Another part of it is running into bad suckouts at the worst possible times.

Time to clear my head.

So I decided to tighten up. And tight as a clamp I played for awhile. Was this good? Who knows. I didn't even get close to the money in several tourneys. I lost a chunk of cash in some cash games. All the while, leaving me wondering what I was doing wrong...

Today, there's light at the end of the tunnel. The proverbial chip and a chair... In the 3rd hand of the 27 man sit-n-go, I was dealt A9 off. The flop came and ace, and so did the turn. So far things had been going as normal, pretty standard betting patterns. Then on the tuern, I bet out again as I had preflop and on the flop, but now my opponent shoved all-in. I called, only to be faced with AQ. This has happened a bit too often latelt - I hold an ace, two aces on the board, and my opponent also has an ace with a better kicker. It sucks, and I was left with 20 chips - a whole single Big Blind. Literally a chip and a chair....

104 hands later, I knocked out the bubble boy, and went into the money as a big chip leader, and eventually went on to win the tourney. Sure, it takes a lot of luck to get from 1 Big Blind to the money. But there is skill involved as well. There is no skill involved in getting out of the 1 Big Blind hole - that's pure luck. But once you get back to a reasonable stack, skill becomes involved.

A trip like this is good for your confidence. Even better for my confidence was getting 6th to a suckout in the next 27man, and then winning the next one. I really do know how to play the game, and apparantly, luck was just not on my side for a while. You can't win at poker without luck. The lesson learned here, is that one must endure such downfalls. I just wish that next time it happens, it doesn't take 75% of my hard earned profits with.
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