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The Never Ending Journey

By: PickledACE @ 18:04 (EDT) / 351 / Comment ( 0 )

You know what I LOVE about poker??

Everytime I begin to think I am getting a good grasp of the game I hit the next learning curve at full speed.  Learning about this game really is a never ending journey.

I didn't do well in last months Premier League standing.  I fell short of the prizing by like ten places and was unable to play the last tournament of the month so I signed up in the hopes I might be able to get that one extra point sitting out to put me in the money if everyone started getting aggressive.  No such luck.

So I began to think about my game and my month.  I really only had three good tournaments of 21 showings.  It was kind of amazing that I was even doing that well.  But what was going on?  Where did all these leaks come from?

Well for one, playing zoom is not good practice for tournament poker.  It is such a different entity that it in fact is like a new game entirely.  You play against opponents you know nothing about with little more than your gut to tell you if they are bluffing or not.  To make it even worse you can throw away any hand and immediatley get the next.  Tournament poker is opposite in so many ways.

You are forced to play some very shaking holdings in tournament poker.  That is where it gets interesting.  But how to play and win becomes another animal to wrestle.  So what was zoom teaching me that was hurting my tournament strategy?  Passiveness.  It is easy to fold in zoom.  I dump anything besides AA and KK if it gets crazy enough pre-flop.

I didn't realize all this until I fixed the leak a bit though.  It was a tip online that got me on the right track.  Raise or fold. Never call.  Since my avatar is Yoda I like to make that "Raise or fold, there is no call."  I played a 90 person sit and go without calling more that 3 times and won.  I brought the theory into the first Premier Tournament and got 15th (I had an errand and sat out from 24th place on with over 50k).  In that Premier Tournament I stayed above average stack for the first hour and a half without showing a hand.  Yee haw! Now that's poker.

So try to think of it this way the next time you play.  Every time you call you paint a ring of the target on your back.  You tell the table that you need re-assurance from the flop to have a better hand.  Win with or without flops and you tell your table that you are in control.

Good luck on the tables and use the force!

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