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Plastic Pearl

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Hey everyone,

So MicroMillions is done which means I get my life back! I played about 90 of the 100 events, mainly missing the 3am events, and the occasional 7am/11pm game that wasn't NLHE to catch some sleep. If you include the satellites I played, my Hold 'Em Manager says I turned a profit of $168 for the series which was unexpected and very nice. This was mainly from my $414 score for 13th place in the $5.50 NLHE turbo.

On the series leader board I finished in 250th for 165 points, which is a great performance. 11 cashes was a great result for me, even if I fell quite short of the top 100. I am definitely still maturing as a poker player so onwards and upwards. It is always good to reflect and learn so here are the top 5 things I learnt (or re-learnt!) during the series!


1. Where you are after an hour means nothing. Time after time I would find myself in the top 100 in a 20,000 person field early on as I took advantage of weak players and played aggressively. And time and time again I would blow that and fall short. This is because once being at the top, I felt the need to stay there, and take unncessary risks. It is ok sometimes to pass on marginal spots to preserve your tournament life when you have a healthy stack and time is on your side.

2. I am better at 6-max than full ring. I am a naturally aggressive player and enjoy picking on weaker players. At full ring it would frustrate me when I did not get that to do that because I was too far away from the weak player and someone else beat me to it. 6-max plays to my strengths and I want to build on that by specialising in it in the coming months.

3. My hand reading and ranging skills need improving. I am still thinking on a basic level about the ranges that other people hold, this can definitely be improved. Similarly, focusing on what certain actions and lines might mean. Is a donk bet strong or weak? Is check call, check call, bet, a sign of a flush coming in? I think to build on these things I want to start playing some cash games to build my technical expertise.

4. Your hand is sometimes the least important factor. What are other people's stack sizes? Will they avoid confrontation? Do they play fit or fold? What is your image? All things that we all know we should be thinking about, but finally I have started to incorporate them into my game more consistently.

5. I enjoy poker. It was a genuine pleasure to play the series, and I love this game more and more!

In my next blog I will share 5 of my top hands from the tournament, and 5 of my weakest hands. Have fun!

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