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Live League Week 8

By: TheLangolier @ 16:06 (EDT) / 490 / Comment ( 1 )

Week 8 was a disaster for me.  First of all, my stomach was in a lot of pain, I felt like vomiting off and on, and my energy level was zero.   It is impossible to play your “A” game when you’re under the weather, so I knew this might not be my night.  And it wasn’t.  I took 1 pot that I stole, and other than that I didn’t win a hand.  In the end I shoved over a limper with AJs on a 9 bb stack, the guy had been limping in a ton and showed such powerhouses as Q3s when he got to showdown before… this time though he’s got AKo, and I don’t get there.   As I was leaving I told JDean I was out and he asked me what happened…  I borrowed one of my favorite funny poker quotes I overheard once at a tournament years ago for my reply:  “I got all my chips in with the worst hand, and it held up!”   So I was out in the 2nd hour, but feeling like I did I went straight home.   That kind of stinks too… the last time I went out this early I did what I normally do at a live tourney where I make an early exit, get into a cash game, and won almost $500 that night playing cash.  But there was no chance I was staying 1 minute longer than I had to this time.  I went home and passed out on the couch, not even making it to the bedroom.  Eventually at some point I got into bed.  I ended up being in bed for 14 hours, and felt much better once I was alive again. 
Normally I would not play feeling this bad, in fact it’s a lesson I learned a long time ago, things just tend to not go well at the poker table while playing when under the weather.  Time and time again in the past I have tried to play while having some kind of cold or flu bug, and time and time again the results have not been pretty.  Your mental acuity is just not going to be there, and that hurts your edge.  In the case of this league, there are bonus points for attendance so I did opt to go and play it out, understanding that the result would probably be something not useful (which ended up being 31st/46).  As the standings are now, my eyeballing of it had me thinking I need a 6th place to lock up a top 10 spot.  JDean has done some more in depth math on it and suggests a 9th place is good enough.  I hope he’s right, as I’d really like to avoid the semi-finals again like I did the first time when I won the whole thing, and not bubble the top 10 like last time (which lead to no finals seat as I went out just short in the semis).  
One more week to go!

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