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/Jan/2014

Learning is a good thing!

By: auntyrae @ 18:37 (EST) / 253 / Comment ( 3 )

Last evening I posted a Boom hand in the Bad Beats thread, in the particular hand I boomed I was the short stack holding pocket A's.  Needless to say I was pretty unhappy at the events of the day as that particular hand had busted my Aces 3 times, different scenarios regarding chip stack, table position etc. but my Aces had been busted all the same.  I'm pretty sure many of us have experienced similar if not the same situation.

Thanks to the comments and advice by several of the more experienced players I did some reading, adjusted my game accordingly and had a much better showing today.  One of the commentors had suggested that I should be more concerned with how I had become short stacked than having lost the hand, which got me thinking - so I did a bit of self evaluation on previous hands where I had ended up playing poorly and gotten myself short stacked and did some reading on that topic in order to see if I could remedy that.  Guess what - it worked.

I played in the PSO Knockout tournament earlier today and found myself falling into the trap of getting myself short stacked, (old habits die hard), I reigned myself in, adjusted my play and was successful in fighting my way back and subsequently made it to the final table.  If those players hadn't taken the time to share their advice and insight with me I would have continued to play the same style of game and would more than likely have been out quite early in the tournament, so once again I'd like to thank them.  (I'm not sure if it's ok to name names in my blog but if they read this post they will know who they are)

I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that, by opening myself up to constructive criticism I was able to begin to rectify a problem that has been dogging me for a while and now that it's something I'm aware of, I can nip it in the bud before it continues to affect my game play.

My advice to other relatively new, inexperienced or those not so confident poker players: don't be afraid or embarrassed to share your mistakes on the forum, there are some great helpful folks out there who are more than willing to share their experiences and advice to help you fix what needs to be fixed.  Try it, it works   I'm glad I did.

Now its time to start working on my next issue

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