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By: baud2death @ 04:01 (EST) / 84 / Comment ( 0 )

E=MC2 right?


No idea... not into Physics (even had to remind myself how to spell Physics as well!)


I was having a discussion with a friend about my play and I stumbled onto the reason why my game has improved a lot more recently.


I was playing 45man games and doing OK (getting to FT sometimes, cashing sometimes) but not enough that I was doing more than just either Breaking Even game to game or doing poorly on one set and then better on another to Break Even over 2-3 sets total.


I decided that I could try the 90man games and although I was doing OK in those too, I was still finding it tough to cash. I decided to go back to 45mans and I am crushing them, FTing often and improving my bankroll game to game.


So what changed?


At first I thought it was down to new advise I was given by fellow players and my coach and whilst I do think that was a strong factor, another one was my patience.


In the 45man games I was getting impatient by the FT and making mistakes because I was willing to get involved with a 25BB stack for a bad decision to risk all my chips.

In the 90man games I was running into a similar problem where I was making FT less but still these mistakes would pop up on occasion and then I thought about it.


45man games are a shorter field (1/2 a 90man) and 10 minute levels

90man games are a larger field (x2 a 45man) and 15 minute levels


The resulting factor of patience meant that whilst the 90mans was teaching me patience in my play, it wasn't good enough to give me results in those games but the improved patience I had meant from a realative point of view, I was a lot more patient now than when I started playing 45mans and when I started them back up again, the improved patience has done me good.


This makes sense in my head but my not translate well so let me say that imagine a game of poker is like a big jug of water. The size of the jug (bigger being better) represents the total upper level of patience you have and the water in the jug represents your actual patience level.

As you play you pour out the water hand by hand and play by play.

After a long enough time either the game is over (you get knocked out or win) but if at any point the water in the jug is all poured away, your patience is gone and you will end up making mistakes and losing sooner.


So for a 45man game my jug was small, my patience was in some cases lasting me the entire game but some of the time I poured too much of it away and lost my cool and my chips.

When I moved to the 90man I figured that to last a longer amount of time due to the games taking a good hour or so more, I would need to get a bigger jug since my small jug no matter how lucky I got just isnt going to cut it.

I did this but still was running into the same problems I was getting in the 45man, the jug was running out too soon in some cases and I was making mistakes.


So I then decided to go back to the 45man but still had the same larger jug of water and you know what... i am not making these mistakes any more because my level of patience has improved and i dont need to rush as much


So thats Poker Relativity for you... in the 90man games my patience just isnt good enough but relative to my performance in the previous 45man games it seems to be like-for-like and its hard to see any improvement in my patience level because im still suffering the same bad spots.

However when I move back to the 45mans with the improved level of patience, I can notice that realtivly speaking, my patience is much stronger and now I can crush.



So the next time you feel that you are rushing your games a bit too much, try playing some games in a MTT field with more people and longer levels (no point in trying turbo for example)... massive MTTs with 1000s of people are good for this. Try using those games to practice patience and then when you go back to your shorter field games you should be able to translate that level of patience to your regular games

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