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Playing with Patience

By: dashowkiller @ 07:36 (EDT) / 308 / Comment ( 0 )

First of all, thanks to everyone who took time to read my last post and make comments. Glad to see that I was able to connect with a couple of people about the issues involving the chat box and trying to make it more user-friendly.

It really is a tough thing to police and unfriendly chat has been an issue with online poker ever since it started. In the end, it's not all negative. Many times, you have friends that decide to play online together and even friendships created online because of how often someone started playing with a certain player.

This week has been an up and down week for me at the tables. For the most part, I've played pretty well at both the cash and tournament tables, but have been unlucky in key hands or spots. After 1600-1700 hands of cash play, I'm up 10 big bets...LOL

My last four tournament results:

1) 179 of 2226 (a small cash)

2) 420 of 1512 (didn't play well)

3) 180 of 690 (card dead)

4) 176 of 1100 (just bubbled)

Except for the second tournament where I just wasn't at my best, the other three tournaments all involved building a stack early, taking a tough beat and having to pick spots to try and re-build.

The thing I wanted to focus is on today is what happens when a player takes a bad beat or loses a big pot.

There's a tendency to want to get those chips back right away, so a newer player or impatient player will try to push the envelope to get those chips back quicker. Often times, their vulnerability gets in the way of proper thinking and they become evaporated from a tournament after being in a very comfortably position only a couple minutes before. Tilty tilty!

The point is simple. Very few players win a tournament by going wire-to-wire and having no headaches at all. Tournaments go up and down and it's how you handle the downswings inside a tournament that can go a long way into how successful you are.

For myself, I was on the ropes in all four of these tournaments and had to find a good spot to get myself going again. Although I didn't get the cashes I wanted out of these tournaments because of some bad luck at the end, I put myself in a position for a good finish by getting myself into the last 200 players and that took being patient and looking for good spots.

In the end, Tournament 1 could have been very profitable if my A-K held up against J-K in an all-in situation and Tournament 4 definitely could have been profitable if my Q-Q holds against A-K in another all-in scenario, but it's these types of hands that you have to win in order to win a tournament.

But it's also being patient and not letting losses in big hands derail you from trying to gain victory.

Good luck at the tables!

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