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The Disciplined Degenerate

A spot where I try to make sense of a game that rarely makes any sense
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First off, a big thanks to PokerSchoolOnline for having my last post about patience in tournaments be the featured post this past weekend. The sad reality is that I've had to listen to my own advice way too much this month as my tournament results have been really poor.

It would be very easy for me to try and change things up under the pressure of not cashing enough in tournaments, but having as much experience I do now, I realize it's more down to variance right now than anything I'm doing wrong.

There's not too many positives I can take from cashing once in 11 tournaments this month, but I've been very close to the bubble in a few of those tournaments before having some bad luck and busting just short of a cash.

It leads me to what I really wanted to talk about, which was pet peeves in poker. Ever since I've played online poker, one of my biggest pet peeves has been the amount of delaying and time wasting by players ahead of the bubble.

I feel like I've seen every trick in the book when it comes to time wasting close to the bubble, but they all annoy me to no end.

I understand that getting the cash in a tournament is key for a lot of players, but my style of play is very dependent on blind levels being as long as possible and as small as possible. That way, I can see more flops, use my post-flop decision making and play more hands down to showdown. But even if I was a fantastic pre-flop player, I would still find the time-wasting annoying.

For me, it goes against the etiquette of the game and having respect for your fellow players at the table. I understand that it's fully within the rules of the game to do this, but I just can't stand it.

Quickly, four more poker pet peeves of mine in no particular order:

1) Players who need to complain in the chat box every time they take a bad beat.

2) Those same players telling everyone how good they are in the chat box after they bad beat someone.

2) Players who win a massive pot in a cash game and then automatically leave. (Can you tell I'm not just an online player?)

4) Not hitting flush draws...LOL

What's your biggest poker pet peeve?

Good luck at the tables!

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