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/Mar/2013

My Best PokerStars Moment

By: fuzzmuff @ 23:25 (EST) / 343 / Comment ( 0 )

My best PokerStars moment?

Well that’s easy. Winning two virtual bracelets, during the 2012 Poker School Online Series Of Poker. I could hardly believe it. Even though I generally do quite well, when playing home games with friends, usually at four in the morning after a night of loud music and copious drinking, I’m far from being as good as I would like be.

“You finished the tournament in 2007th place. Thank you for playing.” What a lovely message of support. Thank you but you’re out, now shove off and let the poker players play.

That’s life on the tables at PokerStars. It has been a sobering experience. Compared to my home game success, it has been one long, hard, struggle. I absolutely love playing tournament poker and play as much as possible online. It may only be micro stakes, and it’s always a battle, but I would like to think that I play as hard as I would if it were for millions.

This is cause for much merriment amongst my friends who think it insane that I enter online tournaments for one measly dollar, and then spend three hours getting myself to 327th place, to win only $2.25. I consider it a learning experience, but they look at it as working for less than $0.75 an hour, which I must admit is a little below minimum wage.

The thing is that I am trying to improve my poker playing, whilst being out-played by better players, whilst being battered again and again with bad beats. Those bad beats, no matter what anyone tells you, do take it out of you. Trying to attain a Zen like state of mind in the face of such adversity, is still a goal that needs to be mastered before anymore laptops suffer the fate of a meeting with the pavement two floors down.

Anyhow, you can’t beat a good series of poker and I like watching the World Series of Poker almost as much as I like watching Chelsea stumble to another win against lowly opposition. So for me and my meagre budget, tournaments like the PSO SoP are ideal. I had previously taken part in a micro millions series of events, but without much success.

The 2012 PSO Series of Poker had the usual sort of events you would see at a major poker series, and though the field sizes were a lot smaller, I’m sure there were still some very strong card sharks lurking, though they may have been on the sauce on the occasions I took down my two bracelets.

My friends, who scoff at the $2.25 I might win now and again, were also not particularly impressed with the virtual bracelets I had won, but for me it was easily the highlight of my poker career so far. Probably, printing out the bracelets, and sticking them to a bit of bling around my wrist didn’t help matters much, but I was happy.

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