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Finally Embracing MTT Games!!!



"Not so far into the future, in a small rural area, we see a small nipa hut standing in the middle of a rice field.  Inside the hut is a man peacefully and patiently tapping on his laptop.  A closer look reveals he is playing on-line poker at Pokerstars.  An Ace of Heart  appears on the river giving him a Royal Flush with his hole card of King and Queen of Hearts plus the Jack and Ten of hearts on the flop. This will definitely cripple the chip stack of his last remaining opponent who seems to be pot committed already.  For a while he looked outside the window.  The sight of his lush green rice field with its golden grains bowing on its own weight was enough to clear his head and relax his mind.  In a few moment, the tournament that started hours ago with thousands of players  will soon be over and  he will be back outside to tend as little as possible to his rice field and vegetable garden that grew mostly by itself. 

He remembers almost a year ago, when he won the $5,000 on Pokerstars'  WBCOOP Best Blogger prize money. With a sudden boost in his bankroll and some money he has saved, he finally decided to give up his stable but stressful job at the office and became a "professional on-line poker player/farmer/gardener".  He did not dive immediately into higher buy-ins even though he can already afford it. He can set a very conservative one thousand buy-in buffer and play in the five dollar tourneys, but he did not, well, at least not in the first few weeks. After all, he was still in the micro level, playing nothing more than $1.50 tourneys when he won the prize. For him, it will be like a big fat fish jumping into a pool of sharks. Instead he did the opposite and grind less than his usual number of games. He is no longer pressured to immediately increase his bankroll so he has more time to spend analyzing his past games. He even managed to learn to use the poker odds calculator and has become pretty good in estimating his equity value when presented with a difficult situation at the poker table. He did invest a few bucks on the latest poker tracking software, HUD, and several coaching hours with the best poker players he can afford.  And he finally upgraded to a higher specs laptop. He took his time learning the basics of building a bankroll using solid poker strategy. Currently, he is grinding in the $5-$10 tournaments and MTT.  So far, everything has worked ok for him.  Not that he has not encountered any hardship along the way... in fact there were a couple.  But he has learned a lot playing poker and he knows how to manage his resources very well.  And he applies in his daily life the same patience he uses religiously at the poker table.  He knew he still has a long way to go but as long as he keeps his head on his shoulder, he knew he will be ok.  A sharp beeping sound immediately brought the man's attention back to his game and he calmly click the ‘All-In’ button…”

If I win the $5,000 WBCOOP Best Blogger prize... well, that man in the story above could be me!!!

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