Reviewing my play over the last seven days I noticed that I have played in some 40 tournaments, all online, 25 here at PSO alone. Forty! Thats almost six tourneys a day. Guess what? I am burnt. The last three events I have played have been marked with poor play and lack of inetrest. So I am taking a break. How long? Probably a week maybe more. Until I feel like playing poker. And that is my point. If you are playing poker just to be playing you are unlikely to be getting much out of it. Poker requires your concentration level to be high. Take a break. Review hand histories, read up, watch some televised tourneys, but don't play. I think you'll find the results interesting. You will look at what you thought was old info, maybe one of Harrington's books, and discover something new. You will watch a tournament and see a play that you understand much better now and can see how it can be incorporated into your game. You might look at a hand history and find something that you did that you really should/shouldn't be doing more. By not playing for even a few days you can allow the knowledge to sink in. Review your game and digest new lessons.It is a step you must take if you are to really learn.
Mix it up! Mix up those raises every now and then or you will be too predictable.
If you find yourself in middle position first to act with small or medium connectors throw in a raise occasionally. And when that hand hits and you take down a nice pot, it will be sweet music when someone says " I can't believe you raised with that hand." You'll be thinking," Good, I don't want you to know what I am liable to raise with pal."
Also, if you don't play Omaha and 7-stud start right now. You didn't always know how to play Hold'em and you learned. These games are not that hard and there is plenty to gain from playing them. Start today you will be glad you did.
I had a second place finish out of 126 starters for a nice payout. But the lesson here was how it happened.
I didn't limp to the final table, I crawled. At ninth in chips, even the eighth place guy had twice my stack. But shortly after the final table started both #7 and #8 went all in against the big stack and lost. Two places just like that. And it did not stop. Two complete orbits and twice the table folded to me in the big blind. An absolutely horrendous error. I played, at most five hands in the next half hour I'd guess and found myself in fourth place. Not just fourth in chips mind you, there were only four of us left as we went to break. I was able to bob and weave and keep a respectable but still relatively small stack and ended up head up with 3/1 stack disadvantage but with a clear shot at the top prize when I should have been long gone. So while you should be agressive with your small stack at most tables, be aware. If you see players making really bad strategic mistakes, let them. It is not often that this will happen in this "golden age" of poker but it can and you must take advantage of all opportunities. Even when the best thing to do is do nothing at all.
Jaun Pablo Montoya is going to look in the mirror one day and find that #20 does not soon forget. I will be cheering when that happens.
Street Sense is my pick to win the Kentucky Derby. He will be the first colt to win both the Derby and the 2 yr. old's Breeders cup chamionship.