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Nightmare first 3 months

By: thephoenix11 @ 07:17 (EDT) / 250 / Comment ( 0 )

Ok so after floating the osl for over a year, either not having the br to get the fpp's for the prem or not having the finishing place to get there, i finally had both 3 months ago and boy what a difference.




My first month was eye opening to say the least. No longer was using the time bank a favourite route to points, No longer did making a bluff move seem akin to applying the brakes after you've drove off the cliff. In fact it became a vital tool to staying alive.


It was a topsy turvy month to say the least. A steep learning curve where i made an almost fatal mistake of trying for a cash place on the last day to bust out early and put myself on the verge of a drop to the fish infested pond that is the open league. I ended up finishing 840th or so and only just made it through to the next month.


After learning that painful lesson i headed into month 2 with a more focussed attitude. Unfortunately i seemed to be stuck on bad beat mode and a bad start to the month ended with me deciding on a crazy idea.


I challenged myself to go to the bottom of the league and make a comeback. Boy was that a mistake. It was made very difficult to make the bottom of the leaderboard as the guy occupying that seat (dulebegd) was absolutely terrible. I was throwing my chips away at the start to ensure my exit as quickly as possible to lose the max points i could but sure enough this guy was out just as fast as me. My break came when he missed a couple of tournaments which gave me the chance to finally overtake him. 1st Goal achieved now for the comeback.


Well the comeback didn't start too badly, 5 points scoring results straight off the bat, but then it turned into a nailbiter again. Unable to score regular enough, or indeed finish deep enough in the points, i once again ended up 20 or 30 places out of the top 800. Once again my seat unsecure. And by the skin of my teeth made it through to the next month.


Month 3. Well i started the same as last month. A pretty bad start but this time i made no crazy challenges. I just seemed to be suffering from what i call "can't win so don't win" attitude. The belief that i wasn't going to win was unreal. Every time i was calling off massive bets when i knew i was beat, just because i wanted to see for myself that my AJ top pair had been rivered by the A8 with 4 card straight and a hole host of other similar bad beats.


Couple that with a lot of poor decisions and i ended up heading into the final league day 60.03 points off 800th place with only 4 tournaments to go. I had truely given up on any chance of making it through, given that i was down in 1100th place or so.

With this in mind i entered the 7am BST tournament anyways and had a sharp start. The guy on my immediate right was going all in everyhand. I figure i needed to take greater risk given the scoring calculator had me needing to finish 9th minimum to scrape into the top 800. So i'm in early position and he shoves all in. I'm holding 88. Not the best spot or the best hand to risk it but i'm at that "i ain't gonna do it" point so i makes the call. Thankfully nobody else woke up with anything and hu to the flop we went. He showed 42 and my 8's held up and i got my first double up.


Later on i was holding kk facing a raise and a shove of just over 1k. With enough chips to have a healthy stack aginst the bigger 3k stack should i lose i went over the top with a raise. Player 3 shoves and tables AK. The origional shover tables QQ and i win the pot to take me up over 10k in chips relatively early in the tournament.


At this stage i shut everything else down. T.v. off, radio off, my between hands browsing, gone. poof My sole focus is on this single tournament.


After 3 hours of watching the players slowly trickle down we end up  in the last 18.  With my mind racing i couldn't believe i was going to make it so thoughts of how many points left to get were in my head. With just above average stack i didn't want to do anything at all to jeapordise myself but we seemed to have got stuck at 18 players. For over 30 minutes nobody went out. I had to start making bluffs.


After managing to keep my stack just above avg we finally got down to the final 10. I was literally shaking at this point. Every hand i won had me shouting "come on" in my living room full voice. 10th would give me enough points to be just outside but possibly within that golden backet of players who don't make the 800 but are invited back because of technical problems with some of the higher finishing players. 9th would scrape me into the top 800th and pretty much guarentee my seat.


And then it happened. The lights of the final table appeared as the 10th player went out. I'd made it. Screaming and shouting my head off i typed in the chat "yes, yes, freaking yes" and then "i can't believe i've done it"


Once again, down to the wire to secure my seat. I ended up finishing 4th to climb me up into the top 700 and totally safe.


So after a nightmare first 3 months i think i'm ready to take this to the next level. I need to keep my head and approach each tournament as if it's the only tournament. Stack up some good results and average results and keep the poor results to a minimum.j


Hopefully this will be the month i finish without the last minute dash and heart in mouth situations of the previous 3 months.


The learning continues and the journey has just begun, here's to a good month.........

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