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Improving for SCOOP ME-L - Wed May 08, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Hello PSOers!
I qualified for the Swedish cup of online poker recently without knowing it, so I missed it, and instead they sent me a $109 SCOOP ticket which I'm planning to use for the L main event. Not nearly as good but a decent compensation still! While I'm a decent tournament player with deep runs when I actually play them, I don't think I'm nearly good enough to have a decent shot to run deep in such an event. I'm going to grind tournaments until May 26th, but I obviously need ways to improve and things to read up on. Analyzing tournament plays is somewhat more complicated than cash (which I consider my primary game) so any tips are welcome.

Thanks in advance and regards!


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Thu May 09, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Hi Fesk,

Look at the structure... this is a super deep stacked/slow structure event. You could get coolered on the first hand and lose half your stack, and it's still easily recoverable as you'd still be 150bb's deep. Some notes about this kind of structure:

1) Patience is rewarded. I don't mean to nit it up and only play premiums, as you have excellent depth of money early on (you can speculate in position more, 3b/4b lighter, etc.), but you have plenty of time to acquire player reads devise your game plan for how you're going get your chips at this table, and execute that plan. If you end up at a tough table, you can afford to be a bit more conservative and wait it out for a table change. And so forth.

2) Plan ahead. A deep run in this thing will take a ton more time than you're used to grinding, you need to have the rest of the day/night freed up for this.

3) Get a good night's sleep the night before. See #2... being well rested heading in will mean being less likely to make fatigue related mistakes late when the big money is on the line.

4) Watch deeper stack training material. Starting 300bb's deep is way outside the normal MTTer's comfort zone/area of expertise. Players who are comfortable and knowledgable playing deep will have an edge. If you already feel good about your short stack mtt game, trust that it'll be there when you need it, and focus preparation time on deep stack mentality imo. If you can make live training this Sunday for the Sunday Special, Gareth is hosting and will be playing SCOOP 2L, also a deep stacked slow structure. Not as much so as the ME, but similar ideas early on for sure, would be a good class to make for the mindset.


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Tue May 14, 2013, 04:43 AM
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Excellent pointers, Dave! I haven't been able to attend any trainings at all recently because I've been working so much, but I'll definitely look into some material about similar structures. I'm quite comfortable with deep stacks but I guess the level of play will be much higher here so I might just as well try to get an edge. This helped a lot, thanks!

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