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First final table - Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:42 AM
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Just started to play more serious from the beginning of january, but so far only downs I had and bad plays, finishing a few times close to the bubble or most of times in early stages in PSO Skill League or Money play tournaments or other freeroll tournaments. I tried a few money tournaments with small buy-in but gaved up at them until I wont play better.

But today I payed more attention and selected much better hands to play especially in the final stage and after evoiding succesfully the enormous all-ins from the early stages I managed to play my first final table and finishing in the second place.
It was a Pokerstar Women's Club: 550 Play Money Tournament and gained a free ticket to one of the PS Women's Club Play Money Freeroll from 19 January. Now I must see if I'll be free from work or not so I can participate and gain more experience. Until then I'll try to improve my play.
 
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Mon Jan 13, 2014, 09:50 AM
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Congratulations and very well done, look forward to you taking down lots of tourneys and winning loads of money.

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Mon Jan 13, 2014, 10:33 AM
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Thank you very much. I'll try.

I already went through those courses and every time I have a doubt I'm taking a look at them. I have some problems with visualizing some of the video training courses and contacted the PSO support center since those videos can help me understand a few more things I didn't understood completely only from what I read.

Until I wont pass the Poker Assessment Quiz I know I still have to work in my knowledge. So far I failed to take it. And even after I'll take it I always will learn something from every hand and tournament played.
 
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Second final table - Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Wow, just reached my second final table today. It is still in a money play poker tournament, but it seems that I improved a lot, even though I finish on 6th place this time.

Here are some nice hands I played during this tournament. Tell me if I there is any of them which I played bad, or if I should have played them otherwise.

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=1ADB13DF56

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=5786F3E3C7

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=3B76633268

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=4AA5EA47F0

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=D3C1B55B8F

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=686B91FC5B

With the last hand I was out, If he wouldn't have had a heart on the river I would have gained that hand.
 
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Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:54 PM
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http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=D3C1B55B8F

http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=686B91FC5B

With the last hand I was out, If he wouldn't have had a heart on the river I would have gained that hand.

in the two hands above - What is happening in the first one? easy to win when your opponent is treating 72o as the nuts, almost like she was feeding you chips just for the fun of it.

with the second hand, I think the more important question to ask is what hands led you to to have 1 BB
 
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Tue Jan 14, 2014, 06:59 PM
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Most of the chips were lost because of the SB, BB and ante in my wait for a good hand, 2 times I folded post flop and once I folded on turn when the opponents started to make big raises and I didn't get any good combination until then. I was having big suited cards in all those 3 situations and the flop presented small suited cards or a small pair or small cards of the same color only good for straight, trips, flush or even full house.
 
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Mon Jan 20, 2014, 10:59 AM
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Most of the chips were lost because of the SB, BB and ante in my wait for a good hand, 2 times I folded post flop and once I folded on turn when the opponents started to make big raises and I didn't get any good combination until then. I was having big suited cards in all those 3 situations and the flop presented small suited cards or a small pair or small cards of the same color only good for straight, trips, flush or even full house.
The general idea is : once BB increase, stacks get smaller, the looser you need to become, because waiting for premium hands is costly, specially when blinds are high, and even if AA come you may be so short stacked that even if you double up, it won't mean much to your tourney life.

Here is something that will help you with short stack play : http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/art...-Series-Part-3

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Last edited by shoim; Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 01:48 PM..
 
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another final table :D - Mon Feb 03, 2014, 10:06 PM
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Yeah I got in another final table. Finished 3rd place this time. It's still a play money tournament, but it's a good experience.

The start it's always difficult because there are so many all ins at the first raises and most are with very marginal hands, so if I get a shove I'm calling only if I have A9, A10, AJ, AQ, AK or AA, anything else I fold, even KK, JJ or QQ I'm folding then, but once I manage to make some chips, I don't let them to endanger my chips and play my way almost all the time.

Since I managed to pass 2 of the PSO quiz's (Poker Assessment and STT Assessment) I can say I'm improving a lot.
 
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Tue Feb 04, 2014, 04:27 AM
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The start it's always difficult because there are so many all ins at the first raises and most are with very marginal hands, so if I get a shove I'm calling only if I have A9, A10, AJ, AQ, AK or AA, anything else I fold, even KK, JJ or QQ
this is bad.

A9-AJ fare much worse than JJ, QQ and KK against random hands
 
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Tue Feb 04, 2014, 05:32 PM
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until you'll see an AQ or even an AK or an AA you can have your stack very much smaller and even then you can have a bad beat and don't hit a Q or a K, or you hit them but they fit perfectly to one who risked his chips with KK, if you want to play or have a chance to reach further in the tourney beyond the bubble you must risk even with A9-AJ otherwise in early stages or you'll be out before having a chance to hit a good hand and play it with equity.
I prefer to be beaten by an A9-AJ then be beaten by 92 or 62 or even 72 or an A3 who doesn't respect what we learned in the PSO courses.

Just got kicked out from PSO skill league by this hand. I was playing another tournament and didn't realized that this hand was in PSO skill league. Otherwise I would have folded at that level the pair of nine's before preflop. Even an AA, AK or AQ would have been beaten here. And even if I would have shoved I think he would have called.
http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=A9948FF6A1
 
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Sun Feb 09, 2014, 11:30 AM
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Last night I got in another final table of play money tournament and finished in 7th place, but 1 final table from 30 tournies played it doesn't like me, even though I finish in the moneys almost all, between 30-100th place. I could finish higher in all of them if I wouldn't bump in donkeys and fishes.
In PSO skill league tournies it's much more difficult because there are many more of them ...
 
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Thu Feb 13, 2014, 02:36 PM
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Yesterday I made one more final table in a play money tournament where I finished on 9th place and last night a 49th place in PSO Skill League.
 
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Sat Feb 15, 2014, 09:28 AM
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I made yesterday until 106th place in PSO League tournament and today I finished in second place in a play money tournament. It's seems that I'm improving bit by bit. That's it for today. Now it's nap time before a night shift.
 

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