I finally made it to SM
After a good dozen attempts, this morning I finally was able to qualify for the Sunday milion on PS through the S&G 216 seat $2.20 triple shootout (6 handed, 2 qualifiers).
This is particularly sweet for me because the reason I kept trying this S&G is that I really felt that my shorthanded game needed help. Besides this TS, I've recently been playing many STT's, with mixed results (actually, before this morning, I was showing a small loss). Overall in the last month I think I've made some giant steps forward playing shorthanded. I still, of course, have a long way to go, but I feel that I'm finally grasping how to beat these games and I'm avoiding mistakes that I made before.
I'm writing this for all those members that haven't been playing NLHE a long time, like me. I started playing real money
less than 7 months ago now. I think that new players struggle shorthanded because they mostly play very tight. While this is a good, profitable style in 9-handed games and MTT's, you lose an edge in shorthanded ones where the starting hand requirements and the overall play need to be looser. New players tend to struggle with this transition, and that was my case. The window of improvement for me remains wide open, but I have a better understanding now of what is needed to compete and succeed in these games. In time and with further experience, I hope to really be able to beat them on a regular basis.
I unregistered from the SM and took the T$. I don't think I'm ready for that type of tourney and competition. The biggest MTT's I've played in so far had a buy-in of $10+$1 so I should try something in the 20's or 30's rather than a $215 tourney. Besides, the $215 represent 25% of my bankroll right now so it'd be silly to play it in one shot against a strong field like the SM.