re: Poker & Poker School on PokerStars
Yes, I play in it. Lots of good articles on the site, also.
FYI: The PSO Skill league has some pretty nice prizes each month.
Since the scoring setup rewards lasting to ITM consistently more than placing high, it's definitely doable to make at least a few league bucks, if you are any good at lasting long. The top prize for the month (for a real money
active player) is $1500-- and IMO well worth shooting for, despite having to play a ton of hours in freerolls and making pennies as you go. The money for even the top 100 is worth it. It's not just about the step-type tourneys that you try to qualify for and win.
The issue I'm having this month is that, towards the end of the month, there seemed to be a lot of players in the PSO Skill freerolls who didn't know or didn't care about the scoring. (Some are at the bottom of the rankings, so they have nothing to lose.) So they were shoving much too much for the comfort of those of us who were trying to last in the game. This is not an unusual situation in normal freerolls, but, typically, in this league, it happens less since the focus is on staying alive as long as possible
. It's not clear whether these players understood that at all. Some clearly found it funny to shove at those of us who were trying to move up. It may actually be a smart move, come to think of it. Especially if you don't care, but know the other person does. It was, however, apparent that many of these palyers weren't thinking that deeply.
So one is faced with the (very normal) problem of calling an allin with a premium hand, which may win or may get crushed -- and if it gets crushed early in the tourney, your ranking goes down the tubes. Ah well, as I say, it's a standard situation. But in most standard situations, you are risking only that tourney, not a month's worth of playing, not a ranking you have struggled to get. It's interesting, psychologically.