re: Poker & Ego my worst enemy
Originally Posted by MR TOYMAKER
Last night in us freeroll I'm in ITM, I had pocket kings and called, a bully you described stealing my blinds pushing the table around. I folded a 1/3 of my short stack to the guy and I finially hand a hand . He turns over q?-6d off me Black kings. Flops three diamonds then blank then you guessed its another diamond. Ouch second time today same thing with pocket qq's vs junk = flush just short 3 places out of ITM. But you know i was dissappointed, but yet for the first time I felt I played to my highest potential all day and cashed a few small MTT's. I was proud to swallow such tough beats and still cash later in two other MTT's.
You sound like a good player can you relate to the feeling I described? Like you have turned a corner or the future will be very good?
I do sound like a good player dont I? Too bad I am not!!
I can relate though, that situation especially burns me up in a turbo, because it seems like it happens constantly (at least we get there faster I guess I mean to say). You gotta just keep your head up and drive on. One thing to do in that situation is identify the weak/passive player at the table (hopefully if you are it there will be another one). Then try to steal as many blinds from him as possible. Then you will have enough in your stack so that you can handle a beat or two and not be so crippled that it is either shove/fold.
I really hate when I drop to less than 10xbb late in tourneys. My playing style works out so much better when I get see the flop, then outplay my opponents. I lately have been doing alot better with identifying the correct situations when to steal, bluff, and especially when to extract more chips even when the villian has draws on the board still. I used to panic and drive him out of the pot, for fear of losing what I already have in there. Now I can keep value betting and if he does hit a draw, I have the discipline to get away from the hand and cut my losses. It is very painful at times, but I get paid off so much more now...