Bearing in mind some of your previous posts also, I suspect you are a bit impatient, Ron, and perhaps your expectations are too high and that fuels your impatience.
Originally Posted by Ronaldadio
I still believe that even the best players need a certain amount of good cards/ lucky breaks to win a tourny
is the simple truth.
I think of myself as a pretty successful MTT player. I have won several thousand dollars so far this year from $11 and under MTTs. Even so, my expectation when I sit down to play a tourney is that I will win nothing 2 times out of 3, and that when I do cash, I will make only a modest profit 2 times out of 3.
In other words, I expect to make the final table and win big only one time in 9. Even though I feel myself to be a better player than 90% of the other entrants, I know that I can`t expect a big win 90% of the time, or even the majority of the time, because luck comes into it.
Because my expectation is relatively modest and is generally achieved, I don`t (usually) get unduly frustrated during lean times and, crucially, I don`t (usually) make dumb plays through impatience. You don`t have to do that sort of thing very often before you are into a downward spiral where errors lead to poorer results, which leads to more impatience, which leads to more errors.
Oh, and AlienGenius is right about aggression. When I advocate patience, I don`t mean be a rock and play weak-tight. I mean watch the opponents, watch the situation, pick your moment, and then go for it.
I remember reading something by Phil Hellmuth, where he said that the good player is like an eagle who soars high above the game, watching with his eagle eye for the moment when he will swoop down and grab a big pot in his talons. Rather overly dramatic perhaps (as with all things Hellmuth), but a pretty good thought.