Originally Posted by Egon Towst
I am one of the more successful MTT players here.
So far in 2009, I have won five MTTs outright (one of them joint first in a chop), had one second place, and two other final table finishes. That is from approximately 100 tournaments entered.
Whether you define that as winning "constantly" depends on your frame of reference. I think most experienced MTT players would think it a good win rate. I certainly feel that 2009 has been a good year for me so far.
However, if you look at it from another viewpoint, it is 8 successes and ~92 failures, which doesn`t seem very good. Members of my family who don`t understand poker think I must be crap at it, since I play often and win only occasionally.
The nature of MTTs is that you win when you play a solid game and when your cards hold up. You need both to come together on the same day to provide you with a win.
More often than not, you can play your "A" game and take a bad beat and crash out of the game. You need iron discipline and strength of purpose to hold your temper and play the exact same way the next day. If you let bad luck affect your play, you start on a downward spiral towards a place where you can never win.
Making a career out of online MTTs is not for the faint-hearted.
So true Egon
That post will have to be a "you must read before playing tournament" sticky IMO as it really helps to know exactly how to prepare mentally a tournament and the realistic goals we need to have on tournaments ROI.
Discipline of play won't make you win all the tournaments but it will highly help you to provide a good ROI.
As an example I was blaming my TAG game for taking long series of non cashing or only small cashes (2 or 3 buy-ins), then trying to change my "starting style" to LAG only for ending losing more.
Then at the start of 2009, I've reconsidered things : have a plan before the start of the game, adapt it slightly depending on the reads you have on your opponents (very true concerning blinds stealing) but do not try to double up too soon unless you have a monster as it hasn't the same impact on your tournament at early stages as a big lost could have.
Then building slowly your stack in order to be able to be the "pressure guy" at the bubble and not the "under pressure" one to finish as a total LAG if you're lucky enough to be the big stack with 2-3 tables left. (LAG doesn't mean maniac )
I think I found a style of play that I'm comfortable with (as you can see in my current ROI and results for 2009 on FT at OPR) and that's the determinant point. The more you're comfortable with your playing style the more the decisions you will have to take will be easier.
Being able to easily lay down a very good hand like QQ because the action before you has lighten up the red alarm lamp in your brain and you know you're beat then seeing two big stack going all-in with KK and AA is IMO probably the best feeling you could have at a poker table. Cause you know you're playing the right game at the right moment and that this will probably lead you to the final table unless you get very cold cards all tourney along.
the plan I give is the one I
feel comfortable with, no needs to say that it isn't an universal plan that will makes all tournament player winning ones.
Each player has a different mentality : some will be able to throw 30-40 hands in a row even if he sees all others players at his table building big amount of chips and some just need to play a lot more hands as they know they have the post-flop quality play to do so and be smart enough to fold when the hand isn't good to play anymore.
Each player has his A-game.
Like I said having a plan before the start and adapting it all the tournament along is crucial.
And please don't let those silly bad beats make you think that you're not playing the right game. If you have made the good decision and been beaten only by runner runner or an ace on the river when all-in then it's part of the play and just take in count that you've made the right move.
Who knows next tourney you could be the bad beater