Well I joined StoxPoker today and watched my first video by Matt Matros. I am impressed already - I feel like I am already learning things. It is about your mindset. It gave me confidence that I am the right kind of person to play in tournaments.
He talked about how to approach the tournament and staying in the moment and not focusing on the wrong things.
He explained why your goal should be to finish in the top 3 and why anything less than that is not good enough. I think at this point I will settle for the final table - but I need to stop worrying about just making sure I cash.
I played the 80k at Pokerstars
and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders that I was unaware I even had. I had no idea how focused I have been on my chip stack - and how afraid I was of losing it early in tournaments. I know I made some moves today that I would not have made yesterday.
I did find that once I got within 30-40 spots of the bubble I tightened up a bit and passed on some hands I might should have played. But it still felt good to get to the bubble and past it in the top half of the field instead of the bottom half as usual.
I was much more focused on my table and was proud to get some good reads on some players.
After the bubble I was card dead and lost my focus. At one point I got moved to a new table and at this point of the tournament I should have been doing nothing but playing that game. I kept getting distracted and would catch myself doing other things. Then when I got less than 10 blinds I knew nothing about the other players on my table. I think I missed a good opportunity for a shove. When I finally did shove on the button with Q9os after everyone in front of me folded I got called by the bb with A7os and lost.
I didn't finish in the top 3 or final table but finished 104th of over 1800 and had a small cash of $141.
Can't wait to see some of his actual playing.