re: Poker & My MTT Strategies
Great questions LarkMeadow,
Having enough sleep and not starting MTTs to late to be fresh at the final table.This is a major leak and bankroll killer if you do it!
I don't drink alcohol and play poker,My decisions are horrible past a couple of beers.
I keep a calander of the tourneys I intend to play,So for the most part I Have a schedule daily and start each day knowing most of when I will play that day.
I read poker books
daily,post and study on CC daily,and think about poker when Im away from the game. (yes im obsessed)
I avoid playing Deep Stack tourneys online,My attention span for playing online is generally 5 hours without at least an hour break.
Your Image at the table:
Your image at the table, will determine in a lot of situations,how others will play you.Having people fearing getting involved with you at the table narrows the range of cards that they will play,thus making it easier to figure out where you are in a paticular situation.
Fearlessness and Foolishness are easily confused.
There is a big differance between someone having a read,and an advantage in a situation and making a strong play,vs unbridled Aggression.One looks like the other in the short term,but over the long term are easily distinguished.
Making great calls,and great laydowns are very important in MTTs,and are very hand specific.I intend to post some of these as I encounter them in tourneys.In general,having people respect/underestimate/fear your play is an advantage for you.
Example:I played a tourney recently and pushed 650 chips (all-in for Big Blind) into an unopened pot.My table image was very aggressive and I was called by kq,I turn over 2 6 off,and went on to win the pot.The very next hand,I raise a normal 3x and the Big Blind pushes a very nice sized stack in.I insta-call since Im sitting with AA and the current nutz.
I win the pot and the tourney.In the tourney chat the player put "I thought you were full of crap when you raised".I said "Thats the best part of showing down 6 2 off".They went on to say "I guess Ill never be good then".I chuckled because they are right in a sense that the 1 hand might not be the perfect play,But I had little risk in the 2 6 hand, and cleaned up with my powerful hand due to my image.This plays out in a variety of ways and I intend to post more examples as I can.
Originally Posted by LarkMarlow
As I wrote on your intital thread, I'm really impressed by your approach to MTTs. I've started a "snowbook" to study when I'm offline, which now includes excellent posts here by others too, like Joe's and SPs.
Great playing with you last night Snow, though of course we weren't in a mega tourney.
One quality I noticed in your play is that you are fearless, something I could definitely take some tips on. And that naturally leads to a larger question having to do with the psychology of playing. In my experience, being on my A-game has a lot to do with Attitude in addition to all the other factors. So--what sort, if any, of mental/emotional preparation do you bring to the tables? How do you sustain that energy throughout the duration of MTTs, which can sometimes last what feels like forever?