Thrills vs. skill
Thrills vs. skill
Poker players will randomly talk about skill but most are there for the thrill of action, rush of playing against the odds
, hitting the miracle outs. These are some examples of results of thrill thinking. However, skill can be randomly compared closely to that of their counterpart because of the rush of knowing their opponent, rush of knowing how to predict their opponents play, getting their opponent to put all of their chips in the middle with only hopes of hitting miracle card; this is an example of skill thinking. Common ground is the rush of playing but what is different, the ability to control the thrill and play for the skill, not let the rush of action compel a person to make mistakes at the wrong time either from thrill thinking or underestimating the skill of our opponents, or even underestimating our own skill against the tournament, the field in the tournament, and the structure of the tournament?
Why is this important? I have been studying how I was going to run deep at America’s Card Room; when they offer the big field in a big payout GTD mtt tournament. For example, the freebuys that have a five hour late registration, I often play their Big 10 mtt’s that have three hour late registration but the field is not as deep and the structure is different. Not majorly different but different.
I knew if I applied my skill and kept the thrill to a minimum I knew this is a major advantage to the rest of the field that was playing for the thrill. Skill is combination of small edges that have to be applied for a long period of time because of the knowing how long a person has to stay alive to reach the big money because of the payout structure. This is hard to assess because of how to apply skill thinking and try not to get caught up in thrill seeking to acquire chips. Understanding, knowing your opponents approach and how they will attempt to gather chips; to stay alive for at least 12 hours will take extreme patience that will border on being too passive; this is the kryptonite to being patient.
Why this is important for me? I have been working on playing my B/A game as long as possible when running these long tournaments, and since this part of my game is a moving target, to get used to a structure of a long mtt live event that might last multiple days’ work mentally also has to be done. These tournaments will help me cut my teeth of playing for a long periods of time to get used to this method. I have commented on how I would like to play on internet then switch to live tournaments that have no idea who or where I came from.
I have finished short of my goals in previous attempts but last Sunday; I finished third in the $1.00 buy in with five hours of late registration, $3,000.00 GTD. I had to play for 12 hours to make it to the final three but since my goal was to keep my decisions easy and put the harder decisions on my opponents. I still became tired and less focused as time went along. However keeping my decisions easy was the key to understanding how well my skill was playing against the many different tables and opponents. I did have my moments of thrills but I understood when this was happening and adjusted when I needed to along the way. However, I believe it takes more skill and fewer thrills to achieve the right focus for a long grind of this type of mtt. Hope all is going well and hope everyone has success in their individual endeavors.