This is a discussion on Always a Tournament Bridesmaid.. help? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I do well at sit and goes, spin and wins, tournaments. I play tight with an occasional twist to keep them guessing. I think I
I do well at sit and goes, spin and wins, tournaments. I play tight with an occasional twist to keep them guessing. I think I do well for a fairly new poker player.
I generally make it to final two, and sometimes I win but more often than not, I choke.
Does anybody have a good suggestion on how to switch playing modes in your brain? It's very hard for me to go from a tight player to loosen aggressive for the win with increasing blinds. Usually the only time I play aggressive and loose is after a fight with my husband
How do you guys switch personalities without natural bipolar tendencies, that other players apparently have but not me?
I play tourneys in two phases. The first is tight aggressive to make the cash- and I seldom deviate for this style. As soon as I have bubbled I open my range immediately- any strong hand will be bet aggressively. Simple stuff.
However, I do not let expectations run away with me. At best you (anyone) will win a tiny percentage of tournaments along the way. Many pros have never won a sizable tournament in their career.
Set realistic goals- aim to cash regularly. Then aim to ladder up and hit final tables regularly, be proud and recognize those achievements for what they are- achievements.
re: Poker & Always a Tournament Bridesmaid.. help?
In short handed, I just think instead of 9 hands out there with the potential to be good there are only 4, 3, or 2 other hands besides mine and that helps me open up my range. depending on who I am playing with sometimes I open nearly 70% of my starting hands at this stage because most people continue to wait for premium hands and will not continue if they don't hit the flop and I can win loads of blinds and chip up.
Steal them blind and then call their all in with their chips. I like thinking that way, I feel that I am relying less on getting lucky with cards and hitting the flop.
when you reach that point of "lack of bipolarism", you can attempt to become bi-polar, by adding chemicals to your brain...
Take a str8 brandy or other hard alco, and swish it in your mouth for as long as you can... or take a long draw on your ganja pipe...as I do... and your mindset will change...
It's just a game right? and you are deep in the money right?
It'll be fun! ...and if you fail... well too bad!
or just go all almost every time... at least you will win 50%
You are a rare breed though... I've hardly met non bi-polar Ladies!
"May the perfumes of the divine goddess embrace you as you slip off happily in a drunken dream!" ~ Guru
But Playing overly tight, , keeps you in the game, not being eliminated.
When you play it tight, to get to say, top 50, it might help to think, "I've played it correctly, no shame in taking calculated chances." Better to play that marginal hand, J10 K9, and be eliminated at 50, giving it a real go, than hoping and praying for a pocket pair.