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Winning or placing?
Do you relax and start to play not so thoughtfully as soon as you're sure you will
i play to last as long as i can, i aim to a certain amount i want to acieve and then go for it. If i make it, i aim for another target. That way I last a long time. I try to at least get into the money so i've made the last 2 and a half hours worth playing. Nothing worse than playing 2 and a half hours and getting kicked out 4 people away from the money. I used to have that problem in the past.
I am playing for win, profit and FUN. Still one should consider that in micro tournaments, you invest more time(which is not paid) than you could possibly win. For example PokerStars 0,25$ 45-Player Sit&GO you could win 3,23$ maximally and it takes almost 3 hours to accomplish this. So, best case you win 1$/hour, which is not really profitable.
My main goal while playing is to make the best decisions I can .
I try to be 100 % focused throw the whole tournament especially after I am in the money because i find that it is very important to try and maximize your winnings in every tournament so you can increase your overall win rate .
In tournaments I always play to win taking a lot of chances early rather than late. The profit and cashes take care of themselves. I'm not really interested in playing for hours to get a min cash and my money back.
My goal is to win every time I play poker .... however I am aware that I do not always win and I must be prepared to lose too .... and the fact of losing does not make me the worst player ... but also I try to play very relaxed and enjoying the game ...
I play thinking in stages and depending on my stack. For example, in CC freerolls, i play first for be a top 60. After to be in the prized positions, after to be top 15 and then for final table. After the final table, I play like a new tournament.
If my stack is so short close to the bubble, I wait for mini profit and do not take risks, but if my stack is way big I play normal in any phase and look to raise/mantain the stack until the FT.
I try winning, just getting in prize pool makes me loose so much money by agressive players when the tournament is getting close to the bubble.
Winning don't mean first place at all, final table is already a win!
I always try to keep my wits about me especially after getting into the cash. You will never make enough money to make a living (not that I am trying to) if you only take last cash. You need to get further into the cash to make any decent amount of money on the game. Winning doesn't have to happen a lot but if you never go for the win you won't be a winning player and if you never practice heads up you will struggle as you reach short handed tables.
Neither. I play to have fun. I play for entertainment, to experiment, to learn. If I wanted to be serious I would hit the local card rooms. For me online poker is just an entertainment when time and desire match what is going on.
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I've always have been hyper-aggressive after placing into the money. In the long run it has hurt my ROI. In the future I will play more normal and stick to my game. I rarely make top three being so aggressive no matter many stack.