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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Soon and Very Soon

I am once again experiencing the psychological displacement that occurs when I'm getting ready to swap one location for another. I leave for Las Vegas in five days. I'm well on track for various chores, errands, and the Last Minute Laundry Ritual. It's just all a bit more complicated because I'm going to be away for a whole month.

In the run-up to my WSOP experience, I'm playing much less live poker (where things have been brutally rough for me of late). I've been signing up for large-field, multi-table tournaments online and practicing the skills that I think will be needed in June. So far, the results have been very encouraging, as I have cashed in four out of five events. It would be really nice to actually WIN something, however.

Hanging on to a substantial chiplead seems to be my biggest challenge. I think I'm going to experiment with folding-everything-but-superpremium-hands for a couple of levels next time I find myself way out in front. The game I played last night, I went from a very healthy second place to out in less than twenty hands. Granted, some of them were fairly ugly coolers, but still, my own play was nothing pretty either.

I was impressed by the hyper-aggressive action in that six-max, deepstack tournament. It was relentless pressure from start to finish: eight solid hours of raises and re-raises. Even with the very gradual blind structure, players were scrapping over every chip. I was completely wrung out afterward. I figure that I saw nearly as many hands in eight hours of online play as I would in a 14-hour day of live action. Stamina really matters.

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Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

GL out west.

5/26/09 12:14 PM  
Blogger Poker Dreams said...

Good Luck...I feel like your going to breakthrough outr there this time.


5/26/09 2:50 PM  
Blogger Poker Dreams said...

Event #11 ESPN Coverage..."hmm all in moment" bet you planned your events around TV coverage...lol just kidding

5/26/09 3:06 PM  
Blogger BWoP said...

See you soon!

5/26/09 3:54 PM  
Blogger dbcooper said...

Good luck. Look forward to hearing how you do!!!

5/26/09 6:26 PM  

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