Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Finally a 3 table victory

I finally won a three table sit n go at Party Poker for $275. I think I had come in 2nd 3 other times. I haven't been keeping track on Poker Tracker because it's been a pain in the ass, but I think I am cashing in around 40% of the tournaments I play.

I tried out some of the tips I read in another blog. I thought the best one was going after the medium stacks when it gets close to the money. They are the most likely to be playing ultra tight because they are just waiting for the small stacks to disappear. I did manage to steal a couple of blinds with that technique.

I also tried keeping the pots small in the beginning. It did help me once when I flopped two ugly pair on the big blind with about 3 others in the pot. I only bet the minimum and someone tried to come over the top of me all in. I called and quickly doubled up.

Finally when it was heads up, I had a 3 to 1 chip lead. Immediately my opponet went all in a few times so I decided to play the waiting game. My lead never got below 2-1 but we played a lot of hands. My opponet actually mixed it up fairly well. What I tried to do is fold a few small blinds to think he could start to push me around and then he went all in with crap and I busted him when I had Jacks.

I also wanted to comment on the World Series of Poker Main Event broadcast last night. Those pros were really having a hard time adjusting their games to the rank amateurs at the table. No wonder Dan Harrington made it to the final table twice. All you need to do is play super tight and don't bluff. That should at least get you through day one. Why would you want to play like Daniel Negreanu or Gus Hansen and see every flop? They have a big bullseye on their chest and everyone is going to bluff right back at them, because that's all they see on TV.

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