I really thought my name was on the prize of the WCOOP PLO8b tourney. I know I am very good at the game. I know the field isn’t. I am not going to play a lot of the WCOOP but this was the one that I felt supremely confident about.
I played crap.
Or rather for 4 hours I played well, except for about 3 hands where I played just as bad as you possibly can. Crucially, I bet top and bottom pair into a big field, and kept betting it even though the warning lights were going off. As the line goes in one of my favourite Simpson’s: “Is a flashing red light ever a good sign?” I ignored it and effectively crippled myself.
The problem with tournaments now for me is that I almost never play them. This year I have played less than 50, discounting sitngo’s and satellites. I simply don’t sit down for 5 -10 hours at a stretch anymore. I’m starting to think that mentally and physically I can’t sit down for that long. Also, when playing cash plo8b I always have at least 100 big blinds in front of me. My whole style of play has developed around the big implied odds of a big stack. Of course you simply never get the same stack sizes in a tourney, especially in the later stages. So plo8b becomes “tourney poker”. Ho hum.
I have qualified for the PLO and I will definitely play that. I may also play the NLHE 500, not because I like my chances – I don’t – but because if I’m going to get lucky, I may as well have the best return for my investment. Let the poker gods be kind :-)
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