March 19, 2011
Just typing these thoughts out before the tourney today so i've got in my mind what I need to do. Playing the incredible 100 today at dusk till dawn. 20k guarantee. Over the past few weeks i've played ok in spots, but am totally conscious of where i'm going wrong, which I think is more important.
So, with this in mind here's what i'm going to do, (and NOT do)
1) No rash decisions when the decision in question doesn't warrant one(ie no 'gut instinct' snap calls/folds)- pause, take a few minutes, look him/her up n down, go through the situation, work it out. What are they representing? What hand range are they putting me on. What ,price am I getting? - when I take a couple of minutes, and think about it, my reads have gotten a little better over the past few months and in a tourney can save/make me critical chips.
2) No heavy carbs, no more than 1 beer all day/night. Don't wanna be tired and blur my decision making- relates to number 1)
3) Open up quicker than most of the table in the mid game! The tournament starts deep, 10k stack, but when the antes creep in after like level 6 or something, the stacks start getting shallower, the # of players go down, hand values go up, pots get more valuable pre flop yet people remain tight! So i need to open up.
4) Look for good resteal spots/use my table image.
All of the above is hideously obv, and in reading all that back, it looks as if i've been playing for 6 months just read up Harrington on Hold em volume one-three and have convinced myself i'm as good as Action Dan, but I just feel at the mo I need to go back to basics, and plug a few leaks in my live game.