December 10, 2009
Itâ€™s been a while since I played some MTTs, and boy was I glad I chose to today. Ended up having one good score and one ok one for a very profitable day.
I ran deep in the $44 6-max ($4.2k for 1st) and at 3-handed, I was 2nd in chips (a bit behind the chipleader and not far ahead of the guy in 3rd) and decided to take a deal. I went for a straight ICM chop for $2700 (with $300 left for the actual winner). I feel quite nitty for doing a deal, and to be honest I wouldnâ€™t have even considered one if I wasnâ€™t down-swinging these last few months, or if either of the players were fish, but they both seemed like quite solid players and I just wanted to book $2700. I think if this had been at the height of my upswing a few months ago (with recent short-handed NL MTT practice) I would be able to play with absolute confidence, but I was worried I would make mistakes against these guys due to rustiness and pressure, especially as the guy to my left was fairly aggressive and unpredictable so far. In the end I did ship the $300 win as well, but we will never know what would have happened if I said â€˜no dealâ€™ (nor does it matter). After playing it out, I realised that I probably did have a decent edge on both of the guys if I played my A-game, as they turned out to be more like typical â€œsolid tourney donksâ€ rather than decent poker players, but Iâ€™m still happy with my decision at the time.
Meanwhile, I was also going deep in a $22 freezeout with a $5k first prize, but I ended up busting out 7th for a measly $945. Still, an overall good day worth about $3773 profit.
Itâ€™s pretty sick how the rare times I load up a couple tourneys, I end up going deep in something. Probably signs that I should play more tourneys, but it depends if my soul can handle it day in day out.