Monday, May 10, 2010

Is it a Discipline issue or do I just have the wrong goal?

I went out in the BBT5 the worst way possible last night, stacking off with TP.  So bad.  But out of it again comes a realization: I have note been making decisions well.

I am terribly confused by this, as one of my greatest attributes until recently was the great escape.  But recently, I seem happy to drive my hands into oncoming walls and complain that its bad luck that the wall is there.  Ok, sometimes the wall does fall from the sky.  But not always.  Not every time.

Am I missing the discipline of folding, or is is a misguided goal?  I wonder.  Today, my goal is simply to be "right".  I am not going to "try to win the tournament", but rather attempt to simply make the correct decisions, or by putting my opponent on the correct hand, I can take a risk.  But in either case, I need to concentrate on being right, not the tournament.   Lee has tried to convey this to me at times also.  As was the case with the "biggest hand of all time" post and podcast. 

Let's see what happens, shall we?


doug said...

This, in my opinion, is what seperates the good players from the bad. Each poker hand is as unique as a finger-print. None are the same.

Things to consider that make each hand different: chip stack of you, chip stack of opponent, cards delt, position, strategy at given moment to make the money or go deep, your read on your opponent, your table image.

That being said, it makes sense that sometimes you should be willing to go all in with top pair - hell, even middle pair if you "know" you're way ahead.

THAT being said, I'd say most situations will call for you to raise/protect top pair, but be quick to get away at signs of agression.

Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

I like your goal for tonight man. Not sure if "winning the tournament" is ever my main goal going into a tournament. When I decide to push allin with a preflop reraise with KQ with 20 players left and me on a fairly short stack, at that point I may be thinking about only winning the tournament or going home trying, but as a rule I think your goal for tonight is a worthy one for just about any tournament, or any poker session of any kind for that matter.

Here's hoping it works for you tonight.