Sunday, July 25, 2010

That Waffles!

Every once in a while I pull a Waffles move and do something massively stupid. I had the pleasure of doing that this weekend. Luckily there is no permanent damage.

Finished Week 3 of the C25K challenge. It was a mixed run. I was huffing hard but made it through. My legs started week but in the middle I felt like.. like.. um.. a real runner! It was pretty cool.

Next week is going to be BRUTAL. I think. The plan expands from 1.5 and 3 min alternating runs to 3 min and FIVE MINUTE runs!!! UG! WTF! Fuckers! I hate you so bad!

Finished my first Poker Academy Challenge and my second:

Challenge: Don't finish in the bottom 3 in 4 9-handed S&Gs that pay 3 spots.
Why: You can't win a sit & go when there are still nine, eight, or seven players remaining. In the early stages, your goal should just be to make it to the middle stages in half-decent shape, and that means playing tight and avoiding unnecessary risks. If you can reach the final six with roughly an average stack, you've already gone from a 1-in-3 chance of cashing to a 1-in-2 chance.

Challenge: Fold A-J, A-T, A-9, K-Q, or K-J in early position 2 times while 7 or more players remain in a 9-handed S&G.
Why: Aaron described A-J and A-T as hands that look attractive, but are actually very vulnerable, particularly from early position. It's hard to call a three-bet because you might be dominated, and ultimately, you're much more likely to lose a huge pot than to win one out of position with hands like these. Folding these hands demonstrates that you have the discipline to play tight in the early going.

Challenge: Go all-in with A-Q, A-J, or A-T while 5 or 6 players remain in a 9-handed S&G.
Why: Once you've reached the middle stages of the sit & go, the blinds are becoming substantial and it's time to take some risks. That means being willing to race against a pocket pair in hopes of doubling up or eliminating an opponent.

Challenge: Play 5 S&Gs; your buy-in for each can be no greater than 2 percent of your Full Tilt bankroll. (I had to drop back down to 2.20's for this)
Why: Aaron spoke about variance and mentioned that he's sometimes gone as many as 20 sit & gos in a row without cashing. If you play for too high a percentage of your bankroll and go on a cold streak, you'll be broke in a hurry. The discipline to play for appropriate amounts of money is essential to your long-term success.

I totally agree with this yet I am sticking with the 5.50's for now.

Challenge: The Pro Play - Finish in first place in 2 9-handed non-satellite, non-Matrix, non-Step S&Gs.
Why: f you're playing a sit & go properly in the early stages and middle stages, you're putting yourself in a position not only to cash, but to finish in first place and win 50% of the prize pool. Victory should always be the goal when you enter any tournament.

Also Why: Fuck ya I love da Money!!! WOOT!

Next up: Middle-Stage SNGs

I kind of like these challenges just to give me something interesting to track. Also I am liking some of the tips and why. The first two challenges I did instinctively without even trying. This one seems to do things that are against my nature so I will have to work on it.


Blogger Wolfshead said...

I like Howard Lederer's single table strategy, play for the money and then go for the win. I like to play very tight, ABC poker early on and get fanciful once I reach the money or maybe even the bubble. Works for me

8:49 PM

Blogger Josie said...

I'll give you some permanent damage!

1:19 AM


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