Just a quick WSOP update today: So far I’ve played four events: $1k, $1.5k, $1k Ladies, and another $1k. I have been fortunate enough to cash two of them so far, although they were both min cashes.
I cashed the first event I played which was Event 45, a $1k. I got out to a quick start and had a really good stack until the last quarter of Day 1. Then I lost a big hand post flop, got down to 30bb, and had to be more careful with my stack the rest of the way.
I was card dead for the last two hours I played, which is unfortunate because the antes were huge. When Day 2 started, we were pretty much on the money bubble. I got a spot to push on the button immediately after the bubble burst, but the SB woke up with JJ and busted me.
It was the first time I was all-in the entire time I played that tournament.
The other event I cashed was the $1k Ladies event. I knew I was going to cash it because I have a 50% ITM rate in ladies tournaments and I didn't cash the Venetian ladies event ;)
I was very short stacked for around 4 hours of Day 1 and felt lucky to make it to Day 2. I started Day 2 with 20bb but busted after hitting TPTK versus a set.
As I said in my previous entry, this is first time I have had the opportunity to play in the WSOP. It's been an awesome experience and I've had a lot of fun! Since it is also the first time I’ve had the chance to play a series of buy-ins $1k and higher, it has also been a good learning experience.
The biggest thing I have had to learn is how to prevent exaggerated disappointment due to the increased buy-ins.
While I don't play differently in higher buy-ins, I feel significantly worse when I bust. This also has to do with the fact that once I bust a live tourney, I can't just load a new one up like I can when I play online.
Mistakes are also highlighted in higher buy-in events.
For example, I failed to get full value with a strong hand in the last half hour of the WSOP Ladies event. This really ticked me off and I couldn't stop silently berating myself about it for the rest of the day. Obviously berating myself isn't the right thing to do, especially when there is still poker left to be played.
I needed to learn from the mistake and move on. I hope that I can learn to do this in tournaments of all buy-ins in the near future.
I'm playing Event 56 today, which is a $1.5k tourney and my last of the series. I plan to play great and hope to run even better! See you next week.
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