This article is written with those new to the PSO SL in mind, with some collateral benefit for the more experienced players as well.. I think it's fair to say that a lot of newer players try to mimic that which they see professional players do on TV.. I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing to attempt, but there's a big difference seeing pros with years of experience act in such a way than there is new players doing so..

When trying to emulate the style of the professionals on TV it's important to understand two things; the first is that much of what is witnessed on television is either high stakes cash ring-games, or it's late-stage MTT play.. Secondly, these players have years of experience behind them, and tens and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of hands played guiding their actions.. With that being said, I think it's easy to recognize that without this experience it can be near impossible to play profitably on a consistent basis attempting to use any of these styles.. And although the PSO SL is technically a 'school' for learning, one can't simply disregard the basic principles and solid fundamentals of Poker.. While you may initially experience periods of 'run good,' you'll find it very difficult to profit on a consistent basis and become a successful winning Poker player if your game is based on pure luck and 'get there' moments..

Watching events like Gus Hansen sink Daniel Negreanu's 6's full with quad 5's to the tune of nearly $600k (key point; listen to and watch Antonio Esfandiari's disciplined fold with A-Q OOP), or David Williams bluff at and take down a $25k pot can be very exciting, when in reality it's often very difficult to profit when acting in the fashion that these professionals do without much experience yourself.. The PSO SL has a completely different dynamic than that of which you see on TV.. And while I will admit that a big part of the reason I play Poker and find the game so exciting, and that much of my game comes from watching shows like Poker After Dark and The Big Game, I'm also able to recognize that I should use any of what I see on TV not as a basis for my game, rather an added tool to my arsenal..

It can be easy to get caught in the glamor of huge pots and incredible bluffs, but this stage of play is likely years ahead of any of your game, or mine for that matter.. It is much better to use the PSO SL, and community as a whole, as a learning platform to become the talented player that these professionals became years ago.. Playing in a static way based on what is witnessed on television is likely to burn you out as you become more familiar with losing consistently rather than winning consistently by trying too much to become the All-Star without first being the rookie.. Had Jordan not first learned to dribble he would've never made the playoffs..

So, enough with the corny analogies and on the the conclusion.. The PSO is a great learning camp and I hope you're able to use it to your advantage.. It is inspiring to read the many blogs and hear of players who appreciate the PSO and the League for adding to their game.. Many players have started their Poker careers through the PSO and have found great success in doing so.. I value their stories and learn from their posts.. As I take this game very seriously, I use the many resources that PSO offers to make a better player of myself.. It is great to see the scores of players who do the same and respect the game, and the other players, by utilizing the tools that PSO contains.. What is frustrating is to have so many players not value this arena and care less to improve their game and look simply to spite other players and turn the PSO into something truly re-donk-ulous.. I hope that you maintain the capacity to act like a professional, or at least an amateur who is respectful of the game and those who play..

Until next time....

Best of Luck,
Clubbed

P.S. Comments/Questions/Suggestions..?