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  • "Just another tournament"

    yeah, right...

    I just got back from Connecticut and a trip report
    will follow as soon as I've had a chance to decompress
    a little...

    But I couldn't wait to say that the support and
    encouragement from you all has been just
    overwhelming...

    In the rush of trying to get my trip reports written last
    week before i returned to Foxwoods, I overlooked something
    that i intended to say, but perhaps it is more meaningful now.

    I am absolutely, positively certain that I could not have achieved
    the results i did without the experience of PSO. I have learned
    so much here... but I can distill it into a couple of basic principles:

    1) Pattern recognition... this has been discussed many times.
    Seeing the same situations arise thousands of times prepares
    you make certain moves automatically.

    2) Patience... I was short stacked much of the tournament. My
    most influencial teacher here at PSO taught me that you really
    can wait for your moment and still make a decent finish in a
    tournament! When Day I ended with 45 players left and I had
    only 6.5k in chips, I was tired and somewhat discouraged and
    I thought I would only last a few minutes when play resumed the
    next day! Then I was reminded by my teacher that we had both
    been in positions like this COUNTLESS times in PSO tournaments
    and come back to win or at least finish in the money!

    Yes, my teacher is our own gatorhb... without her lessons in
    patience I would not have waited for the right spots and I would
    have been out much sooner...

    Much more later... thank you all once again... aloha

  • #2
    Job well done HUK! I was rootin my @ss off for you.

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    • #3
      Woohoo!!!

      Peace, Starrs

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      • #4
        Re: "Just another tournament"

        Originally posted by Hukilau
        I am absolutely, positively certain that I could not have achieved the results i did without the experience of PSO. I have learned so much here... but I can distill it into a couple of basic principles:

        1) Pattern recognition... this has been discussed many times. Seeing the same situations arise thousands of times prepares you to make certain moves automatically.

        2) Patience... I was short stacked much of the tournament. My most influencial teacher here at PSO taught me that you really can wait for your moment and still make a decent finish in a tournament! When Day I ended with 45 players left and I had only 6.5k in chips, I was tired and somewhat discouraged and I thought I would only last a few minutes when play resumed the next day! Then I was reminded by my teacher that we had both been in positions like this COUNTLESS times in PSO tournaments and come back to win or at least finish in the money!
        And then, on RGP I see:

        Originally posted by AlwaysAware
        First John Rowan moves in from the button and Tony calls from the bb with AK. John say good call, he was very short and on a steal with J9... turn and river J9. (John started the day 6th lowest in chips and gets to the money by playing "pick your spot poker")
        Huk (and AlwaysAware from RGP), you are SO right. This is the aspect where much of the value of the school really shines, IMO. The rankings and the percentages and the leagues tend to sortof distort people's motivations and so we have the endless "online versus real-world" arguments. But the sheer mileage we get from playing in a lot of situations and then being able to "pick our spots" is WHAT PSO IS ALL ABOUT!

        I, too, felt very comfortable playing in the big event at Lucky Chances. In spite of the fact that it was bigger, by many orders of magnitude, than any tourney I had ever even contemplated participating in, I wasn't nervous and I felt right at home! How strange and wonderful is that? Were it not for PSO, I would most certainly not had the opportunities to play anywhere near as many (my wife might even say TOO many!) situations in my short two-year poker career. How long (and how much $$) would it take me to get this amount of mileage in a casino or cardroom???????

        I still may not recognize situations (or only when it's too late ) and play them right ALL the time, but the more I see them, the better I get at playing them correctly MOST of the time! I believe therein lies the path to final tables and the money! When we begin to get it right all the time for a WHOLE tourney.

        Looking forward to the trip report, Huk. Everyone should take a look at AlwaysAware's posting on RGP...he has spent a lot of time writing up an interesting analysis of his play which is very instructive.

        By the way, really, really, nice suckout with that J9...I'm jealous!

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        • #5
          I can't tell you all how exciting it was to be there to watch our own Hukilau in action....

          We had met for the first time in person the prior week when Huk had won the seat to play in the big one and was contemplating playing and then had made tenative plans to meet for dinner sometime over the weekend when he returned.

          When it turned out that he had made it through the first day, I changed my plans and said, I will come up Friday and watch...His words to me were, "OK, I won't be in long anyway, I only have $6,500"....

          We arrived at FOxwoods at about 1/2 hour before the tournament and while Huk ate an entire chicken we talked about his status in the tournament...We taked about PSO tournaments and I said that I don't worry about making a big move until the blinds are $300/$600 and where he was going to start they were only $100/$200....

          He just kind of looked at me and said OK.....but I knew he was going to play his style and when he sat down at that table with all those world champs, I was a nervous wreck....

          4:00pm 90 minute rounds (you can look back at the reports I was able to make before my cell phone died for what the action was) but the first highlight was watching Huk raise all in with pok 10 and the action went to Phil Helmuth.....Damn....He studied Huk (whose expression never changed)...Thank god Helmuth didn't think to look at me who was thinking "CHIT, he has KJ and is hoping no one calls, he is going to lose......arggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh" Helmuth took a really long time (another player actually called for a clock) but Huk never changed his expression...When Helmuth said, "You played so well yesterday, I am going to fold this pair of Jacks", I nearly fainted..... But all was good and Huk continued to be patient.......

          At the breaks we did joke a lot about PSO tournaments, but in a good way, we had done this countless times....no pressure.....Huk stayed really calm (at least he always looked that way).

          Well about 10 hours later at about 2am, they went hand for hand when there were 11 left... At the other table there was some excitement when Kathy Lieber went all in and was called by Kid Cunningham....She hit for runner runner and his stack was crippled and he was out the next hand.....

          God dam, we were at ten and Huk had made the money!!!!!!...I am sure he is going to write a trip report with more detail because even though I took notes, I couldn't decipher much of them because I was so nervous....

          It was so cool to be part of this experience....Watching Phil Ivey and Layne Flack and Helmuth and Ferguson and when it was dinner break and they were all talking about who was going to eat with whom, I was glad it was me going to eat with Hukilau who at that point had outlasted Helmuth and Ferguson and was on his way to to the final table with the best of the rest.......

          WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Great finish HUK!!

            the only thing i don't understand is whats with Ali-gatorhb and the chicken thing!! whats wrong with doing a whole chicken!! sometimes i like to eat a whole chicken for breakfast......hence! the "Breakfast of Champions", and you are one HUK.

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            • #7
              WOW! I am still impressed.

              Heck, I get nervous in a $5 online tourney. I cannot imagine what the pressure was like.


              Randy

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