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08/03/2007: i humanize the vacuum

no idea what Britt is talking about in the above line.

last night was the re-run of the BBT Donkament of Champions. 56 runners, a few no-shows. i took 3rd for $300. gotta like free money. big ups to Al, Mookie, Hoy, and Michael at PokerOnAMac.com. i think the whole series was great and enjoyed playing. it certainly helped my game. and thanks to FTP. until the freezeroll, they really did a great job by us. refunding back the rake was more than fair, let's call it unprecedented. and as a mea culpa for the freezeroll issue, they kicked in an extra $500 for the reroll last night - so thanks FTP; we still love ya. now, can you increase the round times on the $24 and $69 tourneys? thx!

overall, i think my tournament play is advancing. firstly, just playing regularly has helped. the Full Tilt Tournament Guide has also helped. tempering my urge to shove, i.e. the ability to lay down hands and rationalize that is it right even if it feels wrong, is helping too. last night i laid down AK twice and AQ three times. each time it was the right read. marginal coin flips in early rounds, even in fast moving tourneys are -EV. but man it is tough to laydown jacks. just ask Waffles. heh.

of course, i have a long way to go. how long? i busted with presto three-handed. should have been a shove-move pre-flop. doh!

i think i have also rationalized that while improvement in cash games can be linear, in tournaments, it is necessary to have exponential growth. why? due to the cost and structure. in cash games you can and will buy-in repeatedly during a session. making an improvement in your game from session to session can be small, incremental and you will see immediate response, even if it is a small addition to your win. but in tournaments, an incremental improvement can and will be crushed by (a) variance and (b)structure. why do i say this? b/c the money in tournaments is in the top three spots; that is the grail. i feel (do others?) that struggling for a few hours to make a small amount back from my buy-in is a waste. i mean, i want the big first prize. not 698th. i guess what i am not saying very well is that tournaments are lotteries; the expectation is to hit the big score. so improvements need to come not 1x, 2x, 3-times spurts - they gotta come square, cubed....i dunno, something i am still kicking around in my head. maybe i am wrong.

and now a view into my real problems:
1. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
2. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
3. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
5. The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide: Tournament Edition edited by Michael Craig
6. Your Worst Poker Enemy by Alan N. Schoonmaker
7. The Poker Tournament Formula by Arnold Snyder
8. Why You Lose at Poker by Russell Fox and Scott T. Harker
9. Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in No Limit Texas Hold'em by Phil Gordon
10. Chances Are: Adventures in Probability by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan

these are the books on my nightstand. i have a few others (5-6?) on the shelf in my office that are in hiatus. seriously, i have a book problem!

btw - for those discussing the cash vs. tournament players line, you need to read #8 on the above list. they make the argument in the same vein as Miami Don.

have a great weekend!

Replies: 3 Comments

Is there an feed for this blog?

DP said @ 08/06/2007 06:52 PM CST

ok i have to be honest - i wanted to put a feed in, started to look at what i would have to do...and gave up.

i'll make another effort!

bcd said @ 08/08/2007 07:02 PM CST

Ok, until then, I'll just keep checking this site for updates... no big deal.

DP said @ 08/14/2007 09:56 PM CST

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