Online Sit N Go Tournament Play results – lessons learned

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Last night I had a couple of spare hours and I wanted some poker action … so I choose to play in a few “Sit N Go” tournaments. I decided to play at low limit tourneys, .25 cent buy ins and $1.10 buy ins.

All of the games I picked had 45 players to start, sitting at five tables (9 players to each table).
Each tourney only payed the final seven top finishers with first place getting about 35% of the total prize down to 4% for the seventh place finisher.

I was anxious to play and initially started up two games at the same time. (My new screen can support up to 6 but I don’t think I am ready for that yet.)

Anyway I started playing in both tourneys and as is usually the case, the games progress a little slowly, giving me some time to think about what I was doing. SO MUCH for that. In one tourney I made so many bad plays that I ended up in 21st place. In another tourney, I ended in eighth place. I did come in third place and picked up a price of $7.00 for my efforts. So my total cost for this was $2.45 for the buy-ins leaving me with a profit of $4.55 for my two hours or so (not exactly a good hourly rate for a pro – but more on that later).

The point of all this is on how I played. After all, I stated that I play because I want to make money and I want to have fun and it is fun to win and make money.

After all was said and done, I could have probably finished second instead of third if I had been more patient and let the other two battle themselves out. That would have allowed me to at least win $10.00 or maybe even $14.00 for first place. I was anxious to play and let my emotions control my play.

The same can be said for the game in which I finished eighth and did not win anything. I actually could have waited and not joined in the battle until I reached seventh place. The point of this is allowing myself to at least earn my table fee back and improving my overall profitability.

The third game in which I finished 21st in … well that was just plain bad playing.

The abbreviated summary of the results of these three tourneys follows:
PokerStars Tournament #131578470, No Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1.00/$0.10
45 players
Total Prize Pool: $45.00
Tournament started 2009/01/03 20:55:42 ET
Tournament finished 2009/01/03 22:03:39 ET
1: kaos sinster (wellington), $14.00 (31.11%)
2: TheManninen (Vihti), $10.00 (22.22%)
3: Steve_Treys (Fremont), $7.00 (15.55%)
4: jwu888 (flushing), $5.00 (11.11%)
5: prukner (Budapest), $4.00 (8.88%)
6: Tinzi6 (Echzell), $3.00 (6.66%)
7: AK47special (Frankfurt am Main), $2.00 (4.44%)
……
You finished in 3rd place.

PokerStars Tournament #131573174, No Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1.00/$0.10
45 players
Total Prize Pool: $45.00
Tournament started 2009/01/03 20:29:30 ET
Tournament finished 2009/01/03 21:26:53 ET
1: Wilkoson (Newton), $14.00 (31.11%)
2: kevox9 (conwy), $10.00 (22.22%)
3: wellcro7 (foz do iguassu), $7.00 (15.55%)
4: Creatura.nl (Amsterdam), $5.00 (11.11%)
5: bronxx77xx (Out There), $4.00 (8.88%)
6: TokyoAAAA (Olathe), $3.00 (6.66%)
7: Okinux (Kaunas), $2.00 (4.44%)
…..
21: Steve_Treys (Fremont),
You finished in 21st place.

PokerStars Tournament #131572831, No Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $0.25
45 players
Total Prize Pool: $11.25
Tournament started 2009/01/03 20:29:02 ET
Tournament finished 2009/01/03 22:22:35 ET
1: shdar3 (waterford), $3.49 (31.02%)
2: peanutthenut (its all good), $2.42 (21.51%)
3: JC Angeli (SJCampos-SP-Brasil), $1.86 (16.53%)
4: Pertomshei (Forest), $1.41 (12.53%)
5: mod22 (chazy), $1.01 (8.97%)
6: grecjaw20 (bensalem), $0.67 (5.95%)
7: MC_078 (Zwijndrecht), $0.39 (3.46%)
8: Steve_Treys (Fremont),
,,,,
You finished in 8th place.

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