Avoiding FPS at the TPT and hoping for a positive EV

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Talk about alphabet soup in the winter, my post contains a lot of TLA’s (three letter acronyms).  It is believed that Mike Caro, aka the “The Mad Genius of Poker,” coined the phrase “Fancy Play Syndrome” or FPS. This almost sounds like a disease and to a poker player, it could be. Try Googling “fancy play syndrome” (with the quotes) to  see over 2,600 additional references about “FPS”.

The basics of FPS is playing in a way designed to lose more than you gain. This includes playing strong when you are weak. Playing good hands as though you are weak and those actions can be very costly over the lifetime of a poker player’s career.

And the interesting part about FPS is that it can be contagious just like the cold that I now have. Tonight at 9 pm EST is the TPT: Tilt Event #9 hosted by the Twitter Poker Tour I am registered and ready to play in that tournament and to try regaining my lead in the leader board with a good finish tonight.

If I can avoid FPS tonight at the #TPT (Twitter Poker Tour), I should have a positive EV or expected value. Briefly, EV has to do with the results you hope to obtain while betting on a certain hand versus what you think your opponent might have. Hands that give you a good probability of winning, are hands you should bet. Hands with a lower probability of winning are hands you should fold. Easier said then done, but those are some of the basics that I need to apply tonight in order to achieve the results I desire.

Getting ready for tonight, I have played in about 10 SNG’s (Sit and Go tournaments) and I placed in the money in 4 of those, ending up with a profit for the 10 tourneys played.

What have you done to get ready for tonight?
Do you have a favorite book that you read to brush up on tournament play with tough opponents?
Are you playing tonight for the fun of it?
Or are you playing to win because that is also fun?

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2 thoughts on “Avoiding FPS at the TPT and hoping for a positive EV

  1. Nothing special for tonight.I like the Harrington on Hold'em tournament book. Great quizzes at the end to test what you have learned.Play for fun but building a bankroll is even more fun.

  2. Nothing special for tonight.I like the Harrington on Hold'em tournament book. Great quizzes at the end to test what you have learned.Play for fun but building a bankroll is even more fun.

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