Yesterday, I played in both of the Twitter Poker Tour events held on FullTiltPoker. While I considered my play adequate, I was unable to finish in the top three of either event.
In the Twitter Poker Tour – Europe held at 7pm GMT, 2pm ET, I finished 6th out of 8 and 14 out of 24 in the 9pm ET tourney. My better hands did not hold up. In one hand I lost 2/3 of my stack holding pocket eights. The flop was 2 4 2, I bet and was called. The turn was another 2, giving me a full house. My opponent went all in and I called. He was holding a 2 5 giving him four of a kind, quad 2’s. I was never really able to recover after that loss, winning very few pots. My pocket Aces were always folded to pre-flop when I was in the blinds.
To make matters even worse, my Internet connection kept dropping for seconds at a time. In one hand that I was in, I had pocket tens and would have played the hand aggressively but my connection timed out and my hand was automatically folded. The two remaining players in the hand went all-in and each had the same hand, a K 4 with the flop having a king, giving them each a pair and splitting the pot. There was also a ten on the flop which would have given me three of a kind and I would have won most of the chips from the two other opponents. Oh well, thank you very much Internet Provider!
I played in four Sit N Go’s as well yesterday. One I played in between the two tourneys, and won it in first place.While not an easy game, I had gone from third place to last and ended up playing heads up with my opponent being the chip leader who had about 10,000 in chips to my 5,000. The heads up play lasted almost 30 minutes and the lead changed at least four times between us.It was a fast paced vicious exciting battle. Using the 1900 chips I had left, I played fast and aggressive. I won the Sit N Go with all of the chips at the finish. The play was rapid fire at the end with plenty of raises, re-raises, folds and finally a game ending all-in confrontation.
After the last TPT event, I played in three “Double or Nothing” Sit N Go’s and won two out of three of those as well. So timing is everything and I was not destined to finish high the TPT events yesterday.
Do you plan to win each time you play in a tourney? Do you have a goal in mind prior to game time? Does visualizing your goal help you achieve the results you are looking for?