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Old Aug 22, 2003, 2:26am   #4
Flop Artist
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Austin
Posts: 28
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Thanks guys. I never thought about simply mucking winners. (Besides some of these guys are rabbit hunters and they might have made it a point to "accidently" check out my hand anyway.)

While consciously I was thinking about how to lose, I know that unconsciously I still wanted to win. After I hit with the 3-5 I said "screw it" and played very tough to win the 3rd tournament and complete the carnage.

The aftermath was interesting. The guy I beat with the 3-5 is a business associate and he still hasn't gotten over that hand. One of the other guys at the table is a damn fine poker player, but now he is calling me for advice on hold'em.

While I think I played well, it was a nice run of cards that included 6 different hands that flopped two pair and held up and a pp6 that held up unimproved to win. I only made one bluff bet the whole time (a semi-bluff of an outside straight draw that chased everyone out.) I bet pre-flop twice that I remember (AKo and AJs) and both hands were winners.

I even had an interesting laydown in the first tournament. In the BB I had J2 and got a caller. After the flop came 345 I decided to fold rather than call for all my chips. (I figured I was up against an Ax and I figured right.) After I folded the other guy insisted on seeing the turn and river to see if he would have gotten his straight. As it turns out the river was an A and I would have been the one with the straight!

The more I think about it, the more I think that it would have been very difficult for me to lose that night. It is easy to get caught up in the many skills involved with playing good poker and forget that, especially in the short run, luck plays a predominant role in determining the outcome.

Still I have been playing some $1/$2 and $2/$4 on Planet Poker to see if my run can continue and so far so good. In two brief sessions this week I am up $45. One more good session and I will be in the black for the year.

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