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Tuesday, April 03, 2007 

Thought for the Day: Stop Being Stupid!

This post will serve as a friendly reminder for those deep in a tournament who may be thinking they need to open up and take unnecessary risks... to stop being stupid!!!

I'm sitting there last night deep in two different tournaments with a good chunk above chip average nearing the bubble. While I'm all for an aggressive approach toward the bubble...there's obviously a difference between aggressiveness and stupidity. For example:

Your under the gun with suited AQ and you come out with a 5x raise. Stupid move #1. Button re-raises you. You push all in. Stupid move #2. Sigh. I can try to spin it any way I want...but at the end of the day, it was an idiot move. Turns out the button had KK and was going no where. Why did I feel the need to risk my tournament with that hand? There is not sane reason. Do I enjoy giving my money away? When did I become dead money? WTF?

Anyway. This carried over into my other tournament and I found myself making stupid plays before I even clicked the mouse. I chalked it up to a masterful line of strategy that mere mortals would never understand. There can be only one after all. Okay, horrible movie quote. Whatever. But I actually sat there and reasoned to myself that I must take these risks to build my stack for a first place finish. What I failed to realize though, is the likelihood of my opponents having better hands in certain situations. I wanted to create a situation that was not ready. What the hell am I doing being so aggressive under the gun? Pick on the right stacks. Don't risk it all against an opponent clearly representing a premium hand who has you out chipped 3-1.

Okay...back to my cave. Good luck everyone!

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