Who knew. All these years I read books and played poker. The real secret. The more Bayne calls me a fucking idiot the better I do. Keep on hating bro. Great job tonight IG. Four games left to get it done. Bayne must be sweating. This is a far worse image than LJ sweating. His fat sweaty body and bald head dripping with sweat just does not do it for me.
I think tonights Mookie which I took second in came down to a few hands. I really had terrible cards early and played way too loose. I survived that despite myself. I then rejammed AT vs 55 and spiked my Ace. My thinking in the hand was my opponent did not have me covered and I needed chips if I wanted to go deep. Really the thing that makes MTT play a donkeyment is the fact that YOU NEED CHIPS.
The proof that I need chips came at the final table. I had finally chipped up a little and had a nice top three stack. I got all in with KK vs 99 and lost. I do not fault my opponent for his play. Given the circumstances I might do the same thing. I just happened to have a big hand. If I had not accumulated a ton of chips that would have been the end of my night. Accumulation is important. Tight may be right but then you are setting yourself up for pain.
The final thing that sealed my night was being a little too passive. I sucked them up inside and besides a few moves to keep even I really never made my move. OSU really put a clinic on as far as aggressive chip gathering. Instead of sitting on his ass when he got knocked down to 30k he worked it back up to double without showing a single hand. Now if he could stop getting sucked out on he might be a good player.
It finally got down to three players and I saw that OSU and IG were going nutz on each other. They both had 50k stacks and I had 20k. So I sat back. Stole here and there and waited for them to kill each other. Finally IG finished him off on a seriously cooler of a board and I was looking at a 135K to 20K deficit. I was not able to make a miracle comeback.
All in all I think I did alright but there were a few places I could have done better. So when I started this challenge I had 9 games to make $300. Even some of my closest poker buddies sneared at me. I now have 4 games to make $40. IF all things stay the same I feel good about my chances.