So right now I'm vacationing and seeing a bunch of my friends in Washington D.C. and New York City and I'm having an amazing time. I took a helicopter tour of NYC, saw a broadway play, and got to see jim gaffigan do a surprise spot at the Gotham Comedy Club (BTW double jack and cokes are 18$, that's how they get you).
It's great to take a break and it's great to feel that my hard work has been way overly rewarded. I can't believe I'm ranked in the top 12 online worldwide this year. I feel i may deserve top 50 but I look down the list and see quite a few players I'm learning from and can't seem to beat consistently.
I read herschelw's blog recently and he talks about how live players and some tourney players overvalue their tournament life and try to put their opponents on a specific hand and not a range of hands. This is spot-on analysis I couldn't agree with more. His quote from Deeb is epic and true "If you're not getting it in behind, you're not getting it in enough." I try to switch my game from LAG-TAG alot during a tourney but being afraid to get it in behind against top LAG players is going to hurt long-run profits.
I have a student who I think has been making some mistakes in high-buyin tourneys 50-200$ tourneys. He worries about cashing and fails to shove things like KJ on the button with 10bbs or AJ over a 2.5x loose raiser and a loose caller with 15 bbs. I've told him repeatedly about needing to put his tourney life at risk in these situations but at the high buyins near the bubble he doesn't seem to be doing it... I don't know what to do with that. I don't want to cut him off cause he's profitable (especially between 11-55$ tourneys) but I don't want to move him up or have him play the big ones cause he's just scared money at this point.
One of my better students is running terribly... a -13k downswing and I've never seen anyone lose more AK/AK flush situations or run TT-AK into AA 20-30 bbs deep. It's so gross as someone who runs so well to watch that happen to a student, but I'm ready to drop 30k on him cause I can see from HH he's playing profitably. Not looking for any new students now, but if I am in the future will be in Blog. If you guys have advice for getting over these downswings or trying to help scared money let me know.
Win all your flips guys.