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    So I head over to my local casino yesterday (about a 45 minute drive) to play their weekly $50 Saturday afternoon tournament. I spent the trip over reviewing recorded WPT training sessions on my car stereo, made a few game plan notes before the tournament started, was ready to implement a few adjustments to my game, and overall felt refreshed, rested, and ready to play.

    I busted in the first hand I played.

    I could recount the details of this hand (and I probably should) to show why I thought I was ahead, but the short version is, I basically waged all my chips on a hunch, and I was wrong.

    Now, for the psychological part:

    WTF is wrong with me????

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    Probably nothing. What do you think is wrong with you? Why?
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    Um... don't get all in in the first orbit of a tournament without the nuts. ...don't be surprised if you don't raise with AK out of the small blind when you subsequently lose. ...don't call off for your tournament life with just TPTK on a wet board, just because you're "sure" guy is bluffing. Every single strategic thing that I know went out the window because I was emotionally caught up in one hand. I could go on.

    When you do the exact opposite of everything you know full well that you should do, it does beg the question.

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    Sounds like you had a read and went with it, but was wrong. That happens. Doesn't matter when it happens, first hand or 8 hours in. You need to examine your read and why it was wrong.

    Of course, not raising with AK is a bit curious...
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    I didn't raise because the entire table had limped around and an OOP raise like that usually won't thin the field. Now I'll just be playing a bloated pot OOP.

    I should have just adjusted for this by raising huge.

    And you're right, I went with a read that was horribly wrong. That's fine in and of itself. But should I be hanging my whole tournament on a read when not even one orbit has gone by in the tourney?

    Psychological problems, clearly. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    I busted in the first hand I played.
    If it makes you feel any better, this happened to me once.

    I had AK too and ridiculously overplayed it, swiftly followed by the walk of shame.

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    Thanks Tim. That does actually make me feel better. :)

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    Oh hell, I once busted out of 6 games within 7 hands in the bar leagues. Not the same thing but I don't wanna hear it. :)

    Yes, AK was involved a couple times, both for and against.
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    Lol. There's no point in saying this, but the thing that upsets me is, at this point in my development, I have no business making rookie mistakes like overplaying AK. Actually, underplaying and then overplaying.
    That's what the donkeys do.

    I didn't just PLAY like a donkey. I actually BECAME one.

    Like in Pinocchio. I can feel my ears growing.

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