Thursday, February 17, 2005

Turbo Limit Tournaments

I have found a new poker love: Turbo Limit Tournaments. As I wrote in my disgruntled, no-more-no-limit post of last Thursday, I've stopped throwing my money away into the no-limit pool. I basically needed to recharge my poker batteries. Because there's a thin line between loving poker and smothering yourself in poker's red-and-black embrace.

So, I limited myself to one site (Poker Stars) which, because I only signed up on the site in the first place to play in the blogger tourney, only had 50 bucks in it. My reasoning was that bonus-chasing wasn't helping my play and Stars doesn't do bonuses. With bonuses, I felt as long as I was breaking even, in the end I was ahead. Which is true, but my play was kind of sloppy. Which bled over into other games. Which took away that bonus money. So in the end, it wasn't the free money I pretended it was.

Ok, so, the turbo limit tournaments have a super-low buy-in ($6 +.50) and I also like that the sit and gos on Stars are 9-handed. Add in that the limits go up every 5 minutes, and playing one takes about 1/2 hour. So far I've played 5 and have cashed every time, and won one. What's funny is you can pretty much sit back and let the other poker monkeys knock each other out with sticks until it's 4 or 5 handed, and then play a good aggressive game and make the final 3 without even thinking. It's sweet.

Meanwhile, other good news in my world. I found a place to hold classes for beginners in Manhattan. More on that soon.


Blogger Drizztdj said...

Playing poker without clearing bonus? I didn't know there was such a thing.

4:03 PM  

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