Saturday, April 2, 2011

Enter the matrix

Took my step 3 ticket and played a matrix tournament on Fulltilt. A matrix is where you play 4 tables at the same time against the same players. The payout is split between the top finishers at each table and the overall top finishers. I'd forgotten how much I liked them, and how well I do at them. I turned the ticket into a little more than it's face value, taking 1st and 2nd on two of the tables. Since then I've played four more matrix tournaments and cashed in all of them.

I played in one last night when I saw that Perry Friedman, a red pro on Fulltilt (and one of the Tiltboys) was signed up. I got to heads up on one table with him, but couldn't pull out the win. I still finished 1st overall, but I really wanted the t-shirt for knocking out a pro.

I also finished part of an academy challenge last night, playing some limit hold'em at the micro-stakes. The challenge was to play a minimum of 100 hands and leave the table with at least a 3 big bet profit. It was tough, as at one point, I was down half my buy-in, but I finally got there after 151 hands at a 6-max table. I was a little bit frustrated when I noticed, after playing in the matrix SNG, that happy hour was running, and I could earn double points. However, it was very late and I needed to get to bed.

Last month I wasn't able to get to the casino in time to play in a tournament, which bummed me out, but I'm going to make up for it by playing twice this month. I headed over last Sunday to play in the 2pm tournament, but when I got there, there were already 15 people on the waiting list. That's the 2nd time that's happened to me, so I'm definitely going to make sure I get to bed early tonight so I can make it to the 10am tournament in plenty of time to get a seat.

Found some old notes that I took while playing play money tournaments a few years ago on Fulltilt. I'm going to go over them and may start doing that again. It seemed to help my play, and should help me see my mistakes. I can't fix it if I don't know it's broken.

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