The Re-motivator

When I met a multi-table tournament pro recently, I asked him what it takes to make it playing tournaments. He said ‘mental fortitude’. Playing fields of 1000 + runners, everyone knows that your successes will be rare and your dry runs frequent.

How many do you have to play to even get some kind of fair sample? Are the most successful MTT players simply the ones who have run good?

In spite of the uncertainty and the pain, I still prefer MTTs to any other format. Playing big fields are tough but its all worth it when you get down to the last few tables. Your heart is beating fast, everyone is on edge. Every decision is critical. Its a buzz.

5am this morning, we’re down to the last four of 945 runners in the 10pm Stars $55. The players are evenly stacked. There are two very experienced players, a less experienced player, and myself. I have a slight chip lead. We pause the clock to discuss a deal. We all agree to a chip count deal except the guy who is last in chips. He goes on to finish second so I guess fair play, but it seemed a little petty at the time. I came in third, for only $1500 less than the chip count would have given me when I was chip leader.

Last time I made a big score I was disappointed because I made mistakes and should have done better. This time I was really pleased with my play the whole tournament, up to and including the final two tables, where the pressure really hits people. When I play like that I don’t mind finishing third or first or wherever.

This tournament was the last of many I played over three nights. Every other one was the normal trudge of pain interspersed with moments of brilliance and surprise, ending in more pain. Do you crumble and give up? Do you conclude that its all rigged and you’ll never succeed? Do you realise that you have no hope of staying afloat in this sea of idiots? Do you think – If I can’t beat ’em, I’ll join ’em, and play badly?

Or do you hold your resolve, do you review your hand histories, do you continually seek improvement? Are you the fighter who will always get up once he has been knocked down? Do you have bullish stubborness? Will you not be beaten?

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