The Practice Went Well…
A decent small tournament that started with four tables (about forty people). It took me a couple of rounds to get settled in and some routines back in place. Felt like I was learning how to walk again. Very weird feeling.
But after about an hour, I had a lot of chips and was getting the routines back. And doing a few new ones that are better for the long run.
Enough people had been knocked out that we broke to three tables after two hours and then two tables left after three hours. At that point it becomes the middle part of a tournament and I worked on my middle game, taking pots when they were offered and staying away from danger.
At four hours I made the final table. And I had enough chips that I could just sort of wait and watch almost all hands. I think I played two, pulling blinds mostly. The goal in that stage is to not get knocked out on the bubble, which is the poor player that has to walk away without money while everyone left at the table is now in the money.
And an hour later I was in the top seven and in the money. That is the stage of a tournament when you need to play well, but the amount of money is so much on the table, you also have to be lucky. My rule in that final part of the tournament is always get your money in with the best hand and try to win the thing.
My final hand was AK against A7. I had the AK going in. Turn spiked a 7 and I was gone, but still made some really nice money. Great practice as well.
Sometimes in writing the same thing happens. You have fun in a practice session and then also make great money while practicing. I love that about both poker and fiction writing.
Sadly, most writers don’t know how to practice or have fun with their writing. Or even think they need to do either one.
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