So I'm dealing better with tilt these days, and I'm mostly able to shrug off losses. I am getting into a good mental place. But one thing that I think is hard to accept is when you make a good, creative play, which isn't easy in an STT, and are not rewarded for it.
Here's an example, which made me pretty angry actually:
PokerStars Game #20290830241: Tournament #107327943, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level VI (100/200) - 2008/09/10 4:38:06 ET
Table '107327943 1' 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 3: weepeel (4005 in chips)
Seat 6: FR Vessant (1640 in chips)
I'm short because I've been so card dead. The one time I did have a hand, weepeel completed his SB and I raised, only for him to fold.
I can't figure him out actually. He is the winningmost player I've seen at the 10s and plays pretty LAGgy. I think I'll have to look through his game to see what he's doing that I'm not, because his results are very good.
Seat 7: xSoujirox (3000 in chips)
Seat 9: badbeatfrank (4855 in chips)
This guy has raised my blind four or five times in a row, each time to 450 or 455. At 150, this was a standard raise. I have had rags each time.
weepeel: posts small blind 100
FR Vessant: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to FR Vessant [9h 5c]
badbeatfrank: raises 255 to 455
Again to 455, but this time it's barely more than the minimum.
Still, I have 95, so instafold, right?
Wrong. He is clearly stealing and it's time to play back. Cards don't matter because I should have fold equity. I expect him to be folding most of the time, maybe 3/4 of the time. The other 1/4, I will suck out 1/3 of it, and lose the other 2/3. So the risk/reward is good.
FR Vessant: raises 1185 to 1640 and is all-in
badbeatfrank: calls 1185
His call is atrocious. He has Q6s. I am not kidding you. I have played maybe four hands all tourney and shown down only monsters. He has no reason at all to put me on a weaker hand than his, and at least 19/20 times in this spot I would have a hand that crushed his.
So the poker gods reward me for my good play and punish him for his bad, right?
*** FLOP *** [Qc 8s Kh]