Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email:

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dealing with pain in Poker

The nature of proper tournament strategy is such that you should be experiencing the "pains" of poker, much more often than the joys. (Playing a 500 person tournament, even if you are double as good as the average player, you should only win it 1/250.) Even highly successful players are not immune to this, so the sooner you/I realize the daily fustrations of tournament play will never go away the better it is. In my 1500+ tourneys on Stars, (where I have been highly succesful) I have suffered streaks of 15 or more straight out of the money finishes on 20 occasions. I once went 38 straight tournaments without cashing. On the flip side, I have never cashed in 4 tournaments in a row.

Getting used to all this losing is very very very very very hard. In fact, I'm not sure I ever will. And there is no doubt that negatively effects my other results. I have gotten better, but am always looking for new tips in dealing with the constant losing- while winning.