About an hour into this I took a long hard look and realized I was not going to place in this. I am no way ready for this winner-take-all kind of MTT.
When I'm at my best and play seriously, I final table in MTT's. I take Iakaris' advice that he gave so long ago and play for a particular place.
Five places pay in a token peep? I play for 5th. It's realistic, and I can relax into my play without stress.
Top 100 pay in a big MTT? Same thing. I play for about 50th. If I get that far then I upgrade my expectations according to my stack size relative to the average.
This sort of thinking has an added side benefit - I'm disappointed less and while I still tilt, it doesn't have quite the same edge to it. I break fewer things.
But now I'm wondering, am I shooting myself in the foot with this thinking? You blokes who play MTT's and cash a lot, are you playing for first all the time?
Don't get me wrong...even when I realized that I wouldn't take it down, I still played my game, such as it is. I wanted final table. And I need the experience, at putting what I'm reading into play.
Will I play another Ladies Event race or another winner-take-all style of MTT? I doubt it. The odds are crap, and playing against all women is problematic for reasons I've written about before.
But I'm definitely going to work towards playing in the WSOP.