By Alex Rousso.
Last month, I discussed the concept of using psychoanalysis to deal with the psychic pain that tournament poker can bring. I ended by listing what are termed in Cognitive Analytical Therapy as “Core Pain Statements”. These statements are supposed to be a candid appraisal of exactly how you feel at points of heightened psychic pain – the most obvious in tournament poker being on busting out.
Dear Dr Tom,
I'm thinking of trying out the “double or nothing” STT format on PokerStars. It seems that the correct strategy is to basically fold 99% of your hands and try to make the money, i.e. half the table. Also I assume my bankroll requirements can be loosened as they're quite low variance.
“Value” is a word which is often used in poker circles to justify a dodgy call. Of course, if there is “true value” in a call, then you do not need to justify your action, and most players fail to consider the concept that “there is no value in losing”.
I actually felt my hands shaking as I stacked up the £200,000 profit. Tom just looked at me then texted “Nice bluff” under the table.