A client, Danny Steinberg, recently finished 6th at the WSOPE main event. The reason I’m writing is not just to celebrate his poker accomplishment, it’s to celebrate the accomplishment he made in how he handled busting out. You can read more on his (and his twin brother’s) blog.
Busting out so close to winning a major title could have caused anguish, tilt, dispair, or a whole range of negative emotions as is common for some many players; but it didn’t. Instead, he was happy. Not happy that he lost, the outcome at that point in the final table was out of his hands, but happy because of how well he’d played. He knew instantly when the river card that busted him came down that he made the best decisions he possibly could have made given his level of preparation and the information he had in each hand. In the next moment, realizing how he was purely focused on how well he’d played an not on busting, came the realization of what he’d accomplished mentally. [Read more…]