I took some time off from that little tournament to do some reading. Breaks should bring back some added enjoyment. Tournament play at its best can still be annoying.
I did play a couple of sessions on Full Tilt but that was ring. In the first, I played some Stud8b and managed a 4x pop. Then, I played a StudHi and managed a 1X one. At the levels I've been playing that will buy a lunch.
The thing I did note in both was the aggression was a lot more than I'd been seeing on UB. So, I changed my response downward a bit and looked harder a pot odds. Throw in a bit of luck and it seems an easy game.
Early aggression, like I was seeing, isn't very +EV. It is great to see a hand like 234S at S8b. But, a brick or two and you are ready or forced to lay it down. Playing ring versus tournament is a bit different but pursuing after a brick early can get costly. Occasionally, with the right board in play, you can speculate but it isn't a consistent play that works.
Stud really attracts chasers more than any flavor of poker I've played. A brick on 4
street doesn't seem so bad to many. They rationalize they've still 3 cards to make a hand. I've used Stud Inspector for a while and it show all the odds. Looking at that, pursuing after a brick or with one at the start should disabuse all of the value of such a course – of course it doesn't.
Stud is as long term as poker can be. With the number of bets to get to the showdown, a lot can happen over the short term. But, persistence is rewarded.
Well, back to my book. I've been revisiting R. A. Salvatore – guilty pleasure with no ante or blinds.