Not counting the main event which I'm scheduled to play on July 4th, I've played 6 WSOP tournaments to date. I've gained some valuable experience and learned a few things:
My no-limit game needs a lot of work. I found myself confused in a lot of post-flop situations, unsure what the right play was, and sometimes unsure of what I should even be thinking about. Part of this is due to a totally different style than I'm used to playing. Before I was primarily a pre-flop player looking for spots to steal blinds, make big reraises, and use my tight image to make big bluffs postflop. Now I'm seeing a lot of flops cheaply and putting myself into a lot of different post-flop situations. I need to get my no-limit game on par with my limit game. My plan is to continue watching videos, playing tournaments, and reading books. Once my SuperNova chase is over next year, I'd like to play the no-limit cash games and work on developing a balanced strategy that's difficult to exploit. I should be able to apply a lot of what I've learned from limit to no-limit as far as balancing hand ranges and actions in different situations.
Tournaments are a battle of attrition. I knew this from my main event run several years ago but the memory had faded away until I played back to back 15 and 12 hour days this past week. I was completely exhausted when we were down to 3 tables yesterday, I kept getting up from the table and trying to clear my head. It's mandatory that I get at least 8 hours sleep, eat well, and workout whenever I'm playing an event.
Tournaments, especially live ones, have an incredible amount of short-term variance. Playing 25-30 hands an hour and spending the majority of a tournament with less than 20 big bets adds up to unbelievable short-term variance and luck. I need to accept this, forget about results, and focus on making the best decisions I can, one decision at a time.
There are very few limit hold-em players playing limit events. I would guess at least 75% of the field in the WSOP limit events are no-limit players. This means there's a lot of value to playing these events and it's my best shot at a bracelet. I plan on playing as many as possible next year.