Friday, May 2, 2008

Why I don't go deep in MTTs....

Because I make one huge mistake after 1.5 hours of solid play. Correct move would have been to fold, right? Granted this is only a $1 90seat DeepStack tourney on FT but's good practice to learning how to deal with all sorts of random players.


  1. I have played a lot of the $1 90 player SNGs and have faired pretty well. The way to win in these things is to play post flop. If you check the AK in the BB (remember the level at which you are playing) and then either bet if checked to, or raise if the SB bets the flop I think you take this hand down. I usually have about a 10-17% VP$IP in these things until there are about 30 players left when I step up my aggression level because people want to cash. I pretty much fold everything for the first hour or two and make sure to play post flop. The players in these things can't wait to get it in with middle pair or top pair no kicker. I wouldn't recommend this style at a higher buy in level but at this level nobody notices or appreciates that you have not played a hand for an hour. Things like button steals work better in the late stages of the tournament because people suddenly freeze up and just want to cash before they step it up. I was once last in chip with about 30 left and was first in chips by the time the bubble burst. By the way, you raised way too much with A-K there and pretty much committed yourself to the pot. Be prepared to dump big hands in this tournaments because you WILL get paid off when you have the nuts. For example, I have just open-shoved with A-A early because I know there is a very good chance I'm getting called.

  2. Now that type of advice is exactly why I started this blog. It makes a lot of sense, especially with the donk-level of play in this micro buy-in games (I play them for fun and to learn without putting my BR at risk). When I closed out the tourney, the chip leader was somebody playing over 70% of the hands dealt and was dealing out some ridonkulishish bad beats to everyone around (we're talking hands like J7o AIPF > QQ).

    I'm really going to concentrate on slowing down my preflop play so that I can work on my post flop.
    This hand busted me out in 24th btw.

    Thanks again for the advice. Definitely some good points to ponder and implement as I practice on these funny little games when I need a break from my cash ring game grind.

  3. FYI, I find more often than not that limp call/shove after a raise move is usually indicative of a mid-pocket pair. A weak PP they will probably fold, a strong PP they would have raised initially instead of calling, and anything else, they're most likely not going to re-raise you back, so when you see action like that, it's a good bet to assume something like 77-1010.

    I don't mind your play there too much, maybe raising to something like 2500 or so instead of 3600, but when the SB re-raises, you have to be able to narrow his range and decide if you want to get involved in a likely coinflip or not. Really depends on the situation, I think.