Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:26 AM
I guess this is online?The fact that most online tournaments have a pretty fast structure (blinds every 5/10 min) this will force you to adapt to a more aggresive style of play making the small ball a little...useless? unless you're in the very start of on of these normal tournaments or playing the deep stacked tournaments. Smallball was a strategy developed playing live poker, and it works, playing live. However, I don't think the "regular net player" should try to make this kind of play unless you're a very good poker player. Smallball forces the opponent to make a lot of decisions, but you have to take a lot of decisions yourself. I don't know if you're a rookie or a experienced net player, but smallball will take time to learn... and way more time to master. So unless you're goal is going deepstack in WCOOP events or playing big live tournaments I'd say you should try to get a grip around some other, more simple strats first.Also, a very important factor that online lacks is the ante levels compared to the stacks. Let me try to give an example:Online:Blinds 500/1000 100 ante = 500+1000+9*100=pot 2400Let's say it's folded to you in MP2-CO. The avg stack is 12-15k, you're right in the avg. You bet 2850 which is normal in smallball, about 2,5-3BB. (Just by betting 3BB does not say you're playing smallball as some players think) -This bet represents 20-25% of your total stack. You play a marginal hand (Like that J10 you mentioned) and is playing and hoping to get the other players to fold just to ship in the dead money. If someone should raise(most likely shove) you're forced to take a very hard decision and you have no personal tells on this person, other than your note saying "might be aggresive PF, no showdowns". When the blinds and antes represent such a major percent of the tables avg. people will defend it more. Fold/shove will work way better in tourney situations like these.Live:Blinds 500/1000 100 ante = 500+1000+9*100=pot 2400Exactly same situation, but avg stack is about 2 times more, you got 28K. Same bet but this barely represents 10% of your stack and most likely table is a little more tight. Somebody raise you, but you can take a decision based on his personal tells and his behaviour on the table, steamy, calm... Should this be Patrik Antonius sitting over you, not giving away any tells, you can fold without feeling bad about yourself folding to a pot that had 25% of your chips in it.These are only examples of two tourney scenarios and does not have to be the case in all tourneys you play. Just some of my thoughts. Smallball forces the opponent to make a lot of decisions, but you have to take a lot of decisions yourself. You play a marginal hand. If someone should raise(most likely shove) Marginal situations are easier to make in live as you can rely a little on personal tells :)EDIT: As for your questions regarding the entering pot. When being the first to enter a pot, it does matter what your cards are and if you're out of position I don't like playing more than monsters unless it's to polarize my range. As for entering a pot that already got a few limpers I'd say it's very situational, but most of the time a small bet should get atleast a few of them off the pot and if they all limp to your small bet it's most likely a check/fold situation regarding how you hit the flop. Should you only have 1 limper push him a little on the flop (you got position) go out and bet abour 50% of the pot and ship it.
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