Thanks for the Q&A forum, Steve!I play almost exclusively NLHE large MTTs and 45 man SNGs at the micro-limit levels ($1-2). I'm your typical bonus-whorer, trying to turn $50 into a brazillion. I run real well in the micro Razz and Horse tourneys, but with the lack of tourney and (especially) SNG options at micro stakes, I'm stuck in hold 'em hell until I clear bonus.That said, my question is this: I have two leaks in my game that I have identified. #1 : I play entirely too aggressively once I am ITM in NLHE MTTs in order to accumulate chips. Although it depends highly on read, M, stack size, and FIV, do you have some general guidelines for chip accumulation once you are in the last 10% of the field of a large field? It is much more difficult (bordering on suicide) to wait for legitimate hands late, but any more than one "steal" an orbit seems to bring the wrath of the doomswitch. Do you put any stock in stealing from the blind-stealers, or is that play best left until the FT, where the prize jumps really make even the marginal players put on the brakes with KJsooooted?#2 : The first hour of NLHE MTTs. Holy god. I don't even know where to begin. Sometimes I feel any money put into any pot pre- or post-flop before the blinds hit 25/50 can be classified as a dark tunnel bet. How do you advocate approaching the first hour? I think in 80% of my last 20 MTTs I've sat at the end of the first hour comparing my stack size to the field and realizing I was better off sitting out. There's the basic thoughts of staying away from connectors except in late position in unraised pots, not getting too involved with A-rag up through AQ PF. Playing small pairs for set mining only. I don't even worry about playing too tight that I do not get big hands paid off, because absolutely *no one* notices. They are too busy being the 6th cold caller of a large UTG raise, or the 4th post-flop all-in where no one has either an overpair, or the straight or flush draw.
It truly is insane getting anyone to lay anything down postflop in these donkfests. Can we truly decide to be as tight as to play only top 10-type hands until at least 25/50 or 50/100 blinds? It's almost criminal to stay out of pots with all the dead money being tossed around, but reducing yourself to getting into so many marginal spots against calling stations has got to be -EV in the long run. I almost feel better about calling raises with suited connectors in position as opposed to calling in unraised pots, because its actually rather difficult to get substantially paid off in unraised pots with connector-friendly flops. At least when we call raises with the connectors, we can play them much similar to set-mining a small pair, so it takes a lot of pressure off us to make a hard decision post-flop. But once again, risking much more than 5% of our chips on connectors has got to be a big no-no, right?OK, I think I provided enough content before I started to ramble. Thanks in advance, Steve.
Whatever angle it is, i am pretty sure it will be obtuse.
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