Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:29 PM
generally, i'll agree with pretty much everything PMJ said, except for the quickly increasing blinds situation. here, i'm basically playing the thing like a rebuy, except rebuying just means entering the next tournament that starts in 20 minutes on another site. the advantages to doing this are that you'll look like a retard when you do get that early double up, and that will give you a table image that gets you enough calls early to REALLY build a huge stack. when i play these sorts of tournaments, i'm either out in like 15 minutes or in the top 5 at the end of the first hour, almost without exception. and being able to put people to the test for all their chips without really damaging your stack is a HUGE advantage when you get to the large jumps in blinds around the 50/100-75/150 levels on most sites.as for rebuys, PMJ notes something that's very important. basically, play LAG unless you've got someone doing the same thing, and in that situation don't be afraid to push 70/30 shots against those guys pf. also, as PMJ says, the point of playing crazy is to get a big stack, so when you get it, tighten up--as with the above situation, your crazy play will get you an image that will get you calls when you tighten up and want them.as for the deep stacks, small pairs, suited connectors, 1- and 2-gappers are going to get you the most money early. if people aren't raising their aces enough to ruin your implied odds, then make them pay for that when you hit a garbage flop hard. see flops against hands that you know your opponent won't know how to get away from when the flop comes 468, etc. your set of 4s or a str8 will get a lot of money when your villain can't fold his kings or aces.also, a general note for tight-ish tables: early, play a TON of hands in late position, all the way down to things like T8o and 48s, etc. if there's a lot of limping and tight/weak play postflop, you can play almost anything profitably from late position, as you'll be scooping a lot of pots when it checks around to you. if people start figuring you out and checkraising you on flops, then settle down, but make them tell you that they're not going to take it anymore before you believe it.EDIT: and a note about PMJ's note about extremely shortstacked play--he's right, but there's an inverse to that, too. if you've got super shortstacks behind you, you should be playing fewer hands because they're going to be more likely to push it in with kt when you open raise a9 in mp3, and you don't want to be risking meaningful percentages of your stack on 55% shots when you don't have any implied odds if you hit the flop.