belatropic, on Monday, February 20th, 2006, 8:23 AM, said:
How about turning the TV off & actually paying attention Early in the tournament when accumulating chips makes life so much easier in the later rounds. After 30 minutes you should get a good read on the other players.
No- that's a terrible idea. With the average tournement starting stack at 1500 my goal in the first hour is to wait for big hands and double up or more- it's pretty much an issue of automatic poker, and if I happen to get lucky enough to get a decent stack then I will focus and take the time to actually play. Unless there is a major player at my table in the first hour I am not really all that worried about watching people because chances are they will be gone soon anyway. I look at MTT's like this- If I don't build a good sized stack in the first hour I am pretty much done, except in the rare situation when I go on a huge rush of cards. If I am a decent sized stack, hour 2 is about getting into the top 40 or so(based on a field of 500), hour 3 is about geting into the top ten and then I am going to use my stack to start taking more chances with marginal hands- it is not uncommon to see me drop from 1st to 20th and then back again continually, and the reason being is I know people are watching and I need them to know that I am capable of anything, which I need for the final table. Often as a big stack mathematically you can take chances alot more than people think because you can get it all back next hand with a basic preflop steal- It's amazing how many times I will call off some chips with some B.S. and then everybody folds to my raise the next hand- people get very afraid to tangle. I also find that when I hit the goals that I set within the tournament even when I go bust, I feel like I played well and it doesn't matter. It's funny, because I have won alot of tournaments, and have never read any books of any use- only book that I read so far was one of Helmuths ABC books, and really those are overall a joke. So, when you guys say certain things like reraising a continuation bet I don't really know those terms, but then I look at the situation and realize I do that all of the time,I just don't know what it is called. BTW, anybody willing to discuss some SNG strategy over the phone PM me and we can talk- I need input from people and some new ways to look at SNG style 10 mans so I can win this Protoge thing, and I will pay homage to anyone who helps me out, some how, I promise.
MisterB, on Monday, February 20th, 2006, 9:23 AM, said:
Dealing with the one at the table who goes on a ridiculous run early in the tournament..How do I deal with that person that seems to be in everyhand and hit every flop and builds a massive chip lead early in the tournament? What are the ways to deal with that? Do I stay out of their way and hope to get moved to another table? Or do I go after them and try to calm them down? It just seems that at the beginning of every tourney someone will build up a huge lead (usually by playing poorly) and end up calling every bet to the river to try and get everyones chips... Too many times have I had an overpair or hit a set and had that person call with a flush draw..etc... Thoughts?Also I would like to know everyones thoughts on showing hands... I never show any hand bluff or not... And wanted to know if it is wise to show a good bluff everyonce in a while to encourage action later in the tournament?
I love that guy- he will double me up when the time is right and why would you have a problem with him drawing out on you? That happens, and as long as you are getting your chips in as a favorite you can't ask for much more than that. I never show unless I have too. That's just my rule. I am going to show enough hands anyway just because my style is so confrontational that it's not neccesary.
So much for a comeback.