Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:58 PM
in cash games, an advantage is an advantage and should be taken for as much money as possible (increasing variance obviously, but in a profitable way).in tournaments, the unfortunate thing is that the play of your opponents often dictates the size of the average pot, making it impossible for you to small ball your way to victory. i mean, folding every coin flip along the way isn't going to make you any money if every 50/50 or 60/40 spot is going to be for all the chips by virtue of your opponents' actions. you can either ride out the much higher variance of 60/40s for all the cash in tourneys, or you can attempt to keep pots much smaller pre and postflop by taking more passive lines than would otherwise seem correct.the latter thing is a recent adjustment i've made in my tournament play after realizing that i was gambooling more than i wanted during the middle stages of tourneys, and my results are significantly more consistent (and better) for it. not sure if you're talking about the exact same thing i felt as though i was encountering, but in any case, the thing to do is think through what is happening, why it's happening, and what you can do to make these situations more desirable for yourself.
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