There are times in poker where your card just do not matter at all, this is usually dependent on two things and those are your position or your chip stack.
Before we get into it there is one concept you truley have to know and that is fold equity, So what is fold equity? Well to put it in my own words fold equity the chance the guys behind you will fold to your shove. Really anything below 10 big blinds might hurt your chance at fold equity and at that point you can only push with real good hands because the guys behind you will be given correct odds
to call and there call no matter what their cards are might be correct and +ev. For those that don't know what EV is it stand for expected value
, it is basically what you can expect to win with a hand over a time period.if the odds are there you will get a call with a 4bb push everytime and we don't want that we want a chance he could fold and scoop the blinds or he will calland we will win. Going to make a real simple example here.
we have 5k in chips and the blinds are 500/1000 with a 25 ante.
so preflop there is 1750 in the pot.
now if we push from the cutoff or the button or even in from the small blind the problem is the person or people after us are getting pretty good odds tocall us with almost anything. You see with 1750 in the pot and your raise to 5000 it is only 4k for them to call into a 6750 pot, that is like 2.5 to 1 so unless they think you have a absolute monster they will be calling. They will not put you on a big hand for the reason you are very desperate and will callyou lite with gapped suited connectors getting 60/40 odds to call. If you would of done that with a 10k chip stack which is 10x the big blind things would be different and they would have to fold alot of hands even some small pairs.so the thing is when you see you are getting low on chips then it is time to start playing position poker and picking up some blinds, if you can pick up 2-3 blinds you will add a good some to your chip stack what is commonly known as chipping up.
The worst thing is sitting in a tourney for 3 hours just to make back the money your money back. If you are not playing to win then dont play at all!! one final table will pay for all the times you push less then 10bb and get called and go out before the money.
Aggression and understanding this simple factor are real big in later parts of the tourney and I hope this helps.