Originally Posted by valientone
Does anyone agree that folding almost ever hand until the blinds go up a few level is the best way to get a read on your oppents and establish a tight look for other players to fear? i understand that you have to play along with the blinds.. but it seems i do better when i wait and play tight... any comments or suggestions?
In like anything in poker it depends. Are you talking about MTT's or SNG'? How big are the tournaments? In the big tournaments you don't have to worry about table image really, you change tables so often it doesn't matter. Plus, the majority of the idiots playing online don't give a crap or pay attention to things like that. How often have you played tight, got a hand like AA in EP. Raised, and the lose idiot at the table 3 bet you. You shove, he snap calls with A rag or something like KQ suited and sucks out on you. You would think if he's paying attention he would realize, hey this guy doesn't play many hands and he four bet shoved me, he probably has a hand. They don't think about things, they just do things.
You need to play poker. Playing tight is good, but too tight isn't going to win you the tournament. You need to pay attention to what is going on at your table, find out who you can out play and who is going to call you down no matter what. Avoid playing large pots when out of position if possible. Avoid going all in and risking all your chips if possible. You want to be able to control the pot, which is hard to do when out of position. So use your reads and pick your spots and focus on the game you are playing.