Originally Posted by Olddog21
Just so everyone knows where I'm coming from I'll start by listing what I think are the "quality hands" I am referring to: AA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQ !! Ideally, I like to get one of these hands before I start betting my chips early in a tournament but from time to time I never get anything near a quality hand! Because of this I end up getting in with a chip stack that has dwindled down to 1000 chips (from 1500) From here I've almost put myself in a shovem all-in position (alls it takes is one decent pre-flop raise!) My question is...am I playing way to tight in the beginning?..Am I waitng way to long with just 1500 starting chips? Just for the record, half the time I win my first hand...half the time I lose my first all-in and am out looking for another game to play! Any suggestions....
I too prefer to not get aggressive early. And even with one of your premium hands, I will only be moderately aggro early. Truly, position and stealing are more profitable over the course of a tourney, and the big premium hands work so much better late in a game than early.
So, my suggestion is to be a bit less aggro with those premiums, and a bit looser with regards to what you start with, and where you start it with.
At other times I will start a tourney playing fast and loose with a very wide range of hands. It is not uncommon for me to show a VP near 50 for the first couple of orbits. I try real hard not to get into confrontations that will cost me dearly, but I still suffer the TPTK syndrome. Mix that with disbelief and disaster happens. But against a tight nitty table, it often works to my advantage giving me a bigger stack when the strategy changes.
Moral of the story might be that yeah, the premium hands are nice early, but at a table of thinking players they won't make that much compared to a consistent steal and semi-bluff approach. Keep in mind that the early stage strategy must change at about the 3-4th blind levels.