Rebuy strategy by stormswa
hey guys I didnt do a great job in explaining this in my other thread so im devoting a whole thread just to this subject. Recently I have taken rebuys much more serioulsy and really Its the only tourney im interested in playing right now. See deepstack tourneys favor me because im very good at extracting chips from my opponents and when im sitting on 40+bb stacks im super good at maintaining that. I love playing deepstacked and hate having to be in the push fold mode of 10bb. When you play a rebuy usually (not always) after rebuy period you should be very very deep stacked so I want to go through some of my strategys and how I approach a rebuy in general.
Total Rebuys + Your initial add on
If you dont plan on rebuying or taking your initial add on do yourself a favor and dont join the rebuy, just go play a freezeout. It is pretty stupid not to expect to rebuy at last twice and this means a double rebuy, so for instance if you dont have at least $35 you are willing to spend in a $5 rebuy please dont join it. You will have hands cracked, it happens get over it. If you cant handle the stress of having to have a hand cracked again dont join the rebuy.
Hands to run and starting chips
im going to use pokerstars
as a example here, In stars with a immidiate add on we start with 3k chips. Blinds start at 10/20 HELLO can you say tons of big blinds there with that in mind lets go through the hand ranges we want to run.
if its not raised before us we want to raise with any 2 paint cards, if raised 5bb or less we call and anything over 5bb we fold. If we hit top pair we are going all the way with this hand, in a rebuy you are always going with top pair all the way unless board gets really really scarry.
same thing here and it will become normal through all starting hands, raise if not opened and fold if over 5bb and call with under 5bb. If all unders flop we are going all the way try to get it all in on flop.
suited connectors and gapped suited connectors
same requirements here, if we flop a draw play it by ear. If you think you can see it cheap try to if not try to shove it in. We will most likely get called in multiple places so the hand will pay off.
unlike a freezeout we want to see flops and its same requirements, if you flop ace most likely you are going all the way with this also. Flush draw also all the way.
just throw them away guys K-8, J-4 etc.
To go all in or not preflop
This is up to you really, its up to you if you want to flip or not. Obviously your not going to flip with suited connectors or actually race but with paint and pairs its possible. Ok but if you chip stack gets down to about 2k you might want to just open shove some moderate hands like suited connectors and then if you lose double rebuy. Its a +ev play because you either double up to 4k or more if you get multiple callers or you bust rebuy and start back at 3k.
last hand of rebuy
This is a very very important hand, the most important one of the rebuy. If you are sitting on a 3k -4k stack you need to shove this hand. More if you on lower half of the range, 4k you might not but like 3,450 or so you have to. here is the reason if you happen to win you will have like 6k+ the add on of 2k so 8k if you happen to lose you double rebuy to 3k plus add on to 5k. Now if we just sit on our 3,450 stack and do add on we only end up with 5,450. So as you see shoving here is +ev here in the long run
after rebuy period
ok play this like normal now, the only difference is you are going to be sitting on a very deep stack. Take a orbit or 2 to watch your players to see who is still playing like a maniac and who actually is playing normal. Remember dont think because someone is a shove monkey during rebuy that he will be that way now. Keep in mind the morons that didnt add on or rebuy whole tourney and are sitting on 2,400 stacks are going to be shoving just about anything. Try to pick up their chips because they are bad players that dont understand rebuys so they are shoving real light and it wont cost you that much most of the time to flip with them. Just play normal poker and you should do fine.