On the subject of "sitting out" during tournament play.
I thought this might be a good place to find out what others think about "sitting out" during tournaments. Now, I'm not talking about sitting out for 3 minutes to go do whatever, I'm talking about sitting out for long periods of time, or sitting out in a Sit n Go, when it's almost down to the final table, or at the final table for a long time.
I've been playing mostly at Ultimatebet.com, and I rarely if ever saw anyone sit out for a long time, but recently I started to play some big tournaments and Sit n Gos at PokerStars
, and sitting out runs rampant over there.
To say that it is bizarre, is an understatement. Yesterday, when we went to the final table of a 30 player Sit n Go, a full 4 guys were sitting out. Now, this whole tourney only took about 30 minutes, so where the hell were these guys and what were they doing.
The support team at PokerStars adamantly supports the right to sit out the whole tournament, but I'm just not buying it. Why join a 30 minute tourney, if you're going to sit out?
According to the support team, it's not an advantageous strategy, and I can see that point on a 5000 to 10000 player tourney, where you have to amass 100s of thousands of chips to place in the money, but I'm not buying it totally.
For instance, if you sit out for the first half hour, 2000 people will have busted out already, and you really won't be at that much of a disadvantage chipwise with the leaders yet.
Or, how about the guy who sits out on "the bubble" while others play?
I will be very interested to hear what others think about this.
Oh yeah, and if it's so natural a thing to do, like they are telling me, why don't we see that at UB.com?