For figuring out ppls hand range,
Just sit there and take notice of the showdowns. Lolol simple stuff.
If ur online but havenít played the person before, some will tell u its unethical but to get a general hand range -what u can do is use a site like pokerprolabs or something to see if their opponent is a winning or losing player first. do it during a break in the tourn or something, just exit the poker game
and look em up.
a lot of times tourn players break even or lose a little then spike up because they did well in a particular tourn. but if we see a huge big nose dive into the red with a large nice sample of games then we assume more often than not the player doesnít have a clue or loves to get ďadventurousĒ and doesnít play solid hands. A large sample of games goes against this person just being on a huuuuuuge losing streak or something. So wed put em on more of a looser range of hands.
U can also go to pokertableratings and just see exactly what type of hands they lose or win the most money with at the cash tables, and apply that knowledge to ur tourn.
For the second question with the baby pair- it depends on how much was the reraise? U got an ideal situation here for making a set here but was the reraise a lot? If ur in late position and its less than 10% of ur stack I could see a call there.
it helps if in ur late position with these hands so u know how much its gonna cost u to see a flop. U want to offer a small amount of ur stack- no more than around 10% of ur tourn stack for a chance to hit a set and hopefully get some1s elses entire stack. U donít want to put too much in the pot because baby pairs are nearly worthless if they donít hit the set. Ideally im hoping to catch my set with an ace or king on the flop without str8 or flush draws.
But a problem with hitting a set is unless ur opponent has an overpair to the flop in their hand or either an ace or king hits the board or some type of draw or something ur not gonna get paid for hitting the set really anyway. So becareful of how much u put in the pot preflop.
and if its too much to call then its just too much of ur stack to call, lololl.
so if u woula hit ur set there but didnt call because the price was too high dont wrry because u just didnt get the right price.