Tight, tight table at a turbo. How do you play it?
I've been playing a lot of STTs lately, both regular and turbo.
How do you play at a tight/weak turbo STT? My normal strategy is to stay out of trouble early by folding/folding/folding, but this last one was unusual in that there were very few raises, and very tight play. The result was that by the time the blinds were at 100 we handn't lost a player yet, and I took the first one out with a short stack shove in CO with A7s and caught the flush against the BB who called. By doubling up my 9BB stack I became the chip leader by a slim margin.
By the time we were at the bubble we all had even stacks, and the blinds were 1000. At one point no one had more than 5 BBs.
Earlier 5 handed I got QJ 3 times in a row from UTG. The first two I raised and took the blinds, the third I figured it's too much risk that someone's noticed this and just folded it.
Normally as the blinds rise I get aggressive and start raising a lot, but because the table was so tight I was afraid to raise as often as I normally would because any call would mean I was behind, and because it had played so tight for so long the blinds were a large portion of everyone's stack.
Once we got ITM I went back to normal, shoving any combination of cards combined with position. HU the guy still wanted to play tight/weak and was completing from the SB with the blinds at 1200/2400 when we hand stacks of 6000. Not much room to manouver, and I ended with my 88 losing to overcards that made a pair.
But what do you do, especially in a turbo, when the table plays so tight? Go ahead and raise anyway, as long as you don't get pot committed with your raise? In a turbo if you're going to do that, you have to make that shift fairly early. Maybe the time to do that was when I got to be marginal chip leader and the blinds were at 100, but I sat back fully expecting some shoving and some players to get knocked out, which never happened. Wierd experience.