So I've tried my first 6 out of 100 SNGs, and I'm having good success so far at the $15 9-player turbos.
Note: I am 2-tabling these games to keep myself patient.
Generally, I found the $15 game a lot tighter than the $6 turbos I used to play, with more players left hanging around at levels 4 and 5 when the blinds start to matter. This is an indication of tightness, though, and the flip side is that my steals, bluffs, and any other poker "maneuvers" had waaaay more impact and credibility than at the lower stake game.
Here is a quick summary of the games:
Game #1: 1st/9. >> Nice start, no cards, played very few hands until the end, best hand each all-in
Game #2: 1st/9. >> Similar experience to previous match
Game #3: 5th/9. >> Won a few small pots, down to 5 handed, then blinds took their toll and have to take a coin flip, lost AQ vs. 55
Game #4: 3rd/9. >> Won 2 all-in controntations early with AA and KK, sat on it for awhile, lost a big hand when 88 was cracked by KQ, checked down with the other stacks to eliminate 4th place person and make 3rd, then my KJ all-in lost to A2
Game #5: 3rd/9. >> Won a key pot mid-way JJ vs. AQ, was able to steal many pots, lost an all-in A9s vs. Q7o, made it to 3rd but got blinded down and then had to call an all-in with garbage and lost
Game #6: 2nd/9. >> No cards, was getting blinded out when the big stack started to bully me, I called an all-in with a flush draw and 3:1 odds (he had been bluffing and I was winning anyway) and hit the flush to double up, quick and aggressive game, people went out quickly as I played tight, made it to 2nd that way, doubled up twice (once calling a pre-flop all-in with a better hand, once calling a post-flop all-in with me at 2 pair and him at flush draw), made a wicked dumb all-in call with 87s and halved my stack, eventually settling for 2nd
# Games: 6
4th place: 0.0%
Obviously, I am tickled with this start. I am also aware that I happen to be running well and these stats can't continue! But, I will say that I felt in my element at the $15 table -- able to outplay many of the players, more patient than average, yet my plays were at least recognized and respected. I've been starting very tight (using Harrington's starting hands), then loosening up as the blinds rose, but also playing more conservative as I approached the bubble, and playing decent 3-way and head's up once in the money.
At this point, other than the retarded head's up call I made in Game #6, I plan to keep doing more of the same and see how it pans out.
Turbo note: As per ChuckTs' comments, I do find that at this level with tight players, the blinds go up real fast and I am quickly praying for a great hand. So far, that has worked to my advantage, as I have waited for a great hand while multiple opponents have not (and thus eliminated each other to my benefit), but it's a concern I am monitoring.
Otherwise, steady as she goes!
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