Originally Posted by Ronaldadio
From what I see, a simple ABC approach, no matter what level, is underestimated.
Going back to my initial point, it is getting almost impossible to bluff because the simple `ABC approach` dictates that if u have any kind of hand it is worth calling to the river.
My thoughts are that there are so many `chancers` entering pots that we get a schooling situation.
I mentioned all ins as well. I have found that if u have a monster early in a MTT/ SNG, pushing all in is not a bad move as the fish/ poor players, etc will call on a regular basis.
Well, the "best" approach in poker is a dynamic thing; it's whatever best exploits your opponents' tendencies (which are ever-changing, as they adjust to you as you adjust to them). Indeed, at certain levels and against many opponents, "ABC poker" works fine. But what happens if all your opponents are perfectly capable of playing solid, ABC poker? You'd best come up with a strategy that counters ABC.
These highly skilled internet pros could play ABC poker against each other all day long if they wished, but it would be pointless. They'd only be swapping money around, and no one would win anything that way in the long run. Everyone would lose equally to the rake. (I imagine this is true for every case that every player, playing against each other, adopts an identical strategy) It would in effect be the same as everyone going all-in every hand; the winner of any given pot would be purely contingent upon the cards dealt. So these pros have to think far beyond ABC--try to always stay one step ahead of their opponents--which often results in the apparent displays of overly-aggressive "schooling" you see on TV, but which in reality are decisions at which they arrived through careful and complex reasoning.
Frequent all-ins are the norm for high-blind (usually late) stages of a tournament. An extreme instance of this is STT Super Turbos, where in almost every hand you should either fold or go all-in. Nonetheless, it isn't a lottery; there are ways to play the all-in game profitably, and being able to do so is a skill in itself.