Dj's HORSE tips.
Assuming tourney and NOT RING HORSE.
At the beginning of most HORSE SnG's or MTT's you want to wait for big BIG hands. Even tho these are limit games, a few assholes can screw you up fast. Avoid the early raise/3bet/4/bet/ cap situations where more than half the table is involved.
1st round in general...proceed cautiously.
1st round H(oldem)...Wait it out without a great hand.. You will find a lot of agro maniacs in this first round of the game. Avoid the whole damn round if you don't get dealt gems.
1st round O(8), all those agro's who lost money in the HE round will think they can recoup it here. Avoid them as they will eat you alive even if you win half the pot. Preferable of course are scoop hands. A split pot is a stack eater even if you win.
1st round R(azz) 3 cards under 8 in the window, AND watching the board allow you to unaggressively see 4th street. DO NOT TRY TO GET LUCKY HERE. Watch the cards , ALL
the cards. Set it so dealer tells
you everything as this may help you remember what cards are gone and unavailable. If you don't start off with 3 low cards in razz resist the temptation to start with 2 low cards. FOLD a lot.
1st round S(tud Hi) many of those agro maniacs may already be gone if this is a STT, but in a MTT they are still there. Some have big stacks but most will have very small stacks and feel desperate. Start with a pair or fold.
1st round E(stud hi/lo)Go for the low hands primarily, and ideally the low straights or flushes. Do not try to get lucky. Start with something! Either 3 low cards (below 8, better below7) or at very least a pair where u know the other 2 cards of that rank are unaccounted for (someone else doesn't have one).
1st round in general you should work on making it to the second round. This means you fold a lot. Lets the agro donks blow their wads.
Most of the time by the 2nd round a sort of sanity has arrived. But this will depend on the tourney structure, turbo or not. Ultimatebet had HORSE MTT's with 12 minute games, meaning one horse per hour before they joined the synchronized break group. By far the best structure IMO, alas gone now. If your in a turbo, or super turbo, the 2nd round is only slightly better than the 1st round as far as those agro maniacs go.
Wait for your better opportunities. You will find most of the folks folding and for that reason alone you can crank up your aggression. It will more often induce a iffy caller to fold. Don't overuse it here, there are still the remaining agro donks.
By the end of 2nd round of a STT HORSE the field should be 1/2 it's original size, even tho this is limit. The blinds and ante's are growing and most will get fairly conservative. This offers some opportunities, but remember these are HORSE players, who IMHO, are a cut above your typical HE players
and are wise in the ways of noticing who is doing what to whom. You must seek to a certain savviness in the 3rd round and beyond.