re: Poker & I've came in 4th place in many fulltable SNG's
Originally Posted by pcgnome
ex, I am on the button w/K9o & , and 1825 chips. The blinds 150/300 antes 25 w/5 players left.
Everybody folds to me. Do I just ship it in or just fold?
The average stack for the villains is 3,892 at this point.
A lot depends on the blinds, specifically how tight they are and how many chips they have.
Assuming the blinds have less than 4k each, Personally, I like practically min-raising to 625 at this point. That leaves me with 1,200 chips. (Note: I usually make the same sized raise with just about *any* hand I raise with. I make it a little more than a minimum raise because sometimes Big Blinds feel obligated to call a minimum raise, but they can let it go if it's a little more.)
Due to low M's (the ratio of chips to blinds) people will usually respond by folding or shoving.
If they fold, beautiful!
If one of the blinds shoves and I have a bad feeling about him I can get away from the hand and still have enough to hurt/scare them when I shove (very soon!) on subsequent hands.
Note: Before I make my bet, I will usually decide what to do if one of the blinds shoves. Often I'll fold if a specific person shoves, but call if the other guy shoves. (But I always fold if they both shove)
If the big blind has 8k and other players have stacks about your size, then I probably ship it so that the big blind can't call on a whim.
You're trying to balance several factors here.
* K/9 is an above average hand, so you want to get some value out of it.
* If someone with 3,800 chips calls a shove from someone with 1,800 they usually have K/9 beat. (IE, few people at this stage will call with Queen high)
* 1,825 isn't many chips so you need to make something happen.
* When you open at the pot you have what Harrington calls "first in vigorish" which means people are less likely to want to put money into the challenged pot.
* Big stacks are likely to challenge you, but people with small stacks are likely to fold to any raise.
* Small stacks are probably just as likely to fold to the min raise as they are to the shove. They aren't looking to see the flop and evaluate because their M's are so low.