Originally Posted by matt0216
Im gonna have to try that. So I basically just have to pick spots to steal and work my chip stack up. How many chips do you need to actually place. I was up to about 4000 with 650 left, but I lost half my chips on a bad beat and blinds killed me the rest of the way.
With only 4000 around 650 you really need to start thinking about stealing, if you have a loose table and this kind of chipstack it can be really hard. The blinds are only going to get worse from here, play will tighten up as well but its a bit of a bad spot.
At this particular area my advice on position and stealing is the same, steal from position, fold almost ANYTHING early, today i was playing a freeroll and I was folding basically anything under the gun (first to act), all the way up to KQ. I would steal with these same hands and less from late position. An important part of stealing over and over here is to keep your chip stack moving up even by a little, and not down. This is so when you get a good hand like AA/KK/QQ/JJ after 2 or 3 rotations of the blinds and antes you've gone from 4000 to 6000-6500 and not down to 2000. When I say good hand like JJ+, I'm saying hands you dont want to just shove with, but want to make a standard raise and see a flop. For instance every move of mine once i was stealing had been shove in the freeroll I was playing today, then I got AA in early position, I had a healthy chipstack of around 12,000, 150/300 blinds, I raised 3xBB and everyone folded but the BB with about 30,000 in chips who called.
Now, its easy to steal or be all in before the flop with your opponent showing down with you. Its hard to actually see the flop and play it out. It was a relatively harmless flop for me with two low cards and a queen, I made a min raise of 2xBB here of about 600, a bit of a donk bet to look as if i was weak. He called, the turn was a 9, I checked after a few seconds, he came out raising about 3000, I reraised him here and he called. I knew at that point he didnt have me beat unless he was an idiot slowplaying trips or something when I was basically pot dedicated. I made another relatively small bet into a pretty big pot over 11K, of about 5-6xBB, he reraised me all in and I was pot committed by now no matter what and called, he showed J9 suited for a pair of nines that he hit on the turn. I took down a very good pot.
With blinds of 150/300 stealing isnt as important yet, but imagine if there were double the blinds and i had sat and waited for the aces instead of stealing, i doubt i would have even broken 15,000 in the double up with 300/600 blinds and some level of antes that adds up to around 600 per rotation.
Once again I've written a dissertation on stealing... sorry guys :/