Originally Posted by Lotok
A couple of times recently I have found myself in top 10 at a tournament. Cards are not great and as a tight player that means folding a lot.
In this situation where blinds are very high and you can only afford a few more BBs, what is best tactic? Playing super aggressive or loosening up at this stage would be like giving up, but if no great cards are being dealt staying tight is also a losing bet.
Just wondering what others do.
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In my opinion I wouldn't loosen up too much to be pushing any two especially 10 handed, I would study what my opponents play is like, is the bb tight or loose ? and if he is tight I would loosen upto pushing any ace, king+,Q9o+, any pocket pairs and any suited connectors 67+ as its not worth pushing any two as in my experience you wont get called by worse and may get a silly call on there part with a better hand which tbh is not that bad of play as they will be expecting you to be shoving anything to steal the blinds. but if its just you and the bb I would push any of the above hands even if you get called by a better hand you wont be a huge underdog and will still have good chance of taking the pot.
also I think you may be interested in a push shove chart and also a program called equilab which is an equity trainer and is good for working out all these spots you can find this on pokerstategy.com its a free program (which is always good) and also maybe google some ICM trainers as well
hope my useless opinion helps in some way :P