re: Poker & Straight Forward Plays in Tourneys
Originally Posted by peach68
True enough in micro stakes online tourneys, one generally needs to play ABC poker for the first stages as the finer subtletys of poker are lost on most of your opposition. They won't be putting a story to your play so don't even bother (in most cases,..but you will find others who are capable of laying down hands, etc.).
I find it's very important to establish playing styles, ranges and tendancies of your opponents right from the get go. Classify who the loose calling stations are, who's a tight mouse, who's a maniac, a TAG, etc.
Pay even closer attention as the antes come into play or as you are about twice as many players as the bubble. The players who begin to play more aggressively here are the ones you need to watch out for,.. they are the ones who are more likely knowledgeable about what it takes to win a tourney (also watch for the ones who are just wishing to skate into the cash).
A bit more finesse can be thrown in once you are deeper into the tourney, use your earlier reads to your advantage now.
For sure the initial hour (or more) is all about survival. If you can keep up to around chipstack average.. .bonus, but if not don't freak out about it as it's always easy to pick up a large pot or two once the antes come into play or once the blinds have gone up considerably. Yah... and avoid 'fps.. fancy play syndrome,... it'll be lost on the large majority of them.
You got it all right there.
Yesterday I played a freeroll hosted by doesn't matter on fulltilt and placed 7th effectively being at the tables for about a quarter of an hour.
Usually I don't sit out anything, but in the first half hour I had to repair the dish-washer, so I only started with about 900 chips.
Then I played very aggressively, mostly with nothing - stealing hell of a lot of blinds and limps until I had about 8K.
Then I got KK and flopped a boat (KKK1010) which I slow played.
2 guys went all in (A10, Q10) and I won.
Now I had 24K.
Then the damn dishwasher flooded the kitchen - I had to see to it again...
When I came back I was 30th, just in the money.
I started collecting blinds and antes again and only got called once, holding 88. The other guy went all in with AQ after flop (Q,10,8 rainbow) and I doubled up again to 60K).
I collected some blinds again and found myself being under the last ten, placing 5th.
Then I got K7 in the BB, checked and flopped 2pair - K,8,7 rainbow.
The button went all in and I called, maybe I shouldn't have - but I did.
He had K8.
So I placed 7th.
Altogether I didn't show more than 8 hands in the whole game.
Might have been very lucky but I collected 50% of all the chips I had stealing blinds and antes.