Originally Posted by DaReKa
I don't really play any tourneys, so although I was pleased with my play today, I had a lot of places where I wasn't sure if I was making wise plays, and I wanted to post a few spots where I had questions and get a general critique.
Should I be cbetting here? I felt pretty uncomfortable getting too aggressive post flop with my limited number of chips and zero knowledge of villains. Other than that my thinking was that he probably missed the flop and my hand is best, and if he did hit it I have overcards, so I called.
You only bet to accomplish something. You should C-bet about 80% of the time, if IP and depending on circumstances. If OOP, you would C-bet to find out where you are or to build a pot. So, no hand yet, no pot, no bet. However, had you C-bet, I would think the Villain would 3-bet you; Now you are OOP facing a raise. Not fun, with no hand. Then, a river bet by villain would force you to fold, unless you know he is capable of this kind of bluff. Or you improve, which you did not. IMO, you did O.K. I would have checked that river, too. Betting river OOP gives villain reason to bluff by raising your bet. How much are you going to call without a hand? Good play.
I think this was probably way too nitty. Villain was fairly loose, but not enough hands to be sure of anything. Do you like call or 3bet better? Is fold terrible? I was trying to play very tight/safe early on, since all villains were unknown.
Not at all. You have to have a stronger hand to call a raise with than to raise with yourself in MP. If you would have flopped a K, he shows AK. You flop a J, he shows AJ. Get it? Good fold.
Here I didn't want to raise multiway, because I couldn't stand a reraise, and didn't want to get it in here with a draw, so I check/called to evaluate the action. Should I lead turn? I didn't think I would fold out anything that I wasn't beating.
You have the top nut flush draw (absent of st8 flush). You could easily stand a re-raise, you have 15 outs. I would 3-bet the flop if IP. If he 4-bets/ shoves, you still have 15 outs and his stack covered. What could he have? Top pair, most likely (he had 2nd pair). Doubt he wants to shove with only one pair into a possible flush and an over card. Still, MTT is survival, you are OOP, and do not want to call with a draw, you want to be the aggressor. I think he made a info bet. Notice he checked the turn, worried about the callers.
Here I felt like he didn't have anything strong, as it was a limped pot, so I played aggressively to hopefully fold out most of his hands. Played correctly?
You are in position, with 15 outs. Looks good.
Villain seemed to be shoving a large range - I snap called. Winning would put me close to the chip lead. I thought it was a good spot to try and get a "bully" stack. It seems like a pretty marginal spot though, not sure if I should wait for better as I was already sitting on a pretty good stack.
It was almost 1/2 your stack (32 vs 13) to call that. Would you have done that if SB was a bigger stack than yours? Nope. Then, why here? Let him have it. You were thinking about a chip lead if you won, but did not think about what would happen if you lost, right?
Shortly after the previous hand, was concerned with being low M, and was looking for spots to double up or steal blinds. I ended up getting a respectable stack again through blind stealing. Should I shove here? I figured I would be flipping for a double up a lot of the time when called (if I shoved). The only reason I didn't is because I had improved my stack with several steals since the previous hand already, and felt like I was in pretty good shape and could consider folding to a shove. Good? Terrible?
8 folds to a min-raise? Nice. I would have made it 3x preflop, but I always bet 3x. It worked out. Amazed you did not get one caller. Nice, nice.
I'm 90% sure this is completely standard. I read the definition of M in a post on here a while back, but I don't know shoving ranges based on it. I just knew my stack was very few M and had been for a while.
On the button with the blinds yet to act, shove with 5's? I would do that w 99 and above only at the least, unless BB/SB way shorter than you. With small pairs, you want to see a flop as cheap as possible. You know if he has any ace or a pair larger than 5's he will call a button shove (it looks weak, like a steal if folded around to you and u shove) By doing a 3x preflop in position, you could easily bluff an ace if/when it falls. He could also just shove on any flop before you get to act, so it gets tricky with unimproved 5's. Therefore limp button or enter pot w your standard raise. That would have only cost you 800.00 to see a flop or you had to fold when/if he shoves out of the blind. Look at BB/SB stack size (screw the M) and ask what it leaves you with if you lose. Less than 5 BB's = No shove.
This was right after the previous hand. Again, pretty sure this is standard, but I don't really know the shoving ranges. K high good or wait for A high?
Wait until you are IP with a better hand; K6 is horrible with so many left to act. Plus, after losing such a large pot right before, you look like you are desperate (under 5 BB's you are!). Ace would have been better. Since you could wait a few before paying another BB, you can wait to shove with a better hand. Position, position, position!
So all pretty basic stuff. Anyone know where a shove chart relating to M can be found? I looked for one during tourney but couldn't find one that made sense to me. I found one for 9 max SnG, but I think it was for turbos.
Another thing I was never sure of throughout the tourney was bet sizing. Any quick and easy guide for that?
Guess I'll add this to get opinions.
Worst hand of the tourney
I think I need to snap fold here. I still don't have a great feel for tournaments and what hands are shoving here, but what exactly am I beating? I gotta be way behind most of the time, right? But I dunno.. 1.7k to win 3.2k. What do you guys think? (Now that I've thought about it more I actually think calling isn't that bad. I guess I'm ahead of unpaired single clubs, and A9-AT, behind AJ and AK, with AJ less likely due to the small cbet. His range might be even wider than A9 too. Hard to know with the little info I have. So I guess the call was OK. Still could have been played better.)
No comment, you have worn me out already, lol
How should I have played it differently?