Originally Posted by dudemanstan
I have been watching these, and can't understand why people play them so much. Every game I watched was an all in, with any face card bad beat battle to the finish line, which is obviously a game that takes skill out of the equation, and turns Holdem into a slot machine.
If there are actually any players here who make a profit playing these, I would love to here your story. Thanks.
edit.. It is turbo not tourbo lol crap.
I will say, whenever I have 11 cents and time to spare, I get in a 300/3 minute game at Carbon. I really like them. While it looks like lotto, it really is not. Yes, I do shove more in those games, but you just cannot wait around at 3 minute intervals forever, but you do not need to panic either! I know it still seems like lotto, but there is actually some science
Now, as for the $100.00 300/3 (or are they 1500/3?), not in this lifetime. If I have a dollar to spare, i'm in the 11 cent, so I would need 1k for those!
As for strategy, you really got to think about position and hand strength. A-10 shove on the button against a limper often finds you up against A-rag. Not bad odds
. That saying about K-rag being a good hand against one random hand also comes into play a lot. SSC's are about worthless! I also see a lot of guys who love any two suited cards just get killed in these. Even if they flop a pair, by the river any over card will often do them in. All in on a possible flush is just silly. Usually they shove stuff like 8-2 if suited and run against a guy with as little as J-10 in the same suit, and it's almost over.
Except for all the all ins, it reminds me a lot of final table heads up play, oddly enough. After you get one good double up, you can punish the limpers and shorter stacks. Once it gets down to the HU (and the only 2 payouts) many will just play stupid, happy enough to be making double the buy in. That makes it good for you!
This last one I played only went 36 hands and it was at 60/120 blinds by then. I did not simply "lotto" it. I did go 8 (all ins) and 4 (check or complete SB) for only 12 hands played. That's 33% of hands played and I think appropriate for the blind structure. Im no where near that in regular MTT games or SNG's. The reason I do not simply raise more preflop is that many often shove to a raise. Limping in just sees you in the same situation or worse. You cannot afford to fold anything
you start until you are table chip leader or at least 2nd.
Once you get used to this and learn what hands stand the best chance and when, it will become less like a slot machine and more like an ATM for you. Plus, it makes you a more well rounded player, IMO.