Originally Posted by n1ckoftime
Ive heard about this from the Dan Harringtons old tournament books, "Harrington on Holdem". He used to talk about the M and the Q. Although its been so long I forgot what the Q was lol. Check out those books if you can.


Q is your stack divided by the average stack size in the tournament. So it is basically used to give an idea of where you are in the tournament. This is mainly important in satellites.
Originally Posted by Zvezda kz
In principle, there is no difference in calculating the number of M or blinds. But in tournaments I use the number M, although a lot depends on the stage of the tournament, and there are many additional nuances, and I'm not at all strong at everything.


Normally there isn't too much difference, but this would depend on what tournament you are play. For instance M would be more useful than BB when playing an "anti up". Where as if you was playing "win the button" BB would be more beneficial to know.
Originally Posted by Boston10111
Normally I just calculate my blinds throughout the tournament, but I've been reading a more effective strategy is to calculate based on the M zone. This calculates how many orbits you have until your blinded out if to say the blind levels do not change.
The math behind it is your stack divided by (BB + SB+ all players antes)
so if your stack is 40,000 and you have 600 BB, 300 SB, and 100 total in antes from everyone it would be 40,000/ 1,000 = 40 orbits
Does anyone use this for their strategy, and do you feel it has worked better than just looking at your total blinds?
would love to hear your input.


I use this because my HUD allows me to choose if it displays BB or M. When I am playing on my phone with no HUD, I will normally just use BB as it is easier/quicker to work out.