Originally Posted by fishyfishh
Often times after a tournament starts somebody shoves preflop on the first hand. When they're called, they either have JJ+ or T3o. I'm
1) wondering why they might do this.. Is it just laziness and boredom or is it a strategy?
2) is there some type of benefit in doing this that I dont see? I could understand doing it with AA or KK, and hoping that everyone at the table thinks its a boredom shove which would draw them to call, but other than that I dont know why anyone would do it.
What do you guys think..? Thx
1) As said before, it mostly depends on the buy-in. The type of play that you are describing is more likely to be seen in a freeroll or a micro MTT. In this type of tournaments, where the field of players is very very high, the “bored” type of player (that I would prefer to call a “donk that doesn’t know how to play” type of poker player) has only one goal: double up until he feels confortable with his stack. They really don’t know how to play so they need a stack that they can handle this absence of knowledge. At least for a few levels. In fact they really don’t know how to chip up. Usually you can recognize them buy going in the tournament lobby on the first five minutes of play. They are those who have 4-5 times the tournament average. So to answer your question: yes it is a (poor) strategy.
2) As for the benefits, I don’t really see them. Usually they end up loosing all the chips during the middle stages.
In my opinion, for as much as I hate them in the early stages of the tournament, they are the ATMs of the middle stages. You know that a poor player like that can be easily outplayed.
My advise: let the fish become a whale then start the hunting.