Gradually Opening Your Playbook
I always love telling this story (true story, mind you) to illustrate the idea of tight early/aggressive late during a sng session:
I have internet at my house, but sometimes I enjoy taking my laptop to starbucks to play. I like the atmosphere, like the coffee, and I seem to play well there for whatever reason. Anyways, I had already been grinding sng's for a couple of hours. I took a break, and then came back and opened 6 more tables. Only a couple of minutes in, something happened to the wifi. I couldn't connect. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting, tried logging off and on, I tried everything. The other people at starbucks were having trouble as well. I was playing turbos, so I knew that time was of the essence. After wasting 5 minutes trying to get back online at starbucks, I decided to book it for home. Now, I live in the heart of Pittsburgh, so I usually walk to Starbucks, being I only live 8 blocks away or so. I packed my laptop, and BOOKED it home. Once I arrived home, gasping for air, I managed to get back onto pokerstars
. So here I was, 6 tables open, I haven't played a single hand, and at most tables I've chipped down to 1150-1300 chips (blind were 75/150 I believe). I remember thinking "shit! I probably missed out on some really good hands!" Anyways...how did these 6 tables end? Well I won 5 of them, and got 3rd in the last! That's a crazy hour of play at any given time, let alone one that I missed the first 15 or 20 minutes of!
Moral of the Story: There is no need to play anything but the most premium hands early on. Chipping down to 1250 or so does not kill your equity at the table. In fact, if you chip down to 1250 and 3 people get eliminated, I believe your equity has increased a good bit (you math wiz's out there can correct me if I'm wrong). If you can double up with JJ+, and AK every once in a while early, great. But I see sooo many people who make me laugh, because they go completely against the grain. Blinds should dictate your play. The bigger the blinds, the more loose and aggressive you should be. This, to me, is obvious. There is more money in the pot; more to fight for. Yet why do I see sooo many players with higher VPIP% during the first couple of levels than the middle and later stages (excluding the very late when the blinds are huge, but they play this stage incorrectly as well because of their ignorance of ICM) I am not complaining by any means--These are the people that allow me to have a nice ROI%. I suppose I just wanted to share a humorous story, possibly as a catalyst for further conversation on this subject....