I'm pretty-much gonna agree with Blue as far as his opening ranges. Generally early levels I'm opening 22+, A-10s, A-Jos, KQ suited or unsuited from any position.. So, I guess just a bit wider than Blue, but pretty close. I play this wide because I presume that I have an edge on the table, especially post-flop. If something happens to make me question this, then I adjust my ranges appropriately. I should also note that I'm playing Bounty SnGs, so there is somewhat of a premium to being one of the bigger stacks early in that it makes it easier to collect bounties along the way.
This is just my default, though, and definately changes if I have any reads/stats on the players in the game. Oh, and I also throw-in suited connectors and suited one-gappers from MP or later. So, I guess I play pretty loosly early-on.
Unlike Blue, though, I'll often limp, even limp-open, the weaker part of this range and, rarely, the strongest part of it as well. This is just a general situation and readless, though. My reasoning is that players at the low levels are uniformly pretty bad and will seldom punish limpers; so I look to get in cheap at the low levels, flop big, and bust someone. Now, if I'm at a table where a few of the players have a clue, then the times I limp, especially open-limp, go way, way down.
Originally Posted by Daniel72
Lets say, we have in a regular 9man SNG the hand 44 in middle position, we are first to act (all players folded to us), whatīs the best play ?
The way I play, this hand could go either/any way. Depends on if I have any quick/early reads on any of the players, or a decent volume against them on my tracker from previous games. It also depends on what I'm trying to accomplish.
If I'm looking to bust someone early, and I'm at a passive table I'll even open-limp, calling a small raise after me if need be. If I don't flop big, I'm done v. any further aggression (usually). If they raise me big pre, I'm done. I've sacrificed a few chips, but gained some reasonably valuable info in the process for very little cost.
If I'm at that same passive table, but just looking to pick-up a few chips, I'll open-raise it, expect folds all around, and pick-up the blinds. If I get re-raised, I'm done. Same situation; sacrifice a little now, reasonable chance to pick-up the blinds, and gain the knowledge that I have a player behind me who is willing to mix it up. Good to know for later.
If I know that I'm at an aggro table, or from past experience that there are 1 or 2 fairly knowledgeable/aggressive players left to act; I just fold it early.
So, as usual in poker, "it depends".