Originally Posted by teepack
Last night I was rolling early in a Bovada $1K guaranteed tourney. In the first hour, I won 2-3 multi-player all-ins and found myself with about 38k chips and in first place at the first break. I eventually worked that up to 43k and was still in the top 10 when the second break rolled around. Shortly before that second break, however, I went card dead. I did not win a hand the last hour and eventually flamed out 85th (top 81 made money). I lost with AQ suited twice to lesser hands (K-10 and K-8 suited). Both times they hit a king. I had several pocket pairs that could never hit, and I wound up chasing a flush once that cost me a significant number of chips. I royally screwed up what turned out to be my final hand with my second aforementioned AQ suited (clubs). The flop came up with 2 clubs, so I had a flush draw going. But instead of being aggressive, I checked it and the turn came up a King. Then I led with a big bet only to be countered with an all-in shove. At that point, I should have just folded, but I wasn't thinking clearly and called. No club came and I went out.
I didn't really change how I played in the third hour. I just went card dead and then on the few hands I did have cards, was always outdrawn.
there are different approaches to dealing with quick (i.e. early) quadruple (or more) ups in a tournament. Depending on the players at your table you either get more aggressive and push everyone around or you become conservative and wait until the bubble.
When the bubble comes you start to really push your weight around and you will quickly double up in most cases.
So many times have I earned a great deal of chips in the beginning of a tournament only to throw them away and not even cash by raising too often at an already aggressive table.
Being the table captain is nice but sometimes you have to just sit back and let other players duke it out rather than get overly involved. You look for players who are willing to give action and covertly plan on going head to head with him or her at some point but only with a strong hand.
And I am still trying to figure out the best way to play monster preflop draws like AK and AQ. I have lost so many tournaments because of my "undying faith" in those hands that I almost want to fold them whenever I get them....lol.....note that I said ALMOST becaiuse it is nice when those hands do prevail. What I have been trying to do lately is not play AK or AQ too aggressively if it means my tournament survival is at risk. So sure I will get aggressive with AK or AQ but if I am shortstacked I won't put all of my chips in preflop with those hands unless I have a particular read on a player. In this way, the "drawing nature" of AK and AQ will only serve as a non-fatal risk in my tournament play (i.e. I may lose a large chunk of my chips but at least I will not be eliminated from the tournament).