Originally Posted by NeverEnough
I still find myself playing too tight (Live MTTs)
I will play a little wider range in the beginning when blinds are low, but I seem to find myself with hardly enough chips to do anything or just plain not enough to do anything as the blinds go up & the number of BBs I have decreases. As my betting power decreases and blinds increase, I have to stop playing suited connectors and such.
I tend to play the cards way too much vs trying to play the players more. I know part of my apprehension is the fact that it seems like every time I hit a flop, someone else hits it better and I have to shut it down as I am not going to knowingly spew off chips. Seems like I can never get a steal either. Every damn time I try I get called or raised.
I tend to be good on my reads most of the time.
You're playing in reverse ... sounds like you start off a little wider and then tighten as things get deeper. This is the exact style that less-experienced live players favor.
The thought process is that since they have more chips and blinds are cheap, they take more flops. This widens their range (considerably) and you find yourself in pots against a lot more draw hands and more random hands in general. Also, you find that since it is so cheap for them to call raises, steals rarely work.
As the game progresses and they've spewed off a few chips here and a few chips there, they end up tightening their range, usually to the point of only have the option of push or fold. Your goal has to be to take advantage of both scenarios.
I start so tight it hurts and I'm paying close attention to all the action. I spend the first few levels (the first hour or two) identifying my targets. When they start tightening up is when I start actively accumulating chips, especially if antes come into play. My style works best with a good structure, but can be accelerated for these live turbos.
Additionally, keep an eye on the tourney clock in fast structures. You need to know when your effective stack gets halved due to a screwy level change. I always look at the blind levels when an event starts and identify where I might feel screwed. If a game goes from 100/200 to 200/400 the next level, I need to know this. It will help my decision making processes as the last few minutes of the 100/200 level expire.
And don't wait too long. Many tight players don't realize they're in the danger zone until it's too late. When you are down to 25 BBs, this is where you need to really start looking for those ideal spots. By the time you hit 15 BBs (and even sooner than this), have that 3B ship ready to go.