Hypothetical Final Table Decisions and factors that influence them
So let's say we're at a final table at a big tournament. Whatever's big for you, whether it's a $4 w/o rebuys, a $300 with, the WSOP
Main Event, whatever.
The final table just recently started, and we're sitting at second chip stack with about 24% of the chips in play, chip leader has 30%, and the several short stacks put on an interesting show.
UTG+1 has been shoving all-in as he only has a few BBs left, after a few rounds of picking up the blinds, he has worked his way up to around 11 BBs, and opens the action with a shove.
MP+1 has about double that, and jams over the top. We haven't seen him play a hand yet, except very early in the tournament when he was at our table before it broke at the first break. He seemed relatively tight, and won a few small pots without going to showdown.
The BTN doubles MP+1 with his own all-in jam, and we haven't seen him play at all. Granted we only have a handful of hands of history with him.
And it's on us to close the action, in the BB.
Now, let's say we look down at QQ. What thought processes are we going through here?
(Suppose we only have about 15 BBs over the highest all-in, and as people get knocked out the money goes up quickly.)
We're at a full table. What is the lowest quality hand you'd call with, and why? What if we're not to close the action, what if deep stack is to act behind us. What if a shorter stack is to act behind us.
What if we're the short-stack, and covered by everybody in the hand.
So, to recap:
1. What's the range of hands you'll call here with? (AA only is an acceptable answer...)
2. How does your chip stack effect your decision?
3. What if there are several people to act behind us? What kind of hands are we looking to call with? And if they have us outchipped, to raise with?
4. How do we play the hand differently with more people all-in before the action gets to us? Admittedly the pot odds
get better, but then the more people that get knocked out, the better our payout. And we still have ~50 BBs, and we're not playing in a turbo or hyper-turbo, so it should make it last a while...
I'm curious about this one, my final table experience has been very limited, and I'm certain that this sort of thing doesn't come up very often, but with the payouts getting increasingly larger.
If the deepest stack in the hand takes it all down he'll be sitting pretty with by bumping several spots in the payout, but if we call and win that'll be another spot in the payout, and a dominating grip on the chip lead to boot, and our tournament life isn't exactly on the line.