Originally Posted by GreatLeslie
Last week I had a really good run in tournaments, including two final table cashes, but I feel that those tournaments were more based around luck than anything else, especially since one of those had me going ALLIN at least 4 times.
I haven't been able to cash even the minimum in my last 10 tournaments as I find myself so short stacked, even before the antes kick in. I play a tight/aggressive game in general, playing strong hands out of position and opening my range on the CO and BTN. I feel like i'm far too tight, yet people say that you should be tight in the earlier stages of a tournament, and my average VPIP/PFR is around 20/16.
I always find myself 9/10 times before the antes kick in quite short stacked with 18BB and start preparing for ALLIN situations. When i'm around 30BB or lower I tend to open up my ranges further to sometimes playing KTs in middle position rather than folding etc;
I know this is generally broad but how can I avoid getting so short stacked so quickly?
1. number of times all in is a product of various situations, nothing more. Might be 9 times. Might be once. So what?
2. Playing big cards (tight) is incredibly exploitable when only low/middle cards fall. They know you don't have any of it. And off the pot you get blown. Being aggressive can really hurt when they know you don't likely have any piece of what just flopped, and let the check raising begin. You have to be careful C-betting in early stages, when all the calling stations and loons are a-plenty.
3. You can shift gears anytime. All the time. Makes you unpredictable, the most dangerous of all players are unpredictable. You sound very predictable. Do not do that. For Example; If you always bet the same way with top pair, you are screwed. They will know it every time you have only top pair.
4. How do the other players view you? You need to figure that out and use it against them. Would you ever come in for a raise UTG with say, a 56 suited? No? Maybe you need to. Just don't go crazy.