This is a discussion on Initial phase: give up or increase? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; The good player's primer says that in the early stages of SnG we should only raise with hands like JJ + or AJo +, but
The good player's primer says that in the early stages of SnG we should only raise with hands like JJ + or AJo +, but when the table folds at the beginning of the tournament I would like to know if you find it profitable to raise from the button or the SB even with Bad hands? Or should we simply give up a walk whenever we are in this situation with marginal hands?
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Every decision it poker can be the right call or the worst call. It all depends on the opponent, position, table image, etc. If you find that a bet is exploiting them you should most definitely raise.
14th June 2018, 11:55 PM
Poker at: 888
When everybody is folding, go ahead and steal the blinds, but be prepared to fold at any reraise. Might get expensive.
Until there are 5 players left, I only shove in AA and KK, the rest is folded and your mentioned hand range comes in play with 5 ppl left.
3 ppl left and every hand is a raise, no worth to wait for 2nd place
15th June 2018, 7:41 PM
Online Poker at: Pokerstars
re: Poker & Initial phase: give up or increase?
Because of the nature of SnG's you can be damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Unlike lengthier MTT's, you don't have enough time to gather enough info on your two opponents to your left to know if opening on the button or SB will be profitable.
15th June 2018, 8:38 PM
Poker at: ACR
Game: hold em
I would definitely be play lesser hands than these from late position.
I think starting hand ranges should vary, not be set in stone.