This is a discussion on Joining a tournament late.. What's too late within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Curious what everybody's thoughts are on playing a tournament but starting 45 minutes after it started and 15 minutes remaining until registration ends. obviously you
Curious what everybody's thoughts are on playing a tournament but starting 45 minutes after it started and 15 minutes remaining until registration ends. obviously you will be joining with a limited amount of chips compared to the size of the blinds when you start. obviously you wouldn't want to start a tournament so late that you have 10,000 chips starting and the blinds are 1,000-2,000.. but I'm curious if you are starting with 10,000 chips what's the latest you'll play? 200 - 400... 300 - 600... 500 - 1,000... what's everybody's thoughts? Also maybe if they have add on break if that affects your decision?
It's not a good idea to be register late to the hyper-turbo and turbo tournaments because the blinds are rising very quickly so there's not much chance unless you're lucky and you get good cards. For normal or slow tournaments, it is better to register late.
The number of big blinds that Iím willing to buyin for varies greatly based on the buyin.
For tourneys well below my average buyin, Iím sometimes okay with playing for as little as around 20 bbs, but for tourneys at the top of my buyin range It would be very unusual for me to start late-especially since I often base my whole day around playing them!
Giving an opinion .... it will depend on the circumstance 10bb stops me very little 20bb is a little more comfortable, from there upwards. Then how much is left to get to the money, sometimes there are many eliminated and the money is next, I think that very rarely does this happen.
Thanks for letting me comment!
For slow and normal tournaments there is no problem, with late registration, for hyper turbo tournaments it is not recommended the blinds increase very fast and they will eat you if you register too late ...
I don't mind starting a tournament late. However, I don't like joining a tournament with hardly any big blinds left. I don't want to have to go all-in with just any starting hand and hope to hit bingo.
I look at two things - how many bb's will I have when I get seated, and how far away the average stack is.
I believe we should play poker when we think we have an advantage. We have no advantage when we are short stacked. When short stacked, our entire buy-in is subject to the quality of the cards we receive - I call this BINGO poker. If we do not have enough chips to actually play poker (bet, raise, check-raise, call, etc,) and have voluntarily reduced our game to shove or fold, then we can't even use whatever poker skill we do have.
bb's: I need at least 25bb's in order to have some chip utility available to still play poker.
avg stack: I want the avg stack to be no more than 2x my stack when I sit down. This means I can have the average stack with a single double up. Anything worse than this puts me at a disadvantage against the average stacks at the table.
The number of big blinds that I’m willing to buyin for varies greatly based on the buyin.
For tourneys well below my average buyin, I’m sometimes okay with playing for as little as around 20 bbs, but for tourneys at the top of my buyin range It would be very unusual for me to start late-especially since I often base my whole day around playing them!
Pretty much agree with Katie. If I am playing a tournament near the top of my buyin range, why would I want to give up any edge by not being there from the beginning or at least very early like within the first 1-2 blind levels? I can also learn something from watching, what other good players do. If however I just started my session, or perhaps I busted from some tables shortly after each other, then I will sometimes add new tournaments, which are already running, rather than wait for the next one to begin, if these are in the middle or bottom of my buyin range.
OP also asked about R+A tournaments, and these are something completely different. When the add-ons are purchased, the value of each chip in the tournament goes down. So in these events its a completely viable strategy to register in the very last moment, fold 1-2 hands and then purchase the add-on. In this way you will have paid less per chip than its ICM value, and this compensates for giving up on skill edge by not being there from the beginning. If you are not sure, you even have a skill edge, this is actually the optimal strategy. Which in a way makes the format a little bit silly. It also seem to be going out of fashion on PokerStars, while 888 Poker still runs a lot of them.