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I'm a tournament NLH player accustomed to the deep stack, 12 min. level, micro tournaments on Carbon. Recently a big win increased my bankroll
I'm a tournament NLH player accustomed to the deep stack, 12 min. level, micro tournaments on Carbon. Recently a big win increased my bankroll enough that I want to try playing in more expensive tournaments. The problem is that the level I want to move up to ($5.50) only offers knockout tournaments during my spare time.
1. Are knockout tournaments similar enough to non-knockout tournaments that I can still have an edge in them?
Obviously this knockout structure changes shoving/ICM strategy. For a $5.50 tournament, it's a $0.50 fee and $1.00 for knockout with 3,000 starting chips. So I believe a knockout is the mathematical equivalent of winning 600 extra chips in regard to odds calculations. e.g. someone's all in and the pot is 2000 - I pretend it's 2600.
2. Is that the correct approach for maximum profit in these tournaments?
3. Are there any other changes that I should be aware of for transitioning from non-knockout to knockout tournaments?
Thanks in advance
13th September 2015, 9:52 AM
Poker at: Pokerstars
Hello. As you suspected, the equivalent of the bounty are some extra chips in the pot. At the early stages it is pretty simple to calculate but later you should be aware of the pay structure and ICM.
In my experience, people tend to play somewhat worse and callvery light the small stacks (even postflop). Overall your edge should not differ at all between freezeout and bounty tournaments.