re: Poker & Las Vegas Live MTT Reccomendations
I started playing live about a month ago. I've actually managed to come out way ahead so far, but it started out a bit rocky. This is how you can win:
1. stay calm, be well rested (SERIOUSLY), be confident, and be very attentive to the table. You won't be reading players, that's dumb and this isn't rounders. there will no oreos. But players tell stories with their betting patterns and trends. Often times players even show hands, and there is seriously valuable information to be had if you are paying attention. So please, pay close attention
2. Be EXTREMELY aggressive. Often times in MTT's you'll see limping, pots with 4-5 players, in the middle stages of a tournament when the blinds are on the fringe of being relatively high. Use the All in move to your advantage. There is a lot of fold equity playing live, if they call you, cool, lets flip and somebody is going to have a huge stack and a substantial advantage the rest of the way
3. Live players vastly overvalue hands like Ax suited and conversely, they VASTLY underestimate pocket pairs. I can't tell you how many times I snap guys off with 77 and when their AJ doesn't hit they can't figure out how they lost.
4. Also, be confident, because your table image can influence whether you get action or not. How you dress will also subconsciously effect your opinions, so think about it.
5. Don't consume alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, etc. Like I said, you want a clear state of mind.
6. I recommend you don't look at your hand until the action is on you, and also try to be concise about your actions. Just yesterday I was at the final table of a tournament. The button open shoved with A9 and a foreigner jokingly said "hard call" and flipped 62 on the table. He was trying to fold but we all heard call, so he went out 5th because the floor ruled his action was a call. always state "RAISE" if you want to do that.
7. if somebody throws in one oversized chip that indicates a call not a raise, don't make the mistake that I made my first time
8. really just play your game, be aggressive and put people in cages. Make people fold better and make them call with worse, that's what good players do. If you play online, the transition to live is going to be strange but rewarding.