re: Poker & the last 100 people in a tournement and how to play
Originally Posted by tisias
Need help here. You are referring to the "bubble". When the bubble is close assuming there are 1500 players?
Its not really about how many people started, but rather how many will get paid.
If the tournament pays the top x players, people start thinking about getting paid, as the tournament gets closer to that number.
i.e. In a tournament that pays say the top 90 players, the player who finishes 91st place is 'the bubble.' As you get slowly closer to 90 players remaining, you will see the atmosphere change. There will be those who tighten up, and only play big pairs hoping to pass the bubble; and there will be those who capitalize on the tight players by playing a little more aggressively, and taking blinds when they have position, or a slightly better than average hand.
Once players are in the money, the overall mood tends to loosen back up again, and people begin defending their blinds a little more vigorously. (Depending on the payout structure, there is also a similar phenomenon when the tournament approaches the final table--since that is usually where the real money