re: Poker & Live poker short stack turbo strategies
Originally Posted by triplesyxx
I love poker, but I don't like to leave my hands up to chance if I don't have to
Well then, this is definitely not your cup of tea. This is a HIGH VARIANCE structure whose outcome (as you have already figured out) is much more determined by luck than skill. You need good cards and you need them right away.
I do regularly play a tourney that devolves to this structure quickly (if you have 10 BB after the break you are doing pretty good) and have been pretty successful at it. A lot of what you can get away with is going to be determined by your table image. Since this is such a fast tourney you will need to develop that over the course of several tournaments. It does seem you will be running into the same guys over and over so this should work out well.
Stay tight but definitely be way more aggressive. You have to capitalize on your opportunities when they come up and not be shy. There will be lot's of players willing to stack off, even though they are behind so that's in your favor.
Patience and discipline will be key. You should also be making notes on how different guys are playing. You need to know who the bluff monkeys are. Know who is going to shove 10BB with KT so you can shove your weakish Ace back at them.
This is not your kind of tournament - BUT it has value in the fact you can get in a lot of practice playing short stack. Instead of looking at it as a real tournament you could consider it as short stack phase practice.
But again - it is going to be HIGH VARIANCE whatever you do. The adjustment you need to make is when you do get a hand is get it into a position to play for stacks - this might mean shoving, this might mean limping, this could go down in different ways - but you need to chip up fast and get into a position of watching the bottom feeders knock each other off until you get another hand worth playing.
You can play LAG and make it work but remember the general rule - play the opposite style the table playing. if you have a bunch of guys who are very active (which I am guessing is the case at the start) then definitely lay back and wait for a hand. As the field gets smaller I would be willing to bet the play gets tighter - this is when you can open it up some more and rape and pillage the blinds. Someone will get fed up with this just about the time you have another good hand and you can felt them (hopefully).
Also once you have established that image of being uber-tight and guys bail out of the hands you are in (and trust me when i tell you it really sucks when you have AA and everyone folds preflop) - then you know you can open it up a bit and play more hands until they catch on - it becomes this never ending game of adjusting - which again will be great practice for you in real tournaments you want to play.