Originally Posted by left52side
In mid stages of mtt play,I usually play alot of position poker.
Of course it depends what your chip stack looks like,your table image,the way the rest of your table has been playing.
But again as I have stated in other threads I just tend to pick my spots to make a move.
If you are card dead you still need to pick up some blinds,especially when the antes kick into place.
yeah I I like this way, position poker works well, especially when card dead. Although, position poker has changed, as there are plenty more spots to steal from.
Although I disagree with the whole stack size thing. You can steal play position poker and make solid steals and bluffs, it just varies...
small stack: push with a wider range but good enough to steal blinds
mid stack: play tight wait longer, pick your spots and make good decisions, don't panic. A lot of people panic with this stack but really you are in better shape then you think, especially if you double.
big stack: take advantage of stealing more, and the soon to be bubble.
Originally Posted by cjatud2012
In the past few months, I've been playing a lot of NLHE on Full Tilt, buying in for about $5 for SNG's and $2 for MTT's. In the SNG's, I have been successful just by getting my money in the pot with good hands and trying not to chase too often. In the SNG's the blinds stay relatively low for about 25 minutes, so I have been able to play patiently, increase my stack quickly, and just like that I'm in the money and in position for the win.
This style works well in MTT's until the ante's kick in-- then playing patiently causes too much bleeding and I end up on the short stack, get into race situations, and I find myself just hoping to get lucky. I feel a little more comfortable in steal situations than I did before, and I usually stay afloat and not lose my stack to the blinds. This strategy, however, is not really condusive to stack building.
Obviously, I can't play like a NIT forever in MTT's, and I need to learn how continue winning pots without monster hands. What kind of situations should I look for to build my stack deep in tournaments? For example, how often should I play a suited ace, and from what position? When are good times to play QJ or KTs? When is a hand like 87s and other group 5 hands appropriate to play??
Thanks for the help...
You really don't have to let yourself dwindle down to a small stack, the only way you should get to that point is if you lose a hand, again not from just waiting. I have gotten so much farther so many more time just by growing some balls and not worrying about just min cashing and going for the win. Many are doing the same thing, waiting, so take advantage of that and be aggressive, steal, but don't make yourself readable or obvious. Best thing to do is switch it up, change gears and eventually you'll wake up wiht a good hand and you'll get looked up by a weak hand....man I could go on forever lol