Originally Posted by popowich
I think the biggest problem with my tournaments (2-5 table SNG's, but probably MTT's too) is with my play in the middle of tournaments. I'm generally a tight player and somewhere between a rock and a mouse. Once I have chips I generally don't lose them with losing hands but from time and blinds chipping away at me. I understand to be going after medium stacks as the bubble is approaching and picking up chips during that time, but between the beginning and that point in a tournament I think is wen I'm not playing enough hands. I hate getting re raised at this stage of SNG's because folding a raise trying to pick up blinds is a significant % loss of chips. I've been limping with more hands than normal form the button and CO to try and correct this issue and picking up the pots after the flop if the blinds check. Any other things I should be trying?
Stack sizes & player reads are very important. ALSO.. never limp!!! (but also, when on a stack size of ~14-20bb.. depending upon how late it is.. (cuz reallly late in the 45's.. pretty much nobody is on 20bb but am referring to mid stage).. you for sure don't want to be raise/folding. So look to the size of the stacks on your left.. if they're perfect re-steal sized stacks.. & players are 'capable'.. then you typically need to tighten up on your preflop hand selection.(don't raise with hands ur not willing to go all the way with... < in most cases)
Also, as blinds go up.. try raising smaller preflop... ie. 2.2-2.5x bb. This will be big enough to steal the blinds & in some spots keeps it from having you $'d in to call the resteal stack's shove(&..when you have a monster it'll give villain the belief that they might still have some fold equity with their shove... so it's win win...& you lose less when the steal doesn't work). Also, by raising smaller amounts it keeps the pot smaller & makes postflop decision easier (& less costly). You know how when you're on say 20bb's in these.. and you raise pre.. then cbet what appears to be a good flop to do so.. but then get called or check-raised or whatever.. it's quite costly. If the pot had been smaller it'll cost you less to do the same thing.
(note.. 2.2-2.5x raises are not 'girly raises' <<.. as I've heard you refer to them as. Instead they are very commonly used by the present online (& now live) Top ranked MTT players in the world).