First of all, I'll look at the various features of the tournament strategies at its early stage-for example, the blinds are 50-100 with starting stacks of 30,000 (the EPT structure) or 10-20 with stacks of 3,000 or 5,000 (tournaments on the Pokerstars website).
Features of this stage of the tournament are as follows:
a) Deep stacks - for example, at the first level of 300BB, on the second 200BB.
b) There is no antes.
c) General mood of participants, as a rule - play very carefully, look closely. Especially it concerns large live tournaments.
d) You do not know how most of your opponents play.
In principle, all these factors dictate playing calmly and moderately carefully, but in fact the strategy of the game at the starting levels can be varied from very cautious (tight-aggressive) to rather loose. The key to a correct understanding of which strategy to choose, in my opinion, is who is opposing you.
For example, if there are a lot of weak, passive players at the table, then it will be right to play loose - to do many small opening raises on a wide range of cards, and also to call other people's raises on cards with good potential to buy a strong flop. The reason for this is that when playing with weak players, you can play with them as many banks as possible to give yourself the opportunity to show your class of the game and win their chips, until they are won by someone else. However, if you yourself are not very experienced - it's worth playing tight.
If there are a lot of strong players behind the table, it is also possible to play more tightly, but still aggressive.
It is very important to understand (especially to beginners) what role the blinds and ante structure play in the strategy. The important role of an ante is the presence of an ante and their size determines how actively you should play. For example, if you compare the levels 100-200 (without antes) and 100-200 (ante 25) - then in the first case you can earn yourself a timeout than in the second. In the first case, the circle will cost you 300, in the second 525 (when playing 9-max). If 100% (100) (100) (100) (100) 750 and 1 200 respectively. In addition to the cost of passing the circle, it is also the fact that the blinds and antes form the initial bank in each hand, and the more this bank - the more the incentive to fight for it. Another feature of the game with large ante is that it will be right to increase the size of your opening raise. For example, if the usual structure, the standard raise to date is 2.5BB - then for large ante
(100-200 / 100), correctly it will raise 3, 3.5 or even 4BB depending on the size of the bank. The reason for this is that if you open a 2.5B raise with a large starting bank (2 times more than usual), you can get too big a response for your opponents.
Consider this example: if you compare your strategy with the same stack of 6,000 chips on 100/200 or 100/200 (100) levels, then in the first case you can still wait and play for a long time and play tight (you have in stock 20 circles), and in the second, when in the bank immediately 1,200, you should already play all-inami on push-boat, often on marginal starting cards. The reason is that the bank has a lot of money relative to your stack, and you do not have time to wait for the card - only 5 laps.
If to sum up - then applied to the early stage of the tournament, when the game goes without an ante - the money in the bank from the start is a bit and the circle pass costs you inexpensively (relative to your stack), so (as I said above) you can, in principle, and on good maps.
If we talk about mathematical placement, then playing the 50:50 hand, in principle, at the initial stage of the tournament, you do not have a single or mathematical underweight for this reason, as in the tournament there are still many participants and prizes are very far away. For example, in the EPT tournament, if I bet all-in for my QQ in the first hand, and I somehow (hypothetically) know that the opponent AK, I always answer (even if I have not put anything in the bank yet ), since I believe that the advantage of 55:45 (or even 53:47) is quite large mathematically, and it is unlikely that in the future I will be waiting for something more "sweet" in the tournament to give up this advantage.
The only reason to refuse hands with a slight advantage (at the initial (!) Stage - further may be different) is the expectation of having a greater (average) advantage in the future.
Also many inexperienced (or poorly understanding poker math) conduct the following error:
Suppose, against the player put an olline and he should answer 20 000 chips. At the same time, he already put 5,000 of his chips into the bank, thus, in the bank (on the side) 10,000 chips. It turns out that he has a one and a half (1.5: 1 or 30 000: 20 000) answer of the bank and he should have 40%
February 21st, 2018, 9:11 PM
Samuel Kollapso 
Poker at: Poker star
There is no correct way to play a tournament, during which you will have to adapt to various situations, play with a few BBs, another BB many hours, the good thing is you have a wide knowledge about what situations you can get involved in a certain type of tournament, so you can have faster actions .... Always focus on the game, avoid losing attention with things outside the game. Reviewing tournaments is a good way to learn to improve the game, and it is easier to put the knowledge in practice, these are posted by our friend and others available on the internet.
March 31st, 2018, 3:16 PM
Online Poker at: pokerstars
The strategy to play mtt, is to have patience at the beginning of a tournament, you should not play many hands, the blinds are small so it is not worth risking chips. To advanced in a tournament you have to play aggressive and not be afraid of being eliminated, even if the blinds are bigger you have to increase the aggression, and take advantage of the position on the table and weak players.
March 31st, 2018, 3:25 PM
Poker at: PokerStars
re: Poker & Mtt
The best way to play anything is be agresive. When you decide to play don't limp and call all the way. Have initiative and results in mtts will come in time.
March 31st, 2018, 7:27 PM
Play aggressive, but remember that chips that you lose are worth more than chips you win. Especially near bubbles.
With a big stack, you can take more risks, if you have over 50bb... you can have a big range.
Short stack play is mostly shove, if under 20bb, you want to shove with premium hands 90% of the time