My MTT Strategies
I have had quite a bit of success in Mtts and have been ask by some CC members to share some of my strategys and thinking regarding MTTs.To read about some of my successes or send congrats,Please post here.
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My goal is to have an ongoing thread where i post interesting situations I encounter and how I respond.
I would really like anyone that is involved in any of the situations I describe to please give your perspective, and strategy questions
are welcome,I will answer as best I can.
Most of what I can tell you,you will find in other places here and explained much better than i will be able to!I will answer any questions to the best of my ability,but some of my plays come from experiance and arn't easily learned reading a post
Also getting lucky in MTTs always helps,and to win multiple tourneys in a row takes a little devine intervention imo.It also takes some risk on your part as you can't fold your way to a win.
With that being said,I will share with you my thought process in varying parts of MTTs.
Before I start an MTT, I try to clear enough time to play without distraction,get the dog fed and walked ect.I also try to clear my mind of things outside of poker and focus on what is happening at the table.
When a MTT begins,as we all know the blinds are low in comparison to your chip stack in a normal MTT (im not a fan of Turbos),The blinds often 10/20 with 1500 chips.So you have an M of 50 (all blinds plus antes divided into your total chips).After the 1st few rounds,I will always know my M as well as the M of the others at the table (I know this sounds like a lot to do but when you get use to it,it is not that hard).I have had some people tell me that math isnt important, and I still disagree with them as i am calculating almost constantly during MTT.
Early in Mtts, i like to get in there and see some flops and try to hit a big hand and hopefully double my stack because chips = power.If I have more chips than others than I can control the table to some extent.You have to know the players at the table.The sooner you know how they play,the easier this game gets!If the people that act behind you like to call and see a flop,then i love hands like 67 suited,pocket 3s (to set mine).If you have people that like to raise and reraise,then I will fold these and wait for a better spot.I hate putting chips in a pot voluntarily, then folding (but this skill is necessary at times.)
Poker is a game of constant adjustment to potentially many factors,or sometimes 1 factor is all you need to know to make your decision.An example: I am in the small blind 25/50 for example (all others have folded) and I have 4900 chips and the BB has 400 chips.His chip stack dictates that i put pressure on him by raising with any 2 cards.The worst that can happen (which I am always calculating) is he takes 425 chips from me (complete the blind plus his 400).I have very little to risk and he has his whole tourney at risk if he calls.In this situation my raise will put him all-in.I never mind when they fold, and I love when I suckout on them.I have had 1000's of players leave the table mumbling to themselves "How can he suckout on me with 8 3 off when I have pocket Ks, "He is just Lucky and Stupid" which has many variations and levels of indecency and I enjoy them all with a big ole grin .In this situation it is because the situation dictates that I put pressure on you,this was why I raised and nothing to do with my cards
As the blinds escalate and players start busting,Your M becomes more and more important,as is all the others stacks, and their tendencys.I do not use a HUD,but this can be helpful for picking up other players tendencys.
I learned my style before HUDS were even popular, and I have tried them,but I think my own observations are worth as much as the info I get from HUDS.I have a nice book in my head of the CC regulars and in some spots,it has been critical in some of my wins.
I am going to break this up into a few posts to keep it from being a book.
I will start on Middle tourney Strategy and post soon!
As I said in the beginning ,I will answer all questions to the best of my ability,also Im not going to argue over ANY of my points I make and I will surely say some things that others may not like or believe as we go.I respect your opinion but this is my opinion,thanks!