NLHE tournament advice for a total newbie - what did I leave out?
Some coworkers of mine are staging a three-table NLHE tournament, ~$25 buy-in. I can't make it, unfortunately, but a coworker (who has played poker all of three times in her life, I believe) asked me for pointers.
None of the coworkers know anything at all about playing poker that I'm aware of. I suspect there will be 15 complete beginners and maybe 2-3 people who have played a little online.
So, in three minutes, I had to give her a rundown of how to play an MTT against these people. I'd like to know what you think of my advice.
I told her that until she was down to the final table, she should play these hands, and only these hands:
Furthermore, she should raise aggresively preflop with these. Not all-in, but at least 3xBB, and to raise the pot if someone else had raised before her.
I told her that she needed to release the hand if the flop looked like it hit someone else, but that she must not be afraid to be aggressive with these hands preflop (and post-flop, if she flops a match).
I told her not to bluff.
When she was down to one table (they pay top-three), she could use her (by then) tight table image to attempt to start stealing the blinds if she had the stack for it, and if she was on the button or CO, with hands like QT. When they were down to the last four, she could be even more aggressive with it (she plays to win, she made that clear), but be cautious post flop.
When the bubble busts out, she should cool off a bit, tightening up. The other two players are likely to relax a whole lot more since they're already in the money, and she should therefore be more careful.
Heads-up, finally, she should be hyper-aggressive. There are no calls here, only raise or fold. If she has the chip lead, she should put serious pressure on the guy with the smaller stack. If she has a HUGE chip lead, she should attempt to put him all in with any face card.
If I have one more minute of advice to give, what should I tell her?
She's a highly intelligent girl, but she has the sort of wide-eyed "don't hurt me" expression, and I believe she knows fully well how to make good use of that, if that factors in.