Playing the big stack in a tournament
Okay, so here's the downside of poker. I'm sitting at work last night fairly bored so instead of paying attention to my work, my mind wanders to my poker game
. I start to think about my strengths and weaknesses and this one slapped me in the face. I completely suck at playing the big stack in tournaments!
Most of my successful tournaments are when I'm in the middle of the pack midgame and then (not boasting) outplay the competition to chip up. It seems like when I'm the big stack, I feel like I need to call the short stack all ins and usually end up doubling them up. I'm calling them down with hands like KQ and they show AQ...things like that. In an odd way, I feel more comfortable playing suited connecters vs. all ins than higher cards because I'm usually dead to a 4 outer. This could very well be a psychological thing going on with me that I need to get over....that's kind of why I'm posting this...to check in with others.
The more I thought about my issues, the more I realized I'm not alone. I've played with and watched many chip leaders be in a dominant position midgame and lose their stack. So, my question is why and how do you CC'ers play a big stack. Again, I think some of this maybe psychological with me...I feel like I need to carry the big stick and punish the short stack all ins with hands I'd never call with if I wasn't in that position.
I used to have problems playing heads up as well until I got some advice from others on how to handle that. Now, I'd like to think I've plugged that hole in my game. So, I ask everyone to please chime in with their thoughts so I can plug up this hole in my game. To me, one of the more impressive things is watching a good chip leader dominate a table by knowing when to bully and when to back off AND I want to be that