Originally Posted by Rldetheflop
sometimes in low buy-in stt's, If I pick up AA or KK in the first few hands of the tourney to just open shove my stack. To me Big PP's in early blind play are virtually useless so if everyone folds its probably only slightly less than you will win anyway. I have noticed in the first few hands you can often get called by AJ or a pair of 8's. Plus it kind of gives the image that you are a donk.
open shove? what limits do you play?
This is something I used with lot's of success in MTT but not so sure with STT; basically when short stacked but not short enough for push fold mode, raise preflop basically everytime if folded around to and in decent position. When raising make it something like 2.2 BB, just a tad bit more than 2 BB. People look at 2BB as a min-raise and call surprisingly a lot lighter than 2.1/2.2 BB. Try to make it a rather solid looking number i.e 900 not 887 or something.
Don't feel compelled to do c-bets; they will get one in trouble I found if done too much with these raises. The reason why they are profitable is because how often one can pick it up preflop; c-bets and hitting disguised monsters is just a alternative method to make chips
Not sure if this is obvious to some of you but when I plugged a huge leak in my game once I started doing this
EDIT: I'm not sure about how often to show hands; I tend to show my big hands when pushing late game so that I get more respect but I think it may not be a good idea; people probably realise that I am showing my strong hands and mucking my bluffs. Harrington mentioned in his book that some player had success with that since the players remembered the big hands but maybe that is something more for live play. When I show people my hands live they expect me to show them again and if I don't they immediately get suspicious so I'm not sure