re: Poker & Rebuy tourney (but not re-buying)
Originally Posted by Panamajoe
Should you play in a re-buy tourney if you have absolutely no intention of re-buying?
As others have said.. "NO"... but.. "it depends", lol
Curious if ya'all think that might give you too big a disadvantage against the bigger stacks.
Of course you'll be at a huge disadvantage.
When I first began playing online poker I thought Rebuys were huge donkfests (never played rebuys live either) this is because I didn't understand at the time what a rebuy tournament is really all about.
Basically a 'rebuy' is a deepstacked tournament that starts after the rebuy period is over. If you're going to try to play a deepstack tournament while sitting on a shortstack you will have big problems (obv)... the hands you'll be able to play will be really limited. In deepstack tournaments you have implied odds
to play a wider range of hands in position (SC's, any prs., etc.).
I watched a decent rebuy tournament training video series and just from watching the first portion of it (the 'rebuy period') I learned a great deal..... mostly 'what a rebuy tournament is really all about'. What had previously appeared as retarded play in early levels began to make much more sense.
An extreme example is a live rebuy tournament that Daniel Negreanu played (i'm sure there'll be a bunch of members here who'll be able to exact quote the tournament... but my numbers will be off.. but just trying to relay a concept/idea). In that touranament Daniel rebought a great number of times (I don't recall the exact amount...something like 47 or 62 times... a huge amount anyways). His comment about it was something like, "wanted to get alot of chips into play on my table & figured I had an edge to get most or all of them back anyways as the tourney progressed"
Not sure if he won it in the end but do know he went deep in it and even though he made a ridiculous number of rebuys, it was still profitable.
This ^ is obviously an extreme example for rebuy tournaments... (and not accurate as mentioned).
Knowing what number of rebuys in comparison to payouts is also key (obviously dozens of them are probably not recommended, lol). I've got a friend who took down the $3rebuy on Stars and when I asked him how many rebuys he said "only 9". As far as how many would be optimal... of course 'it depends', lol.
Taking a one bullet approach to a rebuy is not the recommended method to play in them... BUT.. if you're looking to get lucky (as far as bein' a cardrack in early levels) then for sure you could try taking a shot at it (if you get dealt some big hands and are on a fairly loose, active table... not one filled with a bunch of other 1-bullet approach players) then you do have a chance at being competitive in it.... I just wouldn't adopt the approach as my own personal way of playing in them.