This is a discussion on Shootout Tournaments within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; What is your basic strategy?
And how do you play them differently than regular tournaments?
High Roller Tournaments vs. Main Event Tournaments
August 16th, 2019 10:22 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Online Poker at: ACR and BOL
Game: Any Variatio
okay first things first.
I'm a first or bust motto player already.
For me the difference in play is the strategy my opponents use.
In shootouts for instance, I often find more aggressive play and willingness to fold/raise all in preflop.
The only place that pays is first and people believe they need to do rash decisions they are not accustomed, often leading to mistakes.
It really depends on the table composition in the end
GTO ALL THE TIME
AKA "The Chip Leader"
Good question. Like AKQ says, you're just playing for first place. So there's no ICM and no risk aversion. If, for example, you're mid-stacked with 3 players left, you're happy to call it off with an edge just like you would early in the tournament. Since there's also a lot of short-handed play, you definitely want to take an aggressive approach to shootouts.
I have an aggressive style of play and I like to take risks at the beginning of the game by playing a lot of hands. so I play normally and I try to target players who commit too much error on my right when I can.
For me, this tournament has a special passion not only to take first place, but also to capitalize on knocking out the weaker players. You need to try different versions of the games, and then choose what is right for you.
I have never played such tournaments. It's a new species to me. I watched a few games and wasn't impressed. Then I won a few people and got a prize ticket. Then I realized that it's a tournament for good luck.