This is a discussion on something out of the MTT strategy within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Unlike cash games, where the constant TAG strategy is driven up to holes, in the tournament game you need to add some creativity, and play
Unlike cash games, where the constant TAG strategy is driven up to holes, in the tournament game you need to add some creativity, and play hands slightly outside the standard tight lines. This is not a reason to play loose and aggressive, but one of the most important ideas that needs to be understood is that chip building (stack formation) is the key to surviving in a tournament, especially unlimited.
Very often, it's easy to play tight and knock players out of the hand at an early stage, because weak players look at bets not on pot or other bets, but on their own stack. These players will slowly lose their chips at an early stage, and you naturally need to use it. The way to do this is to make a value payment.
A hand like JTs is considered marginal. At the tournament, in the right situation, JTs and other suited connectors can be very strong due to the large implied value. Very advantageous situation when you are in late position with a speculative hand or draw with a pile of loose limpers in the hand. It is advantageous because, due to the position, you can play such a hand, relying on odds. In addition, you can "attack from different angles," not playing on odds, but adding fold equity, playing aggressively.
The main point here is that you masquerade your hand using fold equity. If your opponent does not believe that you have a hand, then he will pay you well if the draw reaches. He will not be able to read and correctly assess the strength of your hand. Thus, a mathematical, seemingly error, can be very beneficial, given the implied value.
Players familiar with the basics of poker will very often make a mistake in tournaments, which is not a mistake in cash games. They will be too patient.
In the cache, the main idea (especially on small limits) is to wait for a good hand, a good flop, a bad opponent and cut down the dough. Just like 1-2-3. At the tournament you do not have enough time to wait for a good hand. This is a dilemma for TAG players and they begin to rave about, complaining about the flow of bad cards and the inability to win sweat. The tournament player should abandon such thinking and most "go to the mountain." That's why aggression is a winning strategy.
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