re: Poker & Stealing/buying from SB post-flop in MTTs
Originally Posted by philthy
I honestly don't know is this is a well known play in MTT's but I've done this a few times in a few different games with success and I'm wondering if it's a good play. I guess you can say it's very similar to an UTG steal, but it's done from the small blind and after the flop instead of post-flop. You're still buying from a first to act position.
If your opponent has shown tendency to surrender the pot a disproportionate number of times I guess it can work occasionally, but I don't like it.
The best case scenario is that he folds and you pick up 1.5 bets. Worst case scenario is that he calls, you are first to act for the entire hand, you are playing a big pot, and you haven't defined his hand at all, and will have no idea how hard the flop or subsequent streets hit him. If you are deep stacked, and you hit middle pair, you could get sucked into a really big pot that you are destined to lose. You almost need to put in an oversized bet to ensure that you pick up the blind, but the more you commit, the more often it needs to work to be profitable.
Added value to surrendering the SB---you will get more respect from players who are paying attention, and they should surrender more often to your button steals. Look at it this way, if you raise the SB and the Button every orbit, you aren't going to get credit for a very narrow range, and you are begging people to play back at you.
Now late in a tourney, I'll open-shove from SB with a pretty wide range, since you only need to get the bet past one player. Particularly profitable if there are antes, and you have about 15 or so blinds left.