Thoughts on agressive playing in rebuys
To start of, I'm letting everyone know I'm by no means an expert poker player, so you can take this article with a grain of salt, if you like.
I believe I am however, on my way to becoming a winning player, and I wanted to share a perspective that appeared to me recently.
I play mostly ring games, but peppered with a rebuys and satelites daily. Now, we all know everyone is very loose in these re-buys, and the theory says there are two ways to approach them, being tight or being lose in the hope of building a sizable chip stack for the middle phase when the rebuy period is over. Therefor I don't want to touch on those aspects, only the psychological one.
For me, when I give in into the temptation of gambling in a rebuy or sat, because you can always rebuy - talking about less than premium hands here, such as QJs or 55 not 10 7 or something like that - then a few things start happening.
Firstly, I don't know about other players but when I get into gambling mode, and there is no going back. Surely, once the rebuys and addons are over, I tighten up quite a bit but it's impossible for me to switch off the gambling button I had on during the rebuy period and play the tight, solid game needed to reach the top.
Secondly - and this might be just my bad trait - I get frustrated on gambling a bunch of times and not winning, or getting alot of bad beats (which can happen more than normally since you're playing more hands) or simply because of the emotions that occur watching a showdown I'm involved in card by card multiple times. All this means I tend to be playing tilty and nervous.
Thirdly, and I've just realized this today, even if after I finish playing the rebuy/satelites I'm on the plus (and in general, I am +EV on these things) I feel worn out, tired and generally in a bad mindset to play poker right then - or anything that requires concentration. The kind of state you get after finishing an MTT that you've been in for 4,5,6 hours, only you haven't played that much this time and got more stressed.
In conclusion, I will definitely stop the rebuy gambling and play tight, even if my nature is of a LAG, it is -EV in these kinds of tourneys.
Thoughts from more experienced and/or winning tournament players are very welcome!