Originally Posted by Arjonius
There are different theories of how to play MTTs. Scott Fishman, for example, advocates playing aggressively early on with about a quarter of the starting stack. If you get ahead, keep going, and if you lose it, switch to tight aggressive. Gavin Smith likes to play a lot of pots, especially in position, so he plays a loose, flop or drop type of game. Obviously, both these styles can win, and they're just two examples.
There are plenty of theories about MTTs, but the one that i think applies best to online poker (which i am assuming this thread's question was about) is tight early, then switch gears as the tourney goes on.
The tournaments that Fishman is talking about are probably the big buy-in, deepstacked tournaments where the blinds go up every hour. Online it's completely different. You don't have time to dick around early and be aggressive. Also the players are poor, and won't fold to your bluffs or won't notice your aggression.
Most people don't realize, but a normal MTT online is like a turbo compared to live. Blinds going up every 7 minutes is crazy.
The 'theory' i stated in my previous post is the best for online IMO for certain reasons.
Online poker generally has TONS more fish than live poker, and by that i mean that they won't hesitate to call an all in with facecard-X type hands. So waiting for AA or KK exclusively (before the break) is not a bad idea because generally players won't notice that youve folded EVERY hand and suddenly make a strong push, and will probably call you. You get paid off 10X more than with an observant player. If I were to play as tight as i do in online MTTs in say, the WSOP
, i'd be blinding myself away, and i guarantee that players would not stack me off when i've folded 30 hands in a row and suddenly come with a 4X reraise.