Originally Posted by Vitaliy Popik
Hello guys. I have a question. I love tournament`s very much. Freerolls and Sit&Go tournaments. But I have never reached the final table.. In tournaments with buy-in 0.02$ , 0.10$ I will plays easy.. And have a 20-30 plases at this tounaments.. But 0.60$ and 0.27$ a very poor prizes ( What i need to be in a final tables of this kind of touney?
I do not occupy 1-9 places in this tournaments and because of that I can not go to tournaments with large prizes.. Because I'm afraid to lose at the beginning.. How can I be?
I don't know what to tell you. The first Sit 'n' Go I played I came in 2nd place (paid through the final three) and the second one I won outright. I've had some pretty good results playing live tourneys as well. That includes the home game SnG's I used to play before the other regs decided that they'd be better off if they don't invite Dorugremon since I was always winning one and/or finishing in the money in two or more.
I did this by playing it the same as I do cash: pay attention, observe, get a line on their play -- who's the fish, the calling station, the FoF, the nut scared rabbit, especially the one who's on a short stack, the nit, and play them accordingly. If you're running card dead, don't push the panic button prematurely, and when you have that "go" hand, make certain you're the first in when you jam it. All-in calls, unless you're holding a monster like pocket QQ+ or AQ+, just spew off chips and get you bounced from the tourney out of the money.
When it's time to play double up or get up, it's so much better to be playing something like 76 behind a raise, 3!, 4! jam. They're not playing sixes and sevens up front. I'd rather call with 76 than A5-s in that case. They probably have aces and kings, so you're probably not gonna get one. They're also blocking each other, and that means your small pair is more likely to hold up.
The other thing I found to be most helpful is to min-raise when opening. This keeps pots small, allows you to conserve chips because your c-bets are also smaller. If you have to drop your hand, you've saved yourself a big blind. It adds up. It's rare to find a player who will fold to a 3x open, but call a 2x open, or who will call a smaller 1/2 pot c-bet, but fold to a bigger 1/2 pot c-bet. In those smaller tourneys, they're not thinking pot odds
One last thing: never
give up. All you need is a chip and a chair. I can just tell when the last player basically gives up. I can just smell it, and know they'll play something ridiculous just to get it over with. I've been right a helluvalot more than I've been wrong.