Originally Posted by jaded848
My early stage turbo SnG strategy is extremely basic. I limp with most pairs except when UTG or UTG+1.It's better to limp pairs in UTG and UTG+1 as there are more players to act behind, the purpose of limping these pairs is to set mine, so the more players in the pot, the better, as you have a much better chance of getting paid off when you hit your set. I don't play suited connectors unless there are at least 3-4 limpers and I am in late position.good. I fold AJ in early position, even if suited, and I fold it in any position if there is a raise in front.Seems fine, you can probably open limp with it in EP if it's suited. folding is fine though. With AQ, I raise with it in early position if suited, if not suited I fold it UTG and UTG+1 but raise with it in every other position.Seems ok, i tend to raise with AQoff and limp with AQ suited, depends what stake im playing though, lower stakes ill do like above, and higher stakes ill tend to just fold it. I also fold AQ if there is a raise in front.Good. you can call behind in position with it, vs a weak/bad, spewy player. AK I raise in all positions, suited or unsuited, and if there is a raise in front I either re-raise or just jamgood, depending on opponant, against good tight ones, calling behind is standard., depending on stacks and position. With all premium pairs I raise 3x in any position.Seems ok, at 10/20 i generally 4x it. As i want to help build the pot, and dont want too many loose calls.
Now for the post flop play. This especially applies to the AJ, AQ, and AK hands. Let's say I open preflop for 3x with any one of these hands. Usually I get at least one caller, and let's say flop comes 2 3 8 or something dry like that. I cbet these flops pretty much 100% of the time, and I THINK it's +EV in the long run, but every now and then I get looked up by a check-raise or a player shoving over me, and I'm forced to fold the hand.Vs one opponant im generally cbetting 100% of flops, if i get two callers, and i dont hit, im usually checking it. unless the board is really dry like a 882 flop, where my AK should be the best hand a high % If the blinds were at 25/50, thats 150 preflop and 200 postflop. If the blinds are 30/60 or 40/80, it's obviously more. My point is that I'm usually left with about 900-1000 chips and my big question is this: is this standard or is it a leak? Should I not be cbetting these flops?You should be cbetting this board, your AJ+ hands are still usually the best hand, so we don't want to check, we want to bet to protect our Ace high. Generally the ONLY flops I don't cbet are wet ones like 6 7 8 or J T 3 with 2 of a suit on the board, or if two broadway cards hit. It depends on opponant, what type of cards do they call with but with one opponant, you should be cbetting these flops, they arn't super wet, especially the 768 is unlikeky to hit ranges, as most players at your stake will be playing higher cards QJ etc Also, I want to mention that since this is usually early on in the SnG, I don't have much in terms of reads.
Once the blinds hit 50/100, it's generally shove/fold, and that's my game in a nutshell Oh, I should also mention that I try to steal blinds when I can, most often by using the stop/go method of completing/firing on any flop.Yep, seems fine, i usually raise the tight players, and limp/fire the looser ones, i do fold out the absulute junk though.
Should I be playing more hands in the early stages? This post is partly a product of me having just played 4 tables and bubbling in every single one of them and in each one I entered the bubble as the short stack...I'm wondering if I should be playing more hands in an attempt to get my stack up for the bubble?Well, playing more hands early is kind of counter-prductive, sure you may pick up a few extra chips, but were also getting called looser on or near the bubble, when were into push/fold mode. Also, if you aspire to mass multitable, it isn't a good idea, and if you have problems playing postflop, it isn't a good idea to widen your range. Bubbling that much is going to happen, hell i just played a set of 15 earlier and bubbled in ~ 7 of them, as you know, 4 games is nothing, but it could have something to do with not shoving wide enough in late stages (which i think we covered when i reviewed your HH)