Originally Posted by Acesinthebig
I appreciate the time you took to respond to this post.
Let's just say you take the top of your mediocre range like AJs just for an example, and you are at a Final Table of a 500 person tournament and average stack is 280k, and blinds are 5/10k. What are you doing UTG with AJs with an average stack. I know it's limited information and if you can't answer that's fine, but it's just an average FT, if you understand what that means...which I think you do.
You're welcome, this is fun stuff to think thru.
In this spot I am raising to 25k generally speaking especially as the # of players at the table becomes less. At a full 9-10 handed final table I may be more inclined to fold in spots where I notice someone eager to raise or jam before I make my move. It is important to stay very observant of players yet to act (look left) to see if they give away money saving information. Or say you know you have a good tough player behind who is going to make your life difficult on lots of boards. Then again I may tighten up my utg open range and not really be giving too much away. But more generally I'm raising here.
As an example of where I did do this in a recent tournament. This is a live $250 buyin with a 50k guarantee. It is the final table and 8 players remain. My image is more on the tight aggressive side and my stack is a little below average at around 700k. Blinds were 15-30k 5k snte I was utg with AJs and raised to 70k. The table was playing fairly tight all things considered, a couple people had bigger stacks 2-3million. I was called by a late position player with a stack just over 1 million who imo played fairly well and thought thru hands.
The flop came down king rag rag rainbow, I watched my opponent to look for tells
. He seemed intent on me which led me believe he wasn't very strong given what I had seen from him so far. I considered the fact that he was a thinking player. What would he make of my check, I'm tight aggressive that's weak and give up so he'd likely bet out. How about a bet? 1/3 pot... Probe blocker he'd raise and test me. Half pot... Standard c bet again he'd likely test me. He was more on the aggressive side. How about large sizing maybe 2/3-3/4.... Well he'd think value and I'm attempting to build to get stacks in!! Bingo I bet out 150k and villain hesitated for a few moments before releasing his hand.