Originally Posted by Prysm
Imagine being delt 2 7 off and folding when it would have just cost you 30 of your chips to stay... and the flop comes 2 7 7. And a guy goes allin bluffing. You just missed a great potential to hike up your stack real early.
A couple of things. First, if you follow that school of thought, then why fold anything ever? I mean, the odds
of flopping a full house on any two unpaired cards is exactly the same, so why not see them all? Second, in a tournament every chip
is precious. Multiply that call that was "only 30 chips" by the five times you chose to see a flop with nothing in the hole, and there's a $150 big blind down the road you've already blown. Third, it's bad discipline. Don't do anything stupid at the $30 level that you wouldn't do at the $3,000 level. The value of your cards isn't dictated by the size of the blind or your stack. AA is still good and rags are still rags.
Originally Posted by 2bithoe
What are the best hands you should play in a tournament.
"In the early positions, you only want to play AK or better. If I am holding AQ (suited or unsuited) or worse in the first four seats, I don't want to put even a dime into the pot during the first few levels.
"You can lower your standards a little when you are in the middle position -seats five, six, and seven in 9-seated play. You can play a hand such as A-10 suited
or above if all of the players in front of you have passed.
"I am not going to play little pairs, eights and below, in the first three or four seats. If I play them at all, I will only play them from the next five seats, and I am not going to raise with them in a full ring."
- T.J. Cloutier, winningest Hold 'Em tournament player ever, from "Championship No-Limit & Pot-Limit Hold 'Em